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Posted: Thursday, September 25, 2008 10:00 pm

"Yosemite on Canvas" in Lodi

Thirteen women painters from Northern and Southern California, as well as Nevada and Utah, painted together in Yosemite Valley for a week in May. The resulting work, both plein air (painted outside on location) and studio paintings, are on exhibit at the Knowlton Gallery in a special show - "Yosemite on Canvas: 13 Western Artists Paint the Park." The show will run from Sept. 30 through Nov. 29, with an opening reception on Oct. 3, from 6-8:30 p.m., featuring wines by Heritage Oak Winery.

Artist Cynthia Britain, based in Laguna Beach, took the lead in organizing the thirteen artists, all women, though she says that serendipity played a big part.

"A group of us talked about this for about three years," she says of how the idea was formulated. "We wanted to paint together as a group of women. When we talked about doing this last year everyone said they wanted to make it happen in 2008. From there things have come together effortlessly. When we had to decide where to paint, Yosemite was the place everyone wanted to go."

Zenaida (Zee Zee) Mott, from Marin County, also played a key role in making the event fly. Her connection to Yosemite goes back two generations.

"My grandfather came into Yosemite in the 1800s and spent many summers there with John Muir," Mott said. "I was brought up hiking and horse packing all over the area with my father."

Mott reserved cabins in Camp Curry for the painters.

"It was a no-frills trip. We were there to paint. The week began in 100 degree heat and ended with snow!"

Robin Knowlton, owner of the Knowlton Gallery, was approached in 2007 about the idea of hosting the exhibition in Lodi, she agreed enthusiastically without knowing any of the details.

"When I saw the list of artists, including some of the best contemporary painters in California, I knew this was going to be a quality show," Knowlton said. "Also, I'm a big advocate of artists forming alliances that encourage camaraderie and opportunity. I think spending five days painting together, at one of the best loved parks in America, will result in memorable work"

The group of artists includes Anita Hampton, Debra Huse, Cynthia Britain, Kathleen Dunphy, Peggi Kroll-Roberts, Jeanette Le Grue, Terri Ford, Kim Lordier, Carolyn Lord, Camille Przewodek and Zenaida Mott, as well as Kate Starling from Utah and Jean LeGassick from Nevada.

DETAILS

When: Oct. 3-Nov. 29, opening reception on Oct. 3.

Where: Knowlton Gallery, 115 S. School St. #14

Information: 368-5123

Annual Taste of Lodi

Taste of Lodi, one of the area's most prestigious food and wine events, is in Lodi this weekend. The Taste of Lodi features 38 award-winning Lodi wineries, along with food selections from some of the area's finest restaurants and caterers. There are wine seminars that take place throughout the day, chef demonstrations and live music. The Port, Cigar and Chocolate Pavilion will be a great place to pair wine with some complimentary treats. Don't miss this premier wine tasting event and a chance to experience the wine, food and talent that Lodi has to offer.

Tickets to this event are $40 in advance and $50 at the door.

DETAILS

When: Sept. 28 from 1-5 p.m.

Where: Wine and Roses, 2505 W. Turner Road

Information: (800) 798-1810, http://www.tasteoflodi">http://www.tasteoflodi.com

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