BayWood Artists, a nonprofit group of artists that create 100+ original paintings each year, once again supports the multi-faceted campaign to restore Mount Tamalpais.

Baywood Artists, seen gathered at Bon Tempe Lake for a paint-out in September, have created the following paintings for an Oct. 6-8 show, clockwise from top left: “Memorial Park View” by Sherrill Miller, “Where the Mountain Meets the Sea” by Jon Francis, “Marin County Coastline” by Kanna Aoki, “Heading Up” by Bob Frank and “Mill Valley View” by Sherrill Miller. Courtesy images.

For 20 years, the prolific and talented BayWood Artists have been plying their paint brushes for an art show to raise funds and bring awareness to Bay Area nonprofit environmental organizations, from the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and the Point Reyes National Seashore Association to the Marin Conservation League.

For the second consecutive year, the organization is using its annual show, set for October 6-8 at the Marin Art & Garden Center, to support One Tam, a community campaign of the Tamalpais Lands Collaborative to “raise awareness about the need to maintain the long-term health of Mt. Tam, engage more volunteers in caring for its treasured resources, and renew the spirit of philanthropy that has been so fundamental to the preservation of Mt. Tam over the past century.” The Tamalpais Lands Collaborative includes California State Parks, Marin County Parks, Marin Municipal Water District, and the National Park Service along with the nonprofit Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.

The show, dubbed “One Mountain – One Tam: BayWood Artists Celebrate 20 Years,” features more than 100 new watercolor and oil paintings of views, trails, and the natural environment in and around Mount Tamalpais. Fifty percent of all sales will be donated to One Tam.

A group of 10 artists created BayWood Artists in 1997, drawing inspiration a year earlier, when San Anselmo artists Zeneida Mott, Lissa Nicolaus and Sherrill Miller were approached by Mary Welch, then-director of MarinScapes, an art show that benefits Buckelew Programs. It was suggested that since they all painted landscapes, the artists could do something to also preserve the land they loved to paint. BayWood Artists has remained small in size with about 10-12 members with guest artists added every year.

Funds raised at this event go directly to One Tam programs and programs (MORE INFO). One of those programs is the upcoming “Tam’s Wild Side: 2017 Mt. Tam Wildlife Symposium” on Oct. 26 at the Marin Art & Garden Center, where One Tam researchers will unveil results from the Wildlife Picture Index Project’s first three years’ of data collection on Mt. Tam, give updates on other wildlife studies (such as bats and pollinators) coming out of last years’ Health of Mt. Tam report, and share upcoming projects to support the mountain’s wildlife. The event serves as a follow-up to the 2016 Mt. Tam Science Summit.

The 411: The “One Mountain – One Tam: BayWood Artists Celebrate 20 Years” exhibit by BayWood Artists to benefit One Tam is set for Oct. 6-8, with an Opening Reception on Friday, October (5-8pm), with works available to purchase on  Saturday, October 7 and Sunday October 8th. All events are free and open to the public. MORE INFO.

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