Ready, Set, Sketch: An Olive Odyssey at Jacuzzi Vineyards!

Saturday, February 8, 2020, 10-1pm

Jacuzzi Family Vineyards, 24724 Arnold Dr, Sonoma, CA 95476

This month we have another special location selected at Jacuzzi Vineyards located in the town of Sonoma. There is no cost to attend the event. . . the grounds open at 10am – (the olive event begins at 11am). We’ll sketch from 10am till 1pm, then share our sketches. There will be all types of snacky foods and a food cart (coffee-sandwiches). We sketched here 2 years ago and it was fun, fun, fun! So happy we’re going back.

For more information about the olive event click here:

We’re allowed to bring chairs and stools, but no oil paints. Easels must be kept out of the way of traffic.From their website: “Don Landis of Don’s Olives presents an all things Olive experience at Jacuzzi Family Vineyards in Sonoma, CA. All your senses will be stimulated! Savor unique Olives, taste delicious Olive oil and have Olive inspired food for snack. Feast your eyes on Olive art served up by ceramists, photographers and painters. Have your thirst for Olive knowledge quenched by Olive tree experts, notables from U.C.Davis and local folks. Enjoy fabulous Jacuzzi Family Vineyards wine…attendees can enjoy a special 15%  discount on wine (wine tasting fees apply) and Olive oil in The Olive Press and Jacuzzi Family Vineyards gift shops all weekend. Tour The Olive Press Olive oil mill, browse the gift shops and relax in the beautiful courtyard with Italian music in the air…its entertaining, delicious and fun.”

Hope to see you there! Richard

Ready, Set, Sketch: Forestville!

The next “Ready, Set, Sketch” group outing is Saturday September 14 in Forestville.

We’ll meet in front of Nightingale Breads (6665 Front St., Forestville, CA).
Plenty of parking is located across the street where the West County Regional Trail begins.
For sketching, we have options! You can stay in town and sketch buildings, businesses and more. Or walk along the West County Regional Trail, which is a mostly paved, 5.5-mile trail linking Sebastopol, Graton and Forestville. The path is separated from Highway 116 and offers views of farms, pastures, and vineyards. The trail is popular for walking, running, and cycling (and for today, sketching!). Spring and fall are particularly beautiful times of the year to take in the surrounding countryside.
Please join us! No experience is necessary. All you need is something to draw on and something to draw with. But don’t forget a hat, sunscreen, water, and a chair to sit on.

TIME: 10am-1pm

DATE: Saturday September 14

WHERE: Nightingale Breads (6665 Front St., Forestville, CA)

Hope to see you there!

Ready, Set, Sketch: Petaluma Sheraton!

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!

Ready, Set, Sketch: Penngrove!

Looks like the wet weather is going to break long enough to enjoy some outdoor sketching for our December meet-up!
We’ll meet in front of JavAmore Cafe at the Grove Plaza shopping center in Penngrove at 10am.
Please join us! No experience is necessary. All you need is something to draw on and something to draw with. The event is free.

TIME: 10am-1pm

DATE: Saturday December 8.

WHERE: JavAmore Cafe at the Grove Plaza shopping center in Penngrove

Hope to see you there!

Ready, Set, Sketch: Shone Farms!

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.
TIME: 10am-1pm

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.

We’ll meet at The Dutton Pavilion

Ready, Set, Sketch Postponement

Hello sketchers!

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!


Ready, Set, Sketch: Soda Rock Winery!

We’re are in for a treat this month!
Soda Rock Winery has agreed to let us sketch on their beautiful property located
in Healdsburg near Jimtown. Or if you prefer, Jimtown near Healdsburg!
Not only do they have a beautiful, historical stone winery, but they also have the wonderful
“Lord Snort” sculpture there as well. We’re going to have a blast and I hope you can join us!
Bring a sketchbook and a chair and see you there!
Soda Rock Winery
8015 Highway 128
Healdsburg, CA 95448
Saturday May 13
At 10am-1pm