Petaluma’s Bovine Bakery–Meet the Artist!

One of the unexpected consequences of my Bovine Bakery Mural photographs in early January was a series of articles. See Bovine Bakery Those articles presented an opportunity to meet Kristy Arroyo, the artist who painted the mural.

Kristy was inspired to paint the mural after seeing the large blank wall over the counter.  Being an artist, an art teacher, and a baker at the Bovine Bakery in Point Reyes, she was the right person for the challenge. She conceived the general outline of the mural using 14 photographs of various scenes on West County roads between Petaluma & Point Reyes as her guide.  Given the height of the wall, she had to work from a scaffolding and, despite not being all that comfortable with heights, completed the mural in 30 hours.

By the way, this was her first mural.

So without any further delay, may I introduce the artist…

Supposedly, every artist leaves their mark in their work, if not a bit of themselves.  I recently acquired a special lens that allows the camera to see if this is true…

For an article by Frances Rivetti of West Petaluma Living  describing the background and future plans of the Bovine Bakery see Morning Glory–A New Day at Petaluma’s Bovine Bakery

Bovine Bakery–Behind the Counter Scenes

In Bovine Bakery…Pie in the Sky? I reported on the mural above the display case. This article will attempt to take you on a photographic tour behind the counter to see what is involved as the bakery prepares for the day.   

In order to fill the empty display case, work begins early–in this case 2:30 am–and continues throughout the day. Now I will admit that I did not make the start time, but I did make 5:45 am, which was early enough for me! 

I have had some experience photographing people working at various community events, such as those sponsored by Rebuilding Together Petaluma. Working inside the close quarters of a bakery kitchen was quite a different challenge in that I had to balance the desire to get a photo against the need to not get in the way. Fortunately, I am still somewhat nimble!

Thanks again to Bridget Devlin and the staff of the Bovine Bakery for this opportunity. 

Please Note: Individual photos may be viewed in higher resolution by clicking on them. I have also included a slideshow at the end.

And now, it is time for your tour.

THE TOUR STARTS HERE…

From the kitchen to the display case…

Time to open…

For an article by Frances Rivetti of West Petaluma Living  describing the background and future plans of the Bovine Bakery see Morning Glory–A New Day at Petaluma’s Bovine Bakery

SLIDESHOW! 

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Bovine Bakery…Pie in the Sky?

I am not about to enter the world of culinary arts, food reviews etc. Those topics are more than ably covered by people such as Meloni Courtway, A Mouse in the Pantry  and Frances Rivetti, Sonoma Country Life.

The above notwithstanding, I must offer a few words about the new Bovine Bakery at 23 Kentucky Street in Petaluma.  By way of quick background, I have been a regular “Bovine customer” for years in Point Reyes Station. Needless to say, their new bakery right here in River City got my attention…

Once inside, your senses draw you to the counter to check out the contents and menu items. I will make no suggestions as to what one should consider. I’m sure you will find something.

What I am suggesting is that it is quite easy to miss the scene above the counter as your nose takes you directly to the display case.

So be sure to step back…and look up…

For a composite view from both sides of the room…

For a larger view, click on the photo!

For an article by Frances Rivetti of West Petaluma Living  describing the background and future plans of the Bovine Bakery see Morning Glory–A New Day at Petaluma’s Bovine Bakery