Who we are

Yosemite Sierra Artists is a division of Yosemite Sierra Artists, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We promote art education and fellowship in the Yosemite mountain communities. Our website address is: https://yosemitewesternartists.com.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

We do not collect any personal data from visitors. We do collect data from any person who signs up to become a member on the website.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


This site uses Google Analytics, which collects anonymous data on each user including but not limited to: gender, age, location, and what pages you visit.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes. If you are a member or former member of Yosemite Sierra Artists and want all your data removed from the website, please email info@yosemitewesternartists.com and put your request in writing.

Additional information

If you use your site for commercial purposes and you engage in more complex collection or processing of personal data, you should note the following information in your privacy policy in addition to the information we have already discussed.

Data Collected to Manage Your Membership

At checkout, we will collect your name, email address, username, and password. This information is used to setup your account for our site. If you are redirected to an offsite payment gateway to complete your payment, we may store this information in a temporary session variable to setup your account when you return to our site.

At checkout, we may also collect your billing address and phone number. This information is used to confirm your credit card. The billing address and phone number are saved by our site to pre-populate the checkout form for future purchases and so we can get in touch with you if needed to discuss your order.

At checkout, we may also collect your credit card number, expiration date, and security code. This information is passed to our payment gateway to process your purchase. The last 4 digits of your credit card number and the expiration date are saved by our site to use for reference and to send you an email if your credit card will expire before the next recurring payment.

When logged in, we use cookies to track some of your activity on our site including logins, visits, and page views.

Member Directories

There are two member directories on the website – public and private. The public directory is viewable by anyone looking at the website and displays the YWA member’s name, bio, website, social accounts, medium, uploaded images, and anything else the member fills out in their public art profile.

The private directory is only viewable by active YWA members via login. The private directory contains the public profile along with city and phone number. If you do not want this information shown to members, just remove it from your Yosemite Western Artists account. To remove or change any information in your YWA Member Profile, Log in, click MEMBER INFO, then EDIT PROFILE.