artists capturing images of California Missions Trail | Culture & Leisure

Posted on June 7, 2022
| 6:51 p.m.

Outdoor artists painting landscapes between the three Santa Barbara County missions

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“Cliffs at Sunrise,” a painting by Margaret Ricks, received top honors at The California Missions Trail juried art exhibition from Carpinteria to Guadalupe. (Margaret Ricks)

This spring, artists from Southern California Artists Painting for the Environment (SCAPE) set their sights on painting scenes on the California Missions Trail between Carpinteria and Guadalupe.

The Historic Trail represents a journey through time that begins in the footsteps of Native Americans, retraces historic expeditions, and continues today with pilgrims, hikers, and cyclists enjoying California landscapes and Mission sites. The online exhibit includes the work of local artists using a variety of media to paint images from across Santa Barbara County.

Outdoor artists set up easels near the trail to capture images of the landscapes between the three Santa Barbara County missions and sometimes of the missions themselves.

“We are excited to share images of original artwork using a digital platform,” said Karen Glancy, Exhibition Chair for SCAPE. “This is our first online exhibition in SCAPE’s 20-year history.”

The exhibition, chaired by artist Marsha Burtt, rewarded several artists with prizes. Margaret Ricks received the Jury’s Choice Award; Joan Russell Price won 1st place; Nina Warner won 2nd place; and 3rd place goes to Libby Smith. Artists who received honorable mentions included Leigh Sparks, Kevin Gleason, Jerry Martin and Karen Glancy.

From now until July 24, the artwork will be available for sale online, with half of proceeds supporting nonprofits including the California Missions Trail Alliance, Los Padres Forest Association and SCAPE.

“This is a really exciting collaboration between artists and nonprofits,” said Mark Wilkinson, executive director of the Santa Barbara County Trails Council. “Each painting purchased and hung on the wall will not only inspire exploration and foster appreciation of the trail, but will also help fund future trail projects.”

The California Missions Trail Alliance promotes the iconic 800-mile hiking and biking route that connects urban and rural communities, providing spiritual, recreational and economic benefits to California residents.

Organizations supporting the alliance include the Santa Barbara County Trails Council, California Missions Foundation, California Mission Walkers, Old Mission Santa Barbara, and Carpinteria Morning Rotary.

To learn more about the California Missions Trail Alliance, visit Learn more about the Los Padres Forest Association at To learn more about SCAPE, visit


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