Scene on the Strait

The art festival that helps kids and the environment

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.

Roster of artists announced for 2014 Scene on the Strait

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.)Bad Boy

 

‘Tuscany in Benicia,’ by Nikki Basch-Davis

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.Tuscany in Benicia (13th st

Robert Sandidge returns to 2014 Scene on the Strait

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.Artist Palette

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