YoloArts Art Farm Gala Happening Soon

YoloArts will once again host and celebrate the convergence of Yolo County art, local food, and music at the 16th annual Art Farm Gala. The annual art and agriculture fundraiser showcases a year of farm visits with a special Art Harvest, silent auction, awards, and music. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, October 21 3 – 6 p.m. outdoors on the grounds of the Gibson House in Woodland.

A new crop of artwork inspired by Yolo County farmlands and open spaces will be available for harvest and auction at this year’s special event – including at least 140 works by over 100 local and regional artists. The art for harvest and auction includes a variety of media including: oil, acrylic, and watercolor paintings, mixed media, ceramics, and fiber art.

“This completely outdoor event continues to combine original fine art, the best of Yolo County food, wine, beer and more, all on the historic Gibson House property. I enjoy being part of this unique event which supports our local arts community and agricultural heritage,” said Todd Montgomery, YoloArts board member, Art Farm co-chair, and the event’s food and drink wrangler.

Cream of the Crop Award Winner – The Empty Field, mixed media, by artist Susan Brady

At the Art Farm exhibition reception in September, the show’s juror, Francesca Wilmott, Ph.D., announced the juried awards. Wilmott is the curator at Sacramento’s Crocker Art Museum.

The 2023 juried awards are:

Cream of the Crop: Susan Brady; the Plein Air Award: Velma Davidson; Photography Award: Catherine Wilcox-Titus; Honorable Mention: Pat Peak, Tanya Lieberman, Sue Torngren.

The Art Farm Gala festivities will include announcement of the Farmers Pick Award from the Art Harvest by guest farmer Neil Muller of M Three Ranches. Also announced at the event will be the People’s Choice Award. Voting for this popular award will continue at The Barn Gallery until October 19.

Art Farm 2023 Artists

DJ Char (Charlene Ramos), one of Northern California’s prominent and musically diverse DJs, will offer up an eclectic range of music. New this year is a beer garden featuring Sudwerk Beer, Track 7 Brewery, and Blue Note Brewing Company and wine pourings will be courtesy of Bogle Vineyards, Capay Valley Vineyards, Matchbook Winery, Seka Hills, and Three Wine Company. The California Agave Council will be serving up mescal tastings. Guests can sip on sparkling wine tastings from the Pony Up Mobile Bar.

Food will be provided by local farms and restaurants including Sola Bee Farms Honey, Good Humus Produce, Full Belly Farm, Savory Café, The Hive, Mojos/Kitchen 428, Nugget Market, Father Paddy’s, and House of Shah. All attendees will receive take home treats offered by Mariani Nut Company, Setton Nuts, and Pure Honey.

And the tradition continues with local farmer, Mr. Frank Muller, who will once again emcee the Art Harvest.

A few shovel tickets for art harvesting are still available for $250, includes food and wine for two, and the opportunity to harvest an original work of art with a value of at least $250. General admission tickets are $50 per person and include beverages and food and silent auction fun. The juried silent auction is now available for viewing and bidding online at yoloarts.org/art-farm-gala.

To purchase tickets, go to yoloarts.org or directly to handbid.com

Proceeds raised by the Art Farm Gala support YoloArts’ Art & Ag program, The Yolo Land Trust, and Yolo Farm to Fork. The Art Harvest and juried silent auction art can be previewed before the event at yoloarts.org/art-farm-gala and The Barn Gallery through October 19.

Event sponsors include

California Bank of Commerce, Todd A. Montgomery, Frank and Nancy Muller, Pacific Coast Producers, Raley’s, AgWest Farm Credit, Banner Bank, Capay Canyon Ranch, Debra Gonella and Whit Manley, Edward Jones, Grow West, Schreiner Brothers Farms, TS&L Seed Company, Assemblymember Aguiar-Curry, Bayer Crop Science, Cobram Estate Olive Oil, Colusa County Farm Supply, Downey Brand LLP, Hilleby International, LedgerPro Bookeeping, Papé Machinery, Remy Moose and Manley, Schreiner Farms, Socialhouse Event Co., Wraith Scarlett & Randolph, Yolo Federal Credit Union, Citrona Farms, David and Karen Dumars, Neil and Rebecca Dougherty, Farm Fresh to You, Half Moon Fruit & Produce, Tom and Celeste Hanagan, N & R Trailer Leasing LLC, Placer Title Company, Pure Honey, David Scheuring, Tauzer Apiaries/Sola Bees Farms, Sandy Vickrey. Special thanks to the County of Yolo.

“The best way to see this striking collection of art is to see it in person. We have received such positive feedback on this show, we even have folks coming back a second time to take it all in,” said Janice Purnell, YoloArts creative director.

Gallery hours are Wednesday and Thursday afternoons and Saturday: October 14 12:30-3 p.m. The Barn Gallery is located at 512 Gibson Road in Woodland. More information about the event and YoloArts is available at yoloarts.org or contact ya@yoloarts.org.


For more information contact: Janice Purnell, YoloArts Creative Director, 530-309-6464, jpurnell@yoloarts.org

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