NEAR AND FAR: Plein Air in County Parks
Selected Exhibition Artists

The Santa Barbara County Arts Commission with S.C.A.P.E. (Southern California Artists Painting for the Environment) has organized a beautiful exhibition, NEAR AND FAR: Plein Air in County Parks for the Betteravia North & South Galleries, in the Joseph Centeno Betteravia Government Building, 511 E. Lakeside, Santa Maria.  Artists were invited to join the Paint-Outs in North and South County Parks and the resulting paintings formed the nucleus of the Near and Far: Santa Barbara County Parks exhibition which opens on February 17th and will be on view until May 21, 2015. An opening reception is planned for February 19, 4-6pm.
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 celebrates the beauty and diversity of these unique resources with a wide variety of artist styles and media.
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. To learn more about them visit
The juror for this exhibition was 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 artists selected for exhibition by David Gallup were: Anne Anderson, Bethany Anderson, Jamee Aubrey, Charlie Boss, Marcia Burtt, Sarah Carr, Suzan Dougall Christenson, Elliott Ciampi, Don Crocker, Nancy Davidson, Kate Eden, Cheryl Fontana, Gary Forssell, Nancy Freeman, Britt Friedman, Jane Hurd, Larry Iwerks, Myla Kato, Daniel Linz, Filiberto Lomeli, Thomas Mann, Jerry Martin, Donna Moser, Carolyn J. Patterson, Steve Richardson, Meg Ricks, John Rindlaub, Cathy Runkle, Florence O. Russell, Libby Smith, Leigh Sparks, Terri Taber, Nina Warner, Dorene White and Pamela Zwehl-Burke.
Juror’s Choice Award was given to Meg Ricks for Nojoqui Trickle; 1st Place to Nancy Freeman for Goleta Beach: Shank of the Day, and Honorable Mentions to Marsha Burtt for From the Bridge II, Larry Iwerks for Along the Coast, Daniel Linz for Shacks at the Beach and Jerry Martin for Rocky Nook – Canyon Light.
In addition, three paintings from the exhibition were selected for Percent for Art Program purchase by the County Parks Department offices: Shacks on the Beach by Daniel Linz, Sage Oak Cloud by Filiberto Lomeli and In the Shade by Leigh Sparks.
SCAPE has designated that 40% of all their sales will benefit the Santa Barbara County Park Foundation; and to date over $3,000. has been raised. 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. To learn more about their activities and programs visit
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. These 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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Name:     Rita Ferri                                                                                             

Title:        Visual Arts Coordinator, Curator of Collections
Phone:    (805) 568-3994                                                                                    

February 13, 2015
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AuthorCyndi Burt