SCAPE painters depict bucolic landscapes along the Southern California coast that are at risk for development in an effort to raise public awareness of the beauty and value of open spaces.

SCAPE (Southern California Artists Painting for the Environment) is hosting a paint-out in Santa Barbara on May 11 and a subsequent “Ingathering” of artwork for sale on May 25 and 26, Memorial Day Weekend. The group raises public awareness about the beauty and value of open spaces in Southern California, particularly along the coast.

SCAPE member Marcia Burtt paints along the California coast near Big Sur.

The show’s theme is “Art Along the Creek,” and it will feature music as well as art sales. The creek in the title refers to Mission Creek in Santa Barbara, and part of the proceeds will go toward restoration of the waterway. SCAPE is one of the oldest groups that combine conservation and art, and in its 11-year history, it has donated more than $100,000 to environmental groups in Southern California. This is the sixth year SCAPE has hosted the “Art Along the Creek” event.


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