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Yokohl Valley Revisited, a group exhibition

Running from January 13-February 26, local artists, interested in the future of Yokohl Valley, have contributed artwork to a new exhibit at the Tulare Historical Museum. The artists’ reception will be on Thursday, January 13 from 5:30-7 pm in the museum’s Heritage Room. Artist and violist Paul Buxman will provide musical entertainment. Refreshments will be served and the public is invited.

“Storm Over Yokohl Valley” © Mona Fox Selph

The exhibit will include various media including oil, acrylic, watercolor, photographs and sculpture. All entries will relate in some way to Yokohl Valley.

The exhibit follows a similar show held at Arts Visalia in 2009 intended to bring attention to development plans for Yokohl Valley, located in the Sierra foothills east of Exeter. The J.G Boswell Company wants to build Yokohl Ranch, a 36,000-acre project to be developed in stages with a planned community of 10,000 homes, golf courses, parks and a reservoir.

Mona Fox Selph, a Three Rivers artist, attended an informational meeting on the project in 2008. She became very concerned and wanted to raise awareness about the plans for Yokohl Valley. She organized the first show at Arts Visalia, “Views of Yokohl Valley,” with help from Carol Clum, Laurie Schwaller and Shirley Blair Keller. “It was well attended and received,” Fox Selph said. “I felt that the idea needed to be repeated at other locations so that more people could think about the issue and the impact development would have.” The Tulare City Historical Society, which operates the Tulare Historical Museum, has not taken a position on the Yokohl Ranch development.

Call 559-686-2074 for more information.


Views of Yokohl Valley: July Exhibit at Arts Visalia

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.

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