Art Farm Exhibition Opens September 14 at The Barn Gallery

In its 16th year, YoloArts’ Art & Ag Project celebrates the landscape of Yolo County farms, and art created and inspired by them. The Art Farm Exhibition features works of art cultivated during this season’s artist visits to local farms and farmlands in Yolo County.

The exhibition opens to the public with a reception on September 14 at The Barn Gallery in Woodland and includes the largest assembly of art in the exhibition’s history with over 135 works by 107 local and regional artists. This collection of original art includes paintings, photographs, mixed media, sculpture, and fiber art.

Artwork in the exhibition reflect the variety of farms visited in 2023 including hop cultivation at Ruhstaller Farm and Brewery Dixon, heifers at Yolo Land and Cattle in Winters, vistas of the deep-water shipping channel from Carden Ranch in Clarksburg, lavender fields in the rolling hills of Capay at Capay Valley Lavender, and a Wells Fargo stage stop at Pollock Farms in Woodland.

Picture of Art Farm juror Francesca Wilmott, Ph.D.

Artwork in the show was juried by Crocker Art Museum curator Francesca Wilmott, Ph.D. Wilmott has worked in museums and galleries focused on modern and contemporary art across the country, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art. One of her areas of expertise is in artists working in Northern California in the 1960s and 1970s. Wilmott recently submitted her Ph.D. at The Courtauld Institute of Art in London, where her dissertation, Far Out California: A New Regionalism (1966–1976), focused on artists Stephen Kaltenbach, Gladys Nilsson, and Mike Henderson. Prior to her doctoral work, Wilmott served as Associate Curator at the Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, organizing exhibitions such as Sadie Barnette: Dear 1968,…, John Cage: 33 1/3, and Yoko Ono: Wish Trees for Peace. She holds a dual M.A. in Modern Art History, Theory, and Criticism and Arts Administration and Policy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a B.A. in History of Art and Architecture from Miami University.

“We are grateful for the thoughtful and expert approach that Francesca took when reviewing the Art Farm silent auction submissions. It is an honor to connect our local artist community with a regional museum through this process,” said Alison Flory, YoloArts executive director.

The opening reception will be held 5:30 to 8 pm, Thursday, September 14. Presentation of juried prize winners will begin at 6:30 p.m. Wilmott will present the prize awards that include Cream of the Crop, Plein Air Award, and Honorable Mentions. New this year is a Photography Award for “unique visual perspective that utilized dynamic composition and lighting to capture the essence of Yolo County.”

The evening reception will include the 6 p.m. unveiling of student mural, Peaceful Sunset, by Pioneer High School senior, Julia Morales Moreno, who was the winner of YoloArts’ 4th annual High School Mural Competition. The High School Mural competition is sponsored by the Voss Family Trust.

The evening will also feature the live music of Jane Thompson Trio, and local wine and refreshments.

The Art Farm exhibition runs through November 2 at The Barn Gallery.

Tickets for the fundraising Art Farm Gala go on sale September 14 and will be available for purchase at the opening reception, and at The Art Farm Gala is planned for Saturday, October 21. Sponsors for the event include: California Bank of Commerce, Todd A. Montgomery, Frank and Nancy Muller, Pacific Coast Producers, Raley’s, AgWest Farm Credit, Banner Bank, Bullseye Farms, Capay Canyon Ranch, Debra Gonella and Whit Manley, Grow West, Schreiner Brothers Farms, TS&L Seed Company, Assemblymember Aguiar-Curry, Colusa County Farm Supply, Bayer Crop Science, LedgerPro Bookeeping, Papé Machinery, Schreiner Farms, Citrona Farms, David and Karen Dumars, Neil and Rebecca Dougherty, Tom and Celeste Hanagan, Hilleby International, Placer Title Company, Pure Honey, David Scheuring, Tauzer Apiaries/Sola Bees Farms, Special thanks to the County of Yolo.

The Barn Gallery is located at 512 Gibson Road in Woodland, at the Gibson House and Property. Regular gallery viewing hours are Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday afternoons. Exhibition artwork can also be viewed online at For more information, contact YoloArts at 530-309-6464 or

Thank you Art Farm 2022 Artists!

Maxine Aaron, Karen Anable-Nichols, John Angell, Dianna Barsotti, Alejandro Bibriesca, Laura Berard, Sally Borges, Susan Lord Bovey, Susan Brady, Marie-Therese Brown, Teresa Bunn, Francis Burke, Karen Camara, Nancy Chadwick, Jerri Chamberlain, LeeAnne Chappell, Susan Cohen Byrne, Dee Conway, Patrick Cosgrove, Liz DAmelio, Velma Davidson, Marieke deWaard, Devi Eden, Rhonda Egan, Margaret Eldred, Judi Eppele, Karen Fess-Uecker, Alan Fishleder, Linda S. Fitz Gibbon, Adam Forfang, Kathleen C. Gamper, Ed Garber, Nancy Gelbard, Misuk Goltz, Chella Gonsalves, Robert Gonsowski, Julie Hancock, Mary-Chris Hines, Peri Hoke, Sandra Jennings Jones, Judy Johnson, Mark Jones, David Kalb, Maris Kaplan, Chris Kidd, Joanna Kidd, Mary Neri King, Mary Anne Kirsch, Marjan Kluepfel, Deborah Kudo, Marlene Lee, Tanya Lieberman, Judy Lew Loose, Leah Lopez, Jan Cordova Manzi, Judie Martinez, Marlo McClurg, Mike McDougall, Gene McKinnon, Patris Miller, Jaime Montiel, Patti Mott, David Nasater, Mark Nichols, Cerri Noto, Sondra Olson, Johanna Pack, Patt Tauzer Pavao, Patricia Peak, Dawn Pedersen, Sue Peri, Alice Peterson, Carole Pirruccello, Ann Privateer, Susan Raines, Cassandra Reeves, Mari Rojas de Lampkin, Yvonne Roque, Jorge A. Santana, Donald Satterlee, Beth Savidge, Marguerite Schaffron, Barbara Schneider, Rosanne Seitz, Meg Sloss, Bruce Smith, Barbara Smithson, Daniel Speer, Pamela Spycher, Vanessa Stafford, Teresa Steinbach-Garcia, Lauren Sullivan, Dave Sutherland, Mary Teabo, Gail Thelin, Amelia Thompson, Jane Thompson,  Lorie Topinka, Sue Torngren, Debra van Hulsteyn, Gerrit van Ommering, Lucille van Ommering, Don Vanderloo, Catherine Wilcox-Titus, Richard Yang, Linda Ziskind, Louie Ziskind

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