The Creamery in Bodega was shut down during
World War II along with most other coastal Dairies. William
"Bill" Morehouse bought the creamery in 1970, spending that first Summer
hauling machinery and junk out of the building. His work had just
been exhibited in the first Funk exhibition at the University Art Museum
at Berkeley along with several fellow Creamery Artists.
"The San Francisco Bay Area, home of
the topless café, nitty-gritty sound and the Haight-Ashbury hippie
heaven, has now produced its own sculpture.
Its name: funk art, which is defined by Berkeley's University
Art Museum Director Peter Selz as being 'hot rather than cool, committed
rather than disengaged, bizarre rather than formal, sensuous and
frequently quite ugly.' The spirit behind it? 'A go-to-hell attitude,"'says Selz, that typifies Bay Area artists because they have been "'so
totally rejected, or at least ignored.'"
from Up with Funk article Friday, May. 05, 1967 Time Magazine
Other artists came to visit or live at the
Creamery including Wally Hedrick, Richard "Dick" Faralla, Peter Forakis,
Carlos Villa, Michele Morehouse, David Hamilton, Donna Lee Phillips,
William "Bill" Wheeler, Christo and Jeanne Claude, William "Bill" Geis,
art critic/collectors - Dorothy and Herbert "Herbie" Vogel, art critic
Peter Frank and many more.
Wally Hedrick "Left Hand"
Wally Hedrick, Black Painting "III Vietnam Series" 24" x 20 "
William Morehouse, "#9" 1965 14 x 19 X 6