Sponsored by the Sequoia Riverslands Trust, the first Kaweah Land and Arts Festival is a celebration of our southern Sierra Nevada and San Joaquin Valley landscapes and the creative minds whose art has been inspired by them. This festival brings together diverse perspectives of the land through visual art, poetry, story-telling, natural history, music and biology to craft a mosaic of our cultural heritage, as it is inspired by the land.
Our hope is to increase pride in our region’s distinct landscapes and raise awareness of the talented group of homegrown artists who have been inspired by these landscapes. In turn, we hope that such heightened awareness and appreciation will create an emboldened community of land stewards and artists who will respect and care for the landscape that surrounds and sustains us.
Funding for this event has been provided by the prestigious California Council for the Humanities Story Fund, which awarded Sequoia Riverlands Trust with a highly competitive $10,000 grant. This is the first time in over ten years that the Council has funded a project in the Central Valley. The fact that the Council has turned their attention to our region as a source of valuable cultural expression should make us all very proud.
All events are free, open to the public and include:
• Friday, 6-8 pm at Arts Visalia: An artist opening showcasing Matthew Rangel’s interpretive print representations of the Kaweah watershed and John Spivey’s photographs. 214 E. Oak Ave., Visalia
• Saturday, 11 am – 4 pm at Kaweah Oaks Preserve: An outdoor land and arts field day with two stages of entertainment, local food, children’s activities, plein air painting and guided nature walks. Road 182, 7 miles east of Visalia, off Hwy. 198
• Saturday, 6-8 pm at College of the Sequoias: A land and arts symposium featuring a panel of artists, writers, farmers, scientists and historians who will discuss, display and perform the creative heritage and geographical inspirations of the region. 915 S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia.
• Sunday, 1-3 pm at Designs by Arenas: Artist opening for Richard Arenas’ “Campesinos” sculpture collection, a history of Mexican culture in the fields. 208 W. Main St., Montgomery Square in downtown Visalia.
• More individual artist/author presentations at various venues in the community, TBD.