FPR in Snow

Ever wonder what the Ranch looks like coated in snow? Friday March 06, 2015












This will be gone before the first camp weekend, this will all be gone before the first camp weekend, this will all be gone before the first camp weekend!

New Videos on Fur Peace TV

Some new videos from our 2014 Concert Series are now available on Fur Peace TV!

First up our good friend and long time teacher at the Ranch, Roy Book Binder with “It Coulda Been Worse” from his August 23, 2014 performance.

Roy will be returning to the Ranch October 16-19, 2015 to teach Rev. Gary Davis for Beginners. If you thought the Rev’s music was beyond your ability, this is the class for you!

Next up: Another one of our favorite instructor’s, Pete Huttlinger, who will be teaching an Advanced Fingerstyle Guitar workshop October 23-26, 2015.  Here is Pete with his song “Things Are Looking Up.”

Finally, we have a video of Janis Ian‘s first performance (of hopefully many) at Fur Peace Ranch on June 15, 2014! Here is Janis with “I’m Still Standing”

1st Annual Juried Art Exhibition: Neo-Psychedelic Evolution

Psylodelic GalleryThe Psylodelic Gallery Presents:

Neo-Psychedelic Evolution: Mind Manifesting Art
1st Annual Juried Art Exhibition

Call for entry Deadline: March 1, 2015
Jurors: Robin Stickney; Bob Steeler; Spencer Bohren

Call for Entries:
The Psylodelic Gallery opened in 2013 at Jorma Kaukonen’s Fur Peace Ranch as a center committed to the art and culture that has permeated the American mainstream since the 1960’s. In keeping with that spirit of artistic evolution, the Psylodelic Gallery invites you to submit your work to be considered for our 2015 National Juried Art Exhibition. The theme will be based on Modern Psychedelic art and its various forms, and personal interpretation and perspective on this art movement. “Psy-che-del-ic (adjective):of or noting a mental state characterized by a profound sense of intensified sensory perception, sometimes by a feeling of euphoria”. This theme is open to many different interpretations and mediums, and should reflect the creativity and depth within the soul.

First Place: $500.00 and exhibition from June-September 2015
Second Place: $250.00 and honorable mention
Third Place: $100.00


Robin Stickney
Robin Stickney is a weaver, spinner and fiber artist. As a child of the 60’s she had wanderlust in her heart so at 17, on her own, she moved to the Coast of Maine and made it her home. After years of growing both an herb farm and family, she was introduced to fiber through the art of weaving. She was immediately drawn in to this unfamiliar world through the tactile nature of fiber in its many forms. From the many uses of fiber…..weaving, spinning, dyeing, felting, braiding, paper making and sculpting…she explored and immersed herself fully in the possibilities of fiber as language. From weaving messages into fabric and capturing visions of the natural world around her in rustic tapestry, she found a creative voice in the use of fiber.

Like her ocean, Robin continues to ebb and flow in her explorations of fiber and form in the natural world. She has collected fiber and weavings from China to Peru and today she creates hand woven rugs, wall pieces, straps, bands, belts, hand-spun wool rugs and rag tapestries. When she is not exploring fiber, she is caretaker of numerous Coastal Estate Gardens, and is a dedicated teacher of the method of body sculpting known as Pilates.

Bob Steeler
Bob Steeler studied art and design under the direction of Ron Taylor and sculptor Robert Howard at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After leaving school he played drums with Doug Kershaw, David Bromberg, Randy and Michael Brecker, Wayne Kramer, Johnny Thunders, Edgar Winter, Merle Saunders, Jerry Garcia, Steven Stiles, Leslie West, and Hot Tuna.  In 1981, Steeler moved to New York City and began his art career, concentrating primarily on sculpture and painting.  Steeler’s eclectic style and personality are reflected in his works which have appeared in museums and galleries in New York City, San Francisco, Aspen, Colorado and Paris, France. Before moving to Hopewell, NJ, Steeler had a mural business in Colorado from 1994 through 2001.

His paintings are found in many private collections including those of Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson, Ewan MacGregor, Mario Van Peebles, Henry Kravis, Malcolm Bricklin, Jorma Kaukonen and J.P. Lipson. His paintings are best described as an eclectic Picasso style of art.

Spencer Bohren
Born into a gospel-singing family in the wind-swept prairies of Wyoming in 1950, Spencer Bohren began singing and playing music as youngster. At fourteen, inspired by the folk music he heard on the radio, Spencer picked up a guitar and within a few weeks started performing in public. He immediately delved deeply into America’s treasure of blues, country, gospel and folk music, soaking up guitar styles and historical details. In the 1960s and 1970s, Spencer played with rock, country and blues bands throughout the western US. By the mid-1970s, Spencer and his wife, Marilyn, found a spiritual home in the city of New Orleans, and started their family there.

In 1997, Spencer developed Down the Dirt Road Blues, his award-winning history of American music, which he has presented to 30,000 students of all ages, as well as concert audiences all over America and Europe. His educational offerings have grown to include visual art. His passion for artwork is a direct result of a search for the perfect album cover for his Carry the Word CD, released in the year 2000. During this search, he chanced upon an obscure exhibit of tiny cigar-box altars honoring blues and soul singers, and found them extremely appealing. This inspiration and focused creation transported him to a place he’d been subconsciously searching for since coming of age in the sixties, and he knew that he had to explore this path more thoroughly. Spencer Bohren’s three-dimensional shadowbox assemblages have been called atmospheric,   ceremonial, mysterious, spiritual, and magical. In fact, they are all of these things. Utilizing common objects encountered while traveling the globe as a musician, Spencer constructs mystical miniature worlds contained in small boxes that appear to be relics from some ancient or medieval culture. They are precisely made, and their collaged surfaces create layers of meaning that suggest our unsuspected proximity to the metaphysical world.

Prospectus and Entry Form:

Submit entries online via onlinejuriedshows.com
Artists may also request Prospectus and entry forms via email fpman@earthlink.net


Applications must be completed by March 1, 2015

Forms and Fees:

Completed forms must include the online entry form; up to 3 images representative of overall work; and application fee.

Insurance and Sales:

Accepted entries will ONLY be insured during installation and return shipping; however, the artist reserves the right to purchase additional insurance during the exhibition. The Psylodelic Gallery will not be responsible for loss, damage, or theft of any artwork while en route to the Gallery. The artist chosen for exhibition may have the option to sell their artwork, and the Psylodelic Gallery will retain 20% commission. A signed Loan Agreement Form will be required for all accepted entries.

Shipping and Delivery:

Accepted entries may be shipped or hand delivered. All shipped entries must be securely packed and include installation instructions. Entries that are to be shipped must be no more than 24 x 36 inches, and no more than 10 lbs.

The artist is solely responsible for any insurance and shipping costs during transit.  All entries should be addressed to:

The Psylodelic Gallery
39495 St. Clair Road
Pomeroy, OH 45769

Return shipping and insurance following the exhibition will be provided by the Psylodelic Gallery.

Please direct any questions or comments to:

Vanessa Kaukonen: Owner, CEO
ofc: 740-992-2575
fax: 740-992-9126

Sharon Fritz: Assistant Curator
cell: 740-447-0208

• Candidates must be 18 years of age or older.
• All applications must be submitted by March 1, 2015
• All pieces selected for exhibition must be present and ready for installation by May 31, 2015.
• The Psylodelic Gallery will not provide insurance for any objects, the artist is solely responsible for procuring any insurance.
• The artist whose work is chosen for the exhibition may choose to sell any objects, and the Gallery will retain a 20% commission.
• If an object is purchased during the exhibition, the artist and buyer must agree to allow that piece to remain in the Gallery for the duration of the exhibit.
• There are no medium stipulations, so long as they are within and can be related to the theme. Submissions may include, but are not limited to: Photography, Print, Graphic Design, Ceramics/Sculpture, Clothing, Video/Audio, Mixed Media, etc.

Click here to submit your art:


Fur Peace Ranch: It Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This

Look out New Jersey here we come!

We are honored that our short documentary, Fur Peace Ranch: It Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This!, has been selected for a screening at the New Jersey Film Festival on Saturday, January 31, 2015!  Produced by our videographer, Andie Walla, the documentary follows students and instructors at the Fur Peace Ranch during our Pick-N-Putt Weekend held annually in mid-September.

Fur Peace Ranch: It Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This!

“Founded by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Hot Tuna guitarist Jorma Kaukonen, FPR is a place where music comes to life and musical fellowships flourish. Kaukonen and many other musicians teach weekend workshops and share their musical wisdom at the camp. This documentary is a glimpse into what Fur Peace Ranch is all about and explains why thousands keep coming back. 2014; Feature Length: 24 min.”

Below are two trailers to whet your appetite!

What: Fur Peace Ranch: It Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This!

When: Saturday January 31, 2015 at 7 PM

Where: Voorhees Hall, Rm #105 on the Rutgers University Campus, New Brunswick, NJ

General Admission: $10, Rutgers Students and Seniors Citizens $9, Rutgers Film COOP/NJMAC Friends $8.

Hot Fun in the Wintertime

FPR On The Road

Parts of the country have already experienced temperatures well below 0 degrees! Snow has already fallen in most of the country!  Surely, you’ve seen the pictures out of Buffalo where an astounding 7 feet of snow has already fallen.  Luckily, the impending “polar vortex” will miss San Diego once again, where the average daily temperature is in the 70s!

Don’t let those fingers freeze this winter!  Keep those fingers moving, improve your guitar playing and soak up some rays while learning from master musicians Jorma Kaukonen, G.E. Smith, and Larry Campbell.  San Diego’s perfect climate and the premier waterfront setting at The Dana on Mission Bay will be our home “On The Road”.

Fur Peace Ranch is On The Road for two weeks: February 2-6 and February 9-13, 2015!

February 02-06, 2015  Featuring Jorma Kaukonen and G.E. Smith

Jorma KaukonenJorma Kaukonen – Songwriting (All Levels):  Join Jorma as he shares his secrets to demystifying the creative process and opening the door to crafting great songs without being intimidated by the process.  Jorma will also mentor his students on how to keep their heart and ears open – always listening for the story that needs to be told.  Enroll Now!

G.E. SmithG.E. Smith – Leading the Way on Acoustic Guitar (Level 2/3):  This workshop will explore the basics of blues and rock guitar and will provide the tools for creating exciting, dynamic lead solos on acoustic guitar. You will learn the sound and form of acoustic guitar from its most elementary licks through improvisational blues and rock playing. Whether you are a new acoustic guitar enthusiast or experienced, this workshop will improve your playing and expand your knowledge of acoustic guitar.  Enroll Now!

February 09-13, 2015 Featuring Jorma Kaukonen and Larry Campbell

Jorma KaukonenJorma Kaukonen – Words Cannot Express (Level 2/3): When the guitar speaks on its own, the feeling and emotions evoked can be stronger than mere words can express. Especially when the guitar player is Jorma! In this workshop Jorma’s focus will be teaching his instrumentals (Embryonic Journey, Living In The Moment, Water Song, Mann’s Fate . . . ). These songs seem to come from his fingers and go straight to the listener’s heart. Proficient players, join us for this “speechless” experience. Enroll Now!

Larry CampbellLarry Campbell – Advanced Fingerstyle Guitar (Level 3): In this workshop Larry will explore and breakdown his own approach to fingerstyle guitar. He will detail the licks, runs, movable chord positions, bass lines, harmonies and complex fingerpicking patterns that have made Larry the skilled, well sought after musician he is today. You’ll be immersed in a variety of intermediate-to-advanced guitar skills and advance your playing level while adding style and nuance to any song you play.  Enroll Now!

Get all the FPR On The Road details here!