Plumas Arts Reinvents The Capitol Club In Quincy, California

June 29th, 2012 by David Leland Hyde Leave a reply »

Announcing The Grand Opening Of The Capitol Arts Gallery

525 Main Street Across From The County Courthouse
Quincy, California   95971

Opening Reception 5:00-7:00 pm June 29, 2012

Group Exhibition June 29, 2012 Through August 22, 2012

Mount Hough, Arlington Ridge And Cottonwoods Across Indian Valley, Plumas County, Northern Sierra Nevada, California, copyright 2009 by David Leland Hyde. A 16X24 archival print of this photograph will participate in the Capitol Arts Center Grand Opening Show. The Plumas Arts Grand Opening Group Exhibition is the first time David Leland Hyde’s photography has been exhibited in a “brick and mortar” venue. David Leland Hyde was born in Plumas County. He is the son of pioneer landscape photographer Philip Hyde, who lived in Plumas County for 56 years. Philip Hyde was one of the founders of the Plumas County Museum. He hired the architect of the Plumas County Museum and was active in local community affairs including being a member of the nationally acclaimed Quincy Library Group that created a bridge between environmentalists and timber interests. For more on Philip Hyde click on his name in the main text.

(See the photograph large: “Mount Hough Across Indian Valley.”)

For more information about the current Lumiere Gallery group show in Atlanta, Georgia, see the blog post, “Lumiere Gallery Presents: Designed By Nature.”

The history of art, local Plumas County artists, Plumas Arts and the history of watering holes, bars, taverns, drinking establishments, clubs and historic saloons converged last year and will culminate in a new Grand Opening of the Capitol Art Gallery at 525 Main Street in downtown Quincy, California, the county seat of Plumas county.

The historic two-story Capitol Saloon, established in 1873 by Andrew “Doc” Hall, thrived for over a century and a quarter before falling on hard times in recent years. The Capitol Club, as it was later called, stood vacant until the 25-year-old Quincy, California based art association, Plumas Arts, bought the building outright for $70,500 in September 2011 and paid its back taxes, reinventing the premises as The Capitol Art Gallery.

The Capitol Arts Gallery opened on May 4, 2011 with a rare local exhibition by internationally recognized landscape photographer Carr Clifton. The Grand Opening of the Capitol Arts Gallery and opening reception will be this evening, Friday, June 29, 2012 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Carr Clifton’s opening reception and the gala Grand Opening this evening may be the most colorful and captivating events in the long history of “The Cap” besides “A spectacular shoot-out that occurred in front of the saloon in February 1886, resulting in the death of one man and the ostracizing of the other,” historically recounted by Las Plumas of the Plumas County Museum Association, which pioneer landscape photographer Philip Hyde helped found.

Philip Hyde and his son David Leland Hyde will be just two of more than 35 local artists, whose art will appear in the Grand Opening Exhibition. Philip Hyde’s “Cathedral In The Desert,” that American Photo Magazine named one of the top 100 photographs of the 20th century will be in the show as well as “The Minarets,” that Ansel Adams said he liked better than his own photograph of the Minarets, as well as “Misty Morning, Indian Creek” and “Spanish Creek” will appear in the show. David Leland Hyde’s “Grasses, Clouds Reflected, Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite National Park, California” and “Mount Hough, Arlington Ridge And Cottonwoods Across Indian Valley” will also hang in the exhibition. When asked which artists might be of interest to a national and international audience, Plumas Arts’ Executive Director for over 25 years, Roxanne Valladao replied, “They all are. It’s not fair for me to say which artists are more important or more interesting than the others. The show represents all of our members that wanted to be in the show.” Indeed the Plumas Arts membership is “diverse and talented,” reported the Feather River Bulletin and Indian Valley Record. “The exhibition will feature two dimensional and three dimensional fine art and artisan creations in wood, basketry, pottery and jewelry… Plumas Arts will also use the evening to offer recognition to the generous individuals and groups that offered financial and volunteer support… All who made a financial donation of $100 or more or offered volunteer labor will be given a fine art print of Indian Creek by late local artist bob Pfenning.”

Executive Director Roxanne Valladao said that 36 people so far have donated their time and 57 people have donated money to the “Place of Our Own” fund that became the Capitol Arts Gallery. The California Arts Council article on Plumas Arts said that after decades of saving, sacrificing and fundraising, Plumas Arts was in the fortuitous position to take advantage of a foreclosure auction to purchase the Capitol Club. Donations paid for the bulk of renovations while dozens of volunteers cleaned, dumped trash, demolished walls, replaced rotted floors and walls, painted, polished and redesigned the space into a beautiful contemporary art gallery space that still retains the charm of the historical building as well. Organizations such as the California Arts Council, the Plumas County Board of Supervisors, Feather River College, Pacific Gas & Electric, High Sierra Music Foundation and a number of other local and state organizations contributed funding or expertise to the project. A gorgeous wood floor installation that would have cost tens of thousands of dollars came together under the efforts of Feather River College Students in Free Enterprise, also known as S.I.F.E., with a LOWE’s foundation grant.

As said in the California Arts Council organ ArtWorks, “For a rural arts council in one of the most economically challenged, least populated (Plumas County’s population is 20,000), and geographically isolated counties in the state, the notion of owning such a part of local history might seem part of a dreamscape.” However, local artists have earned this dream. Artists in Plumas County who support Plumas Arts range in experience, schooling, expertise, recognition and fame, but they all have actively participated in the development of the arts in Quincy and in the entire county. Plumas Arts members hail from the Plumas County communities of Quincy, Portola, Greenville, Chester, Taylorsville, Crescent Mills, Canyon Dam, Hamilton Branch, Westwood, Graeagle, Blairsden, Loyalton, Belden, Bucks Lake, Meadow Valley, Cromberg, Johnsville, Lake Almanor, Tobin, Twain and others. The Capitol Art Gallery is now open Wednesday through Friday 11:00 am to 5:30 pm and Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.



  1. Sharon says:

    Best wishes on your exhibit, David. It sounds very exciting!


  2. Steve Sieren says:

    Congratulations David. I love that quaint little town of Quincy with logging trucks coming through it! Not too far from Tahoe so I’ll have to stop if I make it up that way soon!

  3. That is way kool, David! Sort of wish it was bit closer so I could show up.

  4. Thank you Sharon. Hope some of mine sell as well as some people think they will and as I have observed in my personal sales experience.

    Steve, come on up. You’re welcome here. Thank goodness Quincy has come a long way from its complete redneck days. Nothing against redneck country folk, I are one, but you know…

    Monte, much appreciation for that. I’ll be back in Colorado one of these days and then we will be close, but yes, it would be great if you could see this show.

  5. pj says:

    Cool. Hope it goes well for you.

    Who knows?… maybe I’ll get up that way this summer. I’d love to see that part of the country.

  6. Thank you, PJ. Why not? You know you are always welcome to visit here.

  7. Dan Baumbach says:

    I’m just getting around to reading this. I hope the exhibit is going well.

  8. Hi Dan, I appreciate your comment and well wishes.

  9. Mark says:

    Hi David! I see the reception already past – hope it went well, and the show proves to be a success. I imagine there is a bit of “wait and see” involved with the show going through August. Hopefully it will exceed your expectations.

  10. Hi Mark, thank you for wishing us success. The opening reception went well. Roxanne Valladao said Plumas Arts sold a couple pieces of art, and though they weren’t Hyde photographs, more power to them. I’m not sure what the status is now. I haven’t heard from them regarding any sales yet.

  11. Greg Russell says:

    Beautiful image and congrats on the exhibition David. I lived in Quincy for a month one summer…nice town. i’d love to make it up there to see your work on display.

  12. Hi Greg, thank you for the compliment on “Mount Hough, Arlington Ridge and Cottonwoods Across Indian Valley.” I’m trying to remember, did you say something about being a fire fighter staying here in Plumas County to fight fires during one summer?

  13. Lyn Roberts says:

    We will have to stop by on our next visit. I have to say that it will be quite nostalgic for me as the old “Cap” was my favorite “establishment” back in the “redneck” days of the’70s and’80s. See you soon.

  14. Hi Lyn, You won’t recognize the Capitol Club, except maybe on the outside. The ceiling is the same, but the floor and walls are new. They took out the bar because somebody wanted to buy it. The next hardwood floor is gorgeous. Very light and airy inside of the new Capitol Art Gallery now.

  15. Lyn Roberts says:

    Dave, sorry we missed you today as we were passing through and stopped in for a look. Yes, quite a change! Great art work and it’s very nicely renovated. Very nostalgic for me, trying to imagine where my “stool” was supposed to be. Ha ha, I guess I’ll just have to watch for the next showing of “Guns Of the Timberline” to get a glimpse of the old Cap. Glad I stopped in. We’ll be back and maybe run into you then.

  16. Hi Lyn, Glad you enjoyed seeing the new Capitol Art Gallery. You would very rarely ever find me at Plumas Arts at the Capitol Art Gallery, except by pure fluke as I do stop by there every few weeks. You would be much more likely to find me here at home and in the Philip Hyde Studio that Dad attached to the garage in 1965. I’m here most of the time, except when I’m not, of course, for travel or groceries.

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