A watercolor and quilt exhibit is on display from noon to 3 p.m. weekends through Sept. 2 upstairs at the Bernhard Museum winery building, 291 Auburn-Folsom Road, Auburn.
A watercolor exhibit by Sonja Hamilton’s Placer School for Adults intermediate and advanced watercolor students is being shown along with quilts from the Foothill Quilters Guild.
There are 22 paintings and 15 quilts with the theme “Thinking Outside of the Basket” that portray Placer County fields, buildings, produce, animals, fruits, vegetables and more.
Pat Lucas’ “Peachy Harvest” salutes Placer County’s historic fruit industry. Beginning in the late 1800s, the towns of Loomis, Penryn, Newcastle and Auburn were surrounded by peach, plum and pear orchards. To support local farmers and help get their fruit to market, fruit sheds were built, including Blue Anchor, Blue Goose and High Hand on Taylor Road in Loomis as well as the Newcastle Packing Sheds in Newcastle. Today, many of these sheds still stand, housing restaurants, art studios, nurseries and shops.
Another interesting painting, “Hoshigagki” by Kevin Patterson, shows the Otow persimmon shed where peeled and drying whole fruit is hand-massaged and hung over a period of several weeks until the sugars contained in the fruit form a delicate surface with a dusting that looks like frost. Hoshigaki is an age-old method traditional to Japan and came to America with the Japanese-American farmers.
Two additional people exhibiting their art are watercolorist Randy Mealhow and his wife, MaryAnn Mealhow, a quilter. They enjoy traveling the world and photographing their adventures that sometimes result in works of art as shown here. Randy painted locally grown cherries and MaryAnn has three quilts showing a country house with laundry flapping in the wind, one with black crows in red high-heeled shoes and another with a majestic rooster.
Some of the artists will be there to answer questions while the exhibit is open. The Bernhard mansion will also be open for tours conducted by museum docents.