Yosemite Sierra Artists (formerly Yosemite Western Artists) was founded in 1971 by a group of artists and art enthusiasts interested in sharing their work, their experience, and their passion for learning more about the arts. The organization flourished and continues today as a community-sponsored enterprise dedicated to the development of the visual arts.

YSA offers participation on many levels. For members who simply want to show their support by joining, your membership dollars will go toward organizing and funding classes, workshops, and exhibitions, and the day-to-day expenses of keeping the organization running. For members who want to be more hands-on, the organization is always seeking volunteers to help with YSA events and activities. Artist members benefit from each other’s experience and through participation in YSA classes, workshops, and exhibitions.

  • Connect with other members for support and camaraderie
  • Participate in YSA special events, exhibitions, groups, and outings
  • Take advantage of opportunities to exhibit work at YSA satellite locations including Yosemite Gateway Arts Center, United Security Bank, and other local venues
  • Collaborate with Local Arts Councils
  • Get reduced fees and special opportunities to participate including Annual Tri-County Exhibition and other YSA sponsored exhibits


Art Groups

Please note the new times/dates of our art groups:

Portrait Group: Meets twice a month on Fridays. Please visit our Live Model Group page for details.

Still Life Group: Meets monthly. For details please visit our Still Life Group page

Plein-Air: Meets monthly. For details please visit our Plein-Air Group page

Photo Group: Currently meets virtually on our YSA Photo Group Facebook Page.

Women’s Voices, Women’s Vision: Meets virtually on Facebook


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