September 25, 2015

Back in the Saddle!
Make Art on the Farm 9/30/15

Artists Painting at Cow Track Ranc
For our Participating Artists:

Liz Daniels and Family have invited us to come make art outside, all day, any time on September 30th. They have a new parking lot on their ranch (due to all those weddings they are hosting!). So please come out and paint, photograph and enjoy the rolling hills, cattle and vistas at:

Cow Track Ranch
Nicasio, CA
(First dirt road on the Right after the Nicasio School... follow dirt road slowly (look out for cows) through the gates until you see arched farm sign and gate for Cow Track Ranch).
Previous Cow Track Visits/Posts:
2013 Cow Track (post)
2012 at Cow Track
2009 at Cow Track
2008 at Cow Track

September 30th, 2015

Please RSVP here.
We truly encourage all artists to become Members of Marin Organic who wish to participate in these outings. If and when you do become a member of Marin Organic, we will feature your art in a featured post on our blog here at Art on the Farm .com. A great way to share your work with the online world, promote a show or event you are having, and encourage others to do the same. (Please email your promotional materials with a copy of your Marin Organic Membership receipt to to be included in a post on our blog, Facebook and Twitter accounts(we have over 1,000 followers on Twitter- Thanks, Twitter Friends!)

As a group, we get to experience the joy of visiting Marin Organic lands and making art outside. We give back at least 50% of any art we sell at our exhibits to Marin Organic. We support our local producers and love being a part of sharing their work and mission with all.

Thank you!

December 31, 2014

Remembering those Art on the Farm Lost in 2014

Sandy Greenblat & artist, Davis Perkins, celebrating Open Studios 2012

I waited until the last day here, and it finds me sick in bed without a physical voice, but I wanted to take a moment to write and honor some very special people who loved Marin, its landscape artists and organic farming.  My hope is that we can come together in 2015 and have a group show to give back to these special people, perhaps even start a memorial exhibit in their names that would continue to honor them year after year.

Sandy Greenblat was a compassionate force in the Arts in Marin County, and responsible for the reorganization of Art Works Downtown in his final years, where I assisted with graphics and PR.  I was able to witness, first hand, this extraordinarily committed soul, sweep in and sort through, by hand, over fifteen years of clutter.  According to the Marin Horse Council, where he was a volunteer for many years, his motto was to "always leave things better when you left", and he certainly did so for the Arts Community in San Rafael.  He organized the entire office where I worked, and lead the Board in hiring it's current Executive Director.  Sandy was kind to everyone.  Above all, he wanted the staff to get along with each other, a task I can say was not always easy, but his encouragement certainly helped me stay as long as I could and accomplish many projects to improve the publicity of AWD.

Sandy is survived by his wife, Artist, Marilyn Greenblat (pictured).
During Sandy's role as the Interim Director, he and his wife, Marilyn Greenblat, an award winning landscape painter, worked to design the building wide exhibit of Art on the Farm that raised money for Marin Organic 2012-2013.  A superb mediator and leader, Sandy was able to navigate the stormy waters of an Art Center situated in an old, historic building that had years of frustration based on building code changes and fundraising needs.  In the end, a very large, collaboration took place, in which all areas of the building were filled with art about farming in Marin County.  The Marin History Museum shared past artifacts and the artists in their studios benefited from the traffic stream of new people through the building and new cafe.  It was really a special exhibit for Art on the Farm, Marin Organic, and the community of San Rafael.  We were very proud of that accomplishment, and it could not have been done with out the efforts of both Sandy and Marilyn.
Sandy Greeblat (via Marin Horse Council Newsletter, Fall 2014)

Sandy was a horseman, and when working with him, I learned that he truly enjoyed assisting in trail building in Samuel P. Taylor and really adored being with horses.  His Facebook photo showed him in a cowboy hat, and I affectionately referred to him as the "Art Cowboy".  When I left AWD, I gave Sandy a painting of two horses by artist Margaret "Patti" Elliot, a Marin Organic producer, photographer and painter.  I always hoped he would have this for years to come and get to ride horses more often after AWD reorganized.  I have spent this year, really thinking about Sandy's passion and commitment to the Arts, but also, his love of horses.  To read more about Sandy's amazing contributions to the Marin Horse Council, Trail Maps and more, please read the dedication to him in the Fall MHC newsletter here, or visit the Marin Horse Council website.

I would like to propose that Art on the Farm artists come together and paint a series of horse paintings to exhibit in 2015.  "The Horse Show" can become our way of giving back to Sandy.  Perhaps we can find a way to include some of the horse non-profits in Marin.  In the spirit of Sandy's volunteer work, please do volunteer to help with this goal in 2015, by contributing your time, your organizational skills and/or your art work.  If you have a horse or friends with horses, see if there are ways we could bring artists to visit and paint/photograph horses, or get out to favorite horse trails for art involved with this goal.  Click here to send a quick note of your commitment and wish to participate in the show.
Sharon Mendoza Doughty (via Press Democrat article)

We also lost a very dear friend to Art on the Farm this Fall, rancher and producer at Point Reyes Vineyard, Sharon Doughty.  Sharon was an amazing woman.  I will never forget her voice on the phone when I would call to schedule an outing.  "What do you need?  and "Yes, we can do that"  Were always her answers.  She was so incredibly willing to help get artists out to enjoy West Marin that she and Steve hosted the Art on the Farm group at their vineyard and inns for several years.  Many of the Art on the Farm artists got to know them personally and really loved our annual show at the Vineyard where we displayed some of the art on hay bales.
View from Point Reyes Vineyards at Sunset
When the weather was in climate and rainy for two years in a row, this unique outdoor venue was scratched, but we all benefited from some wonderful events there.  Our group has never had a budget and always allowed all artists to participate for free, so the ability to rent a space or put up tents was never really something we wanted to do- we were trying to sell art and raise funds simply, not spend money.  Sharon and Steve offered their summer cabin on Tomales Bay to us once a year for the artist to paint on the Bay.  These amazing contributions from Sharon were always done with out question.  The more people, the merrier.  She never got frazzled or lost her cool.  I am sorry I did not get to visit her one more time.  I would like to pass on one of my paintings of her property to the family, and I welcome other artists from Art on the Farm to do the same.

So, as we move forward into 2015, I want to embrace Sandy's wish that "we all need to get along" as artists in Marin County, and Sharon's wish that "everyone is welcome" to enjoy the land that is West Marin and cherish it, preserve it and give back to Marin Organic and MALT.  As we say goodbye to 2014, Sandy and Sharon, I ask that everyone who has benefited from their work and kindness give what they can now.  Don't put it off.  Sandy and Sharon did not put things off... they helped right away, whenever they could.  You can do this right now by making a donation to Marin Organic, volunteering, or visiting Pt. Reyes Vineyards and telling the family "Thank you".

Art on the Farm, Volunteer

September 14, 2014

2014 Farm Visits Suspended in June

Due to concerns this year after an overbooked outing, Art on the Farm concluded this year's farm visits after May 28th.  Although we are delighted to have so many artists that wish to participate, we must cooperate and communicate better with the farmers as guests on their land. We will regroup soon to plan our next exhibit, fundraiser, and next year's outings. Our apologies to any artists and farms affected.

Please continue to follow to glean at farms and attend paid events to support organic farming and field studies in Marin.

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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)