Fur Peace Ranch Launches 1960s-Themed Gallery With Exhibits, Big Brother Concert

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On Saturday, June 29, Jorma and Vanessa Kaukonen will open the doors to The Fur Peace Ranch Center for Art & Culture for a celebration of the Psylodelic Gallery and the Psylodelic Sit-In.  

The event will shine a spotlight on the art and installations at the new Psylodelic Gallery and provide a prime opportunity for area representatives to echo the inspirations and goals of the psychedelic era.

1960s legends Big Brother and the Holding Company will perform at 8 p.m. Earlier in the evening, Jorma will host an interview with Big Brother and record their historical perspective, which will then be a part of the museum's archives.

The Psylodelic Sit-In will be a combination of booths from a variety of area vendors, merchants, artists, musicians and activists who will shed light on issues, fixes, and improvements they would like to see happen.

The Sit-In will also invite patrons to take part in family-friendly activities like tie-dye workshops, face painting, games and contributing to an ever-changing art installation, such as painting "Darwin" the VW Bug.

Attendees are also invited to visit the silo, filled with posters, clothes, and history, and record their favorite 60s-era memory or paint whatever's on their mind.

At The Gallery:

Permanent Exhibits – The gallery features concert posters from some of the best-known acts of the decade, clothing and jewelry worn at Woodstock, original photographs, art prints, guitars and more

Video and Audio Storyboards – Patrons can record their own experiences

"Found Art" Projects – Allowing patrons to create their own unique pieces of art

Guest Lecturers and Speakers – A series of events will include artist Wes Wilson, known for his Fillmore posters commissioned by Bill Graham, as well as musicians, writers and other influences from the psychedelic era

Collaboration with Local Schools  – field trips, projects and contests on the art, music, literature, clothing, and jewelry of the 1960's. Including using the beat of the songs and the combination of cornstarch, water, and food coloring over a plastic-wrapped speaker for a Psychedelic "non-Newtonian" liquid light transformation right before your eyes

Community Nights – Films, concert footage, and a liquid light show for all age groups

The museum will kick off with artifacts from Jorma's friends and compatriots. On display will be Wavy Gravy's Woodstock sleeping bag, Jack Casady's Woodstock outfit, 60s-era posters and intimate photos from Jorma's personal collection.

Hours for the June 29 celebration are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, visit the Psylodelic Gallery's Facebook page.