November 29, 2012

Holiday Fundraising Exhibit for Marin Organic

Art Works Downtown, San Rafael, CA

Fundraiser for Marin Organic Farm Field Studies

November 30 - January 17, 2013:

Opening Reception: Dec 14, 2012
Second Reception:   Jan 11, 2012

Art Works Downtown, San Rafael, CA building-wide fundraiser "Art on the Farm" exhibit will raise funds for  Marin Organic's Farm Field Studies Program


Some images from our 2013 Exhibit:


November 4, 2012

Bolinas Gallery Exhibit 2012

Ongoing now through November 25th, our annual Bolinas exhibit gives a percentage back to the Farmer's Loan Fund.  This exhibit has been organized by Founder, Alan Mart of Bolinas, and volunteers have assisted with installation and gallery sitting.  Photos courtesy of artist, Frances Healey.

The Bolinas Gallery more>
52 Wharf Road, Bolinas, CA
show runs through Nov 25

open Sat & Sun's only, 1-5:30pm

Poster by Brian Ayuso:
download Poster for this exhibit here >

Our next exhibit is coming November 30th to San Rafael! 
Become a sponsor, volunteer or participate!

Art Works Downtown

Building-wide fundraising exhibit for Marin Organic
Nov 30 - Jan 17
opening reception
: Dec 14, 2012
second reception
:   Jan 11, 2013

Artists, learn how to particpate on our Exhibits page >

September 26, 2012

Exhibits are coming!

Save these dates for fantastic opening receptions:

The Bolinas Gallery more>
reception  : Sat Nov 3 • 12pm - 5:30pm
52 Wharf Road, Bolinas, CA
show runs through Nov 25

open Sat & Sun's only, 1-5:30pm

Poster by Brian Ayuso:
download Poster for this exhibit here >

Art Works Downtown

Building-wide fundraising exhibit for Marin Organic
Nov 30 - Jan 17
opening reception
: Dec 14, 2012
second reception
:   Jan 11, 2013

Artists, learn how to particpate on our Exhibits page >

August 13, 2012

Cow Track Ranch: July 29, 2012

We had a fantastic day at Liz Daniel's "Cow Track Ranch" in Nicasio.  It was the day after a gorgeous wedding had taken place, and many of the decorations and flowers were still in place.  Liz was so accommodating, and we were still able to visit all the nooks and crannies of her property.

I stopped at Nicasio Cheese Company on my way over, and purchased my lunch: a cooler of cheese, crackers, and drinks to enjoy through the early evening.  While I was there, an entire family of cyclists had stopped in for a break.  They were training for the Marin Century that took place the last weekend in August.  I hope they enjoyed it!

There were over 20 artists out at Cow Track throughout the day this year.  This is one of the best spots to visit because it is easy to get to and there are so many unique things to paint.  Holsteins, Long-horn cattle, rolling hills, old tractors and barns, a pond, lots of gardens and plants, rock outcroppings and more.

Photojournalist and blogger, Ann Brooks, has written a terrific post on her day there too!  Please click here to view Ann's photos of the day, including this one of West Marin's, Sharon Skolnik-Bagnoli, painting watercolor sketches.

Our next visit is August 19th, Creekside Gardens.  We have another visit in August at the Lunny Oyster Farm.  Please visit our Schedule to learn more about these outings for artists.

July 2, 2012

Highlights from Art on the Farm

Since 1998, artists from the Bay Area and beyond have joined to create art inspired by Marin Organic farms, and give a percentage of their sales back to the farmers.

June 4, 2012

Toluma Farm 2012

April 29, 2012
Our group had the pleasure of warm, sunny skies and a summer-like day at Toluma Farms, Tomales.

"Goat Love" by C.Proppé © 2012
Toluma Farms is a Marin County (Tomales) family owned Grade A dairy and organic farm, just twenty minutes west of Petaluma.  They are developing a line of fine artisan hand crafted goat cheeses.  In addition, Toluma supplies goat milk to Redwood Hill Farms of Sonoma County.   An interesting fact about goat milk is that worldwide, more people drink goat's milk than cow's milk. Toluma's goat’s milk, like any good goat’s milk, has a delicious slightly sweet taste. The goats are milked twice a day and produce a gallon of milk each day which translates into one pound of cheese.  They can identify every one of the 200 goats by name! They have Nubian, Saanen, Alpine, La Manchas and Oberhaslis goats at Toluma Farms.

I arrived mid-day to put up our sign and several artists had already arrived and began painting plein air.  Donna Solin, Catherine Moreno, and Daphne Gerlach were well on their way already.  See photos, below.
The start of a barn painting, by Donna Solin.

Mill Valley artist, Catherine Moreno, beginning a painting of the largest barn.
Goat tries to nibble Daphne Gerlach's supplies.
This goat had a LOT of character!

The goats were so friendly.  They paraded down a trail to meet me and my sons, and the other artists.  This is when I learned from Eric Butler, Herd Manager, that they all had very cool names.  This is a beautiful farm, not far from Dillon Beach.  My family ended up at the beach this day, but I am so glad we got to come out and photograph and see the other artists hard at work and enjoying the gorgeous views.  Hopefully, some of the paintings and photographs from today will end up at our year end exhibits that bring funds back to the farmers.
Beautiful, late afternoon light on the new barn, goats + sheep.  C.Proppé©

April 26, 2012

Blackberry Farm 2012

Blackberry Farmhouse, Bolinas, CA 2012

Aggie's Gate
This year's second visit of the season brought a handful of artists out to Bolinas on a cool and foggy day in April.

Artist, Maud Zimmer was there to meet the proprietor of Blackberry Farm, Aggie Murch.  Zimmer says that it was a lovely day, and Aggie brought out warm, cranberry-walnut cookies for all the artists at "just the right time".

Photos from the day have been contributed by Petaluma-based artist, Daphne Wallace Gerlach.

"Aggie was wonderful to visit with and the beautiful home has lots of history, including an old rose bush; I wish that I could remember the name of it!  Aggie was happy to see that someone painted the Buttercups all over the front lawn...(Maud).  I am working on a painting of them too.   Maud's painting featured the house.  I hope to have a painting up and ready soon", says Gerlach.

April 24, 2012

Cerini Ranch Visit 2012

Click here to visit Ann Brooks Photography Blog with some great photos from this first trip.

Our first visit of 2012 brought our group out to Cerini Ranch, just North of Hog Island Oysters.  It was a gorgeous day, with puffy clouds and sunshine.  I opened up in the morning and put our signs out for the group.  I also enjoyed bringing my 9 year old son, Blake, out to the farm to paint for the first time.  He did a decent job painting, but mostly preferred playing iPad in the warm car, watching mom paint.  It was nice to have him along for the visit.

Blake Costello on his very first "Art on the Farm" visit, age 9
When we arrived, we were greated by Vicki- Victoria, a real English gardener, who has lived and cared for the property for years.  She was a very nice hostess and came out to see what we were painting mid-day as she strolled the property for a walk.  There were about 10 artists on the property throughout the day.  We left by 4pm when Patti Elliot and Ann Brooks showed up for afternoon light.  Ann has written a terrific blog post about her first time visit with "Art on the Farm".  Enjoy!

January 28, 2012

2012: New Year, new website, new artists! Follow us.

This week's meeting with our founder, Alan Mart, was a great kick off for the new season.  Thank you to Art Works Downtown and Odalisque Café for their generosity and support of our group and mission.

We have a new site location here:

You may also wish to follow us on Twitter for the most current events.

 If you wish to be notified of future paint outs:

1.  Sign up below:
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2.  Download the new Waiver Form
(ALL participants must sign the new form)

3.  Scan it in and email it to
     Mail it to:
att: Kerry McGrath, Art on the Farm Liason
      Marin Organic, P.O. Box 962. Pt. Reyes Station, CA 94956

or... email us to ask more detailed questions.

January 25, 2012

Art on the Farm 2012: Meeting at AWD

Organizational meeting tonight at Art Works Downtown with founder, Alan Mart.  Alan is in town from Colorado this week, and is meeting with members and interested artists to organize farm visits and plan exhibits for the new year.  Artists welcome.  Meeting is from 6-8pm in the Founders Lounge.  Please enter from D street entrance(between US Post Office and T&B Sports on D, between 3rd & 4th).
Coffee and tea provided by Odalisque Café
Limited seating.
Please RSVP to