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May Art Ag project embraces acres of Reamer grapes

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On May 15 and 19, 2014 YoloArts once again fostered the connection between the agricultural lands of Yolo County and the many California artists who have tuned into the monthly event. On both Thursday and Saturday, artists gathered at Reamer Farms Inc. off Jefferson Blvd. in Clarksburg, CA and set up their painting kits or wandered the grounds with cameras in hand and ample delight in mind.

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Saturday was graced by delta artist Ning Hou who conducted a workshop free to registered attendees. Hou was noted to be energetic, bold and quite the character while he talked about life in general as he demonstrated his painting techniques. Artists were treated to rare one on one instruction and commentary by the master painter as he walked around the open air classroom after completing his official presentation.

There are hundreds of classes available to learn the art of art in California at any given moment. There are plein air workshops and gatherings that takes place monthly or by special arrangement. However, it is not typical for a workshop by a renowned artist to be offered free of charge and to also include personal tips or exchange with the instructor. The Art & Ag Project guests were truly gifted a rare opportunity on this occasion and many thanks have already been expressed to the YoloArts foundation for their ongoing dedication to cultivating a "dialogue between artists, farmers and the community to raise awareness of the importance of preserving farmlands and the visual arts in Yolo County."

The Reamer Farms visit was a wellspring of inspiration offered via the agricultural life of 400 acres of white wine grapes including Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc and Pinot Grigio. The Babel Slough was a highly favored image for painters who aimed to capture the native oaks and acres of riparian habitat along with the horses, cattle, open pastures and even a Berkshire pig named Rochelle. Visitors might also have sited a blue beauty classic Cadillac, a huge pile of cleared grape vines and pipe, a nostalgic red bug Volkswagen and other odds and ends hidden on the other side of the farm. The route down Jefferson Blvd. also offered some stunning agricultural views including other grape farms, a field of flowers, row crops, and lovely natural landscapes.

The next YoloArts Art & Ag outing will take place on June 19 and Chow Down Farms in Esparto. Every outing yields its own charms and there is always something that inspires the painters and photographers. Some painters will walk and drive around the grounds until they settle on one spot to set up and go to work with brushes, pencils and palette knifes. Some of them even complete more than one work of art while others start their piece, take photos and complete the final touches at home. In whatever manner each attendee chooses to interpret the farm or ranch life, it is always a pleasure to be invited to these private lands for the opportunity to explore, record, interpret and create. Please see the above slideshow for a glimpse of the May Art & Ag outing. Other articles featuring the February, March and April outings can also be found at the suggested links below. Enjoy!