BayWood Artists was the first professional plein air painting group in
the Bay Area established with the purpose of saving the lands that
inspire their art.
They formed in 1997 and have worked with many
environmental organizations as well as other non-profits. The artists
are from Marin County, North Bay, East Bay and beyond.
Through an annual exhibition and sale at the Bay Model, funds are raised
for environmentally sensitive projects. They also aim to raise awareness
for organizations committed to their preservation. Fifty percent of the
proceeds from the exhibits are donated to those organizations.
Past BayWood Artist exhibits have helped benefit the Marin Open Space
District, Hawthorn Canyon; the Marin Agricultural Land Trust, (M.A.L.T.);
the restoration of Bolinas Lagoon; the Greenbelt Alliance; Fish Friendly
Farming; the restoration of Oakwood Valley near Mill Valley for the
Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy; the Marin Open Space District
for helping protect ridge land above Mill Valley; wetland restoration
for the Marin Bayland Advocates; the Bay Area Ridge Trail in its efforts
to complete the 400 mile greenbelt around the Bay Area; and the Golden
Gate National Parks Conservancy’s Redwood Creek Restoration Project.
For 2010, BayWood Artists are painting to support Marin Open Space
efforts on Ring Mountain in Tiburon.