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Join Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) and Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority for a fun New Year’s event in downtown San Jose! Enjoy drinks, live music and beautiful art while connecting with other people who care about nature in the South Bay. We’re also excited to celebrate our recent conservation success in Coyote Valley! The event is free. Register in advance and receive a bandana with a custom Obi Kaufmann design at the door (while supplies last)! Drinks will be available for purchase at the Forager Bar.
We will be joined by incredible local artists and writers Jane Kim and Thayer Walker (aka Ink Dwell), as well as Obi Kaufmann (aka Coyote Thunder). You’ll have a chance to meet these artists and buy signed copies of their books The Wall of Birds and The State of Water. Additional artists will include Plein Air Artist Edward Rooks, Angie Chua of Boba Design, student artists from Grit Art and Tech Association, Jerarde Gutierrez, Joaquin Newman, Cameron Moberg. and Brittni Paul.
This event is part of POST’s community event series. These events are open to the general public as well as POST donors, and we hope you will join us! We also curate a separate series of private events for our donor community. Learn more about how you can support POST here: openspacetrust.org/support
Founded in 2012 by artist Jane Kim and writer Thayer Walker, Ink Dwell studio creates art that explores the wonders of the natural world. Merging classical techniques of science illustration with modern fine art, they create public and private commissions, illustrations, exhibitions and much more. Ink Dwell makes everyday places special and enhances iconic locations with wondrous imagery. To celebrate its centennial, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology commissioned Ink Dwell to paint a 2,500 square-foot mural titled “From So Simple a Beginning: Celebrating the Evolution and Diversity of Birds.” The mural depicts the 375 million year evolution of birds, from the 30-foot long Yutyrannus, ancestor of the first feathered dinosaur, to the tiny marvelous spatuletail hummingbird. All 270 species represented are painted to scale. Check them out on Instagram.
Obi Kaufmann is author of the popular and epic California best-sellers The California Field Atlas and The State of Water that are each filled with science, history, poetry and art. Growing up in the East Bay as the son of an astrophysicist and a psychologist, for Kaufmann, the epic narrative of the California backcountry holds enough art, science, mythology, and language for a hundred books to come. When he is not backpacking, you can find the painter-poet posting at @coyotethunder #trailpaintings on social media. Open Space Authority will be displaying commissioned original paintings of Coyote Valley by Obi Kaufmann at this event
Cameron “Camer1” Moberg’s art often has a theme of life, nature, positivity and spirituality. Growing up surrounded by concrete buildings and urban blight, Cameron wanted to contrast his surroundings by changing the mood of his community. Bringing nature in to a place where nature is lacking can often inspire and bring warmth to a cold, hard environment.
Edward Rooks is a naturalist and wildlife artist living in San Jose, California and works closely with the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority, having completed paintings of Coyote Valley and leading regular plein air workshops. Edward grew up on the Caribbean island nation of Trinidad and Tobago. He graduated Syracuse University in 1983, with a BFA in illustration. Edward worked at the Asa Wright Nature Centre in Trinidad between 1983-1986. Moved to the US in 1986 and moved to San Jose in 1988. He works as a freelance wildlife artist painting landscapes and wildlife with acrylics, teaches drawing workshops and illustrating for books and magazines. See his website
Angie Chua is a San Jose based lettering artist, illustrator, and founder of Bobo Design Studio. She designs and creates wanderlust inspired stationery and travel accessories that encourage, enable, and inspire people to get outside and explore the world around them. Angie will be creating a large chalk mural at the event that guests can view and take selfies with. She will also be selling her Wanderlust Passport Travel Journal and adventure-themed stickers that are inspired by the outdoors and desert plant life of California.
Bay Area Artists Joaquin Newman and Jerarde Gutierrez share their personal paintings and digitally collaborative works rooted in nature. Jerarde and Joaquin are artists who have grown up the urban East Bay-Area, and have found the lush and various natural areas of the hills, waterways, and coastlines to be inspiration for their artworks. From plein-air landscape paintings to expressionistic interpretations of birds and wildlife, they create images that put form to the spiritual connection humans have to nature. Jerarde’s landscapes are a dialogue with nature and reveal as much about the physical and mental experience as they reveal about the visual experience.
The act of gazing at nature, intensely, for hours in order to capture a painting, allows Jerarde to capture a sense of emotion, time and place. Joaquin’s painting practice pulls the bird spirit into view through the exploration of form and space. Taking guidance from ancient rituals of painting sacred birds on pottery, building in landforms, and carving into potent objects, Joaquin paints the intersections of nature and urbanity, the crepuscular dwelling between light and dark, and in these spaces birds emerge as our talismanic guides.
Brittni Paul is a self taught illustrator and mix media artist of all things nature with a passion in biology, geology and space. After leaving her corporate job in late 2018, she chose to finally pursue a life of art, even though she hadn’t drawn in over a decade. Her work focuses on flora and fauna on the brink of extinction: some iconic, some lesser known. Brittini wants to evoke an emotional connection with the animal and conjure up images of these diverse species thriving in their respective ecosystems. Her hope is that her work will inspire, challenge and inform.
GATA is a Bay Area non-profit organization dedicated to developing and sponsoring children’s artistic talents through active involvement in community services. By engaging their young artists to be active members of the community, they foster and teach common social values such as sharing and striving for excellence. The GATA students will be sharing some of their paintings for purchase, with proceeds benefitting GATA and POST! There will also be an opportunity to learn some basic art tips and tricks.
If you are a local artist who works with themes related to people, nature and land, and interested in having space at this event, please reach out to us at [email protected] Space is limited.
POST protects open space on the Peninsula and in the South Bay for the benefit of all. We havepreserved over 78,000 acres of open space in San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties. Explore this map to discover how the landscapes we protect and care for enhances the lives of residents and visitors, ensures a vibrant future for wildlife, and benefits our local economy.
The Open Space Authority works to protect the quality of life in Santa Clara County by preserving open space and natural resources. Since 1993, the Authority has protected over 25,000 acres of open space, natural areas, watersheds, and wildlife habitat – providing ecologically friendly outdoor recreation and preserving the natural beauty and environmental health of the Santa Clara Valley.
Pathways for Wildlife is a research organization specializing in identifying, monitoring, and implementing connectivity designs for wildlife movement within a landscape. During the event, we will be displaying videos and photos of their research on wildlife movement in the area.
Forager Tasting Room and Eatery is a proving ground for the food and arts community on South First Street in Downtown San Jose. They aim to be a stepping stone for the passionate to find a place here for their ideas to be refined and successful. Forager hosts a variety of community events and is also a venue for private gatherings in the heart of San Jose.