Near & Far: Plein Air in County Parks

A great opportunity to benefit Santa Barbara County Parks and to exhibit at Channing Peake Gallery and Betteravia Galleries is coming up at the end of October. Santa Barbara County Parks is the steward of over 2,000 acres of parks, beaches, open spaces, historical landmarks, and miles of trails all over the county. This exhibition will feature paintings that celebrate the beauty and diversity of these unique resources in a variety of artistic styles and media. To see a full list of acceptable locations for painting, including County Parks, Open Spaces and Preserves, visit

The ingathering is October 25, 2014, 9:00 -11:00 am at Channing Peake Gallery. (Please enter through the back door.) Entry fees are $10 per painting, or three for $25. SCAPE membership dues of $35 per year must be current and can be paid at the ingathering. Paintings should be framed or gallery wrapped and wired for hanging.

The juror will be nationally known plein air artist, David Gallup. We are requesting that artists also submit a CD with high resolution (5” x 7” @ 300 dpi) digital images of all entries to be used for publicity. We are also requesting that if you have paintings already finished that you will be submitting to this show, please send digital images to Exhibits Co-Chair, Jane Hurd, in advance so we can begin some early publicity. Artists will donate 40% of sales to the County Park Foundation and 10% to SCAPE for operating expenses. And, as a bonus, Santa Barbara County Parks has allocated $3,000 for art funds to purchase paintings from the show. Receptions will be during 1st Thursday Artwalks in November, December and February in Santa Barbara. (There is no 1st Thursday in January.) The exhibition will then travel to Santa Maria where it will hang in the Betteravia Galleries until May 21, 2015.

• SB 1st Thursday, November 6, 5:00 - 8pm
• SB 1st Thursday, December 4, 5:00 -8:00 pm, Leadership in the Art Awards
• SB 1st Thursday, February 5, 2015, 5:00 - 8pm, poet laureate
• Santa Maria, February 18, 2015, 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Pick-up Art:
May 22, 2015, 4:00 – 6:00 pm at Channing Peake.

S.C.A.P.E. members will need to sign up for volunteer shifts and tasks to ensure a successful exhibition. See upcoming S.C.A.P.E. paintouts in the County Parks.

AuthorCyndi Burt