The Art & Ag Project cultivates a dialogue between artists, farmers and the community to raise awareness about the importance of preserving farmlands and the visual arts in Yolo County. A nationally recognized creative place making project, Art & Ag has invited farmers to open their land to local artists, providing unique opportunities to capture private landscapes that would otherwise remain inaccessible and unseen.

Each month artists visit a different farm where they can meet the farm owners, paint en plein air, or take photographs. Artists are invited each Fall to exhibit their agriculturally –inspired artwork at YoloArts annual Art Farm Gala, the first Friday in November.

2017 Farm Visit Dates

Feb 23, 25
Mar 16, 18
April 13, 15
May 11, 13
June 22, 24
July 13, 15
August 17, 19
September 14, 16
October 19, 21

Master Artist Workshops

At Ease on the Farm, a Veteran in the Arts program (VIA), will bring a series of artist workshops to farms owned and operated by veterans in 2017.

3 Master Artist Workshops in digital photography, watercolor and poetry are open to veterans, their families, artists and the public. Master Artists will share their artistic practice and stories of their military service.

Charles McDonald, Farm Wheels, Photography
Charles McDonald, Farm Wheels, Photography

Down on the Farm with Your Digital Camera

Master Artist: Charles McDonald, US Coast Guard, Ret.

April 15, 2017               9-12pm
Richard Racki, Morning Coffee, Watercolor
Richard Racki, Morning Coffee, Watercolor

Watercolors En Plein Air

Master Artist: Dick Racki, US Marine Corps, Ret.

May 11, 2017                   9-noon Intermediate/ Advanced
May 13, 2017                  9-noon Beginning
Center for Land Based Learning
Center for Land Based Learning

Writing Workshop

Master Artist: Vicki Hudson, US Army, Ret.

May 13, 2017               9-12pm
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This project is funded by Veterans Initiative in the Arts (VIA) a grant program of the California Arts Council

Special thanks to Yolo County Veterans Services and Farmer Veteran Coalition

Artful Plate

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Part of the Art & Ag project, Artful Plate, creates an opportunity to enhance the full farm to plate experience by commissioning original works of art by local artist to be printed onto dinner plates. Dinner plates are then featured and sold at restaurants or non-profit and community events serving locally sourced meals. The project is supported by YoloArts’ collaborative partner the County of Yolo.

America’s Heartland: Art & Agriculture

From the wheat fields of South Dakota to the ranch lands of Colorado, artists have provided iconic images of America’s rural landscape. Today, one rural community in northern California is providing a unique opportunity for artists to come out to the farm. Yolo County’s “Arts & Ag” program invites artists and photographers to farms and … Continued

From Field to Canvas YoloArts’ Art and Ag Project

Frank Muller has agriculture in his blood. He was raised on a farm, and now runs Muller Ranch in Yolo County, California, northwest of Sacramento, with his two brothers, son, and nephew. The ranch boasts several thousand acres of walnut groves, sunflowers, vineyards, tomato fields, almond trees, and pepper plants. But despite his close ties with the landscape and all it produces, … Continued

Bringing Art Where It Isn’t

Danielle Whitmore, YoloArts’ executive director, tells a story about a student named Diana. When Diana — a pseudonym — was a student in a local continuation school, she wouldn’t even get out of bed to attend classes. It wasn’t that she was lazy. She was uncomfortable in school and had low self-confidence. It was only when she started … Continued