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We're converting a 1940's Tugboat into an artist studio/living space + popup dinner/concert space! + Month long Artist Residency!

Why we need your help: 
We've found the perfect artist and gathering space in a historical 1940's tugboat, but regulations are requiring that we haul the boat out by July 23rd or else it will be condemned.  The boat was used in the Bay during World War 2, then as a ferry in Lake Merritt, finally making it's home in the Berkeley Marina for the past 40 years!  We can't let it go to scraps!

 Our Goals:

1. Create a Floating Retreat for Artists
2. Save the Solonia from the ship graveyard by July 23rd.
3. Support our first artist in residency for a month aboard the Solonia with a $250 stipend. THAT COULD BE YOU!

*Have a Kickstarter project? Start it, work on it, finish it here!

Help save the Solonia and treat yourself to an amazing getaway:
We want you to stay on the Solonia for an amazing getaway, or creative retreat. Support our cause and receive a stay on the tugboat ranging from it's use for an evening event to a month long stay!  The cozy tugboat has a full size bed and a twin bed, a kitchen with a refrigerator, stove top, toaster oven, sink and counter space.  It has a bathroom with a sink, toilet and a shower with hot water.  It's the perfect relaxing getaway.  

How to help!
1. Make a donation!
2. Share this with your friends and family
3. Apply for the artist residency by sending your project proposal to info@solyogatrips.com
4. Suggest the residency to your artist friends!

The Solonia (the artist loft):
The Solonia is the perfect place for finding artistic inspiration. Come here to write music, or finally start that novel you've been dreaming about. Turn the entire bottom floor into your painting studio with the best light in the world. The Solonia has been inspiring people for decades and we want to continue to share it's magic. With a separate sleeping space upstairs a full kitchen, a bathroom, stained glass windows, it is the perfect place for a weekend of inspiration or a month of artistic exploration!

SobreAgua (the restaurant/concert space):  What could be more important than creating a cozy space to celebrate food, art and music with your community?  In all my travels and endeavors to make the world a better place I keep being the most inspired by food, music and art.   

We will host delicious pop-up cafes, brunches and dinners with the aim of inspiring people to pay more attention to their relationship with food.

We will fuse these nights with small concerts like npr's tiny desk concerts!  

Artist Residency:
Come spend a month on the Solonia finishing an album, starting your first novel, writing a cookbook, painting like you've always dreamed of or any other creative pursuit!  We'll give you a $250 stipend and help connect you with local artists.  Unlike most residencies, ours is more about the creativity that comes from seclusion rather than immersion.

Apply by sumbitting your project proposal to info@solyogatrips.com   

Sea Shanty Gathering
Sea Shanty Gathering
Bedroom by Jana Carrey
Bedroom by Jana Carrey

A little backstory:

How we found the boat:  I was traveling through Panama after a rough patch in my life, looking for change.  I found a project called Earth Train and 2 days after I decided to move to Oakland, CA on a whim, the founder of Earth Train asked me if I wanted his boat that was parked in the Berkeley Marina and I said yes. 

The first time I walked in the boat I made a promise to keep following that gut feeling because what I saw was a magical hideaway rocking back and forth.  I felt like Peter Pan in Neverland.  I wasn't sure whether I should swing on the rafters or write a thoughtful letter with ink.  The atmosphere was enchanting.  

The beginning of 2011 was all about following my gut.  Traveling to Panama, visiting Earth Train, saying yes to things because it just felt right.  2012 will start off in the same manner, following my gut, and this time it's telling me that this cozy old tugboat is the perfect host for long dinners on the water, cooking classes at sunset and Sunday brunches with local chefs. 

“Neverland is always more or less an island, with astonishing splashes of colour here and there, and coral reefs and rakish-looking craft in the offing, and savages and lonely lairs, and gnomes who are mostly tailors, and caves through which a river runs…”


What we need:

~ Haul out with cleaning - $3250
~ Tow to Sausalito = $1000
~ Paint and Sanding Supplies = $1000
~ Outboard Motor Rental = $250 
~ Time out of water = $500
~ Fees 10% = 600

Estimated Total = $6600

Guest Chef Dinner with Eva Tuschman
Guest Chef Dinner with Eva Tuschman

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