El Dorado Arts Council promotes and connects local artists and organizations throughout El Dorado County by providing advocacy, education, programs and services. EDAC empowers artistic vision at all stages of development, promoting a vibrant community, both culturally and economically, and supporting all art forms.
The Fausel House Gallery is a venue for showcasing the work of artists from all over El Dorado County, and is a destination for visitors and residents alike. Rotating exhibitions of paintings and drawings, photography, sculpture, and mixed media are displayed throughout the year, along with student work and traveling shows such as the Sierra Pastel Society’s signature member show and the Embroiderers’ Guild of America’s National Exhibit. Many of the works on display at the Gallery are also available for purchase. EDAC also presents readings, workshops and other public events at the Gallery.
Home of El Dorado Arts Council is the historic Fausel House that was built in 1861 by German pioneer Frederick Giebenhain, next to his Giebenhain and Sons Brewery. In 1902, his daughter Mary married Emil Fausel. The Fausel family ran the brewery until Prohibition shut down operations in 1920; however, they continued to own and occupy the house.
Before its 2007 renovation, the Fausel House was Placerville’s oldest residential building, built by Frederick Giebenhain, a German emigrant who, riding the flood wave of gold euphoria, came to California in 1853. In 1857, Giebenhain purchased the nearby Mountain Brewery. An astute businessman, he recognized that a fortune could be made catering to the citizens of the newly minted city of Placerville, a boomtown that was not only the county seat but also home to some 200 businesses—boarding houses, liveries, saloons, and stores.