Posted on April 23, 2022
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Foothills Forever hopes to preserve the West Mesa of the San Marcos foothills as an open public space
Oil painting by Rick Schloss “Sunrise Clouds”. (Rick Schloss)
Continuing its 36-year tradition of bringing attention to and supporting the preservation of open spaces in the natural world through their works of art, members of the Oak Group will hold their Spring 2022 Art Exhibition to benefit the Foothills Forever Fund, May 3-28, in the Santa Faulkner Gallery of Barbara Central Library, 40 E. Anapamu St.
Foothills Forever is a coalition between Save San Marcos Foothills, šumwič Chumash and Channel Islands Restoration. Working with the Santa Barbara Foundation and a management team, the group acquired the West Mesa in the San Marcos foothills with the intention of protecting it as an open public space.
The Foothills Forever Fund is finalizing two major grants and raising funds to repay two short-term loans and create an endowment to help maintain the property. The property is currently managed by Channel Islands Restoration in cooperation with Foothills Forever and the Allemall Foundation.
A reception with the artists is scheduled for May 5 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Faulkner Gallery. The show will also be viewable online May 2-29 at www.oakgroup.org and www.foothillsforever.org.
Active members of the Oak Group: Meredith Brooks Abbott, Whitney Brooks Abbott, Marcia Burtt, Chris Chapman, Bill Dewey, Michael Drury, Rick Garcia, Carrie Givens, Kevin Gleason, Whitney Brooks Hansen, Jeremy Harper, Ray Hunter, John Iwerks, Larry Iwerks , Manny Lopez, Linda Mutti, Rob Robinson, Ann Sanders, Rick Schloss, Thomas Van Stein, Skip Smith, Arturo Tello and John Wullbrandt. Guest artists are Tom Henderson, Terri Taber, Kerri Hedden, Rick Drake and Dan Schultz.
Oil painting by Kevin Gleason ‘Morning Glow.’ (Kevin Gleason)