Twenty-five professional artists and photographers have independently organized themselves to support the mission of Solano Land Trust and made a commitment to produce a body of work inspired by the Trust’s open spaces and protected agricultural lands.

A group show of their work, organized by artists Susan Schneider and Deanna Forbes, will be exhibited exhibit at the Marilyn C. O’Rourke Gallery at the Benicia Public Library April 1– May 6, 2012. A Reception for the Artists will be April 1, 2012 at 2–5pm. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.

An Earth Day Awareness program is scheduled for April 21, 2-5pm in the Dona Benicia Room at the Benicia Public Library. A film screening of Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and A Land Ethic for Our Time and a presentation by Solano Land Trust are planned. The event is free and open to the public though seating is limited. To reserve a seat, RSVP at or contact Solano Land Trust directly at 707-432-0150, ext. 200 or email

In order to bring public awareness through exhibits and sales of their work to support to the Land Trust’s mission of preserving open space and creating agricultural easements protecting farmland in Solano County, each artist has agreed to produce a minimum of 6 original works in any medium. Each artist brings a distinctive and developed voice to the effort.

The works of sixteen of the artists will be exhibiting: Adriana Arriaga, Ellen Dodd, Becky Dolcini, Deanna Forbes, Linda Grebmeier, Lisa Greenstein, Carlyle Johnson, Betsy Kendall, Diana Krevsky, Marc Pandone, Chris Ray, Brian Rothstein, Susan Schneider, Gregory Vasgerdsian, Irby Walton, and Doug Wirtz.

The artists have in common their professionalism and commitment to their craft, finding inspiration in local landscape and renewing a connection to the land, and their desire and commitment to bring awareness and support to Solano Land Trust and land conservation issues.

Each artist brings years of professional study and practice to their efforts, working to express aspects of the visual splendor to be found in the flora and fauna of rolling oak grasslands, ancient vernal pools, lush tidal marshes, and the rich agricultural heritage of the Central Valley. Painters and photographers work solo or in small groups at Jepson Prairie, King-Swett Ranch, Lynch Canyon, Rush Ranch, and agricultural sites protected by Solano Land Trust easements. A few painters work in plein air––sometimes finishing a painting on site. Others do quick sketches and make small studies to take back to their studios for larger or abstracted works later in oils, pastels, acrylics, casein, or mono-prints.

Similarly, photographers working with a variety of format express their unique voices. Shooting in 35mm, large format, film or digital cameras, some work in black & white, others in color, while a few manipulate digitally to capture a moment, a mood, a sense of place, working in personal way to connect with spaces and habitats.

The collection of work portrays a rich visual portrait of the beauty and diversity of the local natural world waiting to be discovered and cherished. We hope as artists that in the coming exhibits we can share with the public what has inspired us by Solano Land Trust’s remarkable efforts to conserve local open space. And we hope that through art we can encourage others to find or re-new their own connections with nature and to discover and support Solano Land Trust.

Seeing Solano II: Solano Land Trust through the eyes of artists
Opening and Artists’ Reception April 1, 2012, 2-5pm
Marilyn Citron O’Rourke Gallery
Benicia Public Library

Earth Day Awareness Program
April 21, 2012, 2-5pm
Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time
Dona Benicia Room
Benicia Public Library

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