Art. Barns. History. Fun. The artist and agriculture communities of Sierra Valley are inviting the public to spend an awesome autumn day in Plumas and Sierra Counties, enjoying the history, culture and bounty of one of their treasures: Sierra Valley. Visitors will travel the Sierra Valley Art + Ag Trail at their own pace, enjoying Sierra Valley Barn Quilts and opportunities to visit 14 event sites, including market farms, working ranches, and other historic buildings that will be hosting local artists of every medium – wood, paint, glass, ceramic, metal, fiber and more. The event offers a window into the past, when Sierra Valley was home to a large number of family-run dairy farms that supplied milk, cream and butter to the miners in Virginia City and beyond. Guests will have a rare opportunity to visit privately owned 100+ year-old dairy barns, many built with hand-hewn timbers and wooden pegs, still serving today’s working ranches. Inside and around the barns, the talented local artist community will be showing and selling their wares. Visitors will be offered opportunities to tour some of the ranches and learn about both the history and present-day cattle, sheep and hay operations. The Sierra Valley Art + Ag Trail event also offers children’s activities, artist demonstrations, education about the sources of our food, and a prize drawing, featuring many works by our participating artists. For a $20 donation, receive a keepsake passport with beautiful Sierra Valley photos for collecting stamps of local cattle brands, artist’s marks and more along the Trail.
The Sierra Valley Art + Ag Trail will feature three “Trailhead” information centers positioned at convenient entry points into Sierra Valley: The Sierra Valley Grange Hall in Vinton, Sierra Valley Farms in Beckwourth and the historic Sierraville School in Sierraville. Trailheads will host local artists and will provide an opportunity for visitors to pick up a paper map, plan the rest of their route with a knowledgeable volunteer, to collect a Passport, purchase souvenir Sierra Valley Art & Ag Trail embroidered flour sack dish towels or elegant engraved flasks, and generally to fortify for the trail ahead.
The Plumas-Sierra Cattlemen’s Association and 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 tri-tip dinner (vegetarian option available). This will be an opportunity to catch up with friends, compare passport stamps, swap stories and refuel for the drive home. (These folks know their way around a grill and a cut of beef, so this is not a stop to be missed. Advanced ticket purchase advised.)
The Sierra Valley Art + Ag Trail is an event of the Sierra County Arts Council and receives major funding support from the Sierra Nevada Conservancy.