Wild Side Art Show brings Catalina Island to canvas

NEWPORT BEACH—Catalina Island Conservancy will be bringing the island’s picturesque landscape, secluded beaches and wildlife to Newport Beach. The annual Wild Side Art Show and Sale is returning for a ninth year on Oct. 20.

More than 90 paintings created specifically for the show will be on display and for sale.  The 11 featured artists have visited the island throughout the year to capture Catalina Island’s wild interior as well as popular spots in Avalon and Two Harbors.

Contributing artists are Cindy Baron, John Cosby, Don Demers, Aimee Erickson, Andy Evansen, Paul Kratter, Kris Lael Temple, Kim Lordier, Michael Obermeyer, Colin Page and Joe Paquet.

The show celebrates the longstanding tradition of plein air painting on Catalina Island, with many art show pieces done in the plein air style, which focuses on painting the landscape of the great outdoors using natural lighting.

The art show takes places at Newport Beach Yacht Club. Patron sponsors will get the earliest admission at 1 p.m. and an opportunity to meet and speak with artists. Priority admission ticket holders will get an extra hour of purchasing time before general admission access from 2:30-4:30 p.m. General admission tickets cost $100 for non-conservancymembers and $75 for conservancy members.

The event is the conservancy’s second largest annual fundraising event. Money raised will help fund Catalina Island Conservancy’s conservation, education and recreation programs and efforts. The non-profit is one of the oldest private land trusts in Southern California, protecting 88 percent of Catalina Island, including more than 62 miles of unspoiled beaches and secluded coves.

Funds are also used to establish a permanent collection of plein air art that documents the conservancy’s conservation efforts and progress in habitat restoration. A rotating exhibit of the paintings acquired during previous shows is currently on display for the public in the conservancy’s new Trailhead Visitor Center in Avalon. The visitor center opened to the public in April and provides information about hiking and biking permits, trail maps, detailed information on campgrounds, native flora and fauna, ecology and history.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit one.bidpal.net/wildside19/welcome.

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