The Sierra Valley Art + Ag Trail features a rare opportunity to explore privately owned 100+-year old barns on working farms and ranches to learn about the history and current management from the agricultural producers operating them – some from families who have lived on the same land for many generations. Those traveling the trail will see farm animals of all kinds – cattle, sheep, goats, alpacas, yaks and more – including some that can be petted and some that take hand-held treats.
In addition to the agricultural component, there will be art on display throughout the valley. Dozens of talented artists from the region will be showing, demonstrating and selling their wares at every event site. Local artists work in a wide range of media, including fiber, photography, paint, ink, graphite, wood, glass, ceramic, metal, stone and more. The event also highlights the Sierra Valley Barn Quilt Trail, offering maps for visitors to views and learn about the colorful quilt squares mounted on barns and buildings throughout the area.
Additional exhibitors will their enthusiasm and knowledge for nature, history and more. Feather River Land Trust’s Sierra Valley Preserve site will feature a natural resource theme, including Land Trust staff, Plumas Audubon, wildlife-focused art, a short interpretive trail, and a birding platform looking out onto the Valley’s wetlands. Sierra County Historical Society members and the Milton Gottardi Museum in Loyalton will bring history to life with costumes and a model train running through a miniature replica of a pre-World War II-era City of Loyalton.
The Sierra Valley Art + Ag Trail also features activities. Many of the artists will be demonstrating their craft. An event passport with beautiful photos from Sierra Valley will be available for purchase, with the opportunity to collect stamps from every artist and site along the Trail. A prize drawing fundraiser for the event, featuring many works of art from participating artists, will be held at the end of the day.
The Sierra Valley Art + Ag Trail offers a window into the past, when the Valley was home to many family-run dairies, supplying milk, cream and butter to the Comstock Lode miners in Virginia City and beyond. Visitors are invited to walk in the steps of long-ago Valley residents, where they shopped, went to school and worked.
The Plumas-Sierra Cattlemen’s Association and Plumas-Sierra Cattlewomen will be serving a delicious meal to end the day. Trail-weary pioneers are encouraged to stop by the Sierra Valley Grange Hall in Vinton from
4 – 6 p.m. for the prize drawing, as well as no-host refreshments and dinner. This will be a fun opportunity to catch up with friends, compare passport stamps, swap stories and refuel for the drive home. The Cattle-folk know their way around a grill and a kitchen, so this is not a stop to be missed.
Additional information can be found on Facebook and on the event website: www.sierravalleyartagtrail.org. The event website will be updated with online sales and reservation opportunities and more information as it becomes available: www.sierravalleyartagtrail.org.
The Sierra Valley Art + Ag Trail is an event of the Sierra County Arts Council, State-Local Partner with the California Arts Council.