Thank you to our sponsors!

October 28, 2009
Shadequarter Matthew Rangel

Matthew Rangel, "Due East from Shadequarter"

Sequoia Riverlands Trust would like to thank all of the sponsors for the first Kaweah Land & Arts Festival. All festival events are free, thanks to a grant from the California Council for the Humanities and the generous support of our local community, including (in alphabetical order): Arts Visalia; Citizen’s Business Bank; College of the Sequoias; Dooley, Herr, Peltzer & Richardson, Attorneys at Law LLP; Dwelle Family Foundation; Kawneer; Reedley College; Southern California Edison; Tulare County Board of Supervisors; Valley Business Bank; Valley Public Radio and Visalia Downtown Rotary.

Thanks to all for “setting the stage” for a spectacular community event!

Click here to view the PDF of the festival brochure, which has the full schedule of events for the weekend.

Click here to view the bios of symposium participants.


Kaweah Land & Arts Festival

October 12, 2009

KLAF Logo_FINAL_image onlySequoia Riverlands Trust
presents the first


November 6, 7, 8
(Friday – Sunday)

The first Kaweah Land and Arts Festival is a celebration of our southern Sierra Nevada and San Joaquin Valley landscapes and the creative minds whose art has been inspired by them. This festival brings together diverse perspectives of the land through visual art, poetry, story-telling, natural history, music and biology to craft a mosaic of our cultural heritage, as it is inspired by the land.

Events include:

  • Friday, 6:00-8:00pm at Arts Visalia:  An artist opening showcasing Matthew Rangel’s interpretive print representations of the Kaweah watershed and John Spivey’s photographs. 214 E. Oak Ave., Visalia
  • Saturday, 11:00am-4:00pm at Kaweah Oaks Preserve:  An outdoor land and arts field day with two stages of entertainment, local food, children’s activities, plein air painting and guided nature walks. Road 182, 7 miles east of Visalia, off Hwy. 198
  • Saturday, 6:00-8:00pm at College of the Sequoias:  A land and arts symposium featuring a panel of artists, writers, farmers, scientists and historians who will discuss, display and perform the creative heritage and geographical inspirations of the region. 915 S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia.
  • Sunday, 1:00-3:00pm at Designs by Arenas:  Artist opening for Richard Arenas’ “Campesinos” sculpture collection, a history of Mexican culture in the fields. 208 W. Main St., Montgomery Square in downtown Visalia.

Festival Participants:

  • Richard Arenas – sculptor
  • Paul Buxman – farmer, painter
  • John Dofflemyer – cowboy poet
  • Doug Hansen – artist, illustrator
  • Rob Hansen – biologist, naturalist
  • Denise Hartley – visual artist
  • Tim Z. Hernandez – poet, performer
  • Ian Herrick- folk singer, guitarist
  • Rob Jefferson – California folk musician
  • Ted Nunes – singer/songwriter
  • Matthew Rangel – artist, printmaker
  • Carlos Rodriguez (of Mezcal) – musician
  • Sylvia Ross – author, poet, illustrator
  • John Spivey – author, photographer
  • William Tweed – author, natural historian
  • Lillia Valencia – traditional Mexican mandala artist
  • Trudy Wischemann – author, musician
  • Ron Zanini – woodworker, storyteller

Local artwork for sale from:

  • Steven Ball – paintings
  • Oshah Baxter – photography, pen and ink drawings
  • Cedrick Brown – pottery
  • Brandon Crow – photography, pen and ink drawings
  • John Griesbach – landscape paintings
  • Michael Hansen – photography and prints
  • Shirley Keller – photography, clay art, recycled art
  • Anne Marks – art from oaks
  • Frances Pyles – fused glass, wildflower paintings, paper mache
  • Jane Zielger – landscape paintings

Participating booths and non-profits:

  • Arts Visalia
  • California Native Plant Society
  • C & C Potters
  • Family Farm Fresh
  • Pleasant Valley Ranch
  • Sequoia Natural History Association
  • Seven Circles
  • Timothy Schweizer (animal pelt display)
  • Tulare County Citizens for Responsible Growth
  • Tulare County Historical Society
  • Urban Tree Foundation
  • WildPlaces

Please join us in making this community event a huge success! Spread the word! And sign up to receive updates on Facebook.

Kaweah Land and Arts Festival on Facebook

Our hope is to increase pride in our region’s distinct landscapes and raise awareness of the talented group of homegrown artists who have been inspired by these landscapes. In turn, we hope that such heightened awareness and appreciation will create an emboldened community of land stewards and artists who will respect and care for the landscape that surrounds and sustains us.

All events are free!

If you are interested in participating in the event, visit the SRT website and fill out an application and return it to us as soon as possible.

Funding for this event has been provided by the prestigious California Council for the Humanities Story Fund, which awarded Sequoia Riverlands Trust with a highly competitive $10,000 grant.  This is the first time in over ten years that the Council has funded a project in the Central Valley. The fact that the Council has turned their attention to our region as a source of valuable cultural expression should make us all very proud.

Other partners and sponsors for this festival include, in alphabetical order: Arts Visalia, Buckman-Mitchell, Cavale-Taylor & Co., College of the Sequoias, Dooley, Herr, Peltzer & Richardson, Attorneys at Law LLP, the Dwelle Family Foundation, Gallagher Benefit Services, Kawneer, Reedley College, Southern California Edison, Tulare County Board of Supervisors, Valley Business Bank and Valley Public Radio. Thank you for your support!