Scene on the Strait

The art festival that helps kids and the environment

It’s a wrap! 2016 Scene on the Strait is a fabulous day

Great art, great people, a fabulous day! That is the headline for the 2016 Scene on the Strait art festival, which took place Saturday, August 13 and attracted hundreds of art patrons who enjoyed wonderful art, met and chatted with the 20 artists who were on site, listened to live music, and helped raise money for the CREEC environmental organization. Here are a few scenes from the event. See you next year!

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Scene on the Strait 2016: All the facts you need to know

Scene on the Strait is one of the best art festivals in the Bay Area and California, showcasing the work of some of the finest plein air or landscape painters anywhere. About 20 artists will be at the festival to chat with people in a relaxed, friendly and informal atmosphere.

We welcome you to join us at the event, and here’s what you need to know when you come:

WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 13, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE: Martinez Regional Shoreline, Martinez. It’s a beautiful parkland setting on the shores of the Carquinez Strait.

DIRECTIONS: If you’re coming from the south (Walnut Creek area), take I-680 to Martinez and 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. If you’re coming from the north (Benicia area), take the Marina Vista exit and follow the same directions to the shoreline.

ADMISSION: Free

PARKING: Free

"Dancer," by Robert Sandige, this year's signature painting for Scene on the Strait.

“Dancer,” by Robert Sandige, this year’s signature painting for Scene on the Strait.

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS WHO ARE PLANNING TO BE ON SITE THAT DAY: Rolando Barrero, Loralee Chapleau, David Casterson, Catherine Erickson, Mary Fassbinder, Philippe Gandiol, Jack Garasky, Geri Keary, Susan Kendall, Micaela Marsden, Chris Newhard, Teresa Onoda, Sandy Ostrau, Nancy Roberts, Wendy Rogers, Robert Sandidge, Joanne Uomini, Gregory Vasgerdsian, and Norma Webb.

ARTISTS WHO CANNOT BE THERE IN PERSON BUT WHO WILL BE SHOWING THEIR WORK: Mary Lou Correia, Kevin Courter and Mamie Walters.

SPECIAL FEATURES: In addition to the presence of the artists themselves, some will be painting on site and there may be a live model for them to paint. Special auctions offer fantastic prices on art. There will also be a special section devoted to “miniatures”—paintings that are no bigger than 64-inches square. All the artists listed above, including those who will not be there in person, will be showing their miniatures. These can sometimes be purchased for excellent prices too.

FOOD AND DRINKS: Yes! A Mexican food truck will be on hand. Bottled water and soft drinks will be sold. There will be no beer or wine sold at the event. Live music will be provided by the popular audience favorite, One Mile Band.

A WORD ABOUT THE WEATHER: It’s usually sunny and warm on the day of the event, so wear a hat and dress in light summer clothing. There are tent canopies that provide shade and many shade trees in the area, and plenty of benches and places to sit. It’s a comfortable place to stroll, look at art, and talk to people.

A scene from a past Scene on the Strait.

A scene from a past Scene on the Strait.

OUR 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 work at its greenhouse in Crockett and 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. Art purchases are partly tax deductible.

FACEBOOK: For more information on Scene on the Strait, please visit us on Facebook. Click here to go to this page and see more pictures and learn more about the participating artists.

A HUGE THANK YOU: Many thanks to our sponsors: Shell Oil and C&H Sugar Crockett. Without their generous contributions, Scene on the Strait would not be possible.

ANOTHER HUGE THANK YOU: To our incredible volunteers. Our volunteers make all of this possible.

GUARANTEED: A good time. Come on out Aug. 13 and support the arts and the environment in a gorgeous parkland setting near the water.

Scene on the Strait art festival Aug. 13 in Martinez

reliableairstreamThe 20th annual Scene on the Strait, the art festival that helps kids help the environment, will take place Saturday, August 13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the beautiful Martinez Regional Shoreline in Martinez, Calif.

Begun in 1995, Scene on the Strait is a benefit for the Carquinez Regional Environmental Education Center (CREEC), which employs underserved teens and young people to work at a nursery and restore endangered Monarch butterfly habitat along the Carquinez Strait.fp09

Over the years Scene on the Strait has become a premiere Northern California showcase for plein air art, featuring some of the best landscape painters in the state. The 2016 roster of artists includes:

Rolando Barrero, Nikki Basch-Davis, Loralee Chapleau, David Casterson, Mary Lou Correia, Kevin Courter, Suzanne D’Arcy, Catherine Erickson, Mary Fassbinder, Philippe Gandiol, Jack Garasky, Geri Keary, Susan Kendall, Micaela Marsden, Chris Newhard, Teresa Onoda, Sandy Ostrau, Nancy Roberts, Wendy Rogers, Robert Sandidge, Joanne Uomini, Gregory Vasgerdsian, Mamie Walters and Norma Webb.

There will be auctions and a special sale of miniature paintings. The One Mile Band will play music favorites, and a food truck will offer authentic Mexican food. Youths from CREEC will display and have for sale some of the native California plants they grow at the Crockett nursery.

The sale of art at Scene on the Strait has raised tens of thousand of dollars for CREEC and helped provide the funds for the first paychecks some of these boys and girls have ever earned. Art purchases are partly tax deductible.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAScene on the Strait is made possible with the help of our incredible volunteers and sponsors: C&H Sugar Crockett, Shell Oil, Conoco Phillips, Allied Waste Services, Southern Wine & Spirits, Contra Costa Newspapers, CMCS/Central Valley Party and the One Mile Band.

Parking and admission are free. Martinez Regional Shoreline is on Ferry Street in Martinez. See Scene on the Strait’s Facebook page or SceneOnTheStrait.org for more.

Working together: Kids, CREEC and Scene on the Strait

Scene on the Strait is the art festival that helps kids help the environment. The kids work for CREEC—Carquinez Regional Environmental Education Center—learning work skills and work habits while doing planting and other jobs at the CREEC greenhouse in Crockett. The work they do includes growing milkweed, which is a native California plant that Monarch butterflies love. By cultivating and later planting the milkweed along the Carquinez Strait, one of CREEC’s goals is to encourage the return of butterflies to the area.

The proceeds of Scene on the Strait go to support these kids, who are mainly teenagers, and help them learn valuable pre-employment job skills. Everybody wins, including the butterflies, because of the work of these kids. Here are some recent pictures of scenes around the CREEC greenhouse:

Raking out the weeds along one side of the CREEC greenhouse.

Raking out the weeds along one side of the CREEC greenhouse.

One of the jobs the kids do is weeding the pots so the milkweed and other plants will grow better.

One of the jobs the kids do is weeding the pots so the milkweed and other plants will grow better.

Trees and plants inside the greenhouse.

Trees and plants inside the greenhouse.

A piece of milkweed that Monarch butterflies adore.

A piece of milkweed that Monarch butterflies adore.

Scene on Strait returns Aug. 13

It’s official! The 2016 Scene on the Strait, the art festival that helps kids and the environment, will be held Saturday, August 13 at the Martinez Regional Shoreline in Martinez. It is our 20th annual Scene. Check back for more details coming soon!

Everything you need to know about the 2015 Scene on the Strait

Scene on the Strait is one of California’s leading plein air art festivals. It showcases the work of some of the best landscape painters in the state. Not only that, many artists will be on hand to chat with people in a relaxed, informal atmosphere.

We welcome you to join us at the event, and here’s what you need to know when you come:

WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 8, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

WHERE: Martinez Regional Shoreline, Martinez. A beautiful parkland setting close to the shores of the Carquinez Strait.

DIRECTIONS: If you’re coming from the south (Walnut Creek area), take I-680 to Martinez and 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. If you’re coming from the north (Benicia area), the Marina Vista exit may be temporarily closed due to highway repairs. In this case take the Pacheco Boulevard exit and head back to Martinez.

ADMISSION: Free

PARKING: Free

At the Water's Edge, by Rolando Barrero, one of our artists.

At the Water’s Edge, by Rolando Barrero, one of our artists.

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS WHO ARE SCHEDULED TO BE ON SITE THAT DAY: Rolando Barrero, Loralee Chapleau, Suzanne D’Arcy, Erin Dertner, Don Eagling, Catherine Erickson, Mary Fassbinder, John Finger, Jack Garasky, Geri Keary, Micaela Marsden, Chris Newhard, Teresa Onoda, Nancy Roberts, Wendy Rogers, Robert Sandidge, Tom Taneyhill, Gregory Vasgerdsian and Norma Webb.

ARTISTS WHO CANNOT BE THERE IN PERSON BUT WHO WILL BE SHOWING THEIR WORK: Nikki Basch-Davis, Kevin Courter, Timothy Horn, Bryan Mark Taylor and Jerrold Turner.

SPECIAL FEATURES: Nearly 20 artists on site, talking with patrons in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. There may be a live model present for those painters who wish to paint. Special auctions offer fantastic prices. In addition to the many larger pieces, more than 100 pieces of “miniature art” (paintings no bigger than 64″ square) will be on sale. All the artists participating in the show, including those who will not be there in person, will be showing their miniatures.

FOOD AND DRINKS: Yes! Authentic Mexican food will be available, as will wine, beer and other beverages. Live music will be provided by last year’s hit with audiences, One Mile Band.

OUR 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.

A painting by Tim Horn, one of the artists who will be showing miniatures.

A painting by Tim Horn, one of the artists who will be showing miniatures.

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.

A HUGE THANK YOU: Many thanks to our sponsors: Shell Oil, Conoco Phillips, Allied Waste Services, Southern Wine & Spirits, Contra Costa Newspapers, CMCS/Central Valley Party and One Mile Band. Please support them because without their generous contributions, Scene on the Strait would not be possible.

ANOTHER HUGE THANK YOU: To our incredible volunteers. Ditto what we said about our sponsors. Our volunteers make all of this possible.

GUARANTEED: A good time. Come on out Aug. 8 and support the arts and the environment in a gorgeous parkland setting near the water.

Scene on the Strait art festival returns Aug. 8: Meet the artists, help save butterflies

Scene on the Strait, an art festival that gives a lift to both young people and the environment, will take place Saturday, August 8, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Martinez Regional Shoreline in Martinez, Calif.

The 19th annual festival, one of the most popular events on the Northern California art calendar, is a premiere showcase for landscape or “plein air” painting. Some of the best-known plein air artists in California (including Jerry Turner, pictured below at left, at last year’s event) show their work and talk to art lovers from around the state.

Jerry Turner

Scene on the Strait is the chief fundraising event for the Carquinez Regional Environmental Education Center (CREEC), a nonprofit organization founded in 1995 whose mission is to restore butterfly habitat along the Carquinez Strait. The sale of art at the festival has raised tens of thousands of dollars over the years, enabling CREEC to employ disadvantaged youths to restore natural habit along the Carquinez Strait and release countless Monarch butterflies into the wild.

Last year’s Scene attracted hundreds of art lovers whose art purchases helped fund CREEC’s nature programs. Many of the artists who show their work also attend the event, chatting with people and perhaps even giving demonstrations of their painting techniques. Live music and gourmet food are always part of the event, as are special auctions and a display and sale of unique “miniature” paintings that are a hit with both the artists and art patrons.

Among the artists participating in this year’s event are: Rolando Barrero, Loralee Chapleau, Suzanne D’Arcy, Erin Dertner, Don Eagling, Catherine Erickson, Mary Fassbinder, John Finger, Jack Garasky, Geri Keary, Micaela Marsden, Chris Newhard, Teresa Onoda, Nancy Roberts, Wendy Rogers, Robert Sandidge, Tom Taneyhill, Gregory Vangerdsian and Norma Webb.

Parking and admission are free. Martinez Regional Shoreline is on Ferry Street in Martinez. Please visit Scene on the Strait’s Facebook page for more news and information.

Another big success. See you in 2015!

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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!

Two more from Nikki

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!KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

 

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Screen Shot 2014-04-10 at 10.50.19 AMAs 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.

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