Conservancy’s art show reaches international audience online

Artwork pictured above created by Michael Obermeyer

Gross revenue from this year’s event totaled more than $160,000

The Catalina Island Conservancy’s 2020 Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show and Sale celebrated its 10-year anniversary by going online.

Ten nationally-recognized artists created pieces especially for this show that highlighted the wonder of Catalina Island.

It was the first time in its history that the art show has gone online, with art lovers accessing high-resolution images and video introductions unique to each piece.

The virtual exhibition began Sunday, Oct. 25, and reached an audience of art lovers from 25 states and four different countries.

“We love connecting artists to our Conservancy supporters and looked for new ways to evolve the feeling that we typically create during our in-person event,” said Victoria Seaver Dean, Conservancy board member and event chair.

“We have heard that people loved hearing the artists talk about their experience painting each piece and valued the time that they were able to spend going through the digital catalog,” said Dean.

“We are thrilled that more people from around the world have been able to participate and appreciate the work of these incredible artists,” said Dean.

This year’s artist roster, whose works were on display and available for purchase, included Cindy Baron, John Budicin, John Cosby, Andy Evansen, Paul Kratter, Kim Lordier, Michael Obermeyer, Colin Page, Joe Paquet and Ron Rencher.

Gross revenue from this year’s event totaled more than $160,000. Proceeds from the art show help fund Conservancy programs vital to conservation, education and recreation on Catalina Island. Landscape paintings help tell the story of the Island’s ecological history.

The Conservancy has a rotating display of artwork from the Catalina: The Wild Side collection at the Trailhead in Avalon.

This educational exhibit provides a historical view from the eyes of artists visiting Catalina throughout the years.

The Conservancy is very appreciative of the support of Capital Group as an Artist Partner Sponsor and The Works Consulting as a Paint Brush Partner and our Media Partners, Plein Air Magazine and American Art Collector.