Reflection on Open Studios

On Oct. 6-7, 2018, I had the good fortune of being hosted by the Elkhorn Slough Foundation at the historic Porter Ranch House in Watsonville. Not only is it an incredible 19th century farm house located just northeast of the Slough, it also is a wonderful place to gather in celebration of art!

On Saturday, Oct. 6, Diane Porter Cooley, who grew up in that house, came to visit. Just shy of 90, Mrs. Cooley told delightful stories and shared her passion for protecting meaningful places. She also celebrated the power of art to highlight a sense of place. What a treat to meet her and learn from her.

I am so grateful to everyone who came through the house, the staff at the Elkhorn Slough Foundation who provided such generous support, and my fellow artists - Kate Warthen & Bill Fenwick - who shared the space with me. We had a great time and I look forward to more creative endeavors celebrating the Central Coast!