April 14, 2014

Green Gulch Farm Visit a Great Start | April 13, 2014

Artists made it out to Green Gulch Farm(a Member of Marin Organic) for our inaugural artist visit of 2014 this past weekend.  Among those noted were Nancy Thomson of Tiburon, Muriel Shcmalberg Ullman of Sausalito, and a new member, Nancy from Petaluma.  It was a warm, pre-summer day; hot in the sun, but a little too cool in the shade- Good thing we had both.  I was there with my "zen dog", Mesa, and we enjoyed the long walk down to the gardens from the upper lots.  It's a special location, moving from Eucalyptus trees and forest out through the valley to the coast.

There was a morning Dharma Talk when we arrived, so we had to tiptoe past quietly.  As some of us left, there was a work party going on in the afternoon.

Thank you to the managers at Green Gulch for letting us create in this peaceful spot for a day.  I learned much from the signs of Buddhism around the property.  We saw bikes, horses, families and day hikers.   The Green Gulch Nursery offers organic plants and starts available for sale.  There were many plants and they looked healthy and new.  Please contact the Green Gulch Office for more info, or to volunteer. 

Our next visit will be to Toluma Farm + Tomales Farmstead Creamery
on May 25, 2014.

"Bike Monkey" by C.Proppé

Fantastic, treasures to discover when you live in the present.  -C.Proppé

"Now as we enter our day of activity, fully engaged in helping others,
Let us remember the one who is not busy, and be free from self-cling-ing."

Hoping to paint this one!  Love the colors. - CProppé
View more photos from this visit on our Facebook Page for Art on the Farm,  or on Meetup.

April 6, 2014

2014 Artist Visits Begin April 13 + Find us on Meetup!

Our first visit of 2014 will be to Green Gulch Farm.  Click the Schedule Tab above for more information, or click here

Green Gulch Farm is located in a valley that opens out onto the Pacific Ocean. In addition to the temple program of zen and study, it includes an organic farm and garden, as well as a guest house and conference center. 

View a Farm Slideshow from Green Gulch.

Note:  all artists who attend must sign a waiver and mail it to Marin Organic.
***NEW:  We have joined "Meetup".  Cost to maintain Meetup is $144. annually.  We are requesting a $5. donation on that site, which appears as "Membership Dues".  You are not required to pay this to join, but it is suggested to off-set out-of-pocket costs to the volunteer coordinator.

Know a local business that would like to sponsor our Meetup Group?  We can promote them on Meetup, our website, Twitter and at exhibits.  Contact us here to become a Sponsor.

Click here to join the Meetup Group, which will alert you of upcoming Farm Visits this year and allow you to arrange car pools with other artists share your art and more.  "Meetup" has an app for your phone so you can easily keep groups, members, directions handy for all of our meetings.

March 30, 2014

Artists visit Warnecke Ranch, Healdsburg

Today some of the Art on the Farm artists joined the North Bay Plein Air Meetup group and painted at Warnecke Ranch in Healdsburg. Click here to learn more about Warnecke Ranch and their artist residency program.
Micaela Marsden and + Maeve Croghan at Warnecke Ranch (Kristen Russel photo)
Maeve Croghan and Micaela Marsden are pictured here today as photographed by artist and photographer Kristen Russel, of Rhonert Park. Please visit the North Bay Plein Air Meetup and Blog to learn more about their group outings.
Maeve Croghan getting started at Warnecke Ranch (Kristen Russel photo)
Micaela Marsden at Warnecke Ranch (photo by Kristen Russel)

March 29, 2014

"Cows at Cerini Ranch" by Micaela Marsden

Painting and Words by Guest Blogger + Art on the Farm artist: Micaela Marsden.
Cows at Cerini Ranch, by Micaela Marsden

Cerini Ranch in Tomales, California is owned by the Doughty family, proprietors of the Pt. Reyes Vineyards and Winery on Rt. 1 overlooking Tomales Bay.  This ranch is just North of Hog Island Oysters, and neighbors the Strauss Family Dairy.

This is a wonderful place to paint, with many acres of rolling hills, clumps of gorgeous trees, and of course, many cows. I had the privilege of painting there a few years ago with Art on the Farm. You may view additional photos of Cerini during our artist visit here, on the photo blog of Photographer, Ann Brooks.

March 24, 2014

New Artist Visits.... Coming soon!

Hello SPRING!  Yes, we are still here.  We were waiting for the rains to come and bring green to the farms and the hills.  We are discussing the next steps for this group, and we have talked about creating a "Meetup" for Art on the Farm, like the North Bay Plein Air painters group uses.  It seems easy for others to upload their photos and stay better connected, ride share, etc....  For example, they have 79 people RSVP'd to attend a paint-out in Healdsburg on Sunday, March 30th! We collaborated with them once before for our visit to Gospel Flat Farms this past summer.  They posted our farm visit on their site, and more people showed up.  Hoping they may let us do that again this year!

Please check back soon for new dates and places to visit.  This year, due to the drought, we may have some restrictions on bathrooms and water use, so I would highly suggest people think about bringing their own water and using local public restrooms for their needs.  Check back soon!

In the meantime, feel free to visit THE NEW WEBSITE at MarinOrganic.org and the individual producer websites, such as StempleCreek.com and cowtrackranch.com .  We are still posting interesting news weekly on Twitter, so you may also wish to follow us there.

Thank you!

January 8, 2014

Marin Organic Auction a Success

Happy New Year!

We want to take this opportunity to thank Marin Organic and Liana Orlandi, who organized and ran the recent online auction through Bidding for Good.  As a first time effort, we feel it had a very good response as nine paintings from the Art on the Farm group were sold as well as additional local photography jewelery, lodging and dinner certificates for organic restaurants.  We were very pleased with the collaboration with Marin Organic, and I hope they will consider working with us to grow this option for the future.

Congratulations to the following artists sold work in the auction:

Liana Harris •  Frances Hiller Healey • Julia Ross •  Laura Williams  • Alan Mart  • Katie Horacek  • Colleen Proppé  •  Michael Lamotte

Many more artists had bids on their pieces, well up to $500., but since the reserve on the works was higher than this, he art was not sold.  Marin Organic has emailed the high bidders to connect directly with the artists in case they are still interested in purchasing the work.  Thanks again, and we look forward to hopefully trying this again in the future.

We hope to schedule new artist visits to the farms in the Spring. In the meantime, pray for rain and do your favorite rain dances so our local farms will have grasses for the cattle and the produce will be plentiful.