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Meet the Artists for Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Catalina Island Conservancy


AVALON, Calif. – We introduced you last week to four of the plein air painters who will be featured at the Catalina Island Conservancy's Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show & Sale on Oct. 26. This week, we would like to you to meet four more artists.

Each will be among the 10 plein air painters who have spent considerable time on Catalina capturing the Island’s conservation in their works. All are plein air artists, which is a French term that translates as “in the open air.” It means these artists paint nature while they are in nature.

The Conservancy has been sponsoring the art show and sale since 2011, and proceeds from the sales of the artwork benefit the Conservancy, including establishing a permanent collection of plein air art that can be seen at the Nature Center in Avalon.

Among the artists participating in Catalina: The Wild Side this year is Andy Evansen, who first joined the show in 2012 and has been a part of it ever since. He began painting watercolors in the mid-1990s. He served as president of the Minnesota Watercolor Society from 2004 to 2006 and teaches workshops around the United States.

“There is such a beautiful quality to the light on Catalina, and I'm always aware of the island's unique history as well, he said. “Participating in Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show is such an honor for me.”

Kim Lordier, a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, participated in her first Catalina: The Wild Side show last year and said she’s excited to be among the artists capturing the Island’s conservation in her works.

“I hope my work helps to catalog the changes, helps to preserve the natural beauty and brings a little bit of the beauty into the homes of those who love Catalina,” she said.

She has been featured on the cover of Southwest Art and The Pastel Journal, as well as featured in Plein Air Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur, American Artist and The Artist Magazine. She is a Signature member of the Laguna Plein Air Painters, the Pastel Society of America and a Distinguished Pastelist in the Pastel Society of the West Coast.

John Cosby, who lives in San Clemente, also has participated in the show since 2011. He was born in Hollywood and raised in the West. He was a founding board member of the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association and is a signature member of California Art Club. He was also a founder of the Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational held at the Laguna Art Museum.

Matt Smith, who’s participated in the show since 2011, said he’s inspired by the Island’s wild side because he imagines that it looks “like areas of Southern California did 100 years ago.” He was born in Kansas City but moved to Arizona at a young age and  can often be found painting plein air from southern Arizona to the Canadian Rockies and from the California coast to the mountains of Colorado. Matt is a signature member of Plein Air Painters of America.

Please join us for Catalina: The Wild Side. For the first time, the event will take place on the mainland, at the Newport Harbor Yacht Club in Balboa, to bring the beauty of the Island to a larger audience. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit or call 562-437-8555 ext. 239

By Bob Reid
Bob Reid is the Catalina Island Conservancy’s chief development and communications officer.

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Catalina Island Conservancy

The Catalina Island Conservancy was formed in 1972 and is one of California’s oldest land trusts. Its mission is to be a responsible steward of its lands through a balance of conservation, education and recreation. The Conservancy protects the magnificent natural and cultural heritage of Santa Catalina Island, stewarding approximately 42,000 acres of land, 62 miles of rugged shoreline and more than 80 miles of trails. It operates the Airport in the Sky, Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden and two nature centers. Twenty miles from the mainland, the Island is home to more than 60 plant and animal species found nowhere else in the world. - Watch Video

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