Now through January 7th, Ironstone's Galleria is pleased to present original paintings created during the Ironstone Concourse d'Elegance this past September. Coordinated by Chris Gomez and Artist Judie Cain, this exhibit features:
Mary Ann Kash
All work is available for sale or just drooling over. Either way, come by and take a look at some outstanding paintings. From serious to whimsical, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Just downstairs from the tasting room. Open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm daily.
Ironstone's 18th. Annual Spring Obsession Art Show is now accepting entries. Simply go to the above tabs for both the Theme Division and Open Division to download. If you would prefer they be emailed to you in a jpg format, simply email cgomez@ironstonevineyards with your request for the jpg format entries. They will be forwarded to you.
Ironstone's Wine Club members enjoyed a very special treat last week at our FARM to FORK Dinner. Featuring fresh meats and vegetables from local farmers, the dinner was a huge success. Interested in joining the fun?
Contact Mary in the Tasting Room for more information.
18th Annual Spring Obsession entry forms are now here! Click on the pages above for either the THEME DIVISION or OPEN DIVISION and download. OR you may email firstname.lastname@example.org for a jpg copy of both prospectus.
Deadline for the Theme Division is fast approaching, so don't miss out. Jump now before you get caught up in the Holiday Hoopla and forget!
Received a wonderful email today from former, Spring Obsession 1st. Place Winner, LIU HSU-YUAN. We have been following this talented artist's career from our first introduction in 2007.
Liu Hsu-Yuan was studying here in the United States at that time and chose to enter Ironstone's 10th Annual Spring Obsession Art Show. His entry was a stunning painting titled "Sunflower". Large, bold and full of energy, light and movement. This painting grabbed the judges eyes and held them entranced with the colors and brush strokes.
Here is the winning painting, however this image doesn't do the original justice. On to the email, Liu Hsu-Yuan is celebrating yet another solo art show! Running from October to December at the Taipei Cultural Center, you may experience his most recent and contemporary pieces. Should you be in the Taipei area, do stop in and support this outstanding artist. Share in Liu Hsu-Yuan's opening celebration through the photos below...
Incoming! Ironstone Heritage Museum is now
featuring an incredible series of books on the Histories of The California Big
Trees. These 6 books by Historian Gary Lowe, are the most in-depth
research documents on the Big Trees ever published. Gary was able to
update existing history utilizing the amazing document archive from a Murphys Prospector in the late 1800's that was discovered and
display here at Ironstone in 2009. Stop by and take a peek.
The Mammoth Tree is the tree in the North Grove at Calaveras Big Trees State Park that had its bark removed for exhibit world wide in 1854. You can still see the cut marks on that giant made in the 1850's. I had never seen an image of the reconstructed tree so I was thrilled to see it on the cover of Volume 2! Impressive research and images. Kudos to Gary Lowe for such an awesome endeavor.
Volume 1 – The Original Big Tree, History of
the Big Tree Exhibit of 1853-1855: The Exhibition of the Bark and Section of
the Discovery Tree, known variously as The Mammoth Tree, The Giant Tree of The
Great Tree and its wanton contender – 2012/2014. Over 200 illustrations
& 3 tables.
Volume 2 – The Mammoth Tree. – A Gold Rush Adventure:
History of the Mother of the Forest Exhibit, 1854-1866. Over 150
Volume 3 – The Big Tree Exhibits of 1870-1871 and the
Roots of the Giant Sequoia Preservation Movement. The Snediker &
Stegman (Forest King) and the Jellerson & Ricker Big Tree Exhibits
1870-1871. 100 illustrations (30 in color) 1 table.
Volume 4 – Before The Works – The Bancroft-Pond-Houseworth
Toursit Party Among the Big Trees, May 1871 180 illustrations, 2 tables.
Volume 5 – The Grant Grove Centennial Stump, Kings Canyon
National Park and the Big Tree Exhibit of 1875 – 1876. 40 illustrations.
Geologic History of the Giant Sequoia and the Coast
Redwood. 27 illustrations, 3 tables and 6 maps.
Due to popular Demand, a 3rd. showing of the Silent Movie, "Phantom of the Opera" has been added to the schedule! Sunday, October 26th. at 12:00 PM! Sign up now, the other two seatings have been sold out!
Vineyards and the Ironstone Concourse Foundation present the 1st.
Annual Ironstone Concourse Foundation Art Exhibit.
Tuesday, October 14th, this outstanding exhibit of Plein Air
paintings will be available for you to see through Sunday, December 14th. 2014.
in the main Galleria just downstairs from the Tasting Room, this exhibit
features original Plein Air paintings created during this years’ Ironstone
Concours d’Elegance, Saturday, September 27th.
present and painting at this years’ classic car show were:
Our Friend and adviser, Fred Holabird is having an outstanding auction Sept. of American Artifacts and Documents. The catalog is already available with such outstanding descriptions of each of the items going up for auction, that the catalog itself is a rich resource for everything Early Americana.
We have posted a few images of a few of the items, but there are so many more! You can also go on line and place a bit now before the actual live auction starts. Check out the link below that will take you to the online auction. It is fun just to pa-ruse through the items. I learn a great many things I didn't know within these awsome pages of history and photographs.
Take a peek...
Everything from Merced tokens, Giusippi silk prints to Longfellow registry books ... even a classic turn of the century automobile in cherry condition waiting to be purchased and entered into the Ironstone Concourse d'Elegance later this month!
This historic Gold Rush Era woodblock will be on
display in Murphys, California. TODAY ONLY!! Saturday, Aug. 30
Beautiful Ironstone Vineyards will play host for this perfect end of summer
getaway. Fred & Joe will be on hand representing
Holabird's Auction House, and will have a select group
of Western Americana Artifacts to show, such as a Henry Lever
Action Repeating Rifle, Model 1860 on display! As well as other related
gun ephemera, Diamond Springs Archive (c1853), Utica Mine Find, plus a
collection of watercolor's from the late California area Artist,
Dorner T. Schueler (1904-1986).
Actually, just copy and paste this link for the full story! http://www.icollector.com/Sutter-s-Mill-Woodblock-CA-Gold-Rush-Artifact_i20352211
Meet Mr. OFarrell, one of our favorite vendors. Mr. OFarrell celebrated his 90th birthday this year! Still taking care of us all, Sean delivers authentic Irish Whistles and Shamrock cards for us to sell for him. These little treasures are direct from Ireland and give Mr. OFarrell a little spending money as well as something to keep him busy and active. His formula for a long life.
Larry & Sara hard at work placing a wonderful Plexiglas panel on the Door of the historic Wells Fargo Vault here in the Heritage Museum. For years, customers have had to peer through double wrapped plastic in attempts to see the historic signatures on the inside of the vault door. These signatures are from all the Wells Fargo agents that managed that station in Angels Camp. The signatures begin with Scribbner who purchased the mercantile
building from Henry Angel, co-founder of Historic Angels Camp and opened the first official Wells Fargo Office in that mercantile.
And here we have the finished door panel! you can even see the signatures in this photo! Amazing!
Come by and see for yourself a great bit of Gold Country History!
If you really want to know why we had to do this, post the question. Otherwise, we can let it go.....
Just finishing up 3 stunning beaded necklaces. One is Chilean Lapis Lazuli with three 14k gold accent beads. The second and third new pieces are fresh water baroque pearls. One is strung with 14k accent beads while the other also has a rare Gold in Quartz bead. These three pieces will be available this next week in our Museum.
Presents a preview of a recently discovered archive
County Historical Documents,
This fabulous archive was recently discovered. It contains upwards of 10,000 documents from dozens of the mining camps in and around Angles Camp, c 1880-1915. We were surprised to find illustrated letter sheets, a huge whiskey archive, a fantastic archive from Mitchler's Murphys Hotel, including colorful lithographed business cards. A remarkable archive from the assay department of the Utica mine is accompanied by an excellent document record of the mine's activities.
This fabulous collection will go up for auction later this
year, so don’t miss your chance to
stop by and see these outstanding historic artifacts for
Yes, we have a collection of bells in that Mr. Kautz found at an estate sale. They are all for sale with prices ranging from $5 - $25. I was going to do a nice short little history of Bells ... but, going back to the beginning around 4000 BC in China and ending up here at Ironstone with a room full of little china, glass & pottery bells doesn't make for a short story! Besides, these don't really fit the search engine's descriptors of musical instruments as they are nice but not fine tuned enough for the orchestra, nor do they lend themselves to the "calling workers from the field to meals" category as I doubt anyone can hear them even from the next room. However, they are quite nice little bells with cheery sounds that can remind someone you are stuck in your room in a full lower body cast and need a drink of water or they would fit nicely in someone's bell collection. In any case, they are charming with nice sounds and great prices. Come check them out. If they are still here in December, you may be subject to a complimentary tasting concert featuring our very own bell choir! (Save us all and come buy some now!)
Just received word that Ironstone's Heritage Museum will be hosting a one day preview of an outstanding historic find, Saturday, August 30th. Memorabilia from the famous Utica Mine of Calaveras County. Direct from Holabird & Assoc., will be available for viewing with representatives from Holabird here to answer any questions you may have. Word is this collection may go up for auction later this year, so now is your chance to come out and see for yourself this great historic archive. Now a word from Holabird & Assoc...
Utica Mine Find
“archive” is often thrown around to describe items for sale. But this true
archive contains thousands and thousands of billheads, assay receipts,
advertising envelopes, letters, business cards, river shipping receipts, whiskey and cigar related ephemera,
etc. It is the complete record of the Utica Mine and nearby mines and towns
associated with the Utica Mine.
find names like Frank Mitchler, George Stickle, and Charles Lane, places like
Knights Ferry and Sheepranch, assays done by the Utica Mill, assay receipts and bills for rolled silver
from Selby, hundreds of records hauling ore and lumber to the Utica Mill, and
the Angels Dam breaking, the use of Union Water Works ditches to fight fires, the
two fatal Utica Mine accidents and the
22 deaths associated with it, which companies in Stockton, Sacramento, and
San Francisco were frequented and what was purchased.
and places can be found throughout the archive: Soulsbyville, Robinson Ferry,
Bear Valley Station, Ranch Flat, Monarch Ville, French Canon, Bunds Ranch, and Valley Springs. Find references to
forgotten mines and leases named new Discovery, Essex, Juneau, Egan, Union
Copper, Ilex, Oriole, New Brunswick, Dolling and many more. Spend hours in 1918
and 1919 as the West Point mines are mapped and described and the business of
the mine is laid out. The owner is attempting to market the mine for sale.
these documents are mining related! There are many stories ready to be
uncovered and told from this archive! Too many to even begin exploring in this
Nationally acclaimed Plein Air Artist Kathleen Dunphy spent a beautiful morning at Ironstone last week working her magic in the vineyards. Below you see the beautiful outcome of that visit.
If you are not familiar with Kathleen or her work you are missing an amazing experience, both visually and emotionally. Each time I look at one of her paintings, I am drawn into the landscape, the time zone and the aura of that space and time, not once but every time I look at that painting. A true time capsule of energy and light. For more outstanding paintings visit her website http://kathleendunphy.com/
Update: Small specimens selling for $5 each while the larger ones are $7 each. Great value! and they are going fast... New shipment of 52 boxes of outstanding Rock specimens! Just arrived at Ironstone Heritage Museum this afternoon. We are having so much fun opening each box to see the stunning assortment of quality specimens. Everything from Copper, Amethyst, giodes, Crystals, Lepidolite, Wulfenite, Sulfur, Kyanite, Aragonite, Rose Quartz, Blue Calcite, Malachite , Okenite (this one is fuzzy and just too wierd to touch!), Dolomite, Actinolite, Sodalite, Amazonite .... And we have only opened 5 of the 52 boxes! Prices are only $5 & $7 each.
Snooze ya loose! These are great for collectors of all ages. If we come across anything real unusual, we will post a photo!
And most important, these are all labeled! The first batch we received of smaller and lesser quality rocks a couple of years ago were not labeled. We have been trying over the years to learn more about each specimen and figure out what they all are. This time, NO PROBLEM! We know what they are and where they come from. All specimens include a descriptive tag. Start your collection now!
Visiting from throughout the United States, the Franklin Classic Car Club comes to Murphys and Ironstone Vineyards. Over 60 Classic Car Buffs invade Calaveras County, one in particular having driven all the way from New York State! And NOT in a trailer, but on the road.
History of the Franklin Company and Club
The Motor Car and the Company
The Franklin motor car was invented by the engineer John Wilkinson and manufactured by the industrialist H. H. Franklin and marked under his name. The Franklin was one of the most innovative motor cars of its time, featuring an air-cooled engine, scientific light weight and flexible construction at a time when other luxury car manufacturers were making ponderous machines. Although it was a luxury car, its unique features made the Franklin a pleasant and easy car to operate, and consequently most Franklins were owner driven. The company always featured many body styles, both factory and custom-made, which were conducive to being owner driven. The Franklin's design allowed it to set many records in point-to-point races which revealed its superior nimble handling, durability, economy and speed over the rough roads of the day. Throughout its history Franklin was a luxury car and it was in this part of the automotive market that it competed with the other notable makes of the day. As such it fell victim to the Great Depression along with many of these same fine luxury car manufacturers.
These remarkable motor cars engendered such a loyal and faithful following that interest in these automobiles never died out. Many individuals continued to operate Franklins as their every day automobiles or preserved them right up to the emergence of the antique and classic hobby, decades after production ceased in 1934. The H. H. Franklin Manufacturing Company was a very large employer in Syracuse, New York area, its home base, and many people across the world had very fond associations with the company and its motor cars either as employees, dealers, service personnel or just loyal customers of that fine make. For others who were younger it may have been an unforgettable recollection of a Franklin in the family or one which was owned by a neighbor. They were very distinctive automobiles and were not easily forgotten.
Information from the Franklin Car Club