Scene on the Strait

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Scene on the Strait closes down after 20 successful years, raising $500,000 for environment and youth programs

Dave Hicks, the director of Scene on the Strait, and the Board of Directors have announced that this year’s art festival was its last. Here is Dave’s statement on why the event will be no more:

“Following its disappointing 20th anniversary show and sale, the CREEC Board elected to allow the Scene On The Strait to permanently retire. Not an easy decision, but a necessary one. For the first time in 20 years the show lost significant money, a death knell to a small nonprofit. Whether it was the simple lack of sales, the absence of major patrons, the unnecessary restrictions placed by the Park District, the drop in the median pricepoint of paintings, the higher cost of mounting the show or a couple of unfortunate technical glitches, who knows—all or any combination of factors But maybe, just maybe it was the onset of plain old event fatigue.

However, let’s not start hanging crepe. The Scene On The Strait was. by all measures, a successful if risky undertaking. In its 20 years of existence it raised over a half million dollars of which 97 percent went directly to employment of over 225 underserved youth who restored over 7 acres of wildlife habitat on public lands. No small feat that. Those numbers, not this year’s failure, will remain the SOS legacy.

So, here’s a major shoutout to the artists, volunteers, CREEC directors and art patrons who for all or part of 20 years contributed mightily to a worthy cause and one helleva good art show. Farewell…”

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.

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.

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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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

Now Making the Scene: Jack Garasky


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.


 


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