Southern California Artists Painting for the Environment

SCAPE Newsletter - October 2023

Message from our PRESIDENT

By Linda Faye Collins

Hello All,

Summer went by all too fast; fall is upon us, and our October show is just around the corner.  It’s gratifying to see that we will have several new members in this show.  I will look forward to meeting them and seeing many familiar faces as well at the in-gathering and reception. 

Christine Flannery has designed a lovely postcard for us.  Fred Powell will be delivering them to various  hotels and motels.  If any of our fellow artists would like some postcards to distribute, they can email Fred at and arrange to pick them up at his house.  They are available now. Cezanne Totton will also be e-blasting a copy of the postcard to our mailing list, and the more that individual artists can promote the show on social media, the better.

As additional advertising, Christine has sent press releases to our various local media outlets, and we will have an ad in the Montecito Journal and the Voice, so hopefully we will have a nice turnout.


By Karen Glancy 

Happy Fall Everyone!

I hope everyone is ready for SCAPE’s fall Show at the Music Academy, October 14 and 15. This event benefits the Santa Barbara Trails Council.

Your Help is Needed and Appreciated

SCAPE shows are organized and run solely by volunteers. SCAPE has no paid staff. As always, when your work is accepted into a SCAPE Show, SCAPE counts on you to volunteer three hours, more if you can, to make the show a success. All SCAPE members are invited to help. You are strongly encouraged to publicize and promote the show on your social media accounts, in order to help increase attendance.  In today's world, a show's success depends on you!   

Please email as soon as possible, 

to Volunteer & help to make the Show a Success

Ways to Volunteer for the Show

 ·    Set Up Panels – A group of able-bodied volunteers is needed to help load/unload show panels and put the show panels up Friday October 13, exact time to be determined; Filiberto Lomeli is the lead volunteer. 

 ·    Take Down Panels –A group of able-bodied volunteers is needed to load show panels at the end of Sunday October 15 from 3 - 4 pm. Filiberto Lomeli is the lead volunteer. 

 ·    Ingathering Team –  5 or 6 volunteers are needed to help take in the paintings beginning at 9 am. Ingathering is at 9 but we need to be patient as the Music Academy does not open the gates until then so we will be a little behind at the start.  We will be attaching small clear envelopes to the lower right back of your paintings where you can add a business card if you wish. The Title cards will be inserted in the clear envelopes for the show hanging team to simplify the process.  Carol Zepke is the ingathering team leader. 

 ·    Reception Assistance (2 volunteers needed) – The one and a half hour reception on Saturday October 14, from 5 to 6:30 pm, will be catered by Daily Greenz who will provide charcuterie and crudités. Reception assistants will make sure there is plenty of water and cups available and clean up tables. Reception assistance volunteers are asked to show up by 4:00 pm and stay until tables are cleaned up.

 ·    Sales Team (no money or credit card handling) – Please note that the Trails Council will take the payments. Volunteers are needed both days to fill out the sales slips, check off sales on the sales sheet and put red dots on labels of sold paintings. Fred Powell is the sales team leader.

 ·    Support for Volunteers – (2 Volunteers per Day Needed; one for AM and one for PM); help oversee the volunteers to help with making sure they have a positive work and show experience in the positions they volunteers for. Karen Glancy will provide guidance. 

 ·   Filiberto Lomeli is the team leader for Security for the show, that paintings don’t leave without being checked off.  Two people per shift both days.


by Colin Schildhauer

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 -S.C.A.P.E. October Paint Out 2023

Saturday, October 21st 2023,   8:30 - 3pm

Haskell’s Beach, Bacara

Haskell’s Beach is one of Goleta’s finest surfing and summer beach lounging destinations. Originally named Hel’apunitse (Shovelnosed Guitarfish) by the traditional Chumash owners, this sandy beach has been an area of human activity and enjoyment for many ages. In the late 1920’s when oil deposits were first discovered along the Ellwood Coast, Tecolote Beach soon became an industrial zone, and was quickly covered with piers, roads, and utilities for manufacturing oil. Only remnants of these piers exist today aside from one long pier that reaches out in the distance.

In the 1960’s Tecolote Beach became known by surfers as Haskell’s, after Mike Haskell, the ‘keeper of the key’ to Tecolote Canyon Ranch’s private beach. Local surfers would need Mike's permission to surf there, coining the name Haskell’s. Around 1999 Haskell’s was purchased and began its transformation into the luxury resort Bacara, where it remains to this day. Although this beach has undergone many transitions through its time, its beauty remains and offers a bounty of opportunities for painting.

As you meander your way down the footpath from parking lot to the beach observe the restoration of endemic plants surrounding you. Pinch a leaf of fragrant sage and listen for a symphony of birdcalls echoing throughout the muted chaparral. When you reach the beach to the west are views of where Tecolote Creek mouth meets the ocean. Atop the bluffs you can study the complexities of the Bacara’s Spanish style architecture and how Haskell’s pier tapers off to the horizon. If you venture to the east you will discover a handful of footpaths leading you to higher ground. A 10-15 minute walk up the hill will perch you with a panoramic view of the ocean and coastline under the shade a giant eucalyptus tree. You can follow this same footpath for a loop, down and around the bluff through eucalyptus forest, down to soft cushioned sand dunes. If you’re feeling like a hike you can work your way down the beach to the local bird perch lined with a resting seabirds. While exploring Haskells keep your eyes peeled for views of the islands, towering trees, wildlife, and the aesthetic juxtaposition between the natural and the man-made…

The painting opportunities are endless…

Please enjoy your time creating art, stick to the trails, and pack all your trash.


Traveling northbound on the U.S. Highway 101:  You take exit 110 for Winchester Canyon Road toward Hollister Ave, you continue on Calle Real and turn left at the stop sign onto Cathedral Oaks Road. You then turn right onto Hollister and head down a big hill where you should be prepared to enter the Haskell’s parking lot on your left-hand-side near the Bacara’s tennis courts. 

Traveling southbound on the U.S. Highway 101:   Follow the US-101 S to Cathedral Oaks Road in Goleta. Take exit 110 from US-S and make a right-hand-turn at the stop sign. Make anther right-hand-turn and the next stop sign on to Hollister Ave that will bring you down a big hill. At the bottom of the hill you should be prepared to enter the Haskell’s parking lot on your left-hand-side near the Bacara’s tennis courts. 

For more information on the history of Haskell’s  you can visit…

Happy painting!

Member News

by Cezanne Totton

SCAPE Thanks Lori Lenz

SCAPE is fortunate to have many wonderful volunteers. One amazing volunteer, Lori Lenz, recently retired from the in-gathering coordinator position. The SCAPE Board expresses deep thanks to Lori.

Below are additional kudos.

“Lori was always there, working for SCAPE, moving fast, answering questions, getting things done, and always smiling. ”

Jane Hurd, SCAPE’s Exhibit Chairman for seven years

Anne Anderson, a long time SCAPE member who prints the show labels and helps with in-gathering,   writes, “There are certain people in my painting life whose experience and interests seem to mirror mine. Lori is one of those people. We took our first art classes together and through the years we watched each other struggle, experiment, go too far, and give this and that a try, each of us creating some doozies and some pretty good paintings along the way.”

“In addition to years of coordinating the in-gathering team, Lori was instrumental in helping to organize SCAPE’s 20th anniversary and keeping the focus on what SCAPE is about."

Cezanne Totton, Membership Chair

Member News

Apply for membership in Santa Barbara Art Association on:

               Friday,  October 13 from 10:30 - 12:30
by submitting 3 pieces to be juried and then picked up from 3 - 4 that afternoon when you will find out if you have been 
accepted or not by the three jurors.  For details on how to apply for membership, go to and select the INFORMATION tab and then How to Join from the drop down menu.

Karl Dempwolf’s Final Group Workshop 

and His Wonderful Interview

by Cezanne Totton

Karl is retiring from teaching after one last plein air workshop at one of the most beautiful spots on earth, Point Lobos, and other Monterey county locations. I recommend all painters read Karl’s wonderfully candid and entertaining interview about the painting process.

Karl Dempwolf is a longtime supporter of SCAPE, a Signature Member of the California Art Club and he also holds a Lifetime Achievement Award from Streamline Publishing, producers of Plein Air and Fine Arts Connoisseur magazines. His work is in various private collections around the world, including (per Wikipedia) that of former Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, presented as a diplomatic gift by Barack Obama.

Karl is truly one of the kindest instructors and his work is beautiful. If you would like to take Karl’s last workshop, it is hosted by Carmel Visual Arts.

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