Julia Wilson: Botanical Weaver

June/July 2017
Viewing schedule:
Thursdays from 6-8pm & Saturdays from 9-11am (No viewing 7/20 & 7/22)

As part of her continuing series, Weaving the Grasses of America, Julia will create site specific weavings with plant waste material and trimmings from The Gardens. This ongoing series shows a woven, map-like path of a walk through a particular environment. By weaving the grasses in the order they were found, she records footsteps through time and place, and asks questions about native and non-native species.

Julia Wilson studied Fiber Art & Material Studies at Syracuse University with a focus on weaving and sculpture. The cities of Syracuse, NYC, Philadelphia, and Oakland help form her theories on ways of living within cities and mapping the nature that finds its way in. Her work captures the spirit of specific locations and marks time within those spaces, colliding records of time and place visually. This is directly related to weaving, where weft is thrown within warp and holds that linear motion as a record in place and time. At the Gardens, she will create horticultural weavings each week that will record the passing summer within the garden.


Lisa Long: Paper Artist

September/October 2017
Viewing schedule:
Tuesdays & Thursdays from 10am-1pm

Lisa makes cut and sculptural paperwork of forms found in nature from tiny insects to large mountainscapes. While working in The Gardens, Lisa will explore the geography and plant matter in the garden areas through paper sculpture and offer opportunities for the public to create their own paper pieces.

Lisa Long looks at the world and wonders if she can create it in paper, testing the limits of her favorite media. She works predominately in paper cutting and paper sculpture, but also explores other media, including digital illustration. Sometimes she uses the computer to draft her ideas. Long’s work is inspired by nature and human connection. Born in Livermore, CA in 1975, Long has exhibited her work throughout California. She recently painted a public art mural in her city, which was her first public art project and her first mural. She is currently working on preparations for her first solo show in 2018. Long lives and works in Dublin, CA.


About the Artist in Residency (AIR) Program

Bringing inspiring Bay Area artistic talent to the six acres of lush, natural landscapes at The Gardens at Heather Farm, our Artist in Residency program supports the creation of innovative and transformative artworks that:

  • Further the resident’s practice and the interplay between their practice and the natural world.
  • Enhance the visitor experience through interaction with art and artists.
  • Enrich, enliven and activate the Gardens’ landscapes with projects or performances of durability appropriate to the lifespan of the work.
  • Engage the local community in Walnut Creek and Central Contra Costa County and contribute to the exchange of ideas within and beyond the Bay Area on issues of conservation and our connection to nature.
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More resident artist for 2018 and a second round of open call for submissions will be announced later this year.

To be considered for exhibition in the Artist in Residency program, please contact Erin Wheeler via email or call (925) 947-6712.