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Annual Newsletter & Fundraising Campaign

Dear Friends of Chalk Hill Artists Residency,

At Chalk Hill Artist Residency, we love farming the arts sustainably. This work in progress means that we are constantly weaving together grape growing, community and creativity to build and preserve a healthy habitat for the arts and our future. The vineyards at Warnecke Ranch have been certified sustainable for five years. We borrowed our certification program’s holistic vision of farming and applied it to managing our non-profit arts program, also now in its fifth year. Successful evidence of our strategy; social, environmental, and economic, has arrived quickly! Last year we achieved our fundraising goal – allowing facility upgrades, increased future programming, and the start of an annual summer fundraising event.

Sustainability grows outward from the ground under our feet towards the wider community. In tending the ecosystem of our land, we saw the importance of progressively building up the strength of an arts program that is nourished by beneficial interactions and community partnerships. We are proud to be the official “artist residency program” to Becoming Independent Artists, a local non-profit that supports artists living with disabilities. This year, in addition to 15 contemporary artists, two artists from BI will be in residency: Ali Koehler and Bob Best. It is a big achievement and we would like to host more! We are also excited to be partnering with two local galleries to curate exhibits dedicated to Chalk Hill Artists. Meanwhile, we continue to welcome historians and researchers to explore the amazing photographic and architectural resources at the John Carl Warnecke Architectural Archives.

Please support Chalk Hill Artist Residency in Farming the Arts Sustainably by making a donation today. Your contribution goes directly to the sponsorship of our resident artists and artists with disabilities community program.

Alice Warnecke Sutro
Program Director

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* art by Christian Lapie



Welcome Naomi Sanders


The Grant Tree (1,700 years old), Sequoia National Park

Naomi is in residence from March 25th through April 16th.

All of the accidents that happen follow the dots.
Coincidence makes sense only with you.
You don’t have to speak. I feel Emotional Landscapes.
(Bjork, Joga / Homogenic, 1997.)

…Dedicated to the dramatic natural terrain of Iceland (Bjork’s homeland), this is a song I frequently listened to while driving the island’s southern coast last summer. What struck me about the lyrics is that they describe both a physical and spiritual connection to the landscape. The song also articulates my own desire as a landscape designer, to create environments that sensitize us to natural process in a way that is tactile and very intimate. Thoughts about this prompted two questions:

1. Are there areas of wilderness within California that I find sublime?
2. What physical elements within these natural environments create an
emotional response? Continue Reading →

Welcome Emma Webster!

Gumball Club Emma Webster Oil on panel 20in x 16in / 51cm x 41cm

Gumball Club
Oil on panel 20in x 16in / 51cm x 41cm

Emma Webster is in residence from March 26th through April 16th.

“My paintings are about the eventual distancing between people – the slow separation where the ones we love most become unknowable. Though my works’ forms and landscapes are relatively abstracted, the pieces portray a pervasively human narrative. Using abstracted portraiture and subjective landscape painting as a introspective lens, my current work is haunted, nostalgic, and yearning for a forgotten time.

This residency offers the opportunity to continue this vein of exploration. I would like to create a number of large landscapes and portraits that use paint’s subjective, romantic sensuality to conjure closeness. These paintings will blur the lines between abstract and figurative painting. They will utilize a visceral combination of acrylics, oils, pastels, and spray paint. A full spectrum of textures, washes, and colors will also inform the composition of the works.”