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Seeing Solano: Solano Land Trust Through the Eyes of Artists

Author: Posted by Carlos Villatoro - DixonPatch
Date: Oct 01, 2011

What brings together artists, a land trust, and a museum? The beauty of Solano County.

Over a dozen professional artists are creating a body of work called Seeing Solano: Solano Land Trust through the eyes of artists. All the paintings and photographs in this growing collection are inspired by protected lands in Solano – the tidal marsh, oak woodlands, vernal pool grasslands, and working farms and ranches that make our region unique.

Seeing Solano debuts at the elegant Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum on Saturday, October 8th, with an opening reception from 3:30 to 5:30pm. The reception is free and open to all. Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy a glass of wine, meet the artists, and learn about the lands that inspire their painting and photography.

Plein air painter Susan Schneider approached Solano Land Trust with the idea for Seeing Solano last winter, and she’s since made it a reality. A growing number of artists and photographers have joined the movement to produce a body of work inspired by Solano Land Trust’s lands. Season after season, Schneider is taking fellow artists to Lynch Canyon, the King-Swett Ranches, Rush Ranch, Jepson Prairie, and other protected places. “I really enjoy introducing artists to places I am so proud to say are here in our county. Everyone who comes out with me says the same thing the first time they see our beautiful open spaces – ‘Wow!’”

As a group, the painters and photographers have three things in common: (1) their professionalism and commitment to their craft, (2) finding inspiration in landscape and a connection to the land, and (3) their desire and commitment to bring awareness and support to Solano Land Trust’s mission. Since its founding 25 years ago, Solano Land Trust has protected over 20,000 acres of working farms and natural areas in Solano.

The Seeing Solano collection portrays a rich visual portrait of the beauty and diversity of the natural landscapes to be found and cherished at our doorstep. This is the first year of a long-term movement. Asked about her vision, Susan Schneider said “It’s a win-win-win partnership. The Land Trust benefits, the artists benefit, and the public benefits.”

Learn more at and

Opening reception: Saturday, October 8th from 3:30 to 5:30pm at the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum

Who: Solano Land Trust, and the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum, and painters and photographers including:

Adriana Arriaga

Mary Lou Correia

Bill Craig

Becky Dolcini

Ellen Dodd

Deanna Forbes

Linda Grebmieier

Lisa Greenstein

Betsy Kendall

Carlyle Johnson

Diana Krevsky

Hillary Patrick

Susan Schneider

Gregory Vasgerdsian

Irby Walton

Nancy Walton

What: Seeing Solano: Solano Land Trust through the eyes of artists art exhibit

When: Opening reception from 3:30 to 5:30pm on Saturday, October 8. Exhibit runs October 8 – December 31, 2011.

Where: Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum, 734 Marin Street, Vallejo, CA 94590, 707-643-0077.


Why: Celebrate the arts and Solano’s beautiful open spaces.

Cost: None.

RSVP: None.