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"Spirit of Place": Smith Siegel raises nature awareness

02/26/2020
Connie Smith Siegel—artist, activist, author, dancer, poet, meditator and teacher—captures the weight, energy and movement of the elements. Her paintings, created outside with the wind and the water, the sun and the shadows, glow with life and light, and the connection she forged with nature through her years of sensory...

Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese: Sisters in business

02/26/2020
Just this month, Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, was certified as a majority women-owned business by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council after a rigorous application process. Of course, the business isn’t just mostly owned by women—it’s 100 percent owned by women, and...

Christine De Camp: It’s always been about art

02/19/2020
Christine De Camp has been making art since she could hold a pencil. “I don’t remember not drawing and painting,” she recalls, sitting in the light-filled window of her Second Valley rental in Inverness. As a child growing up in rural Pennsylvania, she scribbled on walls and on any piece...

A view of the sublime

02/19/2020
Speed—safely—to the art show at the San Geronimo Community Center, where Connie Smith Siegel’s talent as a landscape artist is on view in the Maurice del Mue Galleries. Smith Siegel sees with some extra vision that seems to create a holographic chamber in front of her paintings. Some art is...

Sky Road Webb, keeping Miwok music

02/12/2020
Sky Road Webb came to California a decade ago on a quest to unearth his Indian heritage. He expected to find his mother, whom he hadn’t seen since he was 4. Instead, he found she had passed away, and he learned he was a descendant of the Tamal’ko, the Tomales...

Nature Notebook, February 13, 2020

02/12/2020
Spring seems to be rushing toward us with warm days and calm surf. A little later than usual are the milkmaids, four-petaled flowers with a rosy tinge that usually are seen in shady areas by January. Wild beach strawberry plants (Fragaria chiloensis), also with small, four-petaled flowers low to the...

Moved by beauty

02/05/2020
I celebrated my birthday in January with a trip to Yosemite. The beauty was breathtaking: it had just snowed, and the trees were dusted fairytale-style in crystalline, glittering powder. Only a bobcat’s tracks were in the otherwise untouched snow before me. Wisps of mist, backlit by the morning sun, suffused...

Point Reyes artist celebrates his 85th birthday with solo exhibit

02/05/2020
Longtime Point Reyes artist Charles Eckart will celebrate his 85th birthday with a one-man exhibition at the Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley, running from Feb. 1 to March 1. The title of the show, “For the Love of Paint,” speaks to Eckart’s devotion to the expressive powers of pure...

Nature Notebook, January 30, 2020

01/29/2020
The full moon of Feb. 8 brings very high morning tides and very low late-afternoon tides. We may also get a good look at the planet Mercury, which is in “elongation,” at its maximum distance from the sun. It will shine ruby red just before dawn and just after dusk...

Microgrids avoid fossil fuels and keep solar running in an outage

01/29/2020
After three years of massive wildfires and Pacific Gas & Electric’s implementation of a public safety power shutoff program last year, the concept of creating more energy independence and resiliency through microgrids is picking up momentum in West Marin. First, what is a microgrid? The key distinguishing feature of a...

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