If you have the time between 1-2pm please be sure to listen to "Big Art" radio show to get information about what's happening with art in our county. Even, better yet, call in to let Lake County radio listeners hear you talk about your own artist event, gallery/art related venue event, art classes or any other topic relating to art in our county.

This is a free opportunity for you to be able to get the word out to, even, more people in our county about all the art happenings in our county.

Again, this show is on KPFZ 88.1 FM or "streaming live" on
and the number to call is 263-3435.

My son, Diego, and I can, even, two calls at one time so try to make this a priority if you really want to get your message out to more people.

This show is on the last Tuesday of each month
so take advantage of this opportunity for yourself, your business or your organization. Even if your event already happened you can call in and give it a good review or talk about what you want to do in the future to make it even better.

Let's have the phones "ringing off of the hook," so to speak, to show that art is "alive and well" in our County! This kind of response keeps up the momentum and keeps local artists going. We could even talk about how our governor just voted in an increase of now over $7 million allocated towards the arts in California. Let's get some of our local grant writers busy to get some of that money for our county! Do you want to talk about it?!! How do we get some of that money? Go on California's Art Council's website to learn more.

Again, the show is from 1-2pm for one hour each month. Please try to take the time for art sake. 707 263-3435

Sincerely and Thank you,

Sherry Harris


Programmer for “Big Art” radio show on KPFZ 88.1 FM and streaming live on on the last Tuesday of the month from 1-2pm

Promoter for Lake County art tourism

Lake County Art News email newsletter

Hello Lake County Artists and Art Supporters,



It’s hard to believe how fast this fire grew with so much destruction. However, as bad as all this has been, in such a shocking way, it is encouraging to see how many people have come together, in many ways, to help everyone out. Because of this, even though it might seem like it will take a long time to recover, hope is already showing through because of so many people’s efforts and offerings of help. With our community working together, it seems more hopeful that we can recover much faster by everyone doing what they can do to help.

Please continue to feel free to use this newsletter as one of the ways to communicate your needs and your offerings of help to your Lake County artists friends and art supporters so that we can continue to build up a large art presence in our county that will help to support and grow our County’s future tourism economy.  




If you haven’t already seen it, Lake County online News,, had a very informative, but I’m not sure how up to date or accurate it is, map today at


Once you get on the map you can move the map around and you can zoom way in to see street names. You can even click on the red dots and the individual dots will give you an address number and street name of the house burned by the fire. Again, I’m not sure how accurate the map is. Many of you might have already returned to your properties but those of you who haven’t might find this map helpful.




Here’s a message from artist, Lisa Kaplan, director of the Middletown Art Center who lost her home in the Valley fire.


like our friends Renata Jaworska

, Aimee Reed

, Andrew Vance

, Kay Ashley

, Peggy Rose

, Patrice Conklin

, David Agassi, and so many others who are yet to reveal themselves.


The EcoArts/MAC Community Fund is set up by EcoArts of Lake County, a nonprofit, and will incur minimal admin costs via PayPal donation, so your giving is stretched further. (All of the donation sites have an admin fee, usually around 8% total. This one is a more direct way to give with only 3% admin fee, so more money goes directly to those in need.

 It doesn’t look like the Middletown Art Center was damaged on the outside by the fire and it might open next Thursday September 24th. If you’re in the area and have the time maybe you could stop by and say hi to support the center. The presence of art and art activities can be a really good way to help heal our communities.





Here’s a message from artist Shirley Dodge from Hidden Valley


I am very grateful for this supportive service for the arts in general and especially now. Our home has survived, so I still have art supplies and it's good to have a venue here online to begin to rebuild our work together. Perhaps we can have community meeting, to brainstorm our arts and recovery ideas. Perhaps an art supply share & swap event in coming days, a way to share stories, have a potluck, or informal gathering when we can, after we are a little further along in our recovery. 



I have many more paintings and ideas for art with the fire in mind, as I'm sure other artist have, with the personal stories from new friends meet in evacuation centers and more.  This will all make for art & community healing, for gatherings and exhibits to help fund raise for those who have lost all, or nearly everything in this fire.



May the arts continue to help lead our community in our healing together.






Shirley Dodge

ShirleyDodgeDesigns - fabric arts, drawings and painting

Hidden Valley Lake





Here’s a message from David Neft and his Family -


Maybe you can spread the word about my plight.                

To all:   Please see the link below.   While this is very awkward, we are setting pride aside in our acute tragic situation. We are requesting your help.   Anything you can donate will truly be greatly appreciated. 

With much thanks and gratitude.

David and Ellen Neft

Artist, Annette Higday -  sent this message about disaster aid for artists.


Perhaps you're aware of assistance for artists in need of relief during a disaster.  But I thought you have connections to pass this one I see on the California Art site. 

 Hope you are all safe,  Annette Higday






For immediate release: 23rd Annual Kelseyville Pear Festival is set to GO


KELSEYVILLE, CA -  The Kelseyville Pear Festival is a celebration of family, community and agricultural heritage and will be held on Saturday, September 26, 2015, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.  The parade begins at 9:30 am with marchers, floats, horses, antique cars, tractors, Prince and Princess essay contest winners and more.  To join the parade, go to

for application and information.


The Valley fire has created so much heartache and painful loss for so many in our community. Everyone remains mindful of how fragile many of our neighbors have become.  Marilyn Holdenried, Festival founder, says, “While the mood this year may not be the same as in years’ past, it will still be a time for our community to come together to share our times, for better or worse.”


Local artists, quilters, and craftsmen will line Main Street and the Pear Pavilion will host all things PEAR as well as historical displays.  This year a cooking demonstration and wine tasting will be held under the Big Tent.


Musicians and dancers perform throughout the day on three different stages.  Bring the family and share in the small town magic.


Kelseyville Pear Festival                                         Contact:  Vicky Parish Smith

P.O.Box 385                                                           (707) 278-7268

Kelseyville,, CA 95451                                  







Here’s a message from Steve Hendricks with Ely Stage Stop about their Oct 4th Fiddlers’ Jam and art/craft marketplace event.


The Ely Stage Stop has reserved a space for the October Marketplace Event.  We hope that you haven’t been unfortunate in the recent Valley Fire.   We all have friends, family and acquaintances that have been impacted by this disaster.


We at Ely are a part of the Community of Lake County and wish to announce that the scheduled Marketplace will still take place on October 4th, 2015 along with the Fiddlers’ Jam.  The only change is that Ely Stage Stop and Old Time Fiddlers Association District 10 has partnered with the NCO/MendoLake Credit Union to allow all vendor fees and donations to be transferred to the Valley Fire Victims fund.  100% of the funds raised will go directly to fire victims.


Steve Hendricks


Pete Chappars






If you didn’t see it, Jennifer Gruenke, journalist writer with the Record Bee News, interviewed some of us artists and musicians and wrote an article that came out in yesterday’s, Saturday edition. (See below).


Art, music scene takes a blow

By Jennifer Gruenke,, @rbjgruenke

on Twitter


Lake County - At least half of Lake County artists have been affected by the Valley fire, estimated Sherry Harris, who runs the arts newsletter. Whether they lost their homes, art supplies, studio space, or all three, it’s going to take quite a while for the art scene to get back on its feet.

“Since all of these affected fire areas had a lot of artist residents, I personally feel that there will be a real set back from the lack of art coming from these artists for a long time, until they can rebuild their homes and their studio art work spaces,” Harris said.

The music scene isn’t fairing much better at the moment. While none of the venues have been damaged (the Loch Lomond Roadhouse and Cobb’s Village Pub are still standing), naturally, shows aren’t happening. It’s hard to say when they’ll be up and running again. “I’ve had many gigs canceled,” said “Mojo” Larry Platz, a local guitarist who had a show scheduled for Saturday night at the Village Pub.

Local art venues are seeing a similar situation. The Middletown Art Center (MAC) is undamaged but they were in the midst of preparing for a new show. Those preparations have been put on hold while Middletown remains evacuated. Though once they can open their doors again, the MAC will be a place for artists to come together for classes and shows, even more so than before.

The third Friday reception at Clearlake’s Art House Gallery, which was supposed to occur last night, was canceled. Though it’s not in an affected area, the gallery remains closed, due to a lack of business and so many affected artists. However, the Art House Gallery has opened their doors to evacuated artists who are members of the organization. “Everybody, in every way, is trying to help,” Harris said.

But one art venue has been destroyed: the EcoArts Sculpture Walk at the Trailside Park in Middletown, an outdoor sculpture art show, which runs throughout the summer each year. Very few pieces are left standing.

Although Platz, a Lakeport resident, is doing fine, many of his friends are not. Though unconfirmed rumors are flying, there are a few musicians whose homes have been lost. David Neft, the pianist of Bill Noteman and the Rockets, Shelly Mascari, Funky Dozen singer, and Tyrone Rivera, saxophonist in Safe Sax and the Hip Replacements, are three musician who have lost everything in the fire.

As for others, such as the homes and instruments of the men of C.A.M., or Cobb Area Musicians, people just don’t know. “I haven’t heard anything from anyone up there,” said Platz. “At this point, the smoke literally and figuratively hasn’t cleared.”


Some already know their homes are lost. Others are in a kind of limbo, waiting to get back and see what has survived. Sariah Reeser, an artist who lives just north of Loch Lomond, was evacuated from her home — and her art studio — early Sunday morning, only able to grab her paintbrushes from her piles of art supplies. She’s currently waiting nervously as fire encroaches on her home.

But in spite of her worries, she’s thankful she can continue to create, no matter the outcome. And once the fire reaches containment and the threat disappears, if Reeser’s home hasn’t been damaged she’s going to open her art studio to any and every person who wants to come create, no matter age or skill level. She has colored pencils, paint, markers, brushes, coloring books, sketch books and paper.

“We can all draw and color and heal together,” Reeser said.

While there are obvious immediate impacts on the art scene, there are long-term impacts to consider too. Some artists who lost their homes and studios may not remain in the county after this. “We don’t know how many people are going to stay and rebuild how many people are going to move out of the area,” Harris said.

Many people in the art community were working hard to transform Lake County into an art destination, improving tourism and giving the county a much-needed economic boost. Harris said this fire is likely to deter many from coming into the area.

There are also worries about the impacts on artist’s livelihoods. Even those who didn’t lose supplies or artwork could be affected. Art purchases are far from people’s minds in times of economic difficulty, and with the fire, things are sure to be even tougher.

Though concerts are still going forward — many as benefits for fire victims — and more music events are being planned, the future of the music scene is also something to wonder about. “I don’t see how this fire can’t affect absolutely everything,” Platz said.

But Harris is optimistic that after the fire, people can work together to rebuild the art scene and create once more. “However, real artists have the inherent need to be creative so if they decide to stay in Lake County to rebuild and they are young enough to have the energy to start over, they will begin to create art again,” she said.

While the current main concern for many artists is getting back to the homes they were evacuated from, not long down the road, people are going to be looking to make art once again, and they’ll likely need help to do it. One obvious step is donating art supplies, anything from paint and canvas to items for jewelry construction. No plans are in place yet, but Harris is looking at possibly organizing fundraisers in the future, such as events where the art sales will go to fire victims. “There might be a way we can raise funds for musicians, poets, artists to replace their livelihood,” she said. “We’re all asking ourselves, how can we help?”

And it’s this spirit of generosity that everyone can appreciate, even those affected by the fire. “I want to see more of it; I want to see it last,” said Reeser, adding that she loves how people have “come together as a community like we never have before.”

Jennifer Gruenke can be reached at 900-2019.




Sincerely wishing you all strength and love,


Sherry Harris


Programmer for “Big Art” radio show on KPFZ 88.1 FM and streaming live on

  on the last Tuesday of the month from 1-2pm

Promoter for Lake County art tourism

Lake County Art News email newsletter


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