Each year Hollister Ranch stages a Hoedown to benefit a different aspect of their community. It’s one of my favourite events of the year – the setting; one of the most magical coastlines in North America. This year’s theme was environmental sustainability, something The Ranch has been at forefront of for many years. The residents are proud stewards of the land, balancing ecological preservation with agriculture and residential development.
I’ve been fortunate enough to be painting The Ranch for years and always marvel at the changing light and coloring of the seasons. A sacred place indeed, it’s no wonder the Chumash flourished here for millennia.
Though not open to the general public, residents and their guests turn out in large numbers to support the Hoedown organised by more than 50 volunteers.
This year fifty percent of the proceeds from the Art Sale benefited the Hollister Ranch Fire Department.
The Ranch is 14,400 acres of grazing lands, beach bluffs, and open meadows backing up to remote mountains and valleys north of Santa Barbara, and is home to some of the best surf breaks in the world. For many years the surf was only accessible by boat… surfing at the Ranch became the stuff of myth and legend….
For Renzo it’s a chance to run free on the beach, cool off in the ocean and then kick back on a hay bale and listen to some great music…
Hollister Ranch resident Jackson Browne once again headlined the concert line-up this year which always features a surprise guest…
This year the crowd was treated to a ninety minute set by surprise guest Jeff Bridges performing songs and embracing his character from Crazy Heart.
I’m honoured to be included in the Hoedown – it’s my opportunity to give something back to this special part of California and the people who live there.
Photos by John Charles Jopson
Come to my next exhibition“No Bad Paintings, No Bad Waves” in Laguna Beach, August 25, 2012. Mickey Muñoz will be signing his new Patagonia-published book “No Bad Waves: Talking Story with Mickey Muñoz” and showing some of his unique photographs, and we’ll be celebrating his 75th birthday!
Over 20 years ago I visited the Hollister Ranch for the first time. I was immediately captivated by the magic of this unspoiled stretch of California coastline north of Santa Barbara. Not just because of its pristine beauty, but for its incredible surf, with countless points, reefs and sandbars making it one of the most desirable surf destinations in California. Many of my paintings over the years have been inspired by the light and lay of the land…
For the last 15 years we have been fortunate to visit the Ranch on numerous occasions. When I was invited to participate in a fundraiser to help restore some of the historic buildings on the Ranch, I thought it a fine idea to be able to give back some of the kindness shown to me by Ranch residents and to the Ranch itself for its endless inspiration.