Deep Blue Lead talk and Gallery Reception

by Placerville Newswire / Jun 13, 2017 / comments


Geology talk by George Wheeldon:
 Thursday, July 13 at 6:30 pm. 

Gallery Reception: 
 Thursday, June 15, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Free Events Open to the Public at 772 Pacific Street, Placerville, CA

Deep Blue Lead examines the vast, ancient river forged by powerful geologic forces at work millions of years ago, a flow of water that gouged out a channel two miles wide and four miles long. The ore that was eventually deposited along the Lead was discovered during the Gold Rush; the vein runs under the lava caps that give the local winery its name, under Smith Flat House and Hangtown Creek for several miles towards the South Fork of the American River.


Caitlin Thompson. Big Cut Cobbles. 2017. Photograph.

El Dorado Arts Council enlisted noted geologist George Wheeldon and local photographer Caitlin Thompson to combine their expertise in order to explore and document the ancient river channel.  George A. Wheeldon, P.G., Emeritus Professor of Geology, is a leading expert on the Deep Blue Lead and local geology. He has been a resident in El Dorado County since the early 1960s, pursuing his childhood passion of discovery. A student, teacher, professional geologist and all-around curiosity seeker, he has amassed an enormous bank of knowledge which he brings to this venture.  


Local photographer and artist Caitlin Thompson has lived in El Dorado County for nearly ten years and spends much of her spare time exploring and photographing the unique landscapes of the county. 


Artist unknown. Spanish Hill Mining. 1852. Reproduction of historical photograph.


Free Events Open to the Public


Gallery Reception: 

Thursday, June 15, 6:00 - 8:00 pm


Geology talk by George Wheeldon:

 Thursday, July 13 at 6:30 pm. 


El Dorado Arts Council empowers artistic vision at all stages of development, promoting a lively arts ecosystem, supporting all art forms, and connecting local artists and organizations throughout 
El Dorado County through its programs and services. The Arts Council, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is funded by government agencies, foundations, corporations and generous individuals; tax-deductible contributions sustain artistic discovery and a vibrant cultural community.



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Dan Cattone, President

Les Brown, Vice President

Madeline Restaino, Secretary

Terry Klas, Treasurer

Sherry Joyce

Bob Pedersen

Carl Ribaudo 


Terry LeMoncheck, Executive Director - 

Andrew Vonderschmitt, Program Manager -

Caitlin Thompson, Administrative Coordinator - 

Jordan Hyatt-Miller, Gallery Assistant - 



El Dorado Arts Council Office: 772 Pacific Street, Placerville, CA

Mailing address: P.O. Box 2400, Placerville, CA 95667

Tel: 530.295.3496