Art of Whimsy

    Opening Reception Sunday, November 12, 1 - 3 pm
    Show runs through December 27, 2017

    This special special exhibit takes place in High Hand's Gallery II, presented by

    Terry Accomando
    Ceramic Art

    Judy Butler
    Fused Glass Art

    Phill Evans
    Kinetic Art

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    Steampunk Victorian Holiday Faire

    Saturday and Sunday, December 2-3, 2017

    Saturday 10 am – 7:30 pm • Sunday 10 am-4 pm

    Don’t miss it!

    This popular Art Festival, held in conjunction with High Hand Nursery’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, showcases local artists displaying and selling their work.

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    Full of GRACE

    Hosted Reception: Sunday Sep 3, 2017, 1pm - 3pm
    Show runs from Sep 3 to Oct 29

    Full of GracePlease join three well known artists as they harmonize their unique interpretations of artwork inspired by GRACE.

    You will see new work by guest artist Dana Bilello-Barrow as she continues to be inspired by the movement of water and attempts to capture visually, the effects of oceans and rivers both in her vessel forms and her installation pieces.

    Thien Dao’s diverse expressions, from graceful forms to pure whimsy, gives clay a graceful forms that begs the viewers to touch and engage or just smile. While the feminine figures represent elegance of movement,
    her more whimsical works attempt to bring you joy.

    Maureen Gilli features her large mixed media paintings that dance with color and texture. Maureen’s work is accented by her signature copper repousse and other gems that she collects in order to tell the viewer a story.

    High Hand Gallery Hours are Tuesday - Saturday, 10 am - 5 pm and Sunday 10 am - 4 pm. Closed on Mondays.

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    Evocative Dimensions

    July 2 - August 27, 2017

    Gallery II, a part of High Hand Art Gallery
    Reception July 2, 1 pm - 3 pm.

    swerdlo mccormick bensonThis dynamic show brings together a diverse group of award winning artists. Each is pursuing their own medium to evoke an emotional connection to the observer.

    Trisa Swerdlow will offer a variety of both functional and objet d'art Kiln-Formed Glass.

    Come and see the thought-provoking photography of Michele McCormick.

    Rebecca Benson will show her latest creations in the art of Blacksmithing.

    Ggallery hours are 10 am - 5 pm, Tuesday-Saturday and 10 am - 4 pm on Sunday.



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    Into Thin Air - An Adventure in Plein Air Painting

    June 3, 2017
    10 am - 4 pm

    Reception at 3 pm, High Hand auditorium

    2016 plein air

    From 10 am to 2 pm, up to 20 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!

    Reception and sale of select pieces held at 3 pm.

    If you have questions about the event, please contact Edward Mallory at

    Images courtesy of Edward Mallory and Rebecca Martinez.

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    Desert Song Special Exhibit

    May 7 through June 27
    Hosted Reception May 7, 1 -3 pm

    Living in the desert can be a life-changing experience! The desert environment, flora and fauna, all made a lasting impression on two artists who spent a bit of their lives there.

    Rebecca Jaggers, watercolor artist

    Phill Evans, Sculptor


    Hand Forged Bronze Kinetic Figures, Phil Evans
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    March 5th - April 30th

    Reception March 5, from 1 - 3 pm


    This art show brings together three award-winning local artists sharing their artistic visions for expanding the boundaries in ceramic raku, combined gourd and fiber art and Impressionist oil painting.

    The show will feature their latest works pairing innovative ideas, approaches and materials toward new artistic interpretations in 2D and 3D art.

    Lisa Bone, Ceramic Raku. Lisa has devoted 15 years to the study and innovation of ceramic Raku and traditional horse hair fired ceramics.

    Edward Mallory, Impressionist Oil Painting. Edward is an award-winning studio and plein air oil painter dedicated to impressionist style, brush and color technique across a wide variety of subject motifs.

    Eileen Marcotte, Gourd and Fiber Art. Eileen's innovative approach of combining gourd and African fiber weaving techniques allow her to create one-of-a-kind spectacular "unable-to-be-duplicated" gourd art.

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    ArtFest 2017 Applications CLOSED

    High Hand Gallery Presents:
    Art Fest 2017 A weekend of art, demonstrations, and fun!

    Call for Artists Show, demo, and sell your art in the historic High Hand Fruit Shed in Loomis, CA

    Art Fest 2017 Dates:
    Set-Up: Friday, March 31 from 12pm - 4pm (times to be assigned)

    Show: Saturday, April 1 from 10am - 5pm Sunday, April 2 from 10am - 3pm

    Important Information:
    Artists must regularly demonstrate some aspect of creating their art. Artists may sell work with no additional fees paid to High Hand Gallery, but must have a valid California seller’s permit Artists are responsible for packaging and processing their own sales and applicable sales tax Artists are responsible for all set up and break down of their booth, and must provide their own display and lighting equipment

    Entry Details:
    Application deadline is Sunday, February 26, 2017
    Application forms are accepted online only .
    Include 3 images of your artwork. Each image must be no larger than 1000 pixels on the longest side. If you get an error message when you "submit" it is most likely because your image is too large.
    Notifications of Acceptance will be emailed by Saturday, March 4, 2017.
    Non-refundable entry fee of $20 via PayPal link on website due at time of application.
    Booth fee for accepted artists is $80 via PayPal, due by Sunday, March 11, 2017

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    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.

    Vendor Applications Closed

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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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