The art and agriculture communities of Plumas and Sierra Counties are inviting the public to spend an Awesome Autumn Day, enjoying the history, culture and bounty of one of its treasures: Sierra Valley. Visitors will travel the Sierra Valley Art & Ag Trail, with great views of Sierra Valley Barn Quilts and opportunities to visit market farms, working ranches, and a pumpkin patch, and to sample the wares of artists of every color – wood, paint, glass, ceramic, metal, fiber and more. The event offers a window into the past, when Sierra Valley was home to a large number of family-run dairies that supplied milk, cream and butter to the Comstock Lode miners in Virginia City. Guests will have a rare opportunity to visit privately owned 100+ year-old dairy barns, many built with hand-hewn timbers and wooden pegs, still serving today’s working ranches. Inside and around the barns, farms and other historic sites, talented local artists will be showing and selling their wares. Visitors will be offered opportunities to tour the sites and learn about the history and current uses and operations. The Sierra Valley Art & Ag Trail event also offers children’s activities, artist demonstrations, inspired education about the sources of our food, and a raffle, featuring a keepsake passport for collecting stamps of local cattle brand insignia, artist’s marks and more along the Trail.
2016 Event Sites
2016 Event Exhibitors
Roberti Ranch Tour
Roberti Ranch will offer three ranch tours–
On each tour, guests will:
Tours will last approximately 1.5 hours and there is a limited number of seats.
Online Registration will be available closer to the event
Visitors are encouraged to purchase a limited edition Sierra Valley Art & Ag Trail Passport, featuring iconic images from Sierra Valley and spaces to collect stamps as they travel the Trail. A fundraiser for the event, the Passport is a great keepsake item, a fun activity and an entry into a raffle drawing.
Purchase the Passport at one of the Trailheads!
The Sierra Valley Art & Ag Trail will feature three “Trailhead” information centers positioned at convenient entry points into Sierra Valley: The Sierra Valley Grange Hall in Vinton, Sierra Valley Farms in Beckwourth and the historic Sierraville School in Sierraville. Trailheads will host local artists and will provide an opportunity for visitors to plan the rest of their route with a knowledgeable volunteer, to pick up a paper map, purchase a Passport or souvenir Sierra Valley Art & Ag Trail embroidered flour sack dish towels and generally fortify for the trail ahead.
Travelers along the Art & Ag trail will be treated to a new art installation in Sierra Valley. Barn quilts honor the economic, cultural, and historical contribution of ranching and farming to our rural communities, while celebrating one of America’s historic art forms, the quilt block. With the support of a grant from the California Arts Council, local artists, quilters and ranchers have come together under the guidance of the Sierra County Arts Council over the last year to create the Sierra Valley Barn Quilt Trail. The Barn Quilt patterns speak to the Valley’s Swiss-Italian heritage, wildlife and agricultural foundation. They add a story and a splash of color to grand old structures around the Valley.
The Plumas-Sierra Cattlemen’s Association will be cooking up a delicious meal to end the day. Trail-weary pioneers are encouraged to stop by the Sierra Valley Grange Hall in Vinton from 4 – 6 p.m. for the prize drawing, as well as no-host refreshments and tri-tip dinner. This will be an opportunity to catch up with friends, compare passport stamps, swap stories and refuel for the drive home. (The Cattlemen know their way around a grill and a cut of beef, so this is not a stop to be missed.)
Sierra Valley is a stunning alpine valley the size of Lake Tahoe nestled between the Sierra Nevada, the Cascade Range and the Great Basin. The Valley is host to many historic cattle ranches, beautiful old dairy barns, market farms and talented artisans of widely varied media. At the headwaters of the Middle Fork of the Feather River, the Valley’s freshwater marshes, grass meadows and sage steppes provide varied habitats that support a wide array of wildlife, including growing herds of pronghorn antelope, mule deer and the occasional elk. It is a nationally designated Important Bird Area, with over 260 bird species visiting during the course of a year.
The Sierra Valley Art & Ag Trail is a cooperative venture of the Plumas-Sierra Community Food Council, Sierra County Arts Council, Plumas Arts, UC Cooperative Extension, our sponsors, funders and many individual artists and family-owned farms and ranches.
Contact: B. J. Jordan at 530-289-9822 | email email@example.com