Plumas Audubon Society will have in informational display about the birds in Sierra Valley and Plumas County. Species-specific nesting boxes will be for sale. There will be educational exhibits.
Micah Silver will be exhibiting and selling his stunning wildlife photographs (especially birds), which he takes while hiking and exploring the northern Sierra, known as the Lost Sierra
Tyler Jacobsen of Sierra Valley Wildlife will be exhibiting and selling his original watercolor vignette close-ups of wildlife, pictured on a small piece of habitat.
Michelle Jacobsen will be showing and selling her hand-decorated rustic birdhouses.
Plumas National Forest’s many streams and lakes, beautiful deep canyons, rich mountain valleys, meadows, and lofty peaks attract outdoor enthusiasts year-round. Forest Service representatives will address recreation opportunities, fire prevention and how the land now managed by the Beckwourth Ranger District was once part of the Sierra Valley agricultural community that continues today.
Jenna & Greg Gatto of Sierra Valley Yaks raise domesticated yaks, sustainably and responsibly, for meat and fiber. Yaks are versatile and multi-purpose animals, perfectly adapted for high-altitude living. Visitors can feed snacks to the friendly yaks.
Lorraine is a fiber artisan creating handspun yarns and wool products of natural color or with forest and garden dyes. Shear Bliss products come from wool from her own flock of majestic Jacob Sheep that she raises in Indian Valley. Lorraine will be spinning yak fiber and showcasing a variety of her wool products.
Rosanna Angel makes handmade goat milk soap and bath products, using the milk from her own herd of Lamancha dairy goats.
Leland Cross paints beautiful landscapes in acrylic and watercolor. He is based in Loyalton, California and is known throughout the region for his signs, his aspen imagery and for the totem pole he created for Wiggins' Trading Post (now Goodwin's General Store) in Chilcoot.
This fifth-generation sheep producer will host demonstrations of all aspects of wool production - from shearing to spinning, weaving and felting. Visitors can meet the sheep and alpacas and can try their hand at spinning and weaving. The wool room will be open and lamb meat for sale. There will also be lumber milling demonstrations from the Harvey Forestry operation.
Michelle Haselton of Lakes Basin Creations is a teaching artist specializing in pine needle basketry and loom weaving. Michelle will have hand-made baskets for sale and will be demonstrating spinning, weaving and basket-making.
Janet Baldridge prepares, spins and knits fiber from wool, alpaca and other natural sources. Janet will be demonstrating hand spinning on an 1880s "walking wheel," and with support spindles. Janet will share the process of fiber preparation before knitting or spinning. She will also have hand knit items available.
Salli Wise of Wise Wool Textiles hand spins & hand dyes wool yarn to create hand woven items such as baby blankets, rugs and scarves using local sheeps' wool from Harvey Farms. Salli will be showing her small pot-holder loom and 2-harness loom, her spinning wheel and samples of her work (rugs, runners, towels and yarn from local sheep).
Kacie Marin's photographic images capture the beauty of daily ranch life in Sierra Valley. Panoramic landscapes, bucolic mountain meadows and the weathered leather of working chaps and saddles all portray the perspecitve of a Cowgirl with a Canon EOS in her saddlebag.
J cross Leather specializes in custom leather purses, clutch wallets, as well as tablet and computer bags. Designs include ranch brands and customer logos.
Working in her Portola, CA studio, Susan Wilson's artwork melds internal and external inspiration. Her media include fiber, watercolor, and "found" objects. Susan plans to showcase some new weavings, using "found" objects for frames, such as a mirror frame and a wooden magazine rack. Visitors will have an opportunity to try weaving, feeling different fibers and exploring a variety of colors.
John Lullo of Plumas Crafts creates rustic furniture from original designs. Each item that John creates combines natural shapes and textures found in local forests with commercial material, producing a line of original rustic furniture.
KC Cattle Company will feature a diversified livestock exhibit, an exhibit of the iron ancestry of Sierra Valley agriculture, and a petting zoo and other fun activities for kids.
Using watercolor, oil, and acrylics, Joanne Corso of I Am Love - Artworks paints landscapes, still life, and portraits as well as the occasional abstract. Her paintings embody a philosophy of creating the least possible distance between the moment and its expression. Her thematic material covers many subjects but mostly she is known for evocative landscapes painted plein air on the California coast and in the mountains. She also makes paper and makes photo cards from her paintings.
The beauty and living agricultural history of Sierra Valley inspires Bronwyn Olsen of Olsen Photography to share and preserve it in timeless photos. Bronwyn will have photographs, a seasonal calendar, bookmarks and notecards featuring the Sierra Valley and the Feather River region.
Doug Read Woodworking creates hand-carved log benches, picnic tables, and whimsical decorative items from locally harvested Jeffrey Pine. Doug's hand-hewn wooden arrows and tomahawks invoke the nostalgia of early 20th Century B western films.
Lil' Meg's Pumpkin Patch was sprouted in 2012 to bring fun and entertainment to the community. The "patch" features games, a corn maze and plenty of pumpkins! Lil' Meg's Pumpkin Patch, hosted on the family-owned Whittemore Farm, is aptly named for the petite size of one of its owners (Megan Whittemore) and the petite size of the pumpkin patch itself.
George Halvorsen of Hand Crafted Wood Products specializes in quality hand-made wood products. Based in Clio, CA, George offers a wide range of wood products, including custom furniture, fly fishing nets, wood fly rod tubes, cutting boards, and serving trays, some adorned with hand-crafted pyrographic images of wildlife, flowers and birds by Judith Baughman.
Katie Tanner of Oddglass creates an eclectic assortment of fused glass pieces. Katie especially enjoys recycling non-art glass, such as window glass, into fused creations.
Gabriela O'Neil, of Tahoe Glass by Gabi, fuses beautiful glass into functional art and decorative pieces. Her latest hand-made creations include decorative fused glass mushroom solar garden stakes and flowers. She also will have her popular fused glass dragon flies on hand.
Chilcoot, CA-based Laural Paschal of Lolly's Crafts creates decorative pieces by hand painting and wood burning gourds with images of animals, Santas, birds & wildlife.
Lucia Biunno of Dog Walk Crochet crochets hats & scarves using a variety of specialty yarns. Lucia's Springer Spaniel, Ruby, always wanted to walk while she always wanted to crochet. One day Lucia put yarn in a bag and crocheted while they walked around town, and thus was born Dog Walk Crochet.
Adrienne Anila of Mama Fig Designs makes handspun, hand-dyed wool and local alpaca yarn as well as felted, knitted, and crocheted art and Baltic amber jewelry. Mama Fig Designs also makes knit and crochet kits. Adrienne believes that hand spinning is a great way to make beautiful yarn, toys and clothing while supporting local sheep and alpaca farmers. Adrienne's oldest child named her Mama Fig based on his love of his aunt's home-dried figs. Adrienne will be spinning alpaca fiber from Thompson Valley, near Quincy.
Ryan Cook makes decorative and functional furniture from aged barnwood.
Presley Sundberg of Manifest Station Studio creates original lighting fixtures, luminaries and other items by upcycling tin cans with her welding torch.
Gail Frazier creates custom pet portraits using watercolor and colored pencil. She also paints watercolor landscapes and creates multimedia "paintings" with ink and origami paper. Gail will be painting on site and will be selling prints and cards of her paintings.
Three area 4H clubs will be joining up to offer visitors the opportunity to see and touch farm animals and ask questions of 4H members, leaders and parents
When the tours reach the quaint restored homestead cabin and pond, Max Forest and Dave Knight will offer branding demonstrations and the opportunity for visitors to brand a take-away piece of barn wood.
Marjorie Voorhees creates stained glass original and existing designs using the traditional methods of lead and copper foil. She works in a home studio and markets her work through Country Class Collectibles in Sattley, CA. Marjorie will be selling stained glass quilt squares, as well as Victorian and western-themed windows.
Scott Perry of Country Class Collectibles creates his art pieces using barnwood, pyrography and rusty metal found objects. Working out of a cabin at the headwaters of the Feather River, he creates western and Native American-themed artwork.
Rand Nash of Sierra Valley Boatworks makes hand-built cedar strip kayaks, canoes and rowing boats. This building method produces beautiful, seaworthy, lightweight art that can be paddled. Sierra Valley Boatworks’ wood is locally sourced and repurposed when available. Sea and lake kayaks, hand tools and sample materials will be exhibited.
Casey Clark produces stoneware and porcelain pottery that is intended for daily use. He is especially interested in creating work that can transform everyday routines, such as making coffee or grinding herbs, in micro-rituals.
Judy Dailey of J. Dailey Design meticulously handcrafts quality stones, metals and crystals into wearable art. Most pieces are crafted using wire weaving and wire wrap techniques. Wire sculpted jewelry is an ancient craft dating back to 1446 B.C. It has been found in the pyramids as well as in ancient pharoahs' tombs. It is the only known metal jewelry craft that is created without soldering or casting.
Sage Eggs & Ham is a very small family-run farm that uses heritage breed hogs to rejuvenate the land. The hogs are harvested to make healthy pork available for sale locally. Sage Eggs & Ham has selected very hardy breeds that can thrive in Sierra Valeey year-round on a diet of predominantly locally raised grass hay, without the need for medications. Laurie Munroe of Sage Eggs & Ham will be on hand selling the farm's frozen pork.
Chef Sean Conry and his Culinary Arts Program students from Feather River College will be preparing and selling Italian roasted pork sandwiches, Thaicurry pork meatballs (both using Sierra Valley-raised pork from Sage Eggs & Ham), Indian-style lentils, and apple crisp.
Sierra Valley Farms is a Certified Organic Farm growing vegetables and hosting agritourism events on the farm, including a summer on-farm farmers market, montly Farm-to-Fork Barn Dinners and a Food, Blues & Views Concert Series. In addition, farmer Gary Romano has penned two entertaining and informative books on farming and sells bottled drink mixes, horseradish and more. Sierra Valley Farms is an Event Trailhead where visitors can purchase even passports and souvenir dish towels and pick up a printed map of the sites for the day. Host Gary Romano will be on hand to share information on the farm's history and current operation as a certified organic vegetable farm as well as selling farm products and signing and selling his entertaining and informative books.
Plumas-Sierra CattleWomen is a group of women dedicated to the preservation of ranching, beef promotion, and agricultural education. The Cattle Women will have Sierra Valley Family Farm historical displays and their annual brand-quilt, hand-made with embroidered local registered brands from Plumas and Sierra Counties, which funds scholarships for local students. The Cattlewomen are also teaming up with the Plumas-Sierra Cattlemen's Association to prepare the dinner at the Grange the evening of the event.
Betty Thatcher creates free-form, country life-inspired watercolor and mixed media paintings and greeting cards. Betty's paintings are home and pet portraits, still life, local historical barns, buildings, and livestock. She uses various papers, goauche, water color and ink.
Kathleen Goicoechea works in watercolors, acrylic, oil, and masa paper. Kathleen's favorite subject is scenes of Sierra Valley. She also paints still life flower arrangements.
Reno Antique Engine & Tractor Club is dedicated to educating anyone interested in antique engines and tractors. The members restore and maintain antique engines and farm equipment. They will be showing and offering education about working antique engines and equipment used on farms in the 1920's, 30's and 40's.
The Sierra County Historical Society is an organization of people interested in preserving and promoting an appreciation of Sierra County's rich heritage. Members of the Society will be selling copies of two newly re-printed books: Barns of Sierra County in Sierra Valley and Historic Houses of Sierra County in Sierra Valley. Both contain photographs, history, and locations so that visitors may locate sites.
Ruthan Hudson has been painting in oil and watercolor for 27 years, with a focus on local landscapes and Steller's Jays. Ruthan will be presenting Giclée prints on canvas and watercolor paper. She will also have handmade greeting cards suitable for framing.
Hand Knits by Dee Kelly is based in Mohawk Valley/Clio, CA. Dee has been knitting, off-and-on, since she was 9 years old, taught by her mother and grandmother. She specializes in creating hand-knitted clothing and accessories using high quality, mostly natural fibers. Many are original designs.
High Sierra Heritage Fruit specializes in grafting heirloom varieties of fruit that have existed in Sierra Valley for 100+ years, with a mission of preserving tried-and-true varieties to nurture future generations. Jennifer Kennedy is 4th-generation Guidici family on her mother's side. She has grown up on the fruits of Sierra Valley and has realized a deep passion for saving the surviving diversity of varieties (mostly apples) after seeing so many of the old trees die. Jennifer will be offering heritage apple tasting and apple identification for people who bring samples along.
Queen Bees raises honey bees in Loyalton, CA.
Hawk & Field is based in Sierraville, CA, where Annemarie Huisman creates both small batch apothecary and hand-forged jewelry. Her jewelry is designed and hand-fabricated in her home studio, nestled where the mountains meet the Sierra Valley. She uses reclaimed metal whenever possible and sources responsibly mined and American mined & cut gemstones. Her apothecary line is a collection of all-natural, small batch products featuring organic herbs patiently solar infused in organic oils and pressed by hand, by her, to make healing salves, moisturizers and lip balms.
Paul Herman is a long-time potter from south Lassen County. He makes functional ware for cooking and eating. He creates pottery mostly formed using a potter's wheel, wood-fired stoneware and porcelain.
Jeanne Tansey of Baskets & Books coils pine needle baskets from local pine needles, Florida and Texas long leaf pine needles, artificial sinew and other embellishments. Coated with melted 100% beeswax, then baked in a low-temperature oven, Jeanne's baskets are sturdy and meant to be used. Her goal is to combine beautiful form and functionality.
Based in Chilcoot, CA, Rich Banks of High Sierra Crystals, hand-digs his claim looking for crystal pockets, amethyst, citrine, and smokies. Rich hand-extracts crystals at his claim and transports them in a sock inside a pack so they are not exposed to daylight. Even if the crystals are broken, they have beautiful color. He polishes them, has bails attached or turns them into rings and pendants. Rich will exhibit beautiful local crystals that are facet-grade quality.
Lori Paoletti paints in watercolor, acrylic and oil and enjoys painting scenery, barns, trees and mountains. She especially loves animals and likes to incorporate them into her paintings. Lori has always enjoyed drawing and has illustrated two children's books. She will be showing and selling paintings and cards on the Art + Ag Trail.
Gloria & Ray Gipson of Earth 'n' Light, specialize in hand-made gemstone and crystal jewelry, including beaded Kumihimo necklaces and bracelets which accent focal gemstone, glass and crystal statement pieces. Their work also features original photographs made into necklace pendants, bola ties, earrings and keepsakes. Gloria & Ray collect and polish mineral and semi-precious stones to enhance their beauty. Earth 'n' Light will exhibit beautiful gemstone and crystal jewelry in addition to Kumihimo hand-beaded chains for bandanas and bracelets.