Saving the Environment,

One Painting at a Time

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SCAPE Artists Come Together in Santa Barbara

to Support County Trails 

‘Parks, Trails and Open Spaces’ Exhibit Oct. 14-15

By Leslie DinabergFri Sep 29, 2023 | 5:31pm

Bluff Trail” by Carrie Givens | Credit: Courtesy

Once again “saving the environment, one painting at a time,” the SCAPE community of artists is back in action with a special sale to raise funds in support of trail access, maintenance, and restoration for the Santa Barbara County Trails Council.

This special art exhibition, Trails, Parks, and Open Spaces, takes place on October 14-15 at the Music Academy and features an array of art that highlights Santa Barbara County trails, parks, open spaces, seascapes, plants, animals, and people. The show, juried by Richard Schloss, owner of Santa Barbara Fine Art, includes work by nationally known artists, as well as students, patrons, gallery owners, and others who support the arts and environmental sustainability. 

SCAPE (Southern California Artists Painting for the Environment) was organized in 2002 by artists Marcia Burtt, Susan Belloni, and Camille Dellar. It is a diverse group of artists who are committed to raising money through their exhibitions to protect open spaces and increase public awareness of environmental and conservation issues. Some of the nonprofits SCAPE has fundraised for include: Gaviota Coast Conservancy, Naples Coalition, Environmental Defense Center, Community Environmental Council, 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, Santa Barbara Channelkeeper, Santa Barbara Maritime Museum and the Audubon Society. To date, SCAPE artists have donated more than a $250,000 to these organizations from the proceeds of their art sales. 

Trails, Parks, and Open Spaces, takes place at the Music Academy (1070 Fairway Rd.). Hours are Saturday, October 14, from 1-7 p.m., with an artist awards reception from 5-6:30 p.m.; and Sunday, October 15, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., with a live painting demonstration by Filiberto Lomeli from 12:30-1:30 p.m. —Leslie Dinaberg

                                                    Mission Statement                               

Our Mission is to promote camaraderie and artistic growth for the members while providing art show events to show and sell the members' art and to have them donate a portion of their sales to a selected environmental organization                      

SCAPE artists at work and their work on display......

History of SCAPE

from SCAPE Founder, Marcia Burtt  

SCAPE had its beginnings in 2002 when Susan Belloni, Camille Dellar, and I met together, impelled by Larry Iwerks who had often pointed out, from the perspective of an Oak Group member, that raising money for environmental causes should be open to all the community artists. 

Patricia Doyle thought up the wonderful name Southern California Artists Painting for the Environment—SCAPE.

Don Crocker obtained our 501 C-6 designation and has remained a board member. We decided to have a "working board" so that each board member was in charge of a committee charged with getting - exhibitions, workshops, and special events. Starting with ideas from the first officers, mission and activities of SCAPE have gradually  taken shape: we are now a substantial group of outdoor painters participating in  juried exhibitions to raise money for the environment while providing a chance to make friends with other like minded artists through painting together, installing shows together, donating part of their sales and learning together.


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