Hello sketchers! I’m thankful for the tons of rain we received this winter but I’m even happier that sun is forecast for this Saturday! Woohoo! This month I’ve scoped out a great new location, the Sheraton Sonoma County near the Petaluma river. This hotel/business park has a lot to offer. Boats, the Petaluma River, a marsh trail, the overpass, even the hotel itself is worth sketching! So don’t miss it! We’ll meet at the north end of the business park on the west side of the parking lot. From the 101 head east on 116 and take a quick right at Baywood Dr.For those of you that need some quick fuel, Bright Bear Bakery is just up the road and looks fantastic. And of course, Starbucks is also just a little further along the 116.
When: Saturday April 13, 10:00am-1:00pm Where: Sheraton Sonoma County/Business Park Who: Anyone who has a desire to sketch can join us. Why: Because we love to sketch!
This month we have a special sketching location, Shone farms. I have never been there but I’ve been told by more than one person, it’s a great place to sketch.
Info from their website:
Shone Farm is a 365-acre outdoor learning laboratory for the Santa Rosa Junior College’s Agriculture/Natural Resources Department. The farm provides students with hands-on experience that cannot be duplicated in the classroom. The farm is located about 12 miles from the Santa Rosa Campus, between the towns of Forestville and Windsor, in the heart of the Russian River Valley AVA (American Viticulture Area). It was named in honor of Robert Shone, a very active leader in Sonoma County agriculture, in addition to being a Santa Rosa Junior College trustee and President of the Sonoma County Farm Bureau.
DATE: Saturday Sept 8
WHERE: Shone Farms (meet at The Dutton Pavilion).
Please join us, no experience is necessary. All you need is something to draw on and something to draw with (it’s also nice to have a folding chair, some bottled water, and a hat).
Hope to see you there!
Shone Farm is located at 7450 Steve Olson Lane near Forestville, approximately 12 miles from the Santa Rosa Campus.From Highway 101, take River Road exit and head West
Go approximately 6 miles and turn right onto Trenton-Healdsburg Road
Go approximately 1.5 miles to Eastside Road, turn left onto Eastside Road and then make an immediate right onto Steve Olson Lane and the entrance to Shone Farm
Follow the driveway which will lead you to the Farm gate.
I know it’s been a difficult week for all of us in dealing with the fires. Some more than others, I’m sure but I hope you are someplace safe and your family and friends are all accounted for.
After careful consideration, I’ve decided to postpone this month’s sketching meet-up. It seems this afternoon that more evacuation notices have been handed out to Geyserville and now parts of Healdsburg too. I certainly hope all these fires get put out soon.
Please heed any warnings to evacuate if you are advised to do so!
The next “Ready, Set, Sketch!” group outing is Saturday June 14, 2014. 10:00 am – 1:00 pm at Redwoodhill Farms, just outside Sebastopol.
Owner Sharon Bice will give a little tour of the farm so folks can get the “lay of the land,” enjoy a cheese reception, and perhaps be inspired for a place to sketch.
Don’t miss this great day of sketching, cheese tasting, and farm tour.
About the group: Ready, Set, Sketch!” meets at a different location around Sonoma County the second Saturday of each month. To participate, all you need is something to draw on and something to draw with (it’s also nice to have a chair to sit on). The event is free. Come on out and join us!
Please RSVP to me via email, Richard (at) Artstudios (dot) com so we know how many people to expect.
***Please carpool if possible.
Directions: From Sebastopol, or the stoplight at Occidental Rd. & Gravenstien Hwy: head north on GRAVENSTEIN HWY, 116 (towards Graton and the Russian River) Just past Graton Rd, turn left onto GREEN VALLEY RD. (there will be a gas station on the right as a landmark) Travel about 1.5 or 2 miles, then turn right on THOMAS RD. Travel up THOMAS RD until you see the farm parking sign, visitors will be turning right into the farm parking area. There’ll be an A-frame at the entrance to the parking area and where we will meet-up. Sharon will be there to direct traffic as overflow will park within the orchard.