Visions of the Gaviota Coast Fundraiser

Posted on Apr 12 by SEASONS Magazine

Grand Green Gaviota by Chris Potter

Grand Green Gaviota by Chris Potter

From Point Sal to Coal Oil Point stretches the largest untouched span of coastline in Central California. This gorgeous habitat is home to some 1,400 species, including the endangered snowy plover. Not only is the area conducive for the existence of natural life, but also the golden sands and rolling waves provide a perfect setting for the production of art. With these two distinct realities in mind, a benefit for art and the natural world is set.

Gaviota Coast Conservancy (GCC), The Naples Coalition and Southern California Artists Painting for the Environment (SCAPE) hold their Fifth Annual Visions of the Gaviota Coast: The Jewel in our Backyard fundraiser. On April 14 and 15, Bacara Resort and Spa (8301 Hollister Ave.) will provide host to more than 150 pieces of art featuring the Gaviota Coast. Opening day will feature a silent auction (2­–7 p.m.) and artists’ reception (5–8 p.m.) featuring wine, appetizers and live music. The artwork will remain for public viewing the next day from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Artwork bought from the event will directly benefit conservation efforts along the Gaviota Coast.

Artists have pledged to donate 40% of their sales to GCC and The Naples Coalition. GCC President Michael Brown states, “After seven years and 130 public meetings, the Board of Supervisors approved the Gaviota Coast Plan, which establishes forward-looking strategies to balance protection of the many environmentally sensitive areas of the Gaviota Coast, preservation of viable agriculture, and development.” Sales from the art auction will extend the abilities both GCC and The Naples Coalition possess in their fight to keep the Gaviota Coast a natural, beautiful piece of land. Further questions can be directed to 805/687-7123.

—Toby Qualls

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