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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.”

2015 Trashion Fashion Show coming up April 18th


Book Garland Dress by Stasea Dohoney

Tickets are on sale for The 2015 Trashion Fashion Show—a showcase for outrageous, beautiful, theatrical and humorous fashions created by artists, ecologists and dumpster divas from recycled materials. This is where art, fashion, and ecology come together and put on a great show!

Chalk Hill resident Stasea Dohoney won the Grand Prize in 2014 with her Book Garland Dress.


Scenes from the Open House

It was a beautiful day at the ranch for an Open House and new works from Megan Gorham, Dylan Bolles and Stasea Dohoney.

“While in residence I explored the landscape of Sonoma County and its surrounding areas. Seeking both the region’s edges and centers, I photographed evidence of the changes brought on by time, nature and human intervention.” Megan Gorham

IMG_4497_webDylan Bolles performing Circular Clearing in the meadow…new music based on the natural sonic environment and inspired by Korean San-jo music.

Stasea Dohoney’s “Chalk Hill Oak”

Please join us for an Open House on Sunday, March 15th from 12 to 4pm

Showing new works from Megan Gorham, Binta Ayofini, Stasea Dohoney and Dylan Bolles

Circular Clearing: New work from Dylan Bolles

dylanCircular Clearing is new work for natural bore flutes and drum composed and performed by Dylan Bolles in residence at Chalk Hill. It finds its inspiration in the rhythms and textures of Brooks Creek, the Russian River, local wildlife and the contours of the land itself, and borrows formal ideas from Korean San-jo music. Additional projects can be found at Bottomless Well Arts.