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S E C T I O N 2 Artscene People and performances in Arts and Entertainment. ■ May 30, 2012 A LSO INSIDE C A LE N DA R Photos by Michelle Le Above: The SMIP Ranch above Woodside, home of the Djerassi Resident Artists Program. Left: David Nash sculptures are seen in front of the Diane Middlebrook Studios. 32 |R E A L E S TAT E 33 |C L AS S I F I E D S 42 A gift of time Artists find inspiration at Djerassi compound near Woodside By Barbara Wood A few miles past the ridge of the Santa Cruz Mountains above Woodside, within view of the ocean on a clear day, lies a magical place — a place that inspires artists to create even more magic. It is also a place where visitors may come to view the magic. The place is SMIP Ranch, home of, among other things, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program. Since 1979, when Dr. Carl Djerassi, one of the inventors of the birth control pill, began the program in his daughter’s memory, more than 2,000 artists have spent at least four weeks at the ranch. “It’s a gift of time,” says Margot Knight, who took over as executive director of the artists’ program in November and now lives on the property. Just as scientists need labs and athletes need coaches to do their jobs, “artists need time,” she says. The program receives at least 10 applications for each residency. Many of the artists who participate have left pieces of themselves behind — work inspired by the rolling hills, the endless vistas and the redwood groves of the 580-acre site. Visitors can tour the artworks, and soak in the natural beauty of the site, on tours offered from mid-March through October. Works seen on the tours range from an exuberant quartet of stick musicians cavorting on a hillside (William King’s Orpheus Coyote and friends, 1999) to a series of graffitiinspired drawings of imaginary creatures tucked into redwood groves and other locations that appear to be their natural habitats (Derek Jackson’s Faeries, 2002). Near the old barn visitors can see artist Alison Moritsugu’s traditional-style landscape painting, with the actual view she painted right behind it. Most of the artworks are left to weather, and deteriorate, where they were placed. SungJoon Hwang’s 1999 piece, Skin of Dreams, is an egg-like object with something embedded inside. “Nobody knows what’s inside” but the artist, says tour guide and Djerassi program assistant Laura Amador. But it wears away year by year and “one day it will emerge,” she says. Ms. Knight hopes to offer more tours so more local residents can see the property and art. “I get the sense sometimes that we are known better internationally than we are in our own backyard,” she says. Some visitors, like Randall Schwabacher, a telecommunications consultant for T-Mobile who lives in Woodside, are so See DJERASSI, page 27 May 30, 2012NTheAlmanacOnline.comNThe AlmanacN25

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