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September 25, 2014

NEAR AND FAR: Plein Air in County Parks – Artist Call for Entries
Landscapes needed…grab those paint brushes and head to a County Park! If you are an artist that celebrates the outdoors, and particularly our diverse Santa Barbara County Parks, whether you paint watercolor, acrylics or oil, we want to see your work! The Santa Barbara County Arts Commission with S.C.A.P.E. (Southern California Artists Painting for the Environment) is organizing an exhibition NEAR AND FAR: Plein Air in County Parks to open with an art reception at the Channing Peake Gallery in the Santa Barbara County Administration Building, 1st floor, County Administration Bldg., 105 East Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara on 1st Thursday, November 6, 2014. We invite you to visit SCAPE’s web site,, to find out when their public Paint-Outs will be conducted, or set out on your own to paint in a Santa Barbara County Park. To see a full list of all County Parks, Open Spaces and Preserves visit  The ingathering for all artists wishing to submit to the Call for Entries is Saturday, October 25, from 9-11am. All artists are invited to join the Paint-Outs but only members of SCAPE may enter the Call for Entries for Near and Far: Santa Barbara County Parks. Membership forms are available on SCAPE’s website or at the ingathering.
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 – some of the most beautiful and special places in California. The NEAR AND FAR: Plein Air in County Parks exhibition will celebrate the beauty and diversity of these unique resources with a wide variety of artist styles and media.
The juror for the exhibition is David Gallup, a nationally known Plein Air artist and teacher, who has won numerous local and international awards, and is represented in museum exhibitions and collections nationwide. His life’s passion has become a quest for new interpretations of the natural world without leaving his roots in Plein Air observation-based painting. These elements are used in Gallup’s work to visually represent the sense of awe and mystery he feels for the natural world. He is a Signature Member of Artists for Conservation which supports conservation organizations globally to provide wildlife and habitat conservation.
SCAPE will register and accept all entries and fees on October 25, 9am-11am. All works must be wired and ready to hang. Artworks with poor matting and framing may not be accepted for jurying. Works are to be brought to the Channing Peake Gallery, in the Santa Barbara County Administration Building, on the corner of Anacapa St. and Anapamu St. Parking on Saturday is available at the back of the County Administration Building. Use the back entrance to enter the gallery. SCAPE has designated that 40% of all their sales will benefit the Santa Barbara County Park Foundation. The Santa Barbara County Park Foundation is a private non-profit organization to support and enhance our county's heritage of parks and open spaces. This tax-exempt entity is designed to supplement public funding with the private donations and volunteer efforts of our community and increase public awareness of the environment.
The exhibition, open to all residents of California, will be seen in two venues: October 27, 2014 through February 12, 2015, at the Channing Peake Gallery, Santa Barbara; and February 16 through May 21, 2015 at the Betteravia Gallery, Santa Maria. There will be purchase awards of over $3,000 and artworks purchased will be on permanent view at the Santa Barbara County Parks Offices.
            Since 1890, Santa Barbara County has offered an enormous variety of beautiful outdoor spaces for public enjoyment. From dramatic seascapes to cozy streams, redwood groves to sandy beaches, lakeside views to Sunken Gardens, any scenario is possible in one or more of our county parks. Plein air artists manage to convey the beauty and energy of all they see with shapes, color and paint and a loving eye to the environment.
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AuthorCyndi Burt