December 10, 2013

Marin Organic Holiday Art Auction is now Open!

Online Auction to Benefit Marin Organic: Dec 10 - 24 only
"Lazy Afternoon" 5" x 7" oil painting by Katie Horcek
Marin Organic and Art on the Farm Holiday Art Auction is now open! *Please note, several additional pieces of art by each of the artists listed have not yet been uploaded.  Please email us if you are looking for a specific image that is not listed.

Click HERE to go to the auction page at Bidding for Good.  Auction closes on Christmas Eve... Just 2 weeks to bid on art inspired by Marin Organic Farms.

November 21, 2013

Marin Organic Art Auction 2013... Coming soon!

November 21, 2013

At this time of year, we usually have our group show of our work to share our creations and good spirits while making a few dollars to fund our art and the projects of Marin Organic.

This year, the new Executive Director of Marin Organic, Jeffrey Westman, and one of their terrific volunteers on board, would like to offer an online auction via "Bidding for Good" with our art work for sale in lieu of a gallery show. This is an exciting opportunity to provide all of us with more exposure and possibility for sales to online members of Marin Organic that may have never had the opportunity to visit one of our shows in person.
Cow Track Tractors by Margaret Elliot

If you would like to participate, please follow the directions below to email your work for sale by this Friday, November 22nd at midnight.  As we have 135 members, I am asking that each artist only send 1 piece of art for the auction at this time.  If it goes well and work sells, you will be notified to send more images.

Toluma Goats by Ayris Hatton


Email everything in ONE email only to:

Marin Organic Art Auction 2013
by Friday, Nov 22 at midnight

1.  Your Name
2.  Your website link (please send again even if I have it already)
3.  Title, Medium, Size
4.  Marin Organic location it was inspired by, and any "Story" you'd like to tell about your farm visit... 3-5 sentences max
5.  Price (50% to Marin Organic)
6.  Email a jpg image of your work between 1-3 megabytes in size
7.  Please make sure the image is clear, color corrected and looks fabulous.  If you have different angles of the artwork, ie... the image close up and the image on the wall, with a frame on it... please do send up to 3 angles of the art.  Do not send these images if they don't look great... Please, only send your best photo or photos.  1 great image is better than 3 that are not great.

Art may be delivered to Marin Organic in Pt. Reyes Station if sold, or you may arrange to deliver the art to the buyer directly.  This part is flexible, but Jeffrey has told us he does have room to store the art at Marin Organic if you would like to bring it there.

Thank you for your cooperation and participation.  I hope you have a very Happy Thanksgiving with your family and/or a pleasant quiet time for yourself and your art.

-Colleen Proppé
Volunteer Coordinator, Art on the Farm

August 27, 2013

Gospel Flat Farm 2013

Sunday August 18, 2013

Mickey Murch, Proprietor, Gospel Flat Farm and Farmstand, Bolinas, CA
The artists had a wonderful day visiting Bolinas, California and the farm and farmstand of Gospel Flat Farm.  Proprietor, Mickey Murch, and his extended family were on hand to greet artists as they were picking produce and bringing it directly to the 24 hour farm stand.  Behind the farmstand is a gallery; the art space hosts a variety of artists, ranging from baby music classes to gourmet dinners and progressive art exhibits.
Airy, Open Art Gallery behind the Gospel Flat Farmstand

A fresh harvest of Basil and salad fixings
Cabbage Patch at Gospel Flat Farms, Bolinas, CA

All smiles!  Artist, Daphne Wallace Gerlach
The fog cleared to reveal Bolinas Ridge in the back ground and a sunny and bright glow of colored stripes emerged in the fields.  Thank you to the Murch family for letting us enjoy this amazing day with you!

This was the greatest attendance day of "Art on the Farm" artists in recent history, and there were several new artists from the North Bay Plein Air group on site as well.  A few in attendance were Larry Bryson, Donna Solin, Catherine Moreno, Diane Lewis Hull and her husband, Mark Monsarrat, Catherine Fasciato, Daphne Wallace Gerlach and many more.  Here are a few photos of the day, with more to come!

A Plein Air artist from San Francisco, Catherine Fasciato (

A 6 inch painting in progress by C.Proppé
Gorgeous, ruby red gems... Click to view this image in detail.
Two bees share a sunflower in the field.

Zucchini Blossoms from Gospel Flat Farm Stand

May 24, 2013

2013 Summer Visits

Fragrant & Farm Fresh Lavender awaits!

We have a new website to show you from Cow Track Ranch, and we are delighted to be visiting Liz Daniels on Sunday, June 9th.

Please do put this one on your calendars!  Cow Track Ranch is one of the favorite places to visit, partially for it's dramatic rolling hills that embrace the property, and in part for the rustic buildings, tractors, and gardens maintained by proprietor, Liz Daniels.

Enjoy browsing their new site, which was not up last summer when we visited.  It has so much great info on their lavender products and more, plus the photos are marvelous.  The property has a Bed and Breakfast on site, and is rented out frequently for one-of-a-kind,  "Real Weddings".

-Your "Real Volunteer", Colleen Proppé
Follow me on Twitter @cproppe

For more upcoming "Art on the Farm" visits, click here>

April 24, 2013

New Season Starts May 5, 2013!

Fellow Farm Artists and Friends,

Founder, Alan Mart, has set up the kick off of the 2013 Art on the Farm season--
Our first trip will be to Toluma Farms, hosted by Tamara Hicks.  Please sign the release to participate and sign up for our newsletter, below.  Directions to Toluma will be emailed out to our list before May 5th.  We may soon go to a "Meet up" type of scheduling this year, as some other plein air groups have become successful with this online program.  If there is a volunteer interested in running the "Meet up" page for our group this year, please contact us.  The fee seems to be $12. a month to use Meet up.  Since our group has been traditionally free, we hesitate to move to this with out asking all if they would be willing to donate $1. a year or so to help defray costs.  Perhaps a donation button on the site might work to cover the basic expenses.

Congratulations to the entire group for a successful fundraising exhibit at Art Works Downtown in 2012.  Art Works Downtown sold 13 pieces of art from the exhibit, with a percentage going back to the  Farm Field Studies Program for Marin Organic.  The building-wide exhibit was very well received by the public and enjoyed during the holidays.  Thank you to all the artists for contributing work and attending the events.

 If you wish to be notified of future paint outs:

1.  Sign up below:

2.  Download the 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 12, 2013

Art on the Farm at Art Works Downtown

"Farm to Fork", pastel by Carol Allen
A pastel by Carol Allen sold last night at "Art on the Farm" at Art Works Downtown. The pastel speaks about eating organic & "farm to table".

Please visit the exhibit at Art Works Downtown before it ends, January 17.  Just one more week!  To date, 12 pieces have sold from this exhibit (10 from the main gallery, and 2 from the Marin Jewelers Guild walls).

Art Works Downtown is open today, Saturday, from 10am to 5pm (and I hear they have leftover food from last night's reception! : )