VALLEY OF THE MOON GIFT GUIDE 2019

Art flows like wine through the Valley of the Moon, so what better gift to give this holiday season than fine art from the fine artists who live and work among us. Assembling the art in the pages that follow was a painful privilege because there was so much great art, and so much more we wanted to include. Which simply means we’ll have to do it again. Meanwhile, we’ve included thoughtful gifts for those in need of light and power in this age of PSPS.

ART

Fox Oakland, 24″ x 12″, Oil on linen

Dennis Ziemienski, price on request

dz@ziemienski.com

 

 

ART

Harvey Girl, 36″ x 24″, Oil on canvas

Dennis Ziemienski, price on request

dz@ziemienski.com

CERAMICS

Promenade Vase, 10″ x 12″, Ceramic

Kala Stein, Sonoma Community Center, $250

SCULPTURE

General Vallejo With Face Mask,

8″ x 11″ x 8″, Bronze sculpture in miniature,

Jim Callahan, $2,800

 

SHOP

TASTE OF SONOMA

The gourmet Sausage Subscription for Connoisseurs of Quintessential Goods. The Gift that keeps on giving from societysonoma.com

 

SHOP

Oil on Canvas

Golden Dress, 48″ x 48″, Oil on canvas

Keith Wicks, $5,500

Plein Air Gallery at Bartholomew Estate Tasting Room

Partial proceeds benefit Plein Air Foundation

ACRYLIC ON WOOD

Goat, 12″ x 12″, Acrylic on wood,

$300 or highest bid

Sharolyn Townsend, Student

Woodland Star Charter School

All proceeds benefit Woodland Star

 

ART

Through the Portal – Myanmar, sizes vary from 16” x 20” to 30” x 40”, Archival pigment on paper.

Lisa Christine, Lisa Kristine Gallery, 452 First Street East, Sonoma

Prices vary by size

TAPESTRY

Elephants and Tigers, 24″ x 16″

Harrania hand-woven Egyptian tapestry

Zeinab Shahata, $800

Sonoma Community Center Gallery

AFRICAN ART

Zulu wire basket, 8″ x 5″

Bridge for Africa Foundation, $28

Proceeds benefit 700 Zulu families

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art gift shop

 

OIL ON CANVAS

Madonna of the Banana, 16” x 12”,

Oil on canvas, $1,350

Paul Ford, Honoring the

endangered orangutan

Arts Guild of Sonoma, 140 East Napa Street

Bronze

Raven Awakens,

34″ x 24″ x 24″,

Bronze, 125 lbs,

Jim Callahan,$16,000

shop

CERAMICS

Circle vases, 5″ x 5″, Ceramic

 

Cathy Solomon, $45-$60

Sonoma Community Center

 

OIL ON CANVAS

Pet portraits By commission,

16” x 16”, Oil on canvas, $500

Stacia Brady, LaHaye Art Center

148 East Napa Street, Sonoma, info@staciabrady.com

SHOP

Porcelain

Coffee cup, 4.5″ x 3.5″, Porcelain with gold luster

 

Kala Stein, $65

Sonoma Community Center

CERAMICS

Vase, 16″ x 7″, Ceramic

 

Bev Provost, $525

LaHaye Art Center

 

ACRYLIC

Rising, 30” x 40”, Acrylic.

Helen Mehl, $1,800

 

LaHaye Art Center

Concrete Art

Philodendron leaf,

22” x 16”, Concrete,

Ann Iverson, $150

LaHaye Art Center

PIGMENT ON PAPER

High Plateau Himalayas,

sizes vary from 16” x 20” to 30” x 40”,

Archival pigment on paper

Lisa Christine,

Lisa Kristine Gallery,

452 First Street East, Sonoma

Prices vary by size

 

PORCELAIN

Water and Gold plate, 11” x 11”, Porcelain

 

Kala Stein, $65

Sonoma Community Center

CERAMICS

Circular Vase, 7″ x 7″, Ceramic

Deborah Donahower

 

Sonoma Community Center, $75

LIGHT UP YOUR LIFE

Repeatedly, the most annoying aspect of PSPS events is the absence of household lights at night. Countless PSPS “survivors” report that, even after five days without power, they still walk into a room and reach for the light switch.

With sufficient batteries and enough devises to put them in, there’s no reason to go lightless through a PSPS night. Almost all flashlights sold today employ light emitting diodes (LEDs) instead of bulbs, which results in longer battery life and more lumens of light.

Among the innovative uses of LEDs are the inflatable, floatable, solar-powered lights that are bright enough to read by and soft enough to serve as comforting night lights. One of the first on the market was the Luci light, by MPowered, which typically cost about $20 each and make ideal holiday gifts. They can be charged in direct sunlight or under a lamp.

Other useful lights for PSPS events are LED puck lights that typically take three AAA batteries, adhere to flat surfaces and can be turned on and off with a press of the hand. Brilliant Evolution Wireless makes warm white versions with a run time of 100 hours. They’re sold in three-and six-pack units

and average less than $10 per light.

 

PORTABLE POWER

It’s a short term fix, perhaps an Ace bandage on the way to a knee replacement, but if you’re looking for the quickest and cheapest way to blunt the impact of a PSPS event, a portable home generator is the way to go. And these days, it’s a great holiday gift.

The 2,000 watt Yamaha unit shown will power your refrigerator (or your big-screen TV) and some small appliances, for less than $800. The unit weighs 44 pounds,  comes with a smart throttle that varies engine speed with load and will run for more than 10 hours on a single tank of gas.

You’ll also need a gas tank and an extension cord long enough to reach from outside the home and into the kitchen. A power strip is also useful for connecting other small appliances. For additional back-up power, portable solar panels, like those shown (which can be connected in parallel) will charge phones and iPads. The smaller power bricks (Kenruipu’s model Q90 is rated at 25,000 mAh) can charge an iPad twice or an iPhone X six times. $37 from Amazon.