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June 2018

Sara Downing JOY 2.0

June 5, 2018 - August 12, 2018
The Spinster Sisters, 401 South A Street
Santa Rosa,
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Artist Reception Tuesday, June 5th 5-7 PM

Sara Downing is a self taught American photographic artist. With visual artist parents, her work often reflects painterly and abstract forms. Much of Sara’s work over the last decade has been steeped in landscapes, portraiture and architecture. Her full-time artistic career began only recently, after Sara’s first large solo show at the Barlow in nearby Sebastopol in 2017. With the tremendous success of that first show, and a desire to finally answer a call she found impossible to ignore, she made the leap to quit her job and started her own business. That first show was, in her words;

-cathartic at best, I wanted to show many different facets on what brings me joy. This first exhibit was an
opportunity to show the breadth of that joy with freedom from a rigid theme.

With this next exhibit however, Downing travels deeper into one facet of her interest. focusing primarily on small, textural microcosms distilled from the often-labeled mundane. With intricate shadows and angular perspectives, Downing reveals the unexpected artistry and grace of a world hidden in plain sight.

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Spring Spotlight Series: MARTHA STOUMEN

June 15, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Spinster Sisters, 401 South A Street
Santa Rosa,
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Come meet, chat, and sip with a bunch of our favorite local winemakers (and one brewer!) this spring and summer. There are no tickets, no prix-fixe, and everything is poured by the glass and half-glass, so you can stop by for a drink and a snack, or go all out with a sampling of our small plates and pairings.

 

Martha Stoumen Wines was founded upon the desire to recapture a farming and winemaking culture that has all but faded away: a winemaking culture of patience.

For my wines I lease and farm around half of the vineyards myself. The other half are farmed by multi-generation farmers who understand their land, and their family’s land, far better than I ever will, and who farm with my same philosophies in mind. Patience in the vineyard means composting rather than adding synthetic fertilizers, allowing predatory insects the ability to outcompete pests rather than spraying insecticides, and doing proper handwork, such as pruning for vine longevity rather than high yields.

In the cellar I use a minimalist winemaking approach. Patience in the cellar means letting the natural yeast and bacteria present on the grape skins perform fermentation, and allowing longer macerations and aging to provide stability rather than using added tannin, acid, or stabilizing agents in my wines. Above all, I strive to make wines that are delicious, joyful, and truly representative of California.


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Spotlight Series: FRONT PORCH

June 29, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Spinster Sisters, 401 South A Street
Santa Rosa,
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Come meet, chat, and sip with a bunch of our favorite local winemakers (and one brewer!) this spring and summer. There are no tickets, no prix-fixe, and everything is poured by the glass and half-glass, so you can stop by for a drink and a snack, or go all out with a sampling of our small plates and pairings.

We believe in our grapes and we don’t feel the need to inoculate our fermentation with selected yeast or feed them with inorganic nutrients or overprotect them with large amounts of sulfur dioxide. We also believe that blending enhances a wine’s balance and complexity which is why we planted grapes that have historically worked well together. This gives us the flexibility to adapt to a vintage’s characteristics and deliver compelling wines year after year.

We are certified organic, and we believe in keeping the microflora and microfauna in our soils as well as our beneficial insects alive and striving. Roots and leaves need allies; they cannot do it alone in a sustainable way. We are not just growing plants; we are also supporting a whole ecosystem, and this takes time, experience, and dedication.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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July 2018

Spring Spotlight Series: ROOTDOWN WINE CELLARS

July 13, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Come meet, chat, and sip with a bunch of our favorite local winemakers (and one brewer!) this spring and summer. There are no tickets, no prix-fixe, and everything is poured by the glass and half-glass, so you can stop by for a drink and a snack, or go all out with a sampling of our small plates and pairings.

Owner/winemaker of Rootdown Wine Cellars, Mike Lucia crafts his small batch wines out of Healdsburg, CA.

 

 


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Highway 101 in the Neighborhood: Memories Across Fractured Landscapes

July 22, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
The Spinster Sisters, 401 South A Street
Santa Rosa,
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Santa Rosa Arts Center at Chroma Gallery

312 South A Street, Santa Rosa

co-sponsored by the

Anthropology Dept./Sonoma State University


July 13 – 27 2018

Reception and SOFA Block Party
Sunday, July 22  11am-2pm

Current and former residents of our neighborhood are invited to a SOFA block party in the back yard at 312 South A Street.

The construction of the 101 Freew

 

ay between the late 1940s and mid 1960s radically transformed Santa Rosa’s landscape. This exhibit uses the original 1940s Caltrans survey documents, black and white photographs and survey maps that detail the pathway through the neighborhood that used to unite South Davis and South A streets–a richly diverse immigrant community that included small shops, a park, a school and a church, along with a wide array of homes.

There will be a reception and block party at the Santa Rosa Arts Center on July 22 bringing together former neighborhood residents dislocated by the highway construction and their family members, with current residents of the vibrant SOFA (South of A) Arts District neighborhood.There will be an open gallery walk followed by story-telling and conversations by exhibit visitors sharing memories and stories about neighborhood places and people.

“Highway 101 in the Neighborhood” complement and localizes “Landscape and Memories” the current Santa Rosa Art Center exhibit. The highway exhibit also shares materials with the “Lost Santa Rosa” exhibit at the Sonoma County History Museum.

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August 2018

Spotlight Series: Bodkin Wines

August 3, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Spinster Sisters, 401 South A Street
Santa Rosa,
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Come meet, chat, and sip with a bunch of our favorite local winemakers and brewers this spring and summer. There are no tickets, no prix-fixe, and everything is poured by the glass and half-glass, so you can stop by for a drink and a snack, or go all out with a sampling of our small plates and pairings.

 


 “Home to America’s First Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc…and so much more”

 

Career cellar worker turned school-of-hard-knocks trained winemaker Christopher Christensen launched Bodkin Wines in 2011. Drawing from both modern science and Old-World craftsmanship he strives to make wines that are engaging and finessed. In addition to producing fourteen 90+ point scored wines over the past 4 vintages, Christensen was also featured as one the SF Chronicle’s “Winemaker’s to Watch” in 2017.

 

 


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Spotlight Series: Tilted Shed Cider

August 11, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Spinster Sisters, 401 South A Street
Santa Rosa,
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Come meet, chat, and sip with a bunch of our favorite local winemakers and brewers this spring and summer. There are no tickets, no prix-fixe, and everything is poured by the glass and half-glass, so you can stop by for a drink and a snack, or go all out with a sampling of our small plates and pairings.

 

At its core, Tilted Shed Ciderworks is a hobby gone wild. The trouble started in 2007. We were living on a small farm in Northern New Mexico, trying our hand at organic market farming while freelancing and raising our baby. On our land was an old, gnarled, neglected apple orchard.

Being a bit of a mad scientist with a fermentation habit, Scott decided that our bumper crop of Jonathans, Goldens, and Red Delicious would make good drink.

So, with our infant son in one arm, Ellen lobbed apples into the hopper of our barrel press, while Scott cranked and pressed. Scott then put up the juice in the barn for a long, slow fermentation. A few months later, we were amazed with the results. Inspired, we began tasting regional ciders made from European and American cider apples.

An obsession began.

 

 

 


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HIGH COUNTRY with Julia Schwadron

August 13, 2018 - October 21, 2018
The Spinster Sisters, 401 South A Street
Santa Rosa,
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It’s that time again and we are welcoming Julia Schwadron on August 13th. Her work will stay with us through Saturday, October 20th when we will hold a closing Artist’s Reception from 3-5 pm.

HIGH COUNTRY

The surface of a painting is a place to mine, to dig, to add, and to subtract from in the hopes of arriving at an image that is yet unknown.

In my recent paintings, I’ve been using still life objects from my immediate natural environment as starting points for abstraction. Five years ago, I relocated from New York City, to South Lake Tahoe, CA – landscapes to be considered as polar opposites. This new series of work, titled, “High Country,” is evolving out of my exploration of this new topography, the new air and light, and the experience of living in the mountains as a contemporary artist and thinker.

For several years, I’ve used language as a visual code for thought that goes beyond standard comprehension to become meaningful as an image as well as text. The basic questions that have always driven my art making beg the conventional notions of internal vs. external landscapes. I am trying to find a way to blur these boundaries and create layers that more closely resemble the complicated ways we experience the world.

 

 

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September 2018
$85

Worth Our Weight Chef Dinner With Liza

September 20, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
WOW Cafe, 1021 Hahman Drive
Santa Rosa, CA 95405 United States
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Chef Liza Hinman of the Spinster Sisters Restaurant with her good friend Chef Franco Dunn prepare a feast with Chef Robb Ledesma and the apprentices of Worth Our Weight.

Carpenter Wines  will be poured by Laura Carpenter Hawkes and winemaker Jake Hawkes.

Tickets are available @

cheflizahinman.brownpapertickets.com

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October 2018
$250

Women Chefs and Winemakers Dinner

October 22, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Catelli’s, 21047 Geyserville Ave
Geyserville, CA 95441 United States
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Join Sonoma County’s culinary and wine superstars for an unprecedented dinner with award-winning female chefs and winemakers. On October 22nd, Catelli’s in Geyserville will transform into an unforgettable gathering celebrating healthcare in our community.

Buy a ticket, bring a friend, and be prepared to be dazzled by internationally famous, and local favorite culinary and wine stars. The evening’s chefs include: Domenica Catlelli of Catelli’s, Duskie Estes of Zazu Kitchen, Liza Hinman of The Spinster Sisters and Jennifer McMurry of The Pharmacy. The talented winemakers pairing with the chefs are Ashley Herzberg of Amista, Jen Higgins of Lambert Bridge Winery, Susan Leuker of Simi, and Shelly Rafanelli of A. Rafanelli Winery.

You don’t want to miss out on this evening of truly fine dining, creative wine-pairings, incredible fun and camaraderie. This power house team will create an original multi-course dinner menu using seasonally sourced local ingredients. Their artisanal preparation of each course and the wines selected by the winemakers combine for a Sonoma County evening extraordinaire.

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