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Art in Paradise

Art & Nature

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 moving to Sonoma County and opening Paradise Ridge Winery, Walter focused his attention on finding a place on the estate for an outdoor sculpture garden. He found the perfect location in a four acre grove of wooden glens with ancient gnarled oaks and open meadows. These “galleries” were easily connected by simple footpaths. The sculptures were placed among mossy rocks and grassy clearings. After working with a number of curators, Walter began to oversee the yearly art exhibits himself. In 2006 after Marijke’s sudden passing, Walter dedicated the grove to her and it is now known as Marijke’s Grove.

Instead of all permanent pieces,Marijke’s Grove supports the arts with an biennial changing exhibit. In 2012 the Byck Family began working together with the Voigt Family Sculpture Foundation. Their combined efforts bring cutting edge free public art to the foothills of Sonoma County.

The gates to the estate are open to the public from 11- 4:30 daily, allowing visitors plenty of time to experience the art & nature of Paradise.

Click here for a short video on Marijke’s Grove

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