Catalina Connection

Third annual ‘Wild Side’ Art Show and Sale Set for June 21-22

Byline: The Log Staff

Third annual ‘Wild Side’ Art Show and Sale Set for June 21-22

Eleven nationally acclaimed plein air artists will display their interpretations of Catalina’s rugged wild lands, as well as Avalon and Two Harbors, at the annual “Catalina: The Wild Side” Art Show and Sale, June 21-22.

Proceeds from the sale of the paintings will help to establish a permanent collection of plein air artwork that documents Catalina Island’s “wild side” and the Catalina Island Conservancy’s restoration efforts.

The art show itself is scheduled from 2-5 p.m. June 22 at the Catalina Island Country Club. Tickets are $55 per person; $40 for Catalina Island Conservancy members.

The night before the show, the conservancy will host a special Artists Preview Dinner at Castillo del Mar, the home of Blanny Avalon Hagenah, a great-granddaughter of William Wrigley Jr. The featured plein air artists will join guests to discuss and preview select paintings that will be available at this year’s show. Tickets are $175 per person; $150 for Conservancy Leadership Circle members.

An optional post-show prix fixe dinner is scheduled for June 22 at Catalina Island Country Club, with a no-host bar. Tickets are $55 per person, including tax and gratuity.

Art show and event attendees can register online at

For more than 15 years, the Society for the Advancement of Plein Air Painting has produced an art show on Catalina Island featuring works that told the story of everyday life on the island. After many successful years, some members of the society’s board of directors decided to take a step in a new direction. In 2011, they partnered with the Catalina Island Conservancy to create “Catalina: The Wild Side,” a “re-imagined” art show that would bring attention not only to the much-loved town of Avalon, but the thousands acres of land that lies beyond: Catalina’s wild side.

Proceeds from this show benefit the conservancy and are used to establish a permanent collection of plein air art that documents the Conservancy’s conservation efforts and progress in habitat restoration. The paintings acquired during the 2011 and 2012 shows are currently on display to the public in the conservancy’s Nature Center in Avalon Canyon, and a rotating exhibit of pieces from the growing collection will continue to be shown to visitors.

The mission of the Catalina Island Conservancy is to be a responsible steward of its lands through a balance of conservation, education and recreation. Through its ongoing efforts, the conservancy protects the natural and cultural heritage of Santa Catalina Island, stewarding approximately 42,000 acres of land, 60 miles of rugged shoreline and more than 200 miles of roads, as well as the Airport in the Sky and the Wrigley Memorial and Botanic Garden.

The conservancy works actively to keep Catalina wild by engaging in conservation and restoration efforts that have roots in sound science. By inspiring visitors to become responsible stewards of the living Earth, the conservancy helps to ensure that today’s children and future generations will be able to enjoy Catalina Island’s abundance of natural beauty.

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