The Wildling Museum of Art and Nature and the Southern California Artists Painting for the Environment (SCAPE) present Places of the Heart, a juried exhibition and sale celebrating treasured places in the tricounty area.

Guided by input from the community, members of SCAPE painted in locations through the San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties. The plein air works showcase the amazing natural features of our region and the talent of the SCAPE artists. Judge Eric Merrell of the California Art Club reviewed the 160 paintings and narrowed it down to 77. The selected works will be on view and available for purchase from October 8 through October 23. For an early look at the exhibition, purchase your ticket to the Art Party on October 7.

Along with presenting an exhibition, SCAPE will be out in Solvang demonstrating their techniques on the weekends and providing associated programming while the show is on view.

SCAPE artist Pamela Zwehl-Burke will be offering a workshop for children to create their own landscape wind chime from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on October 15. Pamela, assisted by other artists from SCAPE will give a personalized tour of the exhibition and provide the necessary materials and instruction for the wind chime activity. $5 per child, $2 for siblings and registration can be completed at the Wildling, by calling 805-686-8315 or online.

To close the exhibition SCAPE will provide a free reception and artist panel featuring Nancy Freeman and Larry Iwerks as panelists, while Tony Askew moderates at 2 p.m. on October 23.

The Wildling Museum, where art and nature meet, offers visitors a unique perspective on the importance of preserving our natural heritage. Through the eyes of artists, education and field experiences, guests can renew their relationship with the wilderness and understand its fragile nature – hopefully leaving more committed toward ensuring those spaces remain for future generations. For more information, to volunteer and/or join as a member to support this important local arts and nature institution please visit