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Art From the Sonoma Valley Olive Festival

Mariachis by Pat Meier-Johnson 15 x 20 cut paper on watercolor paper

Mariachis by Pat Meier-Johnson 15 x 20 cut paper on watercolor paper

This is the final weekend of the Sonoma Valley Olive Festival, with lots of wineries participating. My own personal favorite is the olive sampling at Jacuzzi Family Vineyards February 15 and 16. A nice way to extend Valentine’s Day into the weekend.

I created this paper collage of mariachis a couple of years ago when we first moved to Sonoma.  The sun reflected off the bright white walls of the Mission San Francisco Solano across from the northeast corner of the Sonoma Plaza. Their music welcomed the locals who came to celebrate the Blessing of the Olives, Sonoma’s second largest crop. I wanted to capture the bright blue sky and the contrast of the mariachis’ black trim black Traje de Charro suits against the white wall of the mission.

This piece is part craft paper, part snippets from some magazine advertising, and bits from some old sheet music. The sun was so bright the day I shot the picture of the mariachis that the figures did indeed seem to be flat, shadows were stark and planes of color very clearly defined. So it was an ideal image to recreate with cut paper art.

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