Thursday, November 19, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving, Family Issues, Time Off, and Retirement

Dear artist friends,

Due to recent family matters, I will be taking time off from this website in regards to organizing and posting paint-outs until after the holidays.  My mother's health is declining rapidly and plans are being made to move her into assisted living.  My sister and I are overwhelmed with responsibilities.  This is in addition to other things I won't go into.

I will still be organizing our group exhibition that will hang in the Northwest Reno Library in March.  In January I will be sending out an email for sign-ups.  Northwest Reno Library Gallery is a wonderful venue and has more square feet of space than South Valleys Library, so I encourage you to enter.  This is a show where the participants all help so that I am not alone in this.  

Please keep painting!  If you have made friends with other painters - try to get together to paint on the location of your choice when it is convenient for you.

I also need to tell you I was planning on retiring this website and plein air group after the March exhibit.  I have done this for over three years now and it is time for me to move on and work on my own thing.

For those of you that have enjoyed participating in the paint-outs and want to continue, please start talking among yourselves of how you might keep it going for yourself.  It can be a different group, a different name, a different method on how to contact one another for paint-outs.  There are so many ways this can be doesn't have to be as involved as I have done so far.

I would like to say that this group and painting every week for three years has made me a better and more confident painter!  The company and friendships and things I have learned from all of you have been invaluable.  Thank you everyone for coming to paint-outs, inspiring me and helping, and being a wonderful friend!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you.  I will be in touch....


Friday, November 6, 2015

November 16, 2015 (Monday) Rain Date: River Fork Ranch/Genoa Paint-Out

Due to snow or rain expected on November 9, I have scheduled the same painting location for the following Monday - November 16.

Date:          November 9, 2015 (Monday)
Time:          9:30?
Place:          River Fork Ranch - or - Genoa Trees
Parking:      There is a large parking lot - free - open daily year-round
Restrictions:  No dogs

Amenities:  I think there is a porta pottie at River Fork Ranch.  If not, you can drop by the Country Store in Genoa just down the street.

River Fork Ranch is located at 381 Genoa Lane, Minden, NV 89423 near the historic town of Genoa in the Carson Valley.

Directions from Carson City:  Drive south on 395 for 8.7 miles
Turn Right onto SR 206/Genoa Lane and continue for 2.4 miles
The preserve and parking area will be on your left and is well marked with a sign.

More info: River Fork Ranch:

What is there:  hiking trails, wildlife viewing, interesting woven flood plain control, wetlands, Carson River

To get to the views of the river - walk around the deck of the Interpretive Center and you will see a trail head.  It follows the river going south and goes for 2 miles.  The pictures I took above and below were the closest distance from the Interpretive Center.  If it is not muddy from prior rain, these trails are good for pulling carts.

River Fork Ranch has 2 trails - one that goes along the Carson River with open vistas, and another one at the east side of the parking lot that goes through or near the cottonwood trees and another fork of river.

Genoa Trees:  on Genoa Lane (206)

Directions:  From Reno, take 395 south.  Either turn right at Jacks Valley Road and follow it out to Genoa (for a scenic route), or, continue on 395 and turn right on 206 (Genoa Lane).  The intersection of Jacks Valley Road and 206 is where the Genoa Country Store is.

Your choice!  Both are in the same area about a mile or less apart.
big cottonwoods on the side of the road near the Country Store, Genoa on Genoa Lane