The Topa Institute is located in the Ojai valley surrounded by the glory of the Topa Topa mountains. The aim of Topa Institute is to create community amidst their natural space where they -SCAPE February Paint Out 2024
by Colin Schildhauer
Coal Oil Point Reserve
By Jerry Martin
Coal Oil Point Reserve also known as Devereux Beach stretches for the sun set to the far west of Isla Vista. Generation after generation Coal Oil Point has provided local surfers with soft peeling waves, a sunbathing sanctuary for the industrious university student, a plethora of bird species for the keen watcher,and breathtaking views inspiring artists from all over to capture the ever-changing light. Looking out to sea, the the rocky reef harbors thick kelp beds that frame distant views of the channel islands. On a low tide this same reef becomes exposed where a bounty of tide pools appear glistening under the warm winter’s sun. After parking along the dirt lot hugged by a row of towering eucalyptus trees explore the abundance of paths that meander their way out to the tip of the point. If you are feeling less inclined for a walk there are excellent views facing east and west a mere 100 meters or so from the public parking lot. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous you can hike your gear out to the tip of the point and around the corner where extended views of the Gaviota coastline appear and rhythmic waves lull the shore of Sands Beach, yet another beloved hangout for local beach goers. Please note there may be less tree coverage here
than some previous spots depending on where you set up so be sure to pack sunscreen and water.
If you are interested learning more about the fascinating history of Coal Oil Point our beloved Goleta historian Tom Modugno from goletahistory.com has dug up and compiled an excellent overview. You can view this article here:
Traveling southbound on the U.S. Highway 101:
Follow US-101 S until you hit Los Carneros Rd in Goleta, take exit 107 and make a right onto Los Carneros Rd. Follow Los Carneros Rd until you hit El Colegio Rd and make a left. Next make a left onto Camino Corto until you hit Del Playa and turn right. Follow Del Playa to until it meets Camino Majorca and find parking anywhere along the dirt parking lot under the eucalyptus trees or anywhere within the neighborhood nearby.
Traveling northbound on the U.S. Highway 101:
Follow US-101 N until you hit Los Carneros Rd in Goleta, take exit 107 and make a left onto Los Carneros Rd. Follow Los Carneros Rd until you hit El Colegio Rd and make a left. Next make a left onto Camino Corto until you hit Del Playa and turn right. Follow Del Playa to until it meets Camino Majorca and find parking anywhere along the dirt parking lot under the eucalyptus trees or anywhere within the neighborhood nearby.
Please enjoy your time creating, stick to the trails, and be sure to pack all your trash.
THE JOY OF SCAPE PAINT OUTS
By Jerry Martin
One of the great perks of being in SCAPE is having monthly collegial paint outs with like-minded nice people. If you haven't been to one, you will be hooked once you do! It is always fun to paint in new and interesting locations of urban-scapes, landscapes and seascapes. We meet at a location of scenic beauty often chosen in conjunction with an upcoming show. Whether you are experienced with plein air painting, interested in taking photographs or perhaps drawing for use in the studio later, or just want to share being in natural settings with others, it is worth checking out.
We have enjoyed gathering at Naples with ocean bluffs, agricultural land and mountains; a private organic farm in the Santa Ynez Valley near Buellton; Lake Carneros; an historic adobe and farm on the Gaviota coast, Arroyo Hondo Preserve; and a hilltop avocado ranch in the foothills. We like to explore new venues, classic locations, and beautiful sights.
There are certain paint outs that require a reservation as they are being held on private land or lands managed by one of our beneficiaries such as EDC: Coal Oil Point, Sedgwick, Salt Marsh.
As a SCAPE member if you have access or live in a spot that offers an enticing view and would accommodate around a dozen painters to set up, please contact Colin Schildhauer, Filiberto Lomeli or Jerry Martin. We would all much appreciate new ideas and new locations. Join Us!
REMINDERS WHEN ATTENDING PAINT OUTS
Release of Liability:
Please remember to always sign the Release of Liability at a Paint Out. Look for Colin, Jerry or Fil or whoever else may be in charge of the Paint Out.
What to Bring
Bring sunscreen, a hat, maybe an umbrella, and a water bottle so that you can stay comfortable and hydrated throughout the day.
Colin Schildhauer, Chair
Filiberto Lomeli, Co-Chair
Fred Powell, Committee Member
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GALLERY OF PAST PAINTOUTS (Slide Show)