As beautiful and unique as Santa Barbara’s art galleries are, something must be said for experiencing art in the very settings that help inspire its images. This Memorial Day weekend, come join nearly 100 artists with the Southern California Artists Painting for the Environment (SCAPE). who will be displaying, painting, and selling their art to Santa Barbara locals.
Over 200 works of art will be on exhibit along Mission Creek for SCAPE’s fifth annual “Art Along the Creek”, a three day art and music festival under the shading oaks and sycamores along the creek. All art styles will be represented, from painting and drawing to sculptures and new media.
SCAPE not only exhibits pieces by very talented, eco-conscious artists throughout California– the non-profit organization also helps raise funds for many Santa Barbara-based and California environmental groups, including (but not limited to) the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County, and the Environment Defense Center. As of the new year, SCAPE, now in its tenth anniversary year, has raised over $100,000 for local organizations. This year, 40% of every purchase will contribute to the Phoenix House restoration project, a non-profit, residential mental health treatment agency.
Each year, SCAPE chooses to honor an exemplary artist for their work, both their art and efforts in SCAPE. Marcia Burtt will be this year’s honoree: one of the key founder’s of SCAPE, Marcia’s art canonizes the California coastline and the importance of preserving its beauty. Check out our video with Marcia here.
Whether just perusing or looking for a particular artist’s work, “Art Along the Creek” is sure to be a celebration of nature, beauty, and the eco-community. This free, dog-friendly festival is open to all, so don’t miss a chance to experience an art gallery the way nature intended.
-Taylor Micaela Davis
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