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Boughs of Our Form: Victoria Wagner

665c18f44c62d796c44c362410c3315e79c76c9d_434x434A book project. I have been writing stories for several years that speak to the intervention of the natural world upon our own physical health, stamina, resilience and repair.

The three short stories in this book examine relationships between emotion and context, body and environment, internal and external landscapes. Each narrative is wound around a specific tree or type of wood in the protagonist’s immediate environment and sentimental core. Continue Reading →

Updates from Alumni Brett Walker

MAKE_ART_HEADER_TEST_FIRST_DRAFT_R0017157_as_Smart_Object_1e83c89Online Store Brettsy is up and running and features three different sections of work: “Gallery Prints” contains editioned projects“, Accessibles”are usually non-print-related objects from the studio, and “iPhone Pictures.” iPhone Pictures are images made on the phone and are uneditioned, smaller prints which are signed and dated. Continue Reading →

Christian Lapie’s Chalk Hill Series and Open House

From Christian Lapie’s stunning series from his residency. (More of the series can be seen here.)





Christian Lapie at The Residency

IMG_4104Christian Lapie’s open studio with artists from the Sonoma County Mental Health program provided all with a peer-to-peer exchange that lead to impromptu talks, a look at Christians projects in countries as far away as Japan and India, and his new work. Christian answered questions, shared his artistic philosophies, demonstrated his charcoal techniques, and gave a tour of his studio. Participants were truly inspired, and then went to work on their own artistic charcoal visions. We built a fire, and shared a meal together. We were all so grateful that day to have an artist of Christian’s caliber share his generous spirit.



Welcome Megan Gorham

Megan is in residence from November 8th through the 29th…

“While in residence I intend to explore the landscape of Sonoma County and its surrounding areas. Seeking both the region’s edges and centers, I would like to photograph evidence of the changes brought on by time, nature and human intervention. I’m particularly attracted to this area of California because of its relatively rapid rise from a collection of small agricultural communities to an internationally known destination for wine production and tourism. I am interested in how these accelerated processes of transformation and adaptation visually affect the rural landscape.”

Congratulations to our 2015 Artists!

Congratulations to all of our 2015 artists…it’s going to be a great year!


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Scenes from the All Species Parade



In spite of the record high temperature that day, we had a great and enthusiastic turnout for the All Species Parade! The amazing Hubbub Club band led species of all sorts on a parade through the vineyards, followed by feasting and more music at the residency. We hope this becomes an annual event!

New Book Examines JCW’s AT&T Long Lines Building

01_011Amsterdam architect Julia Gottstein has published “The Volumetric Column”, a thesis examining John Carl Warnecke’s AT&T Long Line building in New York.

“It deals with the architectural topic of dissolving mass and creating lightness in a building that was built in total different context and remains as a witness in the urban fabric. My experimental approach of taking the columns and extending them to void spaces that cut light shafts into building should open the building up for more usage than only server space (as it is used now)—because it is far too beautiful and extraordinary for that!”

Christian Lapie in Residence October 21st to November 4th

Welcome Christian Lapie October 21st–November 4th !

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Christian is a French sculptor and painter who received his art diploma from the prestigious Ecole Superieur des Beaux Arts in Paris. His current work is mainly in monumental site specific sculpture. While at Chalk Hill he will make studies of imagined sculptures that fit into our landscape, and create an ephemeral sculpture at the edge of the vines & the wildlife area. Christian applied to our program for the warmth of interconnection & rich human experiences that we have on offer – these same emotions are at the heart of his sculptural work. Christian’s commissioned works live on four continents and many prestigious wine areas of Europe – yet to be seen in California. 


Frank Ryan at Sonoma State University Library Gallery

Chalk Hill alumnus Frank Ryan will be giving an artist’s talk at the Sonoma State University Library Gallery at 3pm, October 30, 2014.

The talk will be moderated by SSU Professor of Studio Art- Painting/ Drawing Mark Perlman. They will discuss perception, representation, and corporeal presence as it relates to the artist’s work. There will be a closing reception from 4-6pm.

The event is free and open to the public.

In this exhibition, Ryan focuses on the ephemeral presence of the human form. Drapery, haunted by bodily gesture, is preserved independent of its contextual origin. Continue Reading →

Documentary Delves into Life with Bi-Polar Disorder

OTM_Main_Title“Of Two Minds”, a new documentary film about bi-polar disorder, sidesteps expert opinions to hear from some more intimately acquainted sources—people who are living with it.

“Of Two Minds” will be shown at 3 pm on Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Summerfield Theater in Santa Rosa, with a Q & A session with the directors to follow.

It’s a non-profit event sponsored by National Alliance of Mental Illness, Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, Aurora Hospital and The Chalk Hill Artists Residency Program. Tickets will be $12 at the door. See the trailer below.