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February Resident: Painter Karen Hackenberg!

We are excited to welcome painter Karen Hackenberg to the residency. Her provocative oil and gauche paintings lightheartedly address the serious issue of the pollution of our oceans and waterways.

She currently is working on a series titled “Floating World.” Welcome, Karen!

Learn more about her works at http://karenhackenberg.com/

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Welcome Robin Wyatt Dunn!

We are very pleased to have Robin Wyatt Dunn join us for a three week stay at the residency. Robin is an LA-based professor and writer and has been exploring a chapbook of poetry with the theme “California as an Ancient Land” as well as novels and some other works.

Visit Robin’s site here and explore some of his great writings! www.robindunn.com

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Announcing 2016 Resident Artists


7 Painters

Anne Ireland – Contemporary Landscape Painting
Christina Hale – Music, Painting & Drawing
Jacob Broussard – Mark Maker & Paint Pusher
Karen Hackenberg – Northwest Painter
Lacey Bryant – Oil Painting
Martin Evans- Plein Air
Monique Lazard – Plein Air Landscape Painter

4 Sculpture/Designers

Beth Ferguson – Solar & Furniture Designer
Marie Sorensen – Architect
Flo Perkins – Sculpture
Javier Arce – Largescale Wall Drawing

2 Writers

4 Multi-Media

Beth Fein – Sculpture, Photo & Dance
Jim Haynes – Sound/Video
Bob Best – Painting, Drawing & Animation
Noah Dasho – Printmaking

The Chalk Hill Residency Program is pleased to announce the selection of our 2016 Artists. The range and quality of work that these artists will bring to our program is exceptional. We are also pleased to announce our new partnership with the Berklee School of Music and ongoing collaborations with Becoming Independent, Sonoma County Mental Health, and Jack Fischer Gallery. Please take a moment to review these amazing artist websites. We look forward to seeing you at next year’s Open Studios.
Want to become involved? Consider sponsoring an artist by making a contribution today. The cost to sponsor one artist for one week is $400. You can make a secure online donation via our website by clicking on the button below or by sending a check to:
Chalk Hill Artist Residency, 13427 Chalk Hill Road Healdsburg, CA 95448

Bob Best is here!!! Micro-residency for 3 days :)

Bob Best has been an artist in the Becoming Independent Art program since 2005.  Prior to his joining the studio artists he was a member of the a capella choir for 4 years while attending Analy High School.  He also studied art at Santa Rosa Junior College.  Bob has been a 3-time winner of the California State Council of Developmental Disabilities poster contests.

Bob actively contributes to exhibits, commissioned paintings, specializes in landscape painting and contributes to local art auctions.  His work is widely collected in both corporate and private collections. In 2014 he taught a class at Iron Horse Winery, “Paint Like Bob Best” that was incredibly successful.

For the last few years Bob has become interested in animation and has created several animated stories.  He created “The Mysterious Place” and has entered it in the Wine Country Film Festival, the Sacramento Film and Music Festival and the Hollywood Film Festival. He is currently working on his second animation titled “The Globs”.

Bob has an enthusiastic and cooperative spirit which serves as inspiration to other artists in the studio.  He is a consistently talented man whose reliability and imagination are assets to the program, patrons and arts community.
You can find more information about Bob Best here.

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and his amazing animations: