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!
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.
It’s official: We’re back! After a one-year hiatus, Scene on the Strait will return Saturday, Aug. 9, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Martinez Regional Shoreline in Martinez, Calif.
We’re very excited. We have some new features and wrinkles this year, and we think it’s going to be our best show ever. Look to this space for more news and information as we move closer to the event.
Please enjoy these scenes from the 2011 Scene on the Strait. We’re looking forward to creating similar scenes at this year’s event on August 9 in Martinez.
An art patron buys a painting from Scene on the Strait Volunteer Pat Hicks.
Painter Mamie Walters.
Another painter that year was Sandra Lo, admired by a friend and a canine connoisseur of art. Continue reading
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.
Jerrold Turner is one of the Bay Area’s most admired plein air painters. Describing himself as “a modernist plein air painter,” he will be showing his works and painting on site at the 2014 Scene on the Strait art festival on Saturday, Aug. 9 at the Martinez Waterfront in Martinez. Beginning with “Orange Sheds, Mare Island,” the event’s showcase image from several years ago, here are a few of his paintings:
“Orange Sheds, Mare Island”
The artist, Jerry Turner, at leisure