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Almanor art show re-invests in local culture

Feather Publishing

Confused about which arts and crafts show to attend this summer? If in doubt, make sure to attend the Almanor Art Show and enjoy one of the best annual events that Plumas County has to offer. Plumas Arts hosts the 42nd anniversary Almanor Art Show Aug. 6 – 7 on the magnificent and cool green Collins Pine lawn on Highway 36 in Chester.

This fine arts and crafts show features the work of professional artists from northern California, Oregon and Nevada and offers dozens of booths brimming with original, artful, interesting and sometimes unusual merchandise. Admission to the show is free and hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Plumas Arts has long worked to maintain the excellent reputation of the Almanor Art Show. The show has long ranked as one of the most respected exhibitions of fine arts and crafts in professional trade publications, among artists and by the hundreds of visitors who have planned their annual vacations and visits to this annual art show for the last four decades.

The Almanor Art Show is a juried show, meaning that artists who want to participate must meet specific quality guidelines for their work and craftsmanship. This ensures that high quality and unique original art and crafts are available in a full range of prices. The show offers a variety of fine arts and crafts, including paintings, drawings, sculpture, pottery, photography, stained glass, clothing, metal work, jewelry, furniture, country crafts and more.

The Almanor Art Show is unique in many ways. It is one of very few art shows hosted in the county that is produced by a local nonprofit organization. Private, out-of-area promoters produce several other Plumas County summer art shows. Not this one. Any revenues generated at the Almanor Art Show are reinvested in the county, and local businesses, by Plumas Arts. So patronage of this event supports local arts programs as well as the fine artists who are producing such extraordinary art work.

The overall goal of the show is to showcase original art and the artists who created it in a pleasant space. Plumas Arts does not cram in as many booths as possible into too small a space. The Collins Pine lawn provides ample space between booths and plenty of space to sit in the shade with family and friends and enjoy a beautiful summer day.

The show was first hosted on the shores of Lake Almanor in 1969 by a group of Almanor Basin resident artists. When Plumas Arts was formed in the early 1980s one of the organization’s very first projects was to take over the administration of this art show, at the request of the artists who had been coordinating it. When the Almanor Art Show outgrew its original home on the lakeshore, it was hosted for two years adjacent to the Collins Pine lawn. In 1988, with the support of the Collins Pine management, Caltrans and local law enforcement officials, the show moved to its permanent home on the Collins Pine Lawn.

For more information on this event, contact Plumas Arts at 283-3402 or email



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