Photo Contest Winners

October 22, 2010

Join us Friday, November 5th from 6-8 p.m at Arts Visalia for an art opening that will feature the winning photographs from SRT’s photography contest, “How Do You View Your Landscape?”. The following photos will be displayed along with paintings by Paul Buxman, renowned plein air painter and farmer who is the featured artist of the exhibit, “Visual Harvest: Paintings by Paul Buxman,” as part of the Kaweah Land & Arts Festival. Don’t miss it!

Jerry Smith, "St. Johns Rope Swing," Grand Prize Winner


The 2nd Kaweah Land & Arts Festival

October 18, 2010

The much anticipated 2nd Kaweah Land & Arts Festival is arriving soon! November 4-7, 2010!

This year, we are bringing to our community four fantastic events that exhibit different cultural and artistic disciplines that celebrate the diversity of the land that surrounds and sustains us.

Tim Hernandez, reading at the 2009 Kaweah Land & Arts Festival

Thursday, November 4: “Blues & Dust,” an evening of performance poetry and music featuring American Book Award winner, Tim Z. Hernandez, and “Native Americana” music by Lance Canales and the Flood. Also, performances from Dayanna Sevilla and John Spivey. Where: The Cellar Door, Visalia’s hip entertainment venue and wine bar. 101 W. Main St., Visalia, CA. Time: 9:00-11:30pm.

Paul Buxman, Winter Farm


Friday, November 5: “Visual Harvest: Paintings by Paul Buxman,” an artist opening for renowned local plein air painter and farmer, Paul Buxman. The exhibit features a stunning collection of bucolic landscape paintings. A secondary exhibit will feature the winning photographs from SRT’s 2010 Landscape Photography contest. Where: Arts Visalia, 214 E. Oak Ave., Visalia, CA. Time: 6:00-8:00pm.

Saturday, November 6: “Getting Grounded: The Land & Arts Field Day,” the Festival’s signature event, is a free, outdoor arts and culture extravaganza with live entertainment including: cowboy poetry, performance poetry, traditional Native American drumming and storytelling, folk and bluegrass music, and inspiring personal narratives from farmers, ranchers and regional historians. There will also be visual art displays, art & craft sales, children’s art activities, guided nature walks, beer and wine tasting, and local food. Where: Kaweah Oaks Preserve, a 322-acre oak woodland nature preserve that protects hundreds of plant and animal species. 29979 Road 182, Exeter, CA. Time: 11:00am-4:00pm.

Ted Nunes and Ian Herrick perform at the 2009 Kaweah Land & Arts Festival

Sunday, November 7: “Becoming Native: The Land & Arts Symposium,” a one-of-a-kind, interdisciplinary event featuring five panelists with distinct relationships to the land. They will engage in a thought-provoking discussion about how they’ve been born into or have grown into different native identities of the region. Where: College of the Sequoias 915 S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia, CA. Time: 3:00-5:00pm. Documentary screening of “Artists of the Great Western Divide” at 2:15.

Kids painting at 2009 Kaweah Land & Arts Festival

Valley Oak Galls

October 6, 2010


If you have spent time walking around the Kaweah Oaks Preserve or one of the other land preserves maintained by Sequoia Riverlands Trust, you probably noticed some strange-looking growths on the leaves, stems, and branches of the oak trees.  These oddly shaped, brightly colored growths are called “oak galls” (pronounced gawls) and are formed as a result of the egg-laying process of the gallwasp.

Each spring, the tiny gallwasp deposits its eggs into a part of an oak tree, along with a fluid that induces plant cell multiplication, leading to the formation of the gall.  The oak gall provides food and protection for the developing wasp larvae until it reaches maturity and chews its way out of the gall.

There are 11 distinct types of oak galls, each produced by a different species of gallwasp.  Try to locate and identify them next time you are out hiking at Kaweah Oaks Preserve!

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