Mariposa Life

Debbie Croft: Tapestry of an Artist

Debbie Croft

Thomas Hill was a landscape artist in the 19th century who favored monumental vistas. Done in soft, expressive tones, many of his paintings are of the awe-inspiring landmarks within Yosemite National Park. Born in England, he and his family immigrated to the eastern seaboard of America when he was 15. After attending art school and then visiting Yosemite for the first time, he kept coming back. Eventually he opened a studio at the Historic Wawona Hotel. Some of his works have cost as much as $10,000.

Several of Hill's paintings have been reproduced on canvas, and are now hung "salon style" (covering the wall from floor to ceiling) in an exhibit at the Wawona. For hours of operation and other information, please call the Wawona at (801)559-4884, or visit the Web site:

Even more to do

And in the Sonora area, which is only a hop (to Snelling), a skip (over to La Grange) and a jump (through the hills and up to Columbia) away...

The Sierra Repertory Theatre is featuring the lively musical "Sisters of Swing," a tribute to the Andrews Sisters. SRT Artistic Director Scott Viets says, "This show celebrates not only their music, but also appreciates their impact on our country and why their accomplishments have given them an honored place in history."

Beginning in their early teens as a vaudeville act, the girls were soon to be the first female group to reach Gold Record status. And with hit after hit for over a decade, their career included more than 600 recordings, many movies, plus radio, television and stage appearances, and "more Top 10 hits than either Elvis or the Beatles." So says the latest SRT newsletter.

The production began May 22 and will continue showing for matinee and evening performances through June 28. For information or reservations, call SRT's box office at (209)532-3120, or visit their Web site at The newsletter says the show is appropriate for all ages.

Perchance, none of these events appeal to you, but you'd still like to go somewhere and do something interesting, you could always hop on a bicycle or a "Genus Motorcyclus" (as Leroy Radanovich calls it), and zip up and down our winding country roads, breathing in the fresh springtime air before the summer's heat settles in.

Have a fun weekend!

Debbie Croft writes about life in the foothill communities. She can be reached at and at her Sun-Star blog: City Girl, Country Life.