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Memorial Day Weekend Three-Day Art & Music Festival
Art al fresco is the over-lapping theme on Memorial Day weekend in Santa Barbara. Artists of many and varied styles converge to be part of SCAPE’s juried show with more than 200 works for sale. (I Madonnari, the Italian chalk festival @ the S.B. Mission runs concurrently only a block away). Plan to stop by and buy a piece of art from SCAPE’s most wide-ranging show of the year. 40% of all art sold gets donated to Phoenix for its’ creek restoration project. Dog friendly with lots of shade and live music.
(Santa Barbara, CA) More than 200 works of art will be on exhibit and for sale from nearly 150 members of Southern California Artists Painting for the Environment – known simply as SCAPE - during the three-day ART ALONG THE CREEK: Restoring Lands, Restoring Lives this Memorial Day Weekend (5/23-25). Complemented by live music from a variety of small bands nestled in the woods along Mission Creek, across from Rocky Nook Park, it’s only a block away from the majestic Santa Barbara Mission. This is the 8th annual juried art show for the SCAPE group known primarily for top quality plein air landscapes. At this show one will find a wide-range of art styles for sale: still life and floral, portraits and figurative art, along with contemporary, surreal, mixed mediums, outsider and abstract art as well. 40% of each purchase supports the creek restoration project of Phoenix, a non-profit, residential mental health treatment agency. Art Along the Creek is a free, dog-friendly art & music festival that runs for three days.
Opening on Saturday, May 23, from 2 – 6 pm, Sunday & Monday hours are 11am – 6 pm. Located at 37 Mountain Drive, at the corner of Mission Canyon Dr.
For information call Call (805) 687-7123 or log on to www.s-c-a-p-e.org
J.T. Turner, Executive Director of Phoenix Santa Barbara, who is also an abstract artist, affirmed, "We really appreciate SCAPE sponsoring this annual art show; it is not only a fundraiser for us, but a way for the public to buy excellent art at great prices, and for them to learn about how we are good stewards of the local ecology, and are doing great work in the area of psychiatric rehabilitation."
This year’s honored artist Don Crocker will be feted at this time. A founding member of SCAPE, this Rolling Hills resident’s work has been shown at various galleries up and down the California Coast. He is also the author of two books. Don’s love of nature and the night sky have been lifelong interests and were captured in a highly regarded exhibit at the Palos Verdes Art Center last year “Colors of Twilight, The Nocturnal Landscapes.” Upon learning he was going to be the honored artist, Don humbly replied, “It would be a great honor. We have so many excellent outdoor artists in SCAPE, that our shows are always inspiring being focused on depicting and helping to preserve the natural beauty of this and many other areas. I worked with the original group founding SCAPE 14 years ago under the leadership of Marsha Burtt and since I was an attorney I could be helpful.” After 40 successful years in legal and crisis management, Don approached painting as his next career, not as a hobby. He is an Artist Member of the California Art Club as well as Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society. Take a moment to look at his website: www.DonCrockerPleinAirArt.com.
All are welcome to attend the reception & award ceremony to take place on Sunday, May 24 from 1:30 – 3 p.m.
Awards are given in seven categories: Figurative, Abstract, Landscape, Still Life, Beneficiary’s Choice, Mayor’s Choice and the People’s Choice. Jurist for this year’s show is Tom Henderson who will choose art for the show as the artists arrive on Saturday morning (9 – 11am) for the ingathering, so when the show opens at 2 p.m. most award ribbons will be in place, save for the People’s Choice and Mayor’s Choice. (http://tomhendersonart.com/biopage.html) John Rindlaub, a SCAPE Board member and artist said of the Henderson, “He is represented by the prestigious Easton Gallery of Montecito, has been a guest artist in Oak Group shows, and has been a popular teacher at Adult Ed for nearly twenty years.” He will be there on Sunday to present the awards as well.
Through the dozen plus years, the non-profits SCAPE has helped raise money for include: Environmental Defense Center, Community Environmental Council, the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, UCSB’s Sedgwick Reserve, Coal Oil Point Reserve, Phoenix Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation, Santa Barbara County Parks, the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County, Gaviota Coast Conservancy, Naples Coalition, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Phoenix Santa Barbara Creek Habitat Restoration and Channelkeeper. To date, more than $150,000 has been raised for our local non-profit organizations through the end of 2014.
Among the artists exhibiting are: Cheryl Ambrecht, Jamee Aubrey, Susan Belloni, Cynthia Burt, Anna Campbell, Carol Carbine, Donald Crocker, Sharon Dal Pozzo, Patty Doyle, Deborah Ferguson, Carrie Givens, Morgan Green, Holli Harmon, Sally Hamilton, Jeremy Harper, Blair Harper, Wyllis Heaton, Kerri Hedden, Erika Hill, Jane Hurd, Larry Iwerks, Tom Keenan, Lori Lenz, Filiberto Lomeli, Cree Mann, Jerry Martin, Donna Moser, Linda Mutti, Laurel Mines, Margaret Nadeau, Roberta Nielsen, Mirilla Olsen, Steve Richardson, Meg Ricks, John Rindlaub, John Robattam, Bob Rowley, Cathy Runkle, Ann Sanders, Sharron Schock, Kim Snyder, Leigh Sparks, B.J. Stapen, Rebecca Stebbins, J.T. Turner, Dorene White, Natalie Wilson, and Michelle Zuzalec.
Go to http://www.s-c-a-p-e.org/members.html to find websites for most of the artists to be included in the show.
Musicians playing throughout the weekend include returning favorites - Glendessary Jam, Larrry* and the Ocean All-Stars (*the third ‘r’ is silent – and his songs are funny too), Chucumite, Cool and the Twang, and The Honeysuckle Possums. Also in the line up are two wonderful family combos: Mother/daughter Susan & Sierra Reeves, and Father/daughter Greg and Anika.
This will be the second year the “Bite Sized Art” will be available – canvases are 8”x8” and will retail for $95. “It’s a wonderful way to begin an art collection because everybody has room for a small piece of original art,” said Exhibit Chair for SCAPE Jane Hurd. The ‘Bite Sized Art’ will be at the end of the driveway where well-known local mosaic artist Dan Chrynko’s studio is located and he’ll be doing a demonstration on his artistic process. This years raffle prize will be original art created on the spot by John Rindlaub – who will be at the entrance to the show, so you can watch him work.
Immerse yourself in art and plan a get-away in Santa Barbara for a
weekend full enough to feed your soul and senses. The long running “I Madonnari” Italian chalk art festival now in its 29th year takes place in front of the iconic Santa Barbara Mission and is only a block away from SCAPE’s show – they run concurrently. Enjoy the temporary art installation there, then, walk a block to Mountain Drive, and look for the art show signs. Here’s where you can find art to take home with you. Dogs are welcome to Art Along the Creek. Parking for the show is available on the streets in and around the area. Best Bet: Plan to carpool, take theMTD bus, a taxi or pedi-cab. BIG thanks to the Art Along the Creek committee.
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PLEASE NOTE: Photos & Images of art available upon request
Seeking interview interest for Featured Artist: Don Crocker
About SCAPE: SCAPE, which stands for Southern California Artists Painting for the Environment, was founded in 2002 and has grown to nearly 200 members, comprising of a diverse group including nationally known and local artists, students, patrons and even gallery owners. Membership is open to everyone who wants to participate. SCAPE’s goals are to have exhibitions to help raise money to protect open spaces, to increase public awareness of environmental and conservation issues, to promote camaraderie and provide education for artists. SCAPE has three or four juried exhibits every year. Membership is open year-round.
Call (805) 687-7123 for info or www.s-c-a-p-e.org.
ABOUT PHOENIX: Phoenix of Santa Barbara provides a range of mental health recovery-oriented services, with the goal of helping individuals and families cope and thrive in the face of a variety of psychiatric and substance abuse conditions. It recently celebrated 40 years of providing services and education about the full range of psychiatric challenges for the 21st century. Phoenix provides creative and innovative residential and outpatient services to rehabilitate and provide care to adults diagnosed with psychiatric and addictive disorders with a focus on encouraging clients to participate actively in their own recovery.
Call (805) 965-3434 or go to: www.phoenixsb.org