There’s nothing better than soaking in a warm sulfur springs in the countryside to rejuvenate my creative synapses. Wilbur Hot Springs near Williams, California is a favorite escape from city streets, cars, phones, and television. Nestled in the hills along a creek, the old Victorian spa has been beautifully restored and slowly transitioned into a quiet retreat from our modern distractions.

Olympia's Flame

Wilbur carries on the healing tradition of its sulfur waters by encouraging peaceful soaking and lounging, community cooking and dining, massages and meditations, reading, stargazing, and naturally, art. Many artists, writers, and photographers make Wilbur their temporary haven. You just can’t help but relax, and then the artistic mind emerges!

Found object artist Virginia Ray currently has an ongoing exhibition in the Great Room and dining area of the historic hotel at Wilbur. The pieces are part of her ongoing Reclaiming Wood series. She gathered scrap wood and other objects found around the springs and created this series of meditative and sweetly nostalgic wall pieces.

See more of Virginia’s work at her website.

You can visit Virginia at her studio during Santa Cruz Open Studios 2011 weekends in October.
October 8, 9, and 15, 16, 11 – 5
3120 Capitola Road
Santa Cruz, CA