Posts From August 2008

Paul Martin's hospitable interior(left) and menu favorite, Hill Farm Pork Chop(right).

August 20, 2008

Paul Martin's American Bistro Named
Sacramento's Top New Restaurant

Congratulations to Paul Fleming, Brian Bennett and Chef Kevin Rose.  Paul Martin’s American Bistro in Roseville, Ca. has been named by Sacramento Magazine as the best new restaurant in Greater Sacramento.  This resourceful restaurant team manages to deliver mostly organic and local fresh fruits and vegetables as well as local meats and poultry on their deliciously affordable menu.   For out-of-towners, the restaurant’s proximity to Interstate 80 makes it a convenient place to stop for lunch or dinner on the trip to Lake Tahoe.

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August 12, 2008

Yountville "Facebook" Installed This Week

Pacific Northwest urban planner- turned- sustainable developer, Phil Sherburne, collaborated with San Francisco photographer Christopher Irion this month to rally people who live or work in the small Napa Valley town of Yountville for a community portrait.  Monday night the two men hosted a block party to celebrate the installation of the portrait, a composite of hundreds of large-format individual and group images that stretches along a sidewalk in the town center.

(Left to right) Alexander Treu of the Di Rosa Preserve and Ashley Teplin, Studio 707, work with photographer Christopher Irion to mount the 215 images he took in his PhotoBooth for Yountville’s Community Portrait.

“I’ve been thinking about Facebook and what it means to the people who participate,” said Sherburne. “I’ve decided this is the facebook of Yountville,” he said, gesturing toward the images of locals.  Both Sherburne and Irion said they consider the wall to be a celebration of community here and everywhere.   “It’s not about the art,” said Irion.  “It’s about all of you.  Thank-you for taking the risk to participate.”

Phil Sherburne introduces townspeople to Arborica’s Evan Shively who not only sourced and milled reclaimed lumber for the Bardessono inn and spa, but arrived with his wife, Madeline and Chef Annie Gingrass and his portable, wood-fired oven to create artisan pizzas for the block party.

Irion has now traveled across the United States carrying his portable, handmade PhotoBooth in a Volkswagen Eurovan documenting communities from coast to coast.  Sherburne, who underwrote the project, founded an even smaller community than Yountville on Decatur Island in the San Juans 25 years ago.  Next winter, he will open a new inn in the Town of Yountville he hopes will achieve Platinum LEED Certification.

Yountville’s block party drew several hundred locals who enjoyed pizzas created by Madeleine and Evan Shively and Ann Gingrass in Evan’s portable wood-fired pizza oven.  Shively is the owner of Aborica

The Community Portrait wall will be up until Yountville’s November Festival of Lights installation.

Click here for images of the PhotoBooth installation party from Monday, August 11.
Photos by Ashley Teplin

Click here for images of the PhotoBooth installation.
Photos by Ashley Teplin and Pamela Hunter

Click here for the PhotoBooth picture taking day in Yountville on July 10 and 12.
Photos by Ashley Teplin and Christopher Irion

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Yountville resident and teacher, Chuck with son James and Bouchon Bakers Annarose and Maika were photographed by Christopher Irion for the Yountville Community Portrait.

August 8, 2008

Yountville Portrait Project Unveiled
At Monday, August 11 Block Party

AUGUST 7, 2008—YOUNTVILLE, NAPA VALLEY, CA.—On Monday a 72’ long, 10’ high wall constructed by the Bardessono, an environmentally sustainable inn and spa slated for completion this winter, becomes home to a portrait of this community of 2,900. Former urban planner and committed community builder Phillip Sherburne of Decatur Island and Seattle, WA., underwrote the project after he was introduced to San Francisco photographer Christopher Irion and his work documenting communities all across America. 

Sherburne’s vision intersected with Irion’s and in just a few weeks after meeting, the two men laid plans to bring the townspeople together to experience themselves as a community in the same way others have over five years and 20,000 miles of Irion’s travels with a handmade PhotoBooth packed in his Volkswagen Eurovan.

Long a photographer of celebrities and prominent figures whose work is seen in books and high-profile publications as well as museums and gallery shows, Irion determined it was community that most interested him.  He began five years ago with a project in his neighborhood where he created 500 portraits of the people who frequented Farley’s Café.  The photographs were taken over several months with each individual entering the PhotoBooth and Irion positioned outside, his camera lens poking through the booth wall. 

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