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The river as muse

A landscape painting of a river flowing through woods.
Mendocino College gallery website
"Deep Within Armstrong Woods" by Richard McDaniel

February 11, 2022 – The Russian River serves as muse for Sonoma County artist Richard McDaniel in his latest series entitled The Russian River and its Watershed, on display now through March 18th at Ukiah’s Mendocino College Art Gallery. After years of journeying into sections of the110 mile river, McDaniel creates vibrant oil paintings of scenes and seasons of the Russian River as it flows from its headwaters in Mendocino County through valleys, pastures, vineyards and ravines to Jenner’s estuary in Sonoma County where it ultimately meets the Pacific. After a two-year Covid hiatus, Lisa Rosenstreich, Mendocino College art professor and gallery manager, is excited to finally showcase McDaniel’s artwork at the College Art Gallery.

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Stacey Sheldon has lived in Mendocino County for over 25 years. She teaches in public school, plays in community theater, hikes with Earth Firsters, and married a local hill hippie. She appreciates Mendocino's creative community and the opportunity to tell their stories.