Scene on the Strait

The art festival that helps kids and the environment

Tag: plein air art

It’s a wrap! 2016 Scene on the Strait is a fabulous day

Great art, great people, a fabulous day! That is the headline for the 2016 Scene on the Strait art festival, which took place Saturday, August 13 and attracted hundreds of art patrons who enjoyed wonderful art, met and chatted with the 20 artists who were on site, listened to live music, and helped raise money for the CREEC environmental organization. Here are a few scenes from the event. See you next year!





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.



"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.


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 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.

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