United States Veteran Art Show

    January 8 - February 26, 2016 at High Hand Gallery


    Featuring the art of 15 unique artists, this promises to be a really great show.

    Please Join Us for the Opening Reception
    January 8th, 1 - 3 pm

    Music, comfort food nibbles, lots of door prizes.

    A note from show curator Phill Evans:
    "I'm Very excited about this US Veterans Artist show. It has been rewarding bringing this together. I am receiving some great reactions and was told yesterday Chuck Yeager might make the opening. I included the image of the Civil War map to show the inspiration for the show symbol. Great grandfather Simon Evans"

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    Artist PAINT OUT on Saturday August 27

    From 10 am to noon, twelve artists will scatter throughout the lovely High Hand complex gardens and fruit sheds. On-site and live, they will capture their views and impressions of this historic turn-of-the-century fruit packing complex or the colorful and relaxing gardens. This day is your chance to watch art being created!

    10 am to noon
    Saturday, August 27

    Images courtesy of Edward Mallory.

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    Victorian Holiday Faire

    Victorian Holiday with Steampunk Edge

    High Hand Gallery Presents: Victorian Holiday Faire
    From Traditional Dickens to Steampunk Edge—fun for everyone!

    Event Hours:
    Saturday, November 26 from 10am - 7:30pm
    Sunday, November 27 from 10am - 4pm

    Join High Hand Gallery artists, who have been preparing Steam Punk garments and accessories to wear to the event with great enthusiasm!

    Held in conjunction with High Hand Nursery’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Saturday evening, the event also hosts local artists and craft vendors. It's a great chance to pick up holiday treasures.

    The Merrie Olde Christmas Carolers will be strolling and caroling in traditional period costume during the Tree Lighting event on Saturday evening. High Hand Gallery will host a Gingerbread Man Creation Station where kids of all ages can buy and decorate their own cookie masterpiece!

    A truly unique caroling group, The Merrie Olde Christmas Carolers are professional singers, members of the San Francisco Opera Chorus, and featured artists from other opera and theatre companies throughout the greater Bay Area. Costumed in Dickensian attire, The Merrie Olde Christmas Carolers presents new arrangements of carols and songs, as well as the beloved and familiar traditional carols. The quartet is accompanied by the merry sounds of cymbals, tambourines and kazoos.

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    Click the photo to hear The Merrie Olde Christmas Carolers music.

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    Art Fest 2014 - Call to Artists

    Anne Bradley at ArtFest 2013
    High Hand Gallery's Anne Bradley works on a sculptural painting at ArtFest 2013.

    Art Fest 2014 is in the works!  This popular event, featuring a variety of artists demonstrating their media and selling their work, will return to the garden and fruit shed at High Hand on Saturday and Sunday, April 12 and 13, so mark the date on your calendar.  Applications from artists interested in participating this year are now being accepted-- space is limited, so act soon!

    If you are interested in participating, please fill out the application form below.


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    Giving Thanks

    All of us at High Hand Gallery wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving and a Happy Hanukkah. We are thankful for your support throughout the past year. Without you, we would not be here.

    The gallery will be closed Thursday, November 28, 2013, so we can eat turkey and latkes with our families and friends. We will be open normal hours (10 AM to 5 PM) on Black Friday (November 29). And on Small Business Saturday (November 30), we invite you will join us for the Lighting of the Nursery, always a magical time at High Hand. We will be open that night (only) until 9:00 PM.

    2013 Lighting of the Nursery

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    Coming up on this Sunday, November 17th, is High Hand Gallery's ARTFUL SUNDAY! It's your chance to see the new artwork, as well as, chat with the artists: Sue Anne Foster, Terri Goodman, Rebecca Martinez - just to name a few! There are several Holiday Trees added to the gallery to catch your interest, and of course refreshments! Live country/bluegrass music will be provided by Billy Bensing from 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. for a festive afternoon! Come out and join us Sunday! See you there!NovDec 39

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    Artful Sunday - October 20, 2013

    Join us for Artful Sunday, on October 20th, from 2 - 4 p.m. in the Gallery!!  Several of our artists will be on hand to spend time with you discussing the artwork - Maureen Gilli, Joan Maxwell, Debra Hosler - as well as artists who will be demonstrating their artistic talents:  Ann Ragland, painting on silk; Linda Merchant demonstrating her oil painting technique of wildlife on canvas; and Shermm Moore, demonstrating his perfected sculpting techniques in stone! 

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    There will be live music provided by Eric Chase who was the original bassist for The Doors in the 1960's, I'm sure some of you will remember that group, and we will have hors d'oeuvres for your enjoyment.  Come join us and spend some time meeting the artists.  It's going to be a beautiful weekend!  See you there!!

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    An Evening of Art & Music

    Artstock 2013 is fast approaching.  The musician has been named, the judges for the awards have been announced, and the artists are putting the finishing touches on their large-format pieces.  All to prepare for the opening extravaganza, the Night of Art & Music on September 6, 2013, in the High Hand Fruit Sheds.

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    Join us for a Night of Art & Music. Images: Red Sky by Anne Bradley, and sculpture by Thien Dao.

    Music for the evening will be provided by guitarist Levi Huffman.

    Tickets for the Night of Art & Music are available on our Events page.  And don't forget to vote for your favorite piece for the People's Choice Award.

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    Save the Date: Artstock 2013

    High Hand Gallery invites you to join us in the fruit sheds on the evening of September 6, 2013, for a Night of Art & Music. The event is the kickoff of this year’s Artstock 2013, an exhibition featuring large-format works specially crafted by the artists of High Hand Gallery.

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    Watch Dog, Roll Rex, by Sue Anne Foster. Mixed Media. Sue Anne's piece was the People's Choice Award Winner in 2012.

    The evening will feature live music (check back on our Events Page for the identity of the musician!), hors d’oeuvres for your munching pleasure, awards, and, of course, great art. We’ll have docents to tell you about the artwork and answer any questions you have. The wineries will be open if you’re into that wine-tasting sort of thing.

    The exhibition will feature all new artwork, in the many media of the High Hand Gallery. Right now, the artists are busy making works just for this show. We’ve already seen some of the sculpture. There will be ceramics, metal sculpture, paintings, mixed media—maybe even mixed artists! (Some of the artists who do not normally work in large format may be teaming up together.)

    At the Night of Art & Music, we’ll be presenting several awards to the artists: Best of Show, Best Sculpture, Best Painting. And throughout September you’ll be able to vote for your pick for People’s Choice Award. That award will be given out toward the end of the show, on October 1. Vote early (and often!).

    Tickets for the Night of Art & Music, which are $15, will be available on our Events page, or at the gallery. We hope you’ll be able to join us.

    The details:

    Artstock 2013, in the fruit sheds at High Hand August 31 through October 6, 2013.

    A Night of Art & Music: Friday, September 6, 2013, 6:00 p.m. to 9:0 p.m. The gallery will be open. Tickets are $15, and will be available on our Events page.


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    Visit High Hand Gallery at Bloomtastic!

    On Saturday, June 1, join members of High Hand Gallery for Bloomtastic! at Maple Rock Gardens in Newcastle, California.

    Regal by Stephanie Benedict will be at Bloomtastic
    Regal. ©2012 Stephanie Benedict. Oil on linen, 12" x 12". Regal will be one of the pieces we'll have at Bloomtastic!

    We’ll have a booth with artwork from several of our artists. Your humble blogger will be bringing her floral paintings to share. Seems appropriate, right? To bring flower paintings to a celebration of gardens? We’ll also have some glass-and-metal pieces, some silk paintings, collages. At this point, we’re not quite sure just where our booth will be located, so we can’t give you specific directions—but look for us. We’ll be there!

    You can get tickets for Bloomtastic here, and directions here.


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    Tonight! 5th Annual Artful Bra Night of Support

    Do you have your tickets yet?

    High Hand Gallery started the Artful Bra Show five years ago to raise money for cancer research.  In that time, it's grown to be our biggest event of the year.  As readers of this blog know, we love to share—so we open Artful Bra to anyone who wants to make a bra to donate.  We have more than 50 bras this year, some of which you've seen in previous posts.  They are creative, funny, lovely.  They've been displayed in the Fruit Sheds at High Hand for two weeks, to help people think about which ones they'd like to bid on.  (And, by the way, we've had people asking to place bids on them from the first day the display went up!)

    5th Annual Artful Bra Show and Night of Support

    Now, here we are!  The 5th Annual Artful Bra Show and Night of Support is tonight.  The silent auction starts at 5:00. Judge Tina Macuha of Sacramento's Channel 31 has selected the best bras for the live auction, which starts at 6:30.  We'll have wine and goodies for you to enjoy.  We will be videotaping the event to share with you afterwards (but we will not be taking bids over the phone—we're not that advanced yet!)

    All proceeds from the Night of Support will benefit the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.  Help save lives, and create more birthdays!

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    Life After Artful Bra

    Just wanted to let you know, there will be life after the 5th Annual Artful Bra Show and Night of Support on May 25.

    On June 1, 2013, join members of High Hand Gallery for Bloomtastic! at Maple Rock Gardens in Newcastle, California.

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    Bloomtastic at Maple Rock Gardens. High Hand Gallery will have a booth. Join us!

    We’ll have a booth with artwork from several of our artists. Other events include a plein air quick draw competition, miniature trains, and of course, fabulous gardens.

    Tickets are available here.  Directions are here.

    Will we see you there?

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    Every Woman is a Warrior

    Artful Bra is almost here! We’re getting excited!

    Have you made a bra for the show? You have one more weekend to complete your piece. Next week, bring your creation to High Hand Gallery in Loomis, California. We’re going to put them on display in the fruit sheds for two weeks before the Artful Bra V Night of Support big event. We’ve heard over the years that people want more time to see these creations before they’re sold at auction at our Artful Bra show.

    Angela Ridgway's abstract metal entry for Artful Bra V is called "Every Woman is a Warrior."

    And—tell us your stories. Either in the comments below or on our Facebook page (link). We want to know the stories behind the bras. Did you make them in honor of a friend who had cancer? In memory of a relative? Or do you just want to contribute?

    Even if you didn’t make a bra—come to the event. Tell us your story. Bring a friend. Support those you know and those you don’t know.

    Bras are due at the gallery May 7 and 8 (that’s next week!). More information is available on our Calls for Artists page.

    You can purchase tickets to the Night of Support on our Events page.

    And, oh yes! We will have a new show up at the gallery, starting this weekend. It’s called Spirit. It will be up through the end of June.

    So tell us: what’s the story behind the bra you made?

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    There is Still Time

    When High Hand Gallery started the Artful Bra event five years ago, we did it because we wanted to give back: we wanted to support friends and loved ones who had battled with cancer —and sometimes lost. We wanted to create beautiful pieces of art, and share them with you, our community, our tribe. We wanted you to participate as fully as you wanted to, too, so we opened the Artful Bra show up to anyone who wanted to create a bra.

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    Colleen Pedroza made a lovely box and necklace for the 2012 Artful Bra show. What kind of bra are you making?

    And now, five years on, we STILL love to share the chance for you to create a bra and include it in the auction. We’ve been amazed at the creativity and the beauty and the generosity of the people who have made bras, and those people who have purchased them. There have been gowns and feathers and foam and wine-oriented bras. There have been metal and ceramic and tiny, jewelry box size bras.

    And now it’s your turn once again. We want you to create something funny, beautiful, flowing—or glowing! You’ll feel good about yourself, knowing that you’ve helped raise money for cancer research to help your sister, mother, brother, or cousin.

    Bring your bras to High Hand Gallery on May 7 or 8, 10:00 to 5:00. (That’s in 10 days!) The entry fee is $10, and includes one ticket to the Night of Support, May 25 (a $25 value). Then—show up! Enjoy yourself! You’ll be glad you did.

    There’s more information about bringing in bras on our Calls for Artists page.

    You can purchase tickets to the Night of Support on our Events page.


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    Look Whooo Showed Up

    We usually don’t go in for puns. But this one we just couldn’t resist sharing with you. It’s an entry for this year’s Artful Bra V show. We hope it will inspire you to make your own bra for the event…

    Hooters by Steve Harrington
    Hooters by Steve Harrington. Mixed Media. Hooters will be available in the auction on May 25. What kind of bra are you making?

    Remember: Artful Bra V: Night of Support is a benefit for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.

    Anyone can make a bra and enter it into the show. That means you! Bras can be wearable or not, any size and medium. They can be whimsical or lyrical or just plain beautiful. Entry fees are $10. Bras are due at the gallery May 7, 2013.

    Bras will be displayed in a preview show in the fruit sheds May 11 to May 24. Judge Tina Macuha from Channel 31 will select 15 bras for a live auction. Then, on our Night of Support, we hope you will join us to bid on bras in both our silent auction and the live auction. Tickets are available on our Events page.

    What kind of bra are you making for the show?


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    This Weekend: ArtFest 2013!

    This weekend at High Hand Gallery: ArtFest 2013. We tell you all the time that we love to share. This weekend, we’re sharing the fruit shed with artists from around the region, and we’re sharing how we make our artwork. This juried show had one simple requirement: artists have to demonstrate their craft. That means you can watch and ask questions of jewelers, sculptors, painters, and mixed-media artists.

    Artfest 2013 at the High Hand Fruit Sheds
    Art Fest 2012 filled the Fruit Sheds. This year, the fest will be out on the nursery grounds, too.

    New this year: artists will be setting up both inside the fruit sheds and outside on the nursery grounds. So there’s even more to enjoy.

    Here’s who’s going to be here:

    Ceramics (in the fruit sheds)

    Fibre Arts

    • Pat Allen (outdoors)
    • Debra Hosler* (in the fruit sheds)
    • Tetyana Huffman (in the fruit sheds)
    • Jennifer Lile (in the fruit sheds)
    • Joan Maxwell* (in the fruit sheds)
    • Sharon Prince* (in the fruit sheds)


    Painters/Mixed Media

    • Paula Amerine* (in the fruit sheds)
    • Bonnie Armstrong, landscape paintings (outdoors)
    • Diane Ruhkala Bell, cold was (in the fruit sheds)
    • Anne Bradley*, abstracts (in the fruit sheds)
    • Victoria Brooks, landscape paintings (in the fruit sheds)
    • Helga Brown-Scarlett, acrylics (outdoors)
    • Diane Clark, mixed media portraiture and still life (outdoors)
    • Charlotte Cooper*, encaustics (in the fruit sheds)
    • Linda Hao, plein air painting (outdoors)
    • Marianne Harris, pastel animal paintings (in the fruit sheds)
    • Lisa Kindley, landscape paintings (in the fruit sheds)
    • Rose Kirby, mixed media portraiture (outdoors)
    • Ernie Kleven, landscape paintings (outdoors)
    • Nancy Langhorn*, abstracts (in the fruit sheds)
    • Connie McLennan, still lifes (outdoors)
    • Linda Merchant*, wildlife (in the fruit sheds)
    • Karsten Mouras, acrylics (in the fruit sheds)
    • Michael Murphy, acrylic (in the rug shop)
    • Ann Ranlett, watercolor and scratchboard (in the fruit sheds)
    • Margaret Sarantis, acrylic journals (in the fruit sheds)
    • Unni Stevens*, plein air landscapes (outdoors)
    • Kathryn Wronski, animal art (outdoors)


    • David Beseler, furniture (in the fruit sheds)
    • Matt Conolly, furniture (in the fruit sheds)
    • Sue Anne Foster*, metal repousse (in the fruit sheds)
    • Steve Harrington*, metal animals (in the fruit sheds)

    Jewelry (in the fruit sheds unless noted)


    *High Hand Gallery artist
    We hope to see you there!  From 10:00 til closing, Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24, 2013.  High Hand Gallery, 3750 Taylor Road, Loomis, CA 95650, 916.259.4298 



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    Artful Sunday - March 17th 2 - 4 p.m.

    Carolyn McNabbThis Sunday is High Hand Gallery's Artful Sunday from 2 - 4 p.m.  We've changed the look of the gallery with new artwork and the theme is BOLD for March and April.  For your added entertainment, we have Carolyn McNabb on keyboard to play some smooth jazz and blues!  Carolyn has performed with big bands at UC Berkeley and has played professionally with blues artists in the Bay area and locally here.  She currently performs with Serious Treble. 

    Come join us for our monthly event and check out the new artworks on display in the gallery!

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    Art Fest 2013

    Art Fest 2013
    Art Fest 2013 features over 30 local artists demonstrating their techniques.
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