The group art show, entitled “Views of Yokohl Valley”, will be held throughout July at Arts Visalia at 214 Oak Avenue in Visalia (across from the Depot Restaurant.) The gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday, from noon to 5:30 pm. The reception with the artists will be on Friday, July 10th, 2009. from 6-8 pm. The public is cordially invited.
The idea for the show was originated by Three Rivers artist, Mona Fox Selph, who, along with a number of other artists and friends, attended the Yokohl Ranch Planned Community EIR Scoping Meeting In Exeter on March 3, 2008. Many people at the meeting were shocked to grasp the huge size and scope of the planned development, and realize the impact it will have on the health and environment of all of the citizens and wildlife of Tulare County. The plan is for a city of 10,000 homes with all of the additional infrastructure and water needs that it would entail. The goal is to attract 30 or 40 thousand people of means from other areas, which the developers claim will benefit the area economically. Those in opposition believe that the environmental costs are far too high, and that true development benefits would come instead from projects within the boundaries of existing cities within the county, not additional sprawl away from those centers, with destruction of a huge area of the natural environment.
“Storm over Yokohl Valley” 30″ x 40″ oil painting,
by Mona Fox Selph, all rights reserved
Mona Fox Selph, was a friend of Ray Strong, a well known California landscape painter who spent his final years in Three Rivers. Ray was a founding member of the Oaks Group, a collection of landscape painters from the Santa Barbara area which held numerous shows over several decades raising both public awareness and funds, and thereby saving many hundreds of acres of beautiful coastal land from development. She approached Kevin Bowman, director of Arts Visalia, with the idea of a show about Yokohl Valley. Kevin agreed, stating, “I have always felt that art offers the opportunity to raise discussion of difficult subjects, and I envision this exhibition as a vehicle for creative reflection.”
For more information about Yokohl Valley, visit website of Tulare County Citizens for Repsonsible Growth at www.tccrg.org. Tulare County Citizens for Responsible Growth (TCCRG) is a diverse group of local residents united by concerns about the direction of future growth in Tulare County. Reflecting the expressed values and wishes of our county’s residents, they are working to ensure that future growth in Tulare county protects our local economy, communities, and natural resources. They support directing growth into our existing communities and protecting our agricultural land and open space for future generations.
views of Yokhol Valley from tccrg.org