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Artistry and Conservation Combine at Catalina Island Conservancy’s Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show

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Annual Catalina Island Conservancy Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show showcases the art of conservation.

The 13th Annual Catalina Island Conservancy Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show and Sale brought ten nationally-recognized artists to Newport Harbor Yacht Club in Newport Beach, Calif., on October 22. The event brought like-minded nature and art enthusiasts together to support the important conservation, education, and recreation work of Catalina Island Conservancy to preserve the treasures of the Island for future generations.

“Throughout the years, artists have illuminated the wonder of the natural world, finding beauty in the hard work that is, in fact, conservation,” said Conservancy President & CEO Whitney Latorre. “We are proud to continue that tradition through The Wild Side Art Show, which promotes the resilience of Catalina Island and the mission of the Conservancy through art.”

At various times this year, these special artists traveled to Catalina Island from around the country to translate the wonder of the Island onto canvas. This year’s artist roster, whose works were on display and available for purchase, included Suzie Baker, Carl Bretzke, John Cosby, Andy Evansen, Terri Ford, Jane Hunt, Kim Lordier, Michael Obermeyer, Joe Paquet and Ron Rencher. Michael Obermeyer received American Art Collector Magazine’s Editor’s Choice Award for his piece “Sheltering Cove.”

Art lovers were able to access high-resolution images of each piece as well as an artist video showcase their works the week before the event. More than 300 people registered to attend the show, whether virtually or in person.

“A celebratory mood marked the Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show this year where collectors were delighted by our featured artists interpretation of the Catalina’s unique beauty,” said Victoria Seaver Dean, Conservancy board member and event chair. “Patrons and artists alike are enthusiastic in their support of the work of the Conservancy.”

Gross revenue from this year’s event totaled over $118,000. Proceeds from the art show help fund Conservancy programs vital to conservation, education and recreation on Catalina Island.

It is still possible to bring a piece of the “wild side” home through a painting purchase. For those who missed participating during the show, or have a piece they haven’t been able to get out of their mind, the Conservancy is hosting an online sale of original works through Friday, November 3. Find more information at

Catalina Island Conservancy is very appreciative of the support of our Corporate Partners, especially Capital Group Private Client Services & J and Sarah Barnes, and Media Partner American Art Collector and International Artist Publishing.

Featured artists at the 13th Annual Catalina Island Conservancy: The Wild Side Art Show & Sale. Photo by Robb Rosenfeld