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Oliver Ranch
Saturday, May 9, 2015, 6:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Terry Allen, humanature

Members are Invited to a Private Tour of Oliver Ranch, Sonoma County

"The Oliver Ranch is an exquisite place and an extraordinary idea." – Joan Simon

Located in the heart of Sonoma County, 70 miles north of San Francisco, and known internationally for its wineries and scenic pleasures, the Oliver Ranch is home to 18 remarkable site-specific installations; the most recent of which is Ann Hamilton's The tower where commissioned dance, poetry, theatre, and music performances take place. The picturesque 100-acre property was originally bought by Steve and Nancy Oliver in 1981 to graze a few extra sheep from, as Steve says, “My daughter’s 4-H project gone bad.” The ranch’s evolution from exiled sheep quarters to world-renowned sculpture ranch was gradual and organic, a natural convergence of the Olivers' longstanding passion for art and deep connection to the land.

Private cars are not allowed into the ranch so we will be providing a bus leaving the Art Center at 6:45 a.m. and returning at about 4:00 p.m.

The tour is from 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and is a light hike in the woods. It is not wheelchair accessible and comfortable walking shoes are essential.

$125 for members; $175 for non-members

Price includes the bus ride and lunch. If you would like your own car in the wine country, we can arrange to meet you at nearby park and ride. There will be a $25 reduction in the fee.

Tours of Oliver Ranch are exclusive and provided to nonprofits as fundraising opportunities. We are therefore required to charge for the tours. Our prices for members and nonmembers are competitive with Oliver Ranch tours offered by other organizations.

Visiting Oliver Ranch is an exclusive and incredible experience. We hope that you will join us for this unique opportunity that will also benefit the Palo Alto Art Center and Foundation.

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