WELCOME to our 12th Annual guide to supporting Sonoma County garden businesses. From Nurseries to Landscapers and Garden Clubs we have created as comprehensive a resource to locally-owned garden businesses as we can. This entire guide with Garden Calendar and updates all year kong is also available on its own website at www.SonomaCountyNurseries.com. Please feel free to let us know about a bsuiness we have may have missed so we can include them in our FREE listing under their category. Enjoy your garden and please support Sonoma County entrepreneurs.
November is the time of year when we gather with people we love to Give Thanks...simply because someone, way back when, decided to have a feast of thanks. They were thanking the people who helped them survive, and thanking their spiritual leader for providing for them through a long and arduous journey to a new world, and new life. Our lives are much less complicated, but we still have a lot ot be thankful for. This is a great time of year to think about what good lives we share in such a stunning place...Sonoma County.
“When life throws challenges at me, I take refuge in my studio. Immersed in those processes, whether painting, mixed media, or ceramics, I settle into a calmness and absorption that ultimately extends into the rest of my life, giving it greater clarity.“ This is how Mary Mahler describes the importance of art to her life.
The search for visual art mixed with poetry has long been a quest of those blessed by a talent in both. Since each pulls inferences from the reader’s mind they are related somehow but the marriage of the two is rarely attempted and less frequently seen. A remarkable example of a successful melding of paintings and prose was achieved in the early Seventies when author, Robert Vavra teamed with Fleur Cowles to produce Tiger Flower and Lion and Blue.
hen, as a high schooler, Lance Kuehne won regional photography awards, you might say “something clicked.” Although he didn’t realize it yet, he was destined to become a recognized photographer, documenting the North Bay landscape.
Three landscape artists, who see the terrain of Western Sonoma County in radically different ways, will be showing their paintings at O.C.A. for two months, starting Jan. 20, 2017. It has been my privilege to help produce this exhibition, and to preview the work of Dave Gordon, Charles Beckand William Taylor. I look forward to the conversations these paintings will have with each other when hung together in the one room Art Center Gallery!
Five Sonoma County artists are being recognized through the fourth annual “Discovered: Emerging Artists from Sonoma County” program, produced by Creative Sonoma and the Petaluma Arts Center. The five winners’ work will be shown in a professionally juried show at the Center, opening on January 21st from 5 to 7 pm. Winners will also receive a $2,000 stipend.
Henry White is a master painter of the local landscape, a passionate portrayer of the old oaks that decorate our hillsides. He hikes with camera, recording the individuality of particular trees he passes while traversing this landscape that so inspires him. In studio, he paints his selected image.
Two important exhibitions of the urban plein air paintings of Santa Rosa’s Bill Taylor are scheduled at both the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, and theOccidental Center for the Arts. Spanning five decades, these paintings comprise a body of heretofore unrecognized and unseen work. They are coming out of storage and being exhibited as part of a show entitled Your Landscape in Sebastopol through November 27.
Many artists produce exciting work simply by using time-validated procedures and techniques. However, those methods don’t allow Georgianne Fastaia the degree of innovation and individuality she seeks in her art.
Creative Sonoma, a division of Sonoma County’s Economic Development Board, is pleased to announce the 11 finalists for the Discovered: Exceptional Visual Artists of Sonoma County award. “Discovered” is a juried exhibition program designed to advance the careers of Sonoma County artists whose work has previously not been well recognized.