The beauty of the rugged Sierra landscape is often the inspiration for local art, whether painted, sculpted, drawn or photographed.
Yosemite area artists are currently preparing for two special events this weekend.
Today the Yosemite Holiday Craft Bazaar is taking place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Held in the Curry Village Dining Hall, this annual fund-raiser is sponsored by Yosemite National Park Child Care Centers.
On Saturday and Sunday the Art on the River show is scheduled. This unique event is a combination of an exhibit and a walking tour of artists' homes in El Portal and the Yosemite locale.
The Briceburg Visitor's Center on Highway 140 will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Meet the artists and learn more about their talents and techniques.
Some of the featured artists and artwork at Briceburg will be Tracy Greenwood with handmade notecards, Ralph and Ann Mendershausen's pottery, Becky Caraco's jewelry, Ira Estin's nature photography, Christine Radanovich's handmade wool shawls and Helen Willoughby-Peck's fused-glass art.
In El Portal on Saturday only, participating artists include LothLorien Stewart with handcrafted metal jewelry, Allison Baggett's screen-printed clothing, Matt Jones' contemporary woodworking and musical instruments, and Carol McElligott's mosaic tile art.
When driving on Highway 140 watch for signs, and pick up a map at any participating location.
Artwork may be viewed on Facebook at the Art on the Merced River page.
After being dry since mid-July the waterfalls in Yosemite are flowing again. And wintry weather systems are beginning to dump snow on the mountains.
It's a perfect time of year to visit the Sierra, and to gain a greater appreciation for those whose artistry reflects their love of nature.
Debbie Croft writes about life in the foothill communities. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.