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SLOPE Paint Out, Denise Schryver, Point Buchon

For over two decades, members of San Luis Outdoor Painters for the Environment (S.L.O.P.E.) have created memorable landscapes to help preserve, advocate, raise funds, and educate the public about San Luis Obispo County’s treasured open spaces and wildlife. This spring S.L.O.P.E. will reveal their latest project that celebrates the area’s Pecho Coast.

Morro Bay Museum of Natural History will host “Flowing Estuary to Living Sea: Paintings by S.L.O.P.E.,” a tribute exhibition and sale of over 40 original seascapes and landscapes from Diablo Canyon through Montaña de Oro and Morro Bay, and northward. It’s the second time this nature museum has featured S.L.O.P.E.’s award-winning paintings, attracting many new visitors to explore the art and science of our region’s spectacular marine life.

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SLOPE Paint Out, L-R: Denise Schryver, Bernie Kurtz, Tracy Paz, Laurel Sherrie

For months, 15 acclaimed S.L.O.P.E. members and emeritus guests have painted vistas of California’s most striking coastline and serene inland waterways. As part of S.L.O.P.E.’s mission, artists will donate a portion of fine art sales to two local nonprofit groups, Central Coast of California State Parks Association, and the Morro Bay National Estuary Program. Both groups support ongoing education, stewardship, and public awareness.

The public is invited to S.L.O.P.E.’s opening reception February 2, 2019, or closing reception on March 30, 2019. The reception is free and will feature light refreshments. Original paintings will be featured by Dennis Curry, Jan French, Sandi Heller, Larry Kappen, Bernie Kurtz, Mark Mertens, Tracy Paz, Denise Schryver, Rosanne Seitz, Laurel Sherrie, and Mimi Whitney-Hafft. Guest emeritus artists include Elizabeth Tolley, Karen Foster, Bruce Everett, and Dotty Hawthorne.

During the two-month exhibit, guests may purchase tickets for a drawing to win a framed fine art print of “October Estuary,” donated by exhibit co-chair Tracy Paz, with proceeds going to the two selected nonprofit organizations. Tickets for the drawing are $5, available at the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History and at The winner will be announced March 31, 2019, and does not need to be present to win.

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Dennis Curry, “Spooners Cove,” oil
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Tracy Paz, “October Estuary,” oil
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Mark Mertens, “Point Buchon Cliffs,” pastel
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Dennis Curry, “Along the Coast,” oil

“Flowing Estuary to Living Sea: Paintings by S.L.O.P.E.” takes place February 1 through March 31, 2019, at the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History (CA).

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