Southern California Artists Painting for the Environment

SCAPE Newsletter - June 2024

Message from our PRESIDENT

By Kathy McGill

Dear SCAPE Members,

Happy June everyone.  Although it’s fun practicing grays, I for one hope the coming month brings a bit more sun.

I’d like to open this month’s newsletter with a huge thank-you to Libby Smith and Fred Powell for organizing and hosting SCAPE’s first “virtual workshop” on Zoom.  Libby and Fred both did a fabulous job, and the event was well attended.   It was a lot of fun seeing Libby’s studio, and she made everyone feel very welcome - almost like we were there in person.  I personally learned a lot watching her and listening to her talk about her process.  A special shout-out to Susan Powell, who provided technical (and I suspect moral) support.  We hope to do more of these, so let us know if there’s something you are particularly interested in.

A big thank-you also to Geoff Alexander and the Dos Pueblos Institute for hosting the May paint-out.  Geoff made us feel most welcome, and all the attendees enjoyed hearing about the Institute’s history and mission.  And there was so much to paint.  Even on a gray day we were spoiled for choice!

On the recruitment front:  Meg Ricks has volunteered to become SCAPE Secretary, beginning in September.  Thank-you Meg!  We still need someone for the VP role, becoming President beginning in January.  At the bottom of this newsletter you can see several other vacant positions that need volunteers.  Please email me at if you want to know more.  We need your help!

We are continuing to actively explore options for a fall show.  In the meantime we have started work on a summer social event.  Lisa Saal has volunteered to take the lead planning this. Thank-you Lisa!  She is currently looking for a good venue, and will reach out for help with detailed planning once dates are firmed up.  If you have ideas for fun activities (other than eating and drinking of course) please let us know.

Happy painting - I hope to see you in June at our paint-out.


Exhibit News

We are continuing to actively explore options for a fall show, now that it is definite that there will not be a 2024 show at the Bacara.  We are exploring several options, and are looking in particular at potential beneficiaries that do significant educational outreach, and with whom we can build long-term relationships.  We hope to have something more concrete to share by the next newsletter.

Kathy McGill


by Your Paint Out Team


Saturday, June 8th, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Sunburst Sanctuary & 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

Member News


Ginger Plum, artist and friend to many, has passed. I can't believe she's gone. Ginger was a cheerful kind person who painted with at least two groups. I met Ginger when I joined the wonderful band of the Carpinteria Plein Air Painters under the leadership of Chris Sobell.

Memorial for Ginger Plum
June 4
Noon to 2 pm
Marina Park, 3000 Pierpont Boulevard, Ventura
Rock Painting - Bring Your Own Brushes
Exit Seaward, Turn right onto S Seaward Ave. Go for 0.1 mi., Turn left onto Pierpont Blvd. Go for 0.7 mi. (
ten blocks), Ends at park

Cezanne Totton

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