MLK Day 2015–A Day Of Service…At The Ranch…

…Walker Creek Ranch to be precise…

Over 70 volunteers (including family members in some cases) from area Kaiser Permanente facilities  and Rebuilding Together Petaluma (RTP) spent the day at WALKER CREEK RANCH — the Marin County Outdoor School & Conference Center.

They took on many projects in the garden and facility buildings, as well as clearing brush, and planting trees.

To give a sense of the energy and enthusiasm of the volunteers, a few photos are in order!

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Large Colorful Rabbit Draws Crowd on Water Street!

So what happens if you carry a very large eye-catching painted rabbit sculpture down Water Street and then put it down for a minute?

Well, first you need the rabbit…

Sculpture by Roberta Ahrens

Roberta Ahrens

Within seconds, the first visitor appears to check it out…

Sculpture by Roberta Ahrens

Sculpture by Roberta Ahrens

Then a few more…

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And still more…

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The rabbit is the creation of local artist Roberta Ahrens and she was transporting it on its way to a show when we encountered her on Water Street late this afternoon…

Sculpture by Roberta Ahrens

Roberta Ahrens

  From Roberta’s Website…

Roberta Ahrens is one of  Northern California’s top decorative painters; she has been published in interior design magazines such as Architectural Digest, and Better Homes and Gardens. Macy’s on Union Square in downtown San Francisco displays a beautiful 81′ x 9′ mural of Roberta’s just inside from the O’Farrel Street entrance.

Her work also adorns the penthouses, Alexandra’s and Victor’s of the Westin St. Francis Hotel, also in San Francisco.
She has worked all over the country, beautified many exclusive private homes, as well as some fabulous hotels, restaurants and wineries.

 

 

 

Petaluma’s Newest Chicken Mural…”sprouts” a…Chicklet!!

My apologies for the mixed metaphor in the title but it just seemed to fit my mood at the moment…

Recall, if you will, my post in June 2014  Petaluma’s Newest Mural…by Maxfield Bala that documented the stunning new mural on Water Street.

Well, Mr. Bala has added to it.  Granted it is smaller in scope but it carries forth the same theme.  I have named it The Chicklet. 

For visual context, see below…

The Chicklet Is In The Back Corner

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Petaluma’s Soberanes Statue…Under Stress & Deterioration

While on my way to a photo shoot this morning, I happened to notice the Soberanes Wrist-Wrestling Statue and it was, shall we  say, looking in need of some attention.  Pieces of the base were on the ground and the damage looked fairly recent…

Soberanes Statue

Soberanes Statue

Closer examination revealed the origin of the pieces as well as additional deterioration at the top of the base….

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Sigh…. Emoji

Outdoor Photo Gallery…American Alley

Petaluma’s American Alley has been one of my favorite haunts for photo ops…particularly in the rainy season when the colors really stand out in the morning.

During a recent walk I noticed what I can only describe as a photo gallery of  several images in the alley. All but one appear to have been taken in the alley. 

As to the “who, what and why” behind these photos, I cannot say. Like most things in the American Alley, they just appeared.

They seem to be more than selfies.

They are printed on paper and have survived the rains…so far.  But, being American Alley, some of the photos have already been defaced.

So I present below a “gallery” of shots to preserve the scene as it existed as of  December 20, 2014… 

DOOR #1

American Alley

American Alley

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American Alley

American Alley

DOOR #2

American Alley

American Alley

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American Alley

American Alley

 DOOR #3

American Alley

American Alley

 Door #4

American Alley

American Alley

 

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