A grand and glorious time was had by all at this year’s Scene on the Strait at the Martinez Regional Shoreline in Martinez. Hundreds of art lovers enjoyed a beautiful sunny day, a wonderful park setting, and a bounty of plein air paintings by more than 20 of the top painters in Northern California who were there in person at the event. There was great music, great food and a wonderful relaxed feeling as people listened to a live band, feasted on Mexican food, and strolled among the artwork and chatted with the painters. And all of this occurred for a great cause—the Carquinez Regional Environmental Education Center which restores butterfly habit and then raises and releases Monarch butterflies into the wild. See you in 2015 for what promises to be another epic Scene on the Strait!
Scene on the Strait is one of the leading plein air art festivals in California. We welcome you to join us at the event, and here’s what you need to know when you come:
WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 9, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
WHERE: Martinez Regional Shoreline, Martinez
DIRECTIONS: On I-680 in Martinez, take the Marina Vista exit. Turn left on Marina Vista and follow it to Ferry Street in downtown Martinez. Turn right on Ferry Street into Martinez Regional Shoreline and watch for our signs.
PARTICIPATING ARTISTS WHO WILL BE PAINTING ON SITE THAT DAY:Rolando Barrero, Nikki Basch-Davis, Kathy Birdsong, Catherine Erickson, Loralee Chapleau, Connie Kirk, Attila Czigleny, Jack Garasky, Dana Hooper, Geri Keary, Micaela Marsden, JoAnn McMahon, Nancy Roberts, William Rushton, Robert Sandidge, Kerry Sorenson, Bryan Mark Taylor, Leslie Toms, Jerrold Turner, Gregory Vasgerdsian, Norma Webb and Sue Wilson.
ARTISTS WHO CANNOT BE THERE BUT WHO WILL BE SHOWING THEIR WORK: Kevin Courter, Suzanne D’Arcy, Randy Sexton and Mamie Walters.
SPECIAL FEATURES: Artists on site, painting and talking with patrons. Live model for painters to paint. Auctions. Fantastic prices. More than 100 pieces of “miniature art” (paintings no bigger than 64″ square), in addition to larger pieces.
FOOD AND DRINKS: Yes! Fine food and wine and beer available, as well as other beverages. Live music by the vocal group “One Mile.”
MISSION: The sale of paintings at Scene on the Strait supports the Carquinez Regional Environmental Education Center (CREEC), a nonprofit environmental group that employs underserved young people to restore habitat and raise Monarch butterflies for release into the Carquinez Strait area. Since the first Scene on the Strait in 1996, hundreds of thousands of dollars have been raised to help these young people and to help butterflies flourish again in what was once a huge butterfly area.
FACEBOOK: For the latest, most up-to-date information on Scene on the Strait, please visit us on Facebook (and “like” us). Click here to go to this page and see more pictures and learn more about the participating artists.
THANK YOU: Many thanks to our sponsors—Shell Oil Products, Contra Costa Newspapers, Southern Wine & Spirits and Tell Rentals—for their generous support of this event. Also, our incredible volunteers. Without them Scene on the Strait would not be possible.
In a previous post we showed you Nikki Basch-Davis’ painting from a few Scenes back, ‘Tuscany in Benicia.’ We liked it so much we decided to share two more by her: “Sour Grass” and “Trains.” Nikki is one of more than 20 top plein air painters who will be on hand in Martinez this August 9. Enjoy!
As part of our revival, coming back in 2014 after being away last year, Scene on the Strait has a new Facebook page. Jump on over there and like us and you will stay up to date on all the news leading up to the big day on August 9.
The August 9 Scene on the Strait will have a stellar lineup of plein air painters, perhaps our best roster ever. Here are the artists who are scheduled to appear and show their work:
Rolando Barrero, Nikki Basch-Davis, Kathy Birdsong, Kevin Courter, Catherine Erickson, Loralee Chapleau, Connie Kirk, Attila Cziglenyi, Jack Garasky, Dana Hooper, Geri Keary, Micaela Marsden, JoAnn McMahon, Douglas Morgan, Nancy Roberts, William Rushton, Robert Sandidge, Kerry Sorenson, Sue Wilson, Bryan Mark Taylor, Leslie Toms, Jerrold Turner, Gregory Vasgerdsian, Mamie Walters and Norma Webb.
What a lineup, eh? It’s enough to crow about! (Painting: “Bad Boy,” by Mamie Walters.)
A few years ago Nikki Basch-Davis painted our theme image, ‘Tuscany in Benicia,” shown here. Nikki will be at this year’s Scene on the Strait selling more of her beautiful paintings to benefit CREEC and its environmental programs.
Robert Sandidge is returning to Scene on the Strait in 2014, joining more than 20 other accomplished California plein air artists. Every year Scene on the Strait chooses a “theme” image for the event. and two years ago Sandidge painted our signature image, “Artist Palette,” shown here. We have yet to announce the 2014 signature image, but who knows? It might be another painting by Sandidge. Stay tuned for that announcement.
Jack Garasky, creator of “My Tuscan Dream No. 2,” shown above, made his debut at Scene on the Strait in 2011 and he will be back in 2014. Here are some thoughts about art from Jack, who will not only be showing his work at the event, he will be there in person to talk about it as well.
“Despite having loved art throughout my life,” he says, “I’ve managed to evade a traditional formal arts education. Now, later in my life, I’ve found myself attracted to painting and drawing more strongly than at any time before. So, in that sense, I suppose you’d call me a late bloomer. I’m primarily an oil painter of landscapes, cityscapes, and representational pieces,” he adds.
If you’d like to see more of Jack’s work, go to his splendid website, or better still, come to Scene on the Strait and see his splendid paintings and meet him in person. In the meantime, here are two more Garasky works (admittedly, presented too small here) upon which to feast your eyes.
Plein air art festival, Aug. 9, 10 am-5 pm, Martinez Regional Shoreline