Our sense of wonder is expressed by creating experiences that ignite the senses and encourage discovery. Our Iconic LOVE sculpture is a constant reminder of our enduring strength.
Marijke’s Grove is open daily from 10 to 4.
The Story of Art
In 1960 Walter Byck proposed to his girlfriend Marijke Hoenselaars in a sculpture grove in the Netherlands. This was the beginning of a love affair between Marijke, Walter, and art.
After opening Paradise Ridge Winery, Walter discovered the perfect location for a sculpture grove in a four-acre grove of wooden glens with ancient gnarled oaks and open meadows. “Galleries” were connected by simple footpaths. The sculptures were placed among mossy rocks and grassy clearings. In 2006 after Marijke’s passing, Walter dedicated the grove to her and it is now known as Marijke’s Grove.
Instead of permanent pieces, Marijke’s Grove supports the arts with changing exhibits. In 2012 the Byck Family began working with the Voigt Family Sculpture Foundation. Their combined efforts bring cutting edge free public art to the foothills of Sonoma County.
Resilience Sculpture Exhibit
Resilience is the ability to withstand, adapt, and grow in the face of adversity. Artists have always had an extraordinary capacity to tolerate difficult things and create art that allows us to experience joy.
The five artists in this exhibition have given us sculpture that does just that. Riis Burwell, Briona Hendren, Sean Paul Lorentz, Nick Taylor, and Doug Unkrey have lived through a variety of challenges, but using their passion for the visual arts, prove that the world is filled with awe and wonder. They encourage us to accept the past, dream about the future, and enjoy the beauty around us.
The Voigt Family Sculpture Foundation and Paradise Ridge Winery are pleased to present this exhibition and thank these artists for their resilience.
– Kate Eilertsen, Guest Curator for the Voigt Family Sculpture Foundation
The Voigt Family Sculpture Foundation places sculptures in public places that are accessible to all. They believe that experiencing art in an outdoor setting, especially a natural setting, changes your experience of the art and the place. In the past twelve years, they have placed art in four Sonoma County cities, three school campuses, the regional airport, and in the rolling foothills of northwest Santa Rosa at Paradise Ridge Winery. They believe artists deserve to be valued and compensated for their extraordinary contributions to our society.
Five artists have been asked to share work that shows their personal reflections about “resilience”. Riis Burwell, Briona Hendren, Sean Paul Lorentz, Nick Taylor, and Doug Unkrey will share radically different notions of this idea.
Riis Burwell’s work can be seen around Sonoma County as well as around the country and about it he says, “Creating sculpture provides me with a deeper connection to the grace and beauty inherent in nature.”. Through various mediums, including sculpture, installation, and performance art, Briona Hendren analyzes paths of human behavior, concepts of the human condition, and the psychological processing that are in both. She will be creating large, interactive human “nests”. Sean Paul Lorentz says, “With much of art guarded and untouchable, I break from the norm and invite people to play with my work, become a part of it and become surprised by what their touch creates.” Living and working in Fort Bragg, CA, Nick Taylor merges a love of the land with a reverence for the organic beauty he is surrounded by as well as the materials he works with. For this exhibition, he will re-work propane tanks that were discarded after the fires in 2017. For this exhibition, Doug Unkrey has built a beautiful, new sculpture that sails across the landscape. Curated by Kate Eilertsen, this exhibition is a reminder of the constant ability artists have to be resilient in their efforts to make the world a more thought-provoking and beautiful place.
While walking throughout the grounds, we are encouraged to interact with the sculptures, the environment, and one another. This is an opportunity to pursue an exchange: the receipt and acceptance of insight and interaction.