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10th Anniversary Celebration for SCAPE - Art & Music Festival Honoring Marcia Burtt

Enjoy nature, music and art. View & purchase landscape, portrait and figurative paintings by SCAPE artists along Mission Creek. Artists donate 40% of each sale to Phoenix of SB, a non-profit mental health agency, and its creek restoration program.

May 14, 2012 - PRLog -- (Santa Barbara, CA)  More than 200 works of art will be on display from nearly 100 members of Southern California Artists Painting for the Environment - SCAPE - and for sale during the three-day ART ALONG THE CREEK this Memorial Day Weekend.  Complemented by live music from a variety of small bands on a private estate in Santa Barbara nestled in the woods along Mission Creek, it’s only a block away from the majestic Santa Barbara Mission. This is the 5th annual juried art show for the group known primarily for top quality plein air landscapes, but this wide-ranging show includes portraits and figurative art, still life and florals, and contemporary, surreal, and abstract art as well.  40% of each purchase is tax deductible as it goes to the creek restoration project of Phoenix House, a non-profit, residential mental health treatment agency. Art Along the Creek is a free, dog-friendly festival and opens on Saturday, May 26 from 2 – 6 pm, Sunday & Monday show hours are 11 am to 6 pm.  Located at 37 Mountain Drive, this is one of two locations for Phoenix in Santa Barbara.  For information call Phoenix at (805) 965.3434 or log on http://www.s-c-a-p-e.org/.

“Honoring Marcia Burtt was an easy choice for the board,” said Leigh Sparks, board member and co-chair of the event with artist John Rindlaub. Sparks stated, “Marcia was a key founding member of SCAPE in 2002 and has continued to be steadfast supporter in our mission of uniting all artists in mutual support of each other and preserving our local environment. Marcia Burtt's solid artistic endeavors and light filled iconic images of our California coastline and rural landscapes celebrate what is so important in saving our environment.”  Burtt won last year’s Beneficiary’s Choice for her work titled, “Late Sun.”  This year the postcard for the show is one of her paintings as well, titled “Spring Sky.” (Image available upon request).
When told of SCAPE’s choice to honor her for the 10th Anniversary, Marcia Burtt replied saying, "SCAPE's success is due to many people who have worked long hours over the course of the last ten years. I was able to kindle an idea that has powered many fine works of art and given a great deal to local organizations, but since then I've stood back and watched admiringly as others guided the group's progress. It's an honor to be singled out at SCAPE's 10th anniversary, but you all have done the work."  

All are welcome to attend the reception & award ceremony to take place on Sunday, May 27 from 2 – 4 p.m.   Awards are given in six categories: Beneficiary’s Choice; Landscape; Portrait/Figure/Still Life; Abstract/Surreal/Contemporary; Urban Landscape/ Architectural; and the People’s Choice. Jurist for this year’s show is professional artist and renowned art instructor Rick Stich who will make his choices as the artists arrive on Saturday morning, so that when it opens at 2 p.m. all award ribbons will be in place.

Last year’s honoree was the beloved comedian and artist, Jonathan Winters presented with the “Spirit Award” for his courage, humor and creativity he has shown coping with and transcending his own psychiatric challenges. When asked by his daughter, Lucinda Winters if he finds art therapeutic, Mr. Winters said emphatically, “Yes! It’s a form of expression, whether good or bad (that) gives some indication as to what you’re all about – your highs, your lows – how you view the world.”  

Through the decade, the non-profits SCAPE has helped raise money for are Environmental Defense Center, Community Environmental Council, the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, UCSB’s Sedgwick Reserve, Coal Oil Point Reserve, Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation, the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Phoenix Santa Barbara and Channelkeeper.  To date, more than $100,000 has been raised for our local organizations through the end of 2011.
Enjoy the ambiance under sun-dappled oaks, and among vibrant colorful works of art, while enjoying the sounds of live music with artists, art patrons, environmentalists, and families celebrating Memorial Day.  Among the artists exhibiting are: Cheryl Ambrecht, Jamee Aubrey, Susan Belloni, Cynthia Burt, Anna Campbell, Carol Carbine, Donald Crocker, Sharon Dal Pozzo, Patty Doyle, Deborah Ferguson, Jane Frederick, Carrie Givens, Morgan Green, Holli Harmon, Sally Hamilton, Jeremy Harper, Blair Harper, Kerri Hedden, Erika Hill, Larry Iwerks, Tom Keenan, Lori Lenz, Filiberto Lomeli, Cree Mann, Jerry Martin, Donna Moser, Linda Mutti, Dorothy Nalls, Laurel Mines, Margaret Nadeau, Roberta Nielsen, Mirilla Olsen, Marjorie Palonen, Steve Richardson, John Rindlaub, John Robattam, Bob Rowley, Ann Sanders, Sharron Schock, Kim Snyder, Leigh Sparks, B.J. Stapen, Rebecca Stebbins, J.T. Turner, Dorene White, Erin Williams, Natalie Wilson, and Michelle Zuzalec. Go to http://www.s-c-a-p-e.org/members.html to see websites for most of the artists here.
Musicians playing throughout the weekend include: Doug Giordani, the singing gardener, Glendessary Jam,  Larrry* and the Ocean All-Stars, The Honeysuckle Possums, The Grateful Dudes, an hour of music written by Pat Milliken, played by his friends for "Pat Milliken Hour," and more.    *the third ‘r’ is silent
Plan a get-away weekend in Santa Barbara for a weekend full of art to feed your soul and senses.  Be sure to take in “I Madonnari” Italian chalk art festival in the parking lot in front of the Queen of the Missions – Santa Barbara – as it’s only a block away and run concurrently to the SCAPE show now in its 26th year. Enjoy the temporary art installation there, then, look for SCAPE artists across the road on the Rose Garden lawn in the process of creating new works – have a chat and then walk a block to Mountain Drive, turn right and look for the show signs.  Free parking for the show will be available nearby at Rockwood Women’s Club and on the streets.  Best Bet: Plan to carpool, take the MTD bus, a taxi or pedi-cab.
SCAPE holds workshops throughout the year, does three public exhibitions and once a month “Paint-Outs” are organized at environmentally prized locations throughout Santa Barbara County. New members are always welcome to join.  Look on the website for membership details and costs. The goals of SCAPE are to promote camaraderie and provide opportunities for exhibition and education among outdoor painters, to raise money to protect open spaces, and to increase public awareness of environmental and conservation issues. SCAPE also provides opportunities for paint-outs and workshops with nationally known artists. Exciting exhibits and sales in collaboration with various environmentally conscious organizations are planned such as the Environmental Defense Center, Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, Land Trust for Santa Barbara County, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, the Audubon Society, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and the Community Environmental Council (CEC) to name but a few.

Thanks to the Art Along the Creek committee: Leigh Sparks, John Rindlaub (co-chairs) Bob Rowley, Filiberto Lomeli, Jerry Martin, J.T. Turner and Donna Moser.  If you’re on Facebook, we are too -- like our page and stay informed.  http://www.facebook.com/SCAPE.org

Photos & Images of art available upon request

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