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.