52nd NBPA Paintout - Toluma Farms & Tomales Farmstead Creamery, Tomales, CA

Greetings Painters! We will be collaborating with the wonderful Art on the Farm group for this month's paintout! We will be visiting the Toluma Farm located in Tomales, Ca. which offers fantastic rolling hills, barns, sheep, goats and more! Many thanks to Colleen Proppé for allowing us to join their group at such a beautiful location!

(Photo copyrights belong to Toluma Farms ©2014)

Please arrive before 11:45am for a guided tour with owner Tamara Hicks to learn about the farm, goats and cheese making!  

TOLUMA FARMS & TOMALES FARMSTEAD CREAMERY 
5488 Middle Road 
Tomales, CA 94971
http://www.tolumafarms.com

***MUST PRINT AND SIGN WAIVER BEFORE PAINTING ON LOCATION***
http://cproppe.com/fine_art/downloads_files/MarinOrganicWaiver2012.pdf



Agenda: 
11:30am - 12:00pm - Brief meetup and tour by owner Tamara Hicks. IMPORTANT TO MEET ON TIME! 

12:00am - 1:00pm - TOUR 

1:00pm - 4:30 - Let's Paint!

4:30pm - 5:00pm - Let's briefly meetup to share our findings, techniques or just to chat (not a critique). 

Restrooms: Yes

Cell phone coverage: ONLY Verizon.

Directions: 

From Highway 101 take the Petaluma/Washington Avenue Exit

Go West to Bodega Bay (Washington Avenue becomes Bodega Avenue)
Drive 8 miles from Petaluma looking for a "Dillon Beach/Tomales" sign as well as Coast Guard Sign.
Make a left (there is a left hand turn pocket and you will be on Petuluma-Tomales Rd), go 7 1/2 miles to HWY 1.
Take a Right and you are now in the town of Tomales.
Make a left on Dillon Beach Rd (go 1 mile).
Make a Right on Middle Road (3/4 mile).

Toluma Farms is the 2nd farm on the left.

Parking: Yes
There will be parking along the Middle road. A couple hundred feet down from the farm there is an inlet that has additional parking. 

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  • Laura H.

    My first meet up with this group was excellent!

    2 · June 3

  • Gerald

    Keep those wonderful photos and paintings coming from Sunday's paintout! We had painters spread out on all ends of the hillside :) We've got a few uploaded so far. Many thanks!

    May 28

  • Art on the F.

    Message to North Bay Plein Air: Art on the Farm only had 18 people RSVP'd for this event. Somehow, NBPleinAir had 40 people here on this separate meetup site, RSVP'd for this same event. This does not work. If you are coming to an Art on the Farm event, you have to RSVP on the Art on the Farm Meetup. Toluma Farms was expecting 18 people from Art on the Farm, not 60 people. There were miscommunications across the board yesterday, and as the Art in the Farm coordinator, I was unable to attend due to a family emergency. Tamara was very upset. Our group creates art to sell to give back funds to Marin Organic. If you were able to paint on the farm yesterday and have anything worthy of sharing or selling, an appropriate gesture might be to share your work with Tamara and Marin Organic. I am sorry this happened. Art on the Farm policies will change from this event, and if you are not an artist producing art towards the goal of the group, we are going to have to request that you do not attend. Limits

    1 · May 26

    • Laurie F.

      Oh my! Tamara seemed like a nice lady, I just thought she was very busy wrangling all of us as well as her special group of restauranteurs. A lot of the patrons in her restaurateur group seemed to enjoy stopping and talking with me, and the other artists sprinkled along their tour as a bonus, and we may have some new faces as I invited them to check out NBPA's webpage! I definitely didn't get an upset vibe :) My painting fell over and got dirt stuck in it, so I had nuttin' for show and tell time, haha!

      1 · May 27

    • Art on the F.

      I am glad to hear this Laurie. :)

      May 27

  • Donna D.

    I arrived early but the wind was so bad I moved up the road and set up in the back of my car to paint -cramped but okay for painting in. There were lots of frustrated artists looking for places to park.

    1 · May 27

  • Gerald

    Colleen - if you take a look at the details for our paintout description (scroll to the very bottom) you'll see it that it clearly reflects parking instructions taken from Art on the Farm page. We also made the time adjustments and changed to 12pm noon as you mentioned. This info was immediately updated on our blog, Facebook page and an Email was sent notifying all our Meetup members.

    1 · May 27

    • Art on the F.

      Thanks, Gerald. I don't think anyone is at fault here, but if I could have been there, I could have helped. Art on the Farm needs to have a couple organizers, like you have, so if one is ill or has an emergency, there is another to fall back on. We are learning from your good organization and work with Meetup. This is our first year on Meetup, and also, the firsts time anything like this has every happened in 15 years.

      May 27

    • Art on the F.

      Sorry for typos. I'm on my phone.

      May 27

  • Art on the F.

    Gerald- Art on the Farm set this date with Tamara well in advance and we posted the parking "on the street only" on our meetup well in advance. Tamara mentioned to me that people were parking on her property and her neighbors property, when she specifically asked people in advance to park on the street. This is why I wonder if anyone read the details on the Art on the Farm Meetup for this day? Also, she really did not want anyone there until 12, and she communicated to me about switching the time to 12 because of her other group. I said 11:30 to allow for parking on the road. If I had been able to attend, I could have asked people to park on the road so she would not have had to. She was more upset with me not being there than anyone else. Unfortunately, I have a son that has been very ill since May 9th and it has changed my life in many ways. I am going to have to step down as coordinator this year. I apologize to all who were affected by this.

    May 27

  • Gerald

    Message to North Bay Plein Air Painters: Rest assured that this will not happen again at any future NBPA paintouts held at private venues. Tamara, the proprietor, was definitely not upset with the North Bay Plein Air Group. At the end of the event I spoke directly with Tamara and she was thrilled that we (NBPA) enjoyed our time on the farm. She also kindly extended an invitation to the North Bay Plein Air Group for a future visit but with a limited number of attendees.

    3 · May 27

  • Kate

    Like many, I was sad the communication was problematic and hope it is cleared up for future events. I was in the last group that was admitted to the farm before a sign was posted deterring artists from entering. I was rattled by the situation and decided to leave, feeling they had to many there to handle.

    1 · May 26

  • Marcy S.

    OH the wind, this thing we do requires ALL-kinds-of-tenacity; settled for a 5x7 study, rig blew down twice….took a walk, saw Donna painting in her car east of driveway….got permission to share THAT photo, herein….

    ….tried an afternoon one, then wiped it off after wind got me. Communication with these events gets dicy sometimes….silver linings anyway….interesting place. Man with a wine glass offered $10; guide said "no way," & to email HER 'cuz she wants to buy.

    May 26

  • Mark M.

    I didn't mind being turned away (the owner was pretty frazzled though) ... plenty of stuff to paint. Unfortunately wind was untenable. It seems the NB painters shouldn't have jumped on board ... probably a miscommunication. Art on the Farm is a specialized thing, requiring advance arrangements. Better luck next event. Enjoyed meeting new folks, though.

    1 · May 26

  • Julie N.

    got there late, not let in. Painted on road, too windy. Left early

    May 26

  • Carol K.

    It was my first time with the group and a fun painting day. It was windy but he goats were delightful.

    1 · May 26

  • Sergio L.

    This was a bit of a mess in the beginning, but once they figured us out, we had a run of the place. Lots of decent views, the goats were super cute. Wind was rough for most of the farm, so much that I took off early.
    Not sure what happened with the Art on the Farm group, but it seems like the farm wasn't so clear on what was supposed to happen with them.

    3 · May 26

  • Bonnie S.

    They cancelled the tour/had another group there for cheese & gave very little instruction on where to paint on there farm. Beautiful place tho

    1 · May 26

  • Catherine F.

    They were not expecting so many people, they cancelled the tour and locked the gates. Very windy, painted on road.

    May 25

  • Sally L.

    BLOWN AWAY BUT LOVE THE GOATS. NICE FOLKS TOO.

    May 25

  • Sally L.

    Wow,my first trip out w this group and!! Guess we mixed in with another group and maxed out our host! I was blown away.Literally! Nice meeting some other artists.

    May 25

  • nancy

    Can't get it together! I am still nursing a hip replacement. Getting in and out of the car is a major production. Frustrating....

    May 25

  • Matt L.

    turns out i can't make it out there this morning after all, have fun, and see you all at the next meetup :)

    May 25

  • Catherine F.

    Is it OK to show up any time?

    May 21

    • Gerald

      Hi Catherine, the owner would like to give a tour to our painters at 12pm noon to tell us areas we can paint, along with a better understanding of the farm, goats and cheese making.

      3 · May 23

  • david s.

    i am very sad not to be able to make this one.

    May 22

  • Laura H.

    Hi, I had reserved two spots; only need one after all. Thanks and see you there!

    May 21

  • nancy

    I am pretty sure I can come

    May 19

  • Iris S.

    Sorry, can't make it this time. Looks great.

    May 10

  • Sergio L.

    Looks like a nice place! If I'm back from Paso Robles in time, I'll come by.

    May 9

  • Nanette

    Also, I signed the waiver for an Art on the Farm paintout a year or more ago. Is it still on file or do I need to sign and date a new one for this event?

    May 5

    • Sergio L.

      I think every farm has their own waiver but I'm not totally sure. Best to be safe and sign a new one.

      May 9

  • Nanette

    From Corte Madera, how long do you estimate it will take to drive to Toluma Farms?

    May 5

  • Georgia S.

    Any chance we could get permission to paint at Pepperwood Preserve?

    1 · May 5

    • Gerald

      I've reached out to Pepperwood Preserve, unfortunately I've gotten no response back. I inquired for our April or May paintout date. If anyone knows of a good contact person, we'd love to re-introduce our group and possible schedule a future paintout at their location :) Many thanks!

      1 · May 5

  • Eric S.

    I missed the last one, but I want to try and make this one.
    It sounds like a great time!

    April 21

  • paula a.

    Sergio please send email to my home:
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    also I want to forward you owners reply and questions? asap, thanks

    April 21

  • paula a.

    Sergio, sent you an email about a possibility. Paula

    April 21

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