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by Estelle DeRidder, posted by Deb Shaw

As part of the 9th California Island Symposium, the Island Art Exhibition now moves from the Ventura Beach Marriott to the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.

The public is invited to the opening reception of the Island Art Exhibition at the Pritzlaff Conservation Center at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden on October 11 from 6 – 7:30 pm. Guests will be able to enjoy the art and views of the Channel Islands. Light appetizers and refreshments will be served. The event is free, but registration is required. The exhibition will be on display at the Garden from October 11 through November 6, 2016.

Plantanus racemosa, California Sycamore, Watercolor by Mitsuko Schultz, © 2016, all rights reserved.

Plantanus racemosa, California Sycamore, Watercolor by Mitsuko Schultz, © 2016, all rights reserved.

First place went to an acrylic painting by Marcia Burtt that depicts Prisoners Harbor on Santa Cruz Island. Nicole Strasburg won second place with a gouache etching of Scorpion Valley on Santa Cruz Island. Third place winner Estelle DeRidder used colored pencil to illustrate a native Toyon. An honorable mention was awarded to Mitsuko Schultz for her watercolor of a California Sycamore.

Registration and information for the opening reception at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is available on their website.

About the Island Art Exhibition:
The Island Art Exhibition explores creative practices at the intersection of art and science as a component of the California Islands Symposium. The Islands Symposia have been held every five years since 1965, and present recent work in all disciplines of natural, environmental, and cultural science on the California Islands, which include all of the islets, rocks, and islands off the Pacific coast of California and Baja California, Mexico. This juried art exhibition encourages a greater understanding and appreciation of the unique California Islands. The display features original paintings, watercolors, and pen and ink drawings that reflect the beauty of the islands.

About the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden:
The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is a 78-acre nonprofit educational and scientific institution that conserves California’s native plants through gardens, research, education, and sustainable practices. The Garden was founded in 1926 and is one of the nation’s oldest botanical gardens focused exclusively on native plants.

by Leslie Walker and Carol Woodin, posted by Deb Shaw

California Islands SymposiaThe 9th Annual California Islands Symposium is holding a juried show in conjunction with the National Park Service Centennial Celebration.

Exhibition dates:
October 3-7, 2016, Ventura Beach Marriott, Ventura, California

With special showing
October 9 – November 6, 2016, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Santa Barbara, California

Accepting Submissions: April 1, 2016 – July 1, 2016

Details for submission can be found at

Artists are invited to enter original artwork in any two-dimensional medium that reflects the beauty and uniqueness of the California islands. All entries must depict the flora, fauna, or landscapes of the California islands. The show will be hung for the duration of the conference. A special showing at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden will follow. Cash prize awards.

The California Islands Symposium and National Park Service believe that including the arts in the international symposium is a critical component in cultivating a greater appreciation of the unique California islands.

First Place $500
Second Place $300
Third Place $200

All winning entries and the Conference Choice entry will be published on the California Islands, Channel Islands National Park, and Santa Barbara Botanical Garden websites.

2016 Exhibition Calendar

  • April 1, 2016: Accepting entry forms and digital images
  • July 6: Deadline for receipt of images
  • August 3: Selection results mailed
  • September 26: Deadline for shipped artwork to be received
  • September 28: Deadline for hand-carried artwork
  • October 3: Exhibition opens to California Islands Symposium attendees and the public
  • October 7: Exhibition closes at 1:00 pm
  • October 9: Exhibition opens at Santa Barbara Botanical Garden
  • November 6: Exhibition closes at 3:00 pm. Pick-up until 5:00 pm
  • November 8: Artwork shipped back to artists

Open to all artists. Artists are invited to enter original artwork in any two-dimensional medium that reflects the beauty and uniqueness of the flora, fauna, and landscapes of the California Islands.

Digital Image Procedure
Entries may include up to three digital images. Artists will pay one entry fee for three images. All work must be .jpg file at least 300 dpi. It is crucial that all images be on the highest quality so our judges can fully appreciate and scrutinize your entry.

Entry Fees
$35 for each entry.

Jury Procedure
All artwork will be juried by digital image. Criteria for acceptance will include artistic presentation and technical use of medium, represented by a high-quality digital image. Artists whose work has been accepted will be notified by email by July 30, 2016. Winners will be selected by judges; final choices will be confirmed in person at the conference. The Conference Choice winner will be chosen by attendee votes at the conference.

Further Information
For further information, please check the California Islands Symposium website, or contact Paula Power, (805)658-5784.


Bruce Everett, Professor Emeritus, California State University Northridge, is a renowned landscape painter with over 50 years of experience teaching at the college level as Professor of Painting, Drawing and Design. His work is represented in museum and corporate collections, public commissions, and has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions. Everett’s work appears in many publications including L.A.Rising: SoCal Artists Before 1980.

Hank Pitcher, painter of California culture and the coastal landscape, is a Senior Lecturer SOE of the College of Creative Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he has been part of the core faculty since 1971. A cross-disciplinarian active in conservation, Pitcher is a member of the Advisory Committee of the University of California Natural Reserve System, the Oak Group, and supporter of numerous local and national conservation organizations. He is represented by Sullivan Goss, An American Gallery, Santa Barbara.

Karen Kitchel is intrigued by concepts of native vs. invasive, and landscapes that contain stories of human exploration, occupation, and change. The resulting paintings combine meticulous craftsmanship with a conceptual point of view and aggressive, minimalist presentation.

Kitchel’s oil paintings have been featured in exhibitions throughout the U.S., and are in numerous private and public collections worldwide, including the Denver Art Museum, the Palm Springs Art Museum, and the U.S. State Department, among others.

Karen Kitchel was born in Battle Creek, Michigan and graduated from Kalamazoo College and Claremont Graduate University. She has exhibited professionally for over thirty years, and is represented by Robischon Gallery of Denver, CO, and Gerald Peters Gallery of Santa Fe, NM and New York, NY.

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