Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Mark Twain Motherlode Festival

Ironstone is one of many sponsors for the upcoming Mark Twain Motherlode Festival in Angels Camp, October 15, 16 & 17.   Check out the photo of his residence on Jackass Hill below....

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Concours d'Elegance 2010

What an exciting day Saturday was.  Mind you, I am not all that much of a big auto fanatic other than for transportation and hauling. Go figure, I drive a truck.  But, Saturday actually proved to be an exciting day.  Looking at all those cars, trucks, boats & cycles brought back such great memories of years past.  Camping trips as a kid with an old falcon with a matching trailer, the two restored Model A's my dad drove us around in the rumble seat, the mustang convertable I drove through High School until Dad realized how valuable it was... still in the family, too...
Car club trips, gathering at a friends or family homes to admire the new vehicle, yeah I even remember someone with an Edsel! Family members attempting to restore an old Chris Craft, succeeding later in life with a historic motorcycle... guess you really don't have to be a classic car fanatic to really enjoy a classic car show.  I certainly did and on so many different levels.

This year too brought out 11 outstanding Plein Aire Artists that painted throughout the facility during the show.  They had soo much to chose from, some focused on a single scene throughout the day, while others would sketch or paint a while, then move on to another area and more opportunities.  They were all enjoying the crowds as much as the crowds seem to enjoy them. Lots of questions, commendations and a few sales as well.  You can see their biographies below..

Again this year, Ironstone's Volunteer Team came through for the Concours Foundation with flying colors. All prompt, friendly and more than helpful to all the guests attending this year.  I can't say enough in praise for this wonderful and fun group of people.  Why, one of our volunteer couples were even Best of Class winners with their flashy looking classic jag.  Very hot & sleek looking machine that one! Kudos to them all!

A great thank you to Michele's wonderful son for taking all those great photos and Artist Sonny Sorensen!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Artists painting on site Saturday...a Must see!

I must say, having such great plein aire artists painting on site for the Concours d'Elegance Saturday is such a joy and long time coming.  This is the first year artists have been invited to participate. I was able to hang completed paintings in the Galleria that will be on display through Tuesday, October 5th. So do take the time to come by and check out some spectacular paintings!  I have listed each artists biography to the right. So do take a look and see who all is joining us... love to see you here. The Concours is such a great charity event too!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Plein Aire Painters at Ironstone this Saturday!

The Ironstone Concours d'Elegance has added a new treat this year.  Eleven Plain Aire artists will be on site all day Saturday, Sept. 25th. painting the elegant classic autos, motorcycles, boats, 50's tear drop trailers, Shady Ladies in costume as well as the 4-H projects and animals.  This marks the first year artists have been invited on site during the event itself.  Long time coming if you ask me! 

Friday, we will be hanging representative art from the participant painters in the Ironstone Gallerias where they will remain on display for the following week.  These pieces will be available for sale as well, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Foundation's great works with the California 4-H scholarship foundation, the FFA scholarship fund and the California State Fair Scholarship fund.  All great causes to support our young people.

I will post a little slide show of pieces as images come available.  One sample here,
"Road Dreams" by Suzanne D'Arcy, is just one of many fantastic paintings you will see not only completed, but, works in progress by artists Vienna Watkins-Colodzin, Vickie Chew, Suzanne D'Arcy, Kathleen Dunphy, Dee Helzer, Rick Ingraham, Ray Mesgarzadeh, Tony Pooler, Sunny Sorensen, Henrietta Sparkman and Irene Taylor.  I will post bios as they come in...

Come on out to the Concours Saturday, meet the artists and see how they put these pieces together. 

Watching the creative process is always such a joy.  What the artists sees that catches our eyes is always fascinating as the imagry grows out of the canvas...

Come see for yourself... gates open at 10:00 AM till 4:00 PM.  Cost is $20.00 per person or $35.00 per family.  Plenty of food & beverage concessions as well as great food at the Ironstone Tasting Room Deli. 

Stop by the Museum and say Hi!  This is also the last weekend for the WWII exhibit, if you haven't seen it yet!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Artists Patricia Cherry & Carol Goff represented at Ironstone Gallerias

Artists Patricia Cherry and Carol Goff are currently displaying original paintings in Ironstone's Gallerias.  Complete Bios are located at the lower section of this Blog along with slideshow of works on display.  Do come and take a look at these beautiful paintings. With a wide range of subject matter and completely different styles, Cherry & Goff present a wonderful window to all tastes in art.  Now through September 22nd.