Hoedown at Hollister Ranch 2011

Caroline Zimmermann with Mike Dunn at Hollister Ranch

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.

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Festival of Arts Façade 2011

Caroline Zimmermann, Laguna Beach Festival of Arts

It is really quite an honor: My work, along with the fabulous ceramic work of Marlo Bartels, has been selected by the Festival of Arts to grace their front entrance façade. The concept began last May, inspired by this year’s Pageant theme: Only Make Believe.

Board of Directors member Tom Lamb asked me if I would be interested in collaborating.

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The Elusive Sunflower and Rare Antique Frames

Caroline Zimmermann in Provence

This year, our quest for Sunflowers in Provence did not disappoint.  The warm spring in Europe conspired to bring many fields to an early bloom, much to my delight!!!

“Summer’s First Sunflowers” 24”x30”

Most fields are still early, but with some creative off-road driving by John in our Panda, we were able to approach fields only accessible by tractors and farm vehicles.

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