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 June Paint Out 2024

by Your Paint-Out Team

Saturday, June 8, 2024  9-12

Sunburst Sanctuary and Event Center

7200 South Highway one (off 101 toward Lompoc)

Sunburst is on ranch land of the central coast with rolling hills, low mountains, meadows, lots of interesting trees, as well as some unique structures. The resident intentional community cultivates spiritual growth, organic foods, and uplifting fellowship. This is shared with the public through various workshops, yoga retreats, art classes, and other offerings. A web page is found at

      The open and unblemished natural lands on the property provide wonderful sites and vistas to paint. Sunburst is also a wildlife sanctuary with many deer, wild turkeys, and other animals roaming freely on the property; therefore pets are restricted. Please leave your friendly four-legged friends at home.


From Santa Barbara:

Take 101 north. The highway turns inland at Gaviota. Very shortly after the tunnel, take the exit off ramp on your right (Hwy 1) toward Lompoc and Vandenberg Space Center.

At the stop sign at the top of the off ramp, turn left, and continue on HWY 1. The ranch entrance is roughly 4.7 miles from the 101 exit. You will pass over a small bridge at El Jaro Creek (note Bridge sign on the right).         The Sunburst Sanctuary entrance is about a third of a mile farther on the right.  There will be a yellow diamond shaped sign with a cross (+) indicating an upcoming intersection (Sunburst gate entrance). At the yellow diamond sign begin slowing down. After the yellow sign there are two white reflector stakes.  At the first stake, slow down and merge onto the shoulder and prepare to turn right into the driveway, at the next reflector stake, otherwise if you have not slowed down enough to turn you will miss the driveway.  The second stake is the Sunburst driveway.  The driveway comes up very quickly and is easy to pass.

(Please note: take caution, drivers on Highway 1 travel at fast speeds and can be impatient behind you). 

Once you have arrived at the gates: Gate code 2358

Go through the open gate. Proceed down the hill and toward the main area/buildings, which is straight ahead. (Do not turn left). Please drive slowly watching for deer, turkeys or other wildlife on the road. A large parking lot is just beyond the main buildings on the left.

We hope to see you there,  The Paint Out Team


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!


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

Jerry Martin

Filiberto Lomeli, Co-Chair 

Fred Powell, Committee Member



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