Catalina Connection

The Wild Side Art Show set for Oct. 23

Sixth annual event features works interpreting the island’s rugged wildlands.

LONG BEACH — The sixth annual Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show is set for Oct. 23 and will feature the paintings of 10 nationally recognized plein air painters, who have interpreted Catalina Island’s wildlands, Avalon and Two Harbors in their works.

Sponsored by the Catalina Island Conservancy, this year’s show will take place at Newport Harbor Yacht Club in Balboa. As it has every year since its inception, the show will feature newly created works, painted in the plein air style, which is painting nature while in nature. The artists whose works will be on display and available for purchase are Brian Blood, John Cosby, Don Demers, Kathleen Dunphy, Andy Evansen, Debra Huse, Laurie Kersey, Kim Lordier, Ron Rencher and Matt Smith.

“The artists participating in the sixth annual Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show are providing a rare and beautiful portrait of the Conservancy’s protection and restoration of the Island,” said Ann M. Muscat, Conservancy president and CEO. “This event is an exceptional opportunity to see and purchase the works of these nationally acclaimed plein air artists and to support the Conservancy’s unique use of art for conservation’s sake.”

Proceeds from the sales of the artworks benefit the Conservancy’s conservation, education and recreation programs while also supporting the Conservancy’s permanent collection of plein air art. The collection documents the organization’s conservation efforts and progress in habitat restoration. Many of the paintings acquired during previous shows are on display for the public in the Conservancy’s Nature Center in Avalon Canyon.

The show will run from 1:30-2:30 p.m. at Newport Harbor YC, 720 West Bay Ave., Newport Beach, California. For more information, visit

Catalina Island Conservancy is headquartered in Long Beach.


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