Saturday September 9th, 9 AM-12 PM

By Jerry Martin

The Empathy Center

1964 Las Canoas Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93105

The Scape show for the Santa Barbara Trails Council is in October.  With that in mind we will be having the September paint out at the new Empathy Center on a hill in Rattlesnake Canyon near the Canyon trail head.  The sprawling campus is on the site of the former Saint Mary’s Seminary grounds.  The Center focuses on all aspects of empathy studies, training, and implementation for conflict resolution.  We all know that without gaining a community and even global capacity for empathy the growing trends of polarization are daunting.  This Centers mission is most timely.  The Center on 35 acres is poised on a hill with expansive views of Santa Barbara, the ocean and the mountains including Rattlesnake Canyon and La Cumbre Peak.  As such the views will include areas of trails for many miles.  

The Center is evolving and open to the integration of communities’ workshops, conferences, seminars and an art center as well.  Some of you may want to look at the Centers website and take a tour of the physical area as well as gaining from the focus of the Center.

Addendum:  In case you are wondering Colin is enthusiastic about leading us in the Paint Outs.  However, he is also just starting a university course to have a teaching credential.  Some months he will continue to set up the monthly paint outs and others you will be stuck with your familiar team doing our best to keep us painting.  We wish Colin an exciting and successful year in his ongoing pursuits. 

DirectionsTake Mission Canyon Rd north off Route 192, Foothill Rd, over a small bridge, Mission Creek, to Las Canoas Rd.  Take a right turn on Las Canoas for about 1 mile.  You will see a large sign to the Center on the left.  Take the drive up the hill.  You will come to a large gymnasium and parking on the right.  On the left will be a sign to the office and another parking area.  Park in this area to look around to find your muse.  If you prefer it is fine to park in the first lot as well.  There will be a series of virtual meetings and seminars going on in some of the buildings so when close by please keep conversations in our normal tones. 

Hope to see you there.  Please sign the insurance waiver which will be on a silver Toyota Rav. 


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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