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The Originals of Yosemite

Celebrate the way we view our park at new art exhibit


Merced County Courthouse Museum will open “The Originals of Yosemite” exhibit on Thursday, March 7 at 5 p.m.

Yosemite is our most famous neighbor and gives us bragging rights. From exploring its original place names to cherished traditions, this exhibit will present the beauty of this natural wonderland in the eyes of residents, visitors, admirers, profiteers — and even haters.

Don’t be sad about the bygone Ahwahnee. Instead, be happy with the new Majestic because what matters is the history that has happened in this park and the memories created there.

Most of the items on display are original — from Arthur Pillsbury’s photographs to the brass horn used in the Firefall summer event at Glacier Point. The art on display also features the work of locals, including Henry DuPertius’ scratchboard art of Yosemite Falls, Vivian Knepel’s oil painting of the Wawona Covered Bridge, and Dorothy Leland’s photograph entitled Foggy Pond Dawn.

At the exhibit opening, photographer Jim Cunningham of Le Grand will give a PowerPoint presentation titled: “Yosemite through the Lens of Jim Cunningham” at 6 p.m. His “Gates of the Valley,” also on display, won the best picture in the Cowboys and Indians magazine photo contest in 2013.

For more information about the exhibit, please contact the Courthouse Museum at 723-2401. Admission to the event is free.

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