The Plein Air Scene

by Sarah Beserra


Scene on the Strait

The Third Annual Scene on the Strait is scheduled for the weekend of August 14 and 15, 1999 at the Martinez Regional Shoreline Park. Sixteen plein air painters will set up their easels on the shores of the Strait to paint local scenes and to interact with the public. Organizers are hoping to top last year's record attendance of over 2000 art lovers.

Hosted by the Carquinez Regional Environmental Education Center and sponsored by regional businesses, artists will donate 40% of painting sale proceeds for habitat restoration along the Carquinez Strait. A show and sale of some 150 paintings, a silent auction, strolling Mariachis, a native plant sale and Monarch butterfly house will round out the celebration. A limited edition poster will be available for a donation. Represented on this year's poster are the paintings of Outsiders, Nikki Basch Davis, Raymond Jackson, Jerrold Turner and William Rushton.

Participating plein air painters are: Robert Chapla, Nikki Basch Davis, Mary Lou Correia, Pam Glover, Ray Jackson, Connie Kirk, Eunice Kritscher, Betty Boggess Lathrap, Julie Nunes, Susan McKenna List, William Rushton, Randall Sexton, Paul Stempen, Taki Tu, Jerrold Turner and Fred Yokel.

The paintings shown at Scene on the Strait will move to the Arts Benicia Center Gallery for a post-event show August 21 through September 5. A closing reception is planned for September 5, 2-5 pm.

Scene on the Strait: Martinet Shoreline Park, August 14 and 15, 1999 from 11 am - 5 pm. Call: (510) 787-9772. Arts Benicia Center Gallery: 991 Tyler St., #114. Benicia. August 21-Sept. 5. Call: (707) 747-0131.

Images from top to bottom: Nikki Basch Davis, Sunday Market, 1999, oil on panel, 12 x 16 inches; Jerrold Turner, Train Sheds, Martinez, oil on canvas, 18 x 24 inches; William Rushton, Martinez, oil on panel, 30 x 48 inches; Raymond Jackson, Emeryville View, oil, 12 x 16 inches


Marin/Scapes Sets Record

Marin County landscape art works were displayed over the Fourth of July holiday at Escalle, an elegant old winery in Larkspur, that is now a private home. This annual exhibit and sale brought out buyers and visitors from all over the Bay Area, according to Director Mary Welch of San Rafael.

With art sales and attendance at record levels, it was by far the most successful Marin/Scapes ever. Now in its 11th year, the show netted $110,000 for Buckelew Programs' many services for the mentally ill in Marin. Fireman's Fund Insurance Company was the major sponsor and hosted an opening night gala for sponsors and buyers.

This year, 51 artists sold 250 works, all using Marin County as subject matter. They portrayed the County in its many aspects, from rural farmlands, urban settings, to Bay images and woodland haunts in an equally wide range of styles and media. Prices from $125 to $9,500 generated total art sales just short of $200,000.

The favorites in terms of sales numbers were oil painters Ralph and Martha Borge of Point Reyes Station and Kathleen Lipinski and husband Steve Emery of San Anselmo. Watercolorists Ben Farnham from Sausalito and Kenneth Siqueira of El Cerrito were popular with buyers. Ken Auster of Laguna Beach and Matt Fox of Novato also had good sales. Woodcuts from an earlier era, by Marin County artist Katherine Van Dyke Darker were featured, thanks to Garzoli Gallery of San Rafael.

Each year Marin/Scapes commissions a theme painting which is reproduced as a full color poster. This year's edition was made from Stan Painter's superb oil, China Camp, Winter, and proved a worthy addition to the eight earlier posters of Marin by well-known artists including Russell Chatham and Carol Peek. All are available year round from Buckelew Programs, 914 Mission Ave., San Rafael, CA 94901 (415) 457-6964.


© Sarah Beserra, 1999

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