Features

Chatham comes home, stakes future on feed barn

02/16/2012
Last Friday, in a small second-floor studio near Perry’s Deli, in Inverness Park, the 72-year-old landscape artist Russell Chatham sat perched on a stool, staring at a sheet of plain white printer paper tacked to the wall. Below it leaned a dozen half-finished paintings and unvarnished wooden frames. On the...

Time and extinction drive Bolinas sculpture

02/02/2012
In 1989, after the Exxon Valdez oil spill killed hundreds of thousands of animals and wrought havoc on 1,300 miles of pristine Prince William Sound coastline, sculptor Ron Garrigues was compelled to change course. Instead of continuing his series of Earth Mother pieces—rounded, abstract depictions of the large-breasted goddess of...

At historic ranch, the next generation picks up the pitchfork

02/02/2012
In June 2008, 65-year-old Joey Mendoza, the third-generation dairyman and lifelong resident of B Ranch, in Point Reyes National Seashore, announced that his operation was in serious financial trouble and that he was selling his herd to stave off restless creditors. He vowed to return to the business at some...

Peter “Lee” Brownlee, 1919 – 2011

01/26/2012
Peter “Lee” Brownlee, the notoriously paint-splattered artist from Bolinas whose vibrant landscapes and fantastical stories never ceased to push the boundaries of fact and fiction, died December 1 in Point Reyes Station. He was 91. Boisterous and brazen, Lee became something of a legend in Bolinas, where he lived for...

Film leaves viewers winded

01/26/2012
A relentless, inescapable barrage of noise pollution. Shadows so conspicuous they lead to clinical sleep disorders. Whirling blades that fatally pierce passing birds and induce internal hemorrhaging in bats, a condition that could ultimately bring about the species’ extinction. Windfall, an award-winning documentary presented by the Environmental Action Committee of...

Mexican native finds home in the classroom

01/19/2012
Several months after arriving in California from her native Mexico, Guadalupe Tausch finally decided how she would spend her new life in the United States. She had seen what many other Mexican women were doing and, when she converted their earnings back to pesos, she was incredulous. She came home...

The Emma Lee Project

01/19/2012
Last Sunday, somewhere on Kauai, an Internet signal beamed from a modest rural residence. The source, 36-year-old Bolinas-based musician Emma Lee, sat smiling and chatting into her computer, a lit cigarette at hand. Lee, whose band, the Emma Lee Project, recently released its first album, Waiting for Javi, is on...

Joan Green offers West Marin midwifery with heart

01/19/2012
Nearly 30 years ago, while fasting alone in the deserts of New Mexico, Joan Green had an epiphany. Educated in biology but long uncertain about how to create a fulfilling career, she realized what she wanted most was to help bring people into the world. Today, the 57-year-old midwife continues...

Setrakian lays fresh paint on Bolinas Gallery

01/12/2012
Rob Setrakian needs light bulbs. It’s the afternoon before the opening of “Fresh Paint,” a new exhibit at the Bolinas Gallery featuring recent work from the renowned local painter alongside pieces by Southern California artist Dennis Hare, and many of the gallery lights need replacing. Setrakian, ever amicable and easygoing...

Cecil Asman, 1924 – 2011

01/05/2012
Cecil Asman, an Inverness realtor who came to West Marin as a young father in search of a home and managed, in the nearly 50 years he lived here, to create just that—for himself and for much of his community—died on Christmas Eve from congestive heart failure. He was 87...

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