Visit World-Renown Oliver Ranch on June 24

Cloverdale Arts Alliance organizes tour of picturesque, 100-acre “sculpture ranch”

Much-coveted tickets to tour the world-renown Oliver Ranch are now on sale through the Cloverdale Arts Alliance. 

Located in the heart of Sonoma County, overlooking the Alexander Valley, the Oliver Ranch is home to 18 remarkable site-specific sculptural installations, including Ann Hamilton’s The Tower, where commissioned dance, poetry, theater and music performances take place. 

From the ranch’s first sculpture, Shepherd’s Muse by Judith Shea, which was commissioned in 1985, Steve and Nancy Oliver were motivated by a love of art, a desire to support artists, and also a wish to circumvent the "business" of art. Disillusioned with valuation in the world of art collecting, the Olivers decided to commission site-specific installations that could not be moved, and therefore, neither bought nor sold, thus putting the focus on the art itself, not its assessment.

As the ranch grew in acclaim, requests for tours grew and the Olivers saw that their ranch could benefit non-profit organizations. As a result, the Olivers now make tours available to non-profits who can then offer them as an auction item or on a cost-per-ticket basis.

“Tours are offered only a few times each year to a limited number of people,” said CAA Executive Director, Mark Tharrington. “The Arts Alliance is thrilled to be chosen as the non-profit to organize and benefit from this one-of-a-kind, art-centric tour.”

The tour will be Sunday, June 24, 2018. The cost is $65 for Cloverdale Arts Alliance members and $75 for non-members. The tour will be led by Steve Oliver or a trained docent and covers approximately 2.5 miles and 600 feet in elevation change. The tour is not wheelchair accessible and comfortable walking shoes are essential. 

Participants will be taken to the Oliver Ranch aboard a tour bus, which will depart from the downtown Cloverdale Plaza at 9:30am. After the tour concludes, about 12:30pm, the group will be returned to Cloverdale. 

The Cloverdale Arts Alliance is a non-profit arts organization bringing cultural arts to northern Sonoma County. CAA programs include Friday Night Live at the Plaza, Art Gallery, THE Jazz Club, Americana, Night, Music Workshops, Discovering Art Series, Art Classes, The Blues Session, and special events.