Monday, June 17, 2013

1 North: Gualala, Gualala Arts Center

Gualala Arts Center  46501 Gualala Rd., (707) 884-1138.  Free.  Located off a back road, this extraordinary art gallery and center is well hidden in a grove of redwoods.  The environment-friendly gallery features high ceilings, tall windows with views of the redwoods, and slate floors.  Inside, two main-floor  galleries display changing shows; a clay studio is downstairs and an art library is upstairs.  Outside, the nation’s only haiku trail—like its namesake poetry style, it is short and easy--leads past poems engraved into stones, and another trail leads to the river.  Additionally, you’ll find a sculpture garden and a picnic area with pizza oven. 
    On the third weekend in August, the annual Art in the Redwoods festival—which has been happening since 1961--occurs to celebrate art, food, and gardens.  Arts vendor booths, an outdoor stage, and picnics are part of the fun. 

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image c2013 Carole Terwilliger Meyers

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