Friday, September 15, 2023

Concourse Art Exhibit Opens Saturday, Sept. 15th.

 Saturday, September 15th, Ironstone presents the Concourse Art Show honoring over 25 years of the Concours d'Elegance Classic Car Show held here at Ironstone each September.  



The Concours Art Show runs through Sunday, October 29, Thursday through Sunday, 11:00 - 5:00.

Many of the paintings presented were created on site during past Concours events. Artists participating, Aaron Johnson, Brad Stone, Charles Pyle, Donna Wayman-Maurer & Susie Hoffman. Do come by and see this fun exhibit. 





This year's Classic Car show is scheduled for Saturday, September 23rd. 

 Ironstone Concours d'Elegance link to website


Since 1996, the Ironstone Concours Foundation has held the 

Ironstone Concours d’ Elegance.

This event has resulted in more than $1,000,000 of donations made to support youth 

in agriculture, including Future Farmers of America (FFA) and 4-H youth activities. 

It also regularly funds annual scholarships to the California State Fair and the Calaveras

County Fair.

In addition, the Ironstone Concours Foundation has underwritten a room at the State 

FFA headquarters in Galt, California, and we have steadily supported the 4-H Leadership 

Conference, Guide Dog Programs and Horse Classic.

It is with much gratitude and thanks to all of our loyal entrants, sponsors, vendors

and supporters ​that help us support these efforts each year.

OVERVIEW

For over 25 years, the non-profit Ironstone Concours Foundation has presented 

the Ironstone Concours d’Elegance with the idea of attracting the finest examples 

of vintage and classic automobiles as well as vintage race cars, trucks, trailers, 

housecars and military vehicles. Proceeds of the event go to promote and support 

youth in agriculture.  More than $1 million has been raised for local Future Farmers 

of America (FFA) and 4-H youth activities. The Ironstone Concours Foundation also 

donates scholarships to the California State Fair and the Calaveras County Fair as well 

as the FFA Leadership Conference, Guide Dog Programs and Horse Classic.

Friday, September 1, 2023

Michelle Thornburg interview

Check out this wonderful interview with exhibiting artist Michelle Thornburg. Click the "Interview" link below.

 Interview


OR, Read the article on Michelle here...

Calaveras Enterprise article




Friday, July 14, 2023

Artist Michelle Thornburg Solo Exhibit now through August 26, 2023

Ironstone Vineyards is pleased to announce Artist Michelle Thornburg will be exhibiting a wide range of her paintings in Ironstone's Main Galleria (located just downstairs from the Tasting Room) now through August 26th.  


Michelle Thornburg video link 



Michelle Thornburg - Artist's Statement

My style of creating artwork is painting from the subconscious. There are no carefully planned sketches, no grids, it is just me and my paint with no expectations of anything but painting. I use my hands to apply the paint directly onto my canvas, no rules, just whatever feels right. The key for me is to let go of the conscious world around me, and just paint, allowing my hands to take the lead. Eventually the painting reveals itself. It's like daydreaming on a canvas.


T-025 Mother Nature by Michelle Thornburg acrylic 36x36 $850

Artist's Biography

Michelle Thornburg is a  California Artist and Art Techer living and working in the Central Valley. She creates dream like paintings from her subconscious using the Surrealist technique of automatism, or automatic painting. Her technique of using mainly her hands to apply acrylic or oil paints to the canvas allow her to connect with her artwork. Her paintings are created by applying paints onto the canvas in various c9olors, patterns, and movements. Her paintings are often reworked and go through many changes before they are completed. These expressive paintings are full of fanciful images and colorful landscapes.

Sunday, June 11, 2023

Meet n Greet "Smitty's" Chocolate Head Candy Maker! TODAY

Come on out to Ironstone Vineyards today to meet "Smitty's" Head Candy Maker, Daryl. 

No better combo than wine and chocolate!  Taste for yourself... 

free samples of this awesomely delicious chocolate!










Friday, June 9, 2023

Sunday Art in Action TODAY!

Today!  





 Join us here at Ironstone Vineyards this Sunday for a wonderful art in action display by Spring Obsession Artist Susan Farley. Susan will be present to answer your questions and talk about her art.


Susan's Bio:









Sunday, June 4, 2023

Now featuring Lisa Michelle Stories "Calaveras County Crime Series"

 Ironstone Heritage Museum is proud to feature local award-winning author Lisa Michelle's Calaveras County Crime Series.   

Stay tuned for meet 'n Greet / Book Signing schedule.  


Book #1: "Blue Mountain"  

It’s been the year from hell for Jessica Williams. Her cheating husband not only bankrupted them—he’s been indicted. Now the rat bastard has disappeared. Thank God for Nana. Jess couldn’t survive without the old woman’s wisdom and brutal honesty. But when Nana is arrested and held responsible for the largest mass murder in Calaveras County history that honesty looks very doubtful.

As the oldest inmate at the county jail, Nana also holds the honor of being the only suspected serial killer ever housed there. When Nana is granted deathbed visitation, Jess wants the truth. All of it. At least she thinks she does. But after Nana confesses to bone-chilling secrets so horrifying, Jess begins to question everyone and everything, including her own sanity. Nana could be lying, Jess thinks, but why?

Armed with jagged pieces of the ugly truth, does Jess have the courage to forgive and hunt down a sadistic monster even if it’s someone she loves? Even if it kills her?



Book #2: "Calaveras"

  Deep in the backwoods of Calaveras County accidents happen. For gritty rancher and soon-to-be grandmother Kate Dunnigan, these deaths are mostly good old cowboy justice—until the day that justice hits home. Kate’s idyllic fa├žade is destroyed when Emma Lee, her pregnant daughter, is wanted for murder. On the run and fighting to survive, Emma Lee is haunted by filthy family secrets, but Kate will stop at nothing to save her from life in prison, even if it means using herself as bait.


Book #3: "Forest Creek"

Dying alone in the dark would be the easy way out of Forest Creek. But psychologist Maureen “Mo” Yamaguchi refuses to take her secrets to the grave. With a hunger to help her patients and make the world a better place, this may be the opportunity she needs. Simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time might payoff—if she doesn’t die first. With bare and bleeding feet, Mo forces herself through the cold dark, contemplating her next move. It will take much more than a fierce intellect to survive the night at Forest Creek.




Saturday, March 25, 2023

Meet 2023 Spring Obsession Artist Sally Anne Fischer

 

Sally Anne Fischer B. 1981

O-084 Its Cold in the Shade by Sally Anne Fischer -oil 20x30 $1500

Sally Anne Fischer is a plein air artist whose ties to the Sierra Nevada foothills spans six generations. From her great great aunt Lottie, who mothered lonely cowboys in Kennedy Meadows, to her Portuguese watercolorist grandmother, Sally Anne Fischer’s deep roots in the landscape she paints continues to inspire her art.

 

O-085 Kennedy Meadows by Sally Anne Fischer-oil 24x36 $1500

Sally Anne was the president of her high school Art Club and went on to study watercolor with Dan Peterson at Yosemite College, then oil painting at CSU Fresno. During her third year, she changed majors completing a degree in equine science following her love of horses and a dream of becoming a horse trainer. After university, she worked for cutting horse trainers, taught equine sciences at Cal Poly San Luis Obisbo then settled in a career as a livestock feed formulator. After having her daughter, she turned to full-time painting, eventually opening a studio in downtown Sonora, though she credits most of her artistic development to plein air workshops, and individual instruction with painters Frank Serrano, Jim McVicker, Kathleen Dunphy Suzie Baker, and Charles Waldman.

 

O-086 Sonora Sundown by Sally Anne Fischer-oil 20x27 $950

Her current work reflects daily experiences. Still-lifes include objects of personal significance or flowers she's grown in her garden, and landscapes with historic meaning or childhood memories. As she resides in her hometown, with her husband and her daughter, she has inspiration and local knowledge of the sprawling terrain that makes up the Sierra Nevada mountains.

 

O-087 Mt. Morrison Easter Sierras by Sally Anne Fischer-oil 14x22 $975

Sally Anne values high quality, handmade or antique frames, which she refurbishes in her downtown studio. While she primarily works with oils en plein air, she also uses the sun room of her 1940s home to paint every morning.

 

T-021 Still life with Flowers and Fruits by Sally Anne Fischer oil 10x13 $595



T-020 Daffodils and Dry Hydrangeas by Sally Anne Fischer oil 9x12 $595


Meet 2023 Spring Obsession Artist Suzann Young

                                                                                                     Suzanna Young 


O-069 Tanka & Newborn by Suzanna Young acrylic 21x21 $325

HAVING DRAWN WITH ANY MEDIUM AFFORDED TO A 10 YEAR OLD, THAT’S WHERE I BEGAN. DRAWING OUT OF MAGAZINES AND LATER, MY PHOTOGRAPHY. SELF TAUGHT.


IN HIGH SCHOOL, RECEIVED MAYOR’S AWARD, SEVERAL FIRSTS, SWEEPSTAKES AWARD AT COUNTY LEVEL COMPETITON IN KERN COUNTY, BEST OF SHOW…. 




O-070 Tanka Grand Tetons Wyoming by Suzanna Young acrylic 21x21 $325

OFFERED FULL RIDE SCHOLARSHIP FROM HALLMARK MY SENIOR YEAR... 



RAISED MY FAMILY, RESUMING MY LOVE OF ART ONLY RECENTLY. ACRYLIC PAINTING & SILVERSMITH CREATIONS. 


 


A THEME OF MOVEMENT WITH EACH STROKE OF MY BRUSH