BayWood Artists Cross the Bay to Save Mount Diablo
MOUNT DIABLO: AS WE SEE IT BayWood Artists Paint for Preservation opens October 24, 2009, with a public reception from 4 P.M. to 6 P.M., and runs through November 21, 2009 in the Bay Model Exhibition Gallery, Marinship Park, Sausalito. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9 A.M. to 4 P.M.
BayWood Artists (BWA) mounts a major art exhibition of over 100 paintings at Sausalito’s Bay Model Exhibition Gallery to help Save Mount Diablo (SMD). The funds raised from sales at this exhibition will go toward SMD open space acquisition. The current fiscal crisis threatens to undermine some of its programs, and we hope the public will respond!
“Save Mount Diablo works to preserve the land on and around Mount Diablo, one of the most significant landscapes in our region,” says Julie Seelen of Save Mount Diablo. “Before its founding in 1971, fewer than 7,000 acres around Mt. Diablo’s summit had been preserved. Since then, working with its partners, open space has grown to more than 90,000 acres in 38 parks. But another 90,000 acres of beautiful natural lands are still at risk of being lost to development. Preserving it takes the passion, skill and influence of an organization like SMD and the support of people like the BayWood Artists and you.” To learn more about Save Mount Diablo, visit www.SaveMountDiablo.org.
BayWood Artists, a group of professional landscape painters, is dedicated to preserving the environment for future generations to enjoy. Through exhibits and painting sales these enthusiastic artists focus public attention on, and raise funds for, environmentally sensitive projects. Fifty percent of the proceeds of each show is donated to an organization committed to preserving the lands that inspire their art. The annual shows are held each October in Sausalito’s Bay Model.
BayWood Artists include Chris Adessa, Christin Coy, Ben Farnham, Jon Francis, Paul Kratter, Sherrill Miller, Victoria Mimiaga, Zenaida Mott and Christophe Newhard. Guest Artists for 2009 are Doug Andelin, Larry Cannon and Richard Schloss. Centered in Marin County and encompassing the Bay Area at large, this thriving group celebrated its Tenth Anniversary last year. Even today there is no other group of Plein Air painters in the Bay Area whose sole purpose is to protect and preserve the land they capture on canvas.
Over the past 11 years, numerous environmentally important groups have benefited from BWA’s efforts. In 2008, Angel Island Association (AIA) teamed up with BayWood for a successful show of paintings of Angel Island State Park. “We were overwhelmed by the response of the public to their works of art – and it was a wonderful way to tell the story of this sacred park,” says Suzanne Badenhoop, President of AIA, of their show with the BayWood Artists.
Previous partnerships with BWA include Russian Riverkeepers, Marin Open Space District, Marin Agricultural Land Trust (M.A.L.T.), Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, Restoration of Bolinas Lagoon, Greenbelt Alliance, Fish Friendly Farming, Marin Bayland Advocates and the Bay Area Ridge Trail.
Please visit www.BayWoodArtists.com for up-to-date information and images for the current partnership show.
For Immediate Release October 4, 2009
BayWood Artists: Chris Adessa 415-302-1320 or Chris@ChrisAdessa.com
Save Mount Diablo: Julie Seelen 925-947-3535 or firstname.lastname@example.org