“…Stuppin’s paintings produce a serotonin rush of pleasure. In part this comes from the kind of naivete or innocence they embody, and in part comes from their visual richness. But there is more at work on these surfaces. Stuppin employs a series of compositional strategies-rhythmic patterns and careful juxtapositions of color-calculated to capture and reveal the essential unifying principals of the natural world. The paintings provide us with a sense of sacredness inherent in each moment and each place, to which we are invited, along with the artist, to feel, to contemplate, and to revere.” Miriam Roberts, Santa Fe
McCORMICK (LEARNED) RANCH East Sonoma County, California
The 1,750 acre McCormick Ranch located northeast of Santa Rosa has been in the McCormick (Learned) family for six generations and permanently protected in cooperation with the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District in 1996. This spectacular natural preserve was added to Sugarloaf Ridge State Park and is managed by the non-profit land stewardship organization ‘Landpaths’. The family’ wishes made it possible to allow public recreational and educational uses on 1,101 acres of land. The agreement with the District also limits development on the 350 remaining private acres of the ranch in Sonoma County. The property includes ridgelines over 2000 feet in elevation to deep canyons encompassing the Headwaters of Santa Rosa Creek. Heritage maples, oaks and madrones dot the scenic landscape.
The Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District was formed in 1990 by a vote of the people of Sonoma County to help halt the growing loss of farmland and natural scenic landscapes in the County. By the end of 1998 the District had protected over 11 properties totaling 28,000 acres. For more information contact the District at (707) 524-7360
Oak Hill Farm
Donated by Sonoma Land Trust Founder Otto Teller in 1985, the conservation easement over Oak Hill Farm ensures that the 700 acres of farmed and wild lands along Sonoma Highway in Glen Ellen will never be developed. Hikers in the gently sloping foothills of the Mayacamas Mountains find footprints of big cats, but shoppers at Oak Hill Farm’s Red Barn find organic garlic braids for holiday gifts and fabulous tomatoes for summer salads. Oak Hill Farm, now owned and operated by Anne Teller, is adjacent to the 300 acre Secret pasture, a wildlife preserve which became, in the late ‘70’s, the first land owned and managed by the Trust.