Local Artists Capture “Conservation in Bloom”
SAN DIEGO – Join local artists as they celebrate the spring season at the eighth annual “Paint-Out” at the Water Conservation Garden (Garden) from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on April 9, 2011. Watercolorists of all skill levels are welcome to participate to capture on their canvases the lush, colorful scenery that springtime “California-friendly” blooms have brought to the Garden.
Co-sponsored by the City of San Diego’s Public Utilities Department and the San Diego Watercolor Society, the “Paint-Out” event will take place in the Garden’s Gazebo during the Spring Garden Festival. Accomplished artist Chuck McPherson will guide participants with a painting demonstration to introduce techniques that can be used in their interpretation of the water-wise garden. This event is offered free of charge. Participants should bring their own materials.
“We are grateful to the Garden and the San Diego Watercolor Society for showing us how beautiful water-efficient landscaping can be,” said Mayor Jerry Sanders. “With drier months approaching, it is important for San Diegans to continue the conservation ethic and to remember that San Diegans Waste No Water.”
“Not only does art empower, it’s also an inspirational method to express oneself and convey a message. The Garden is the perfect backdrop to inspire all San Diegans to bring the beauty we paint to life in their gardens and yards,” said Denise Tverdoch, President of the San Diego Watercolor Society.
The hours of the Spring Garden Festival are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parking and admission are free. The Garden is located on the campus of Cuyamaca College at 12122 Cuyamaca College Drive West, El Cajon, CA 92019. For more information on the festival or the Garden, please visit www.thegarden.org or call (619) 660-0614.
For more information on the San Diego Watercolor Society, please visit www.sdws.org or call (619) 876-4550. For more information on the “Paint-Out” event, please contact Debbie Lowery-Cunning at (619) 232-2112, ext. 103, or via email at DebbieL@CollaborativeServices.biz.
The City of San Diego’s Water Conservation Program reduces water demand through promoting or providing incentives for the installation of hardware that provides permanent water savings and by providing services and information to help San Diegans make better decisions about water use. For more information about Water Conservation, visit www.wastenowater.org or call (619) 515-3500.
The City of San Diego is one of six Joint Powers Agencies that own The Water Conservation Garden and have contracted with Friends of the Water Conservation Garden, a nonprofit organization, to manage it. These agencies also provide major funding for the Garden in an effort to increase water conservation through excellent displays and programs that educate and inspire the public.