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The Wild Side: Catalina Island Conservancy....on location

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About the Show:

For over 15 years, the Society for the Advancement of Plein Air Painting (SAPAP) produced an art show on Catalina Island featuring works that told the story of the Island’s everyday life. After many successful years, some members of the SAPAP Board of Directors decided to take a step in a new direction and in 2011 partnered with the Catalina Island Conservancy to create Catalina: The Wild Side, a re-imagined art show that would bring attention not only to the much loved town of Avalon, but the thousands acres of land that lies beyond—Catalina's wild side. Proceeds from this new show benefit the Conservancy and are used to establish a permanent collection of plein air art that  documents the  Conservancy’s conservation efforts and progress in habitat restoration. The paintings acquired during previous shows are currently on display for the public in the Conservancy’s Nature Center in Avalon Canyon, and a rotating exhibit of pieces from the growing collection will continue to be shown to visitors.

The mission of the Catalina Island Conservancy is to be a responsible steward of its lands through a balance of conservation, education and recreation. Through its ongoing efforts, the Conservancy protects the magnificent natural and cultural heritage of Santa Catalina Island, stewarding approximately 42,000 acres of land, 60 miles of rugged shoreline, more than 200 miles of roads, as well as the Airport in the Sky and the Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden. The Conservancy works actively to keep Catalina wild by engaging in conservation and restoration efforts that have roots in sound science. By inspiring visitors to become responsible stewards of the living Earth, the Conservancy helps to ensure that today’s children and future generations will be able to enjoy Catalina Island’s abundance of natural beauty.      

About the Artist:

Kate Starling is an oil painter who lives and works in the canyons of southern Utah.  Educated in geology, she spent years working outside as a geologist and National Park ranger.  After formal academic art training in the 1980's she devoted her work to painting the landscape.  Schooled in the importance of direct painting from life she has spent years painting outside, learning the way light plays on the land.  Now she splits her time between the roadways and trails surrounding her home and the studio.

Starling's paintings portray the natural world and focus on communicating a sense of place, atmosphere and light, retaining the immediacy of the painting experience.  She knows the strength of emotion that the landscape seen in a particular light can trigger in her - she strives to paint in such a way that memory and emotion are triggered in the people who see her work.

On location:

Kate, along with other artists, are on location on Catalina Island the last few weeks of January 2015. They are painting the works that will later be sold to benefit the Catalina Island Conservancy.

5th Annual Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show & Sale
Sunday, October 25, 2015
1:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Newport Harbor Yacht Club, Balboa, CA

The event:

Save the Date! The 2015 Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show & Sale will again be held across the channel to share the amazing works with even more lovers of Catalina plein air art.

The 2015 show will feature nationally acclaimed plein air artists will display their interpretations of Catalina's rugged wildlands as well as Avalon and Two Harbors. Proceeds from the sale of these unique paintings support the growth of a permanent collection of plein air artwork that documents the Island's "wild side" and the Conservancy's restoration efforts.