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.
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.
A piece of milkweed that Monarch butterflies adore.
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
As noted in other posts, we dedicated the 2010 Scene to Pam Glover, seen above, who was a founding painter and major friend of the event.
Pam, who died in April, 2010, after 86 years of making wonderful art, was well-known around the Bay Area and California as a painter and teacher of art. We knew her best as a warm and generous friend and supporter.
Jennifer Mondenessi of the Contra Costa Times wrote a sterling piece on Pam, talking about how her “colorful works captured the Bay Area’s diverse landscape and sparked the imaginations of the many students she taught during her years as an instructor at the Orinda Community Center.”
One of Pam’s many contributions to the Northern California art scene was her support of Scene on the Strait, and she was with us from the beginning. She appeared many years at Scene on the Strait, painting landscapes on site to the delight of spectators and selling many of her paintings as well. All the artists who appear at Scene on the Strait donate a portion of the sale of their art to support the Carquinez Enviromental Education Center and our environmental programs to restore butterfly habitat along the Carquinez Strait.
Here are two reminders of the grand legacy Pam left us: “Springtime,” and “Happy House, Martinez.”