$5,000 in prize money!

          See awards tab for details.


Barbara Tapp

Mark Monsarrat

Suzi Long

Welcome to Plein Air at the Lost Coast -2016 and Shelter Cove!

On behalf of the Shelter Cove Arts and Recreation Foundation (SCARF), the sponsor of  Plein Air at the Lost Coast, I want to personally welcome and thank you for visiting this website. 

I discovered Shelter Cove and Southern Humboldt  quite by accident.  For years, I had traveled through the area, unaware of the unique beauty of the Lost Coast, only 20 miles from Highway 101.  Within a month of "discovering" it, my wife and I purchased land and eventually built a home. I have now traveled to six continents and over 72 countries and nowhere have I found a place that "Capture's the Magic" as that of the Lost Coast.  As an artist, everywhere you look is another picture waiting to be captured in paint, water color, pastel, or whatever choice of medium you prefer. 

This is our third year of "Plein Air at the Lost Coast".  We continue to expand the event with new opportunities to paint and events for the whole family.  Our third event should be bigger and better including $5,000 in prize money.  I guarantee that those  who join us this year will be amazed at our wild and untamed rugged scenery.  Not only are there oceans to paint, but thousands of square miles of wilderness mountains surrounding us in the Majestic King  Range National Conservation Area and the neighboring Redwood Parks.  

Our artists told us that they wanted more food options last year.  Keep in mind that your registration includes the welcome dinner and three continental breakfasts.  We have a barbeque for you again on Saturday afternoon.  And this year, in addition to working with Delgada Pizza which offered meal deals last year  we have added Steve's Restaurant  to have box lunches and dinners available to you each day.  We will be even be giving you the opportunity to order your meals the night before so that it will be waiting for you. And for those of you who want inexpensive lodging and kitchen facilities, there are great choices for you at the Beachcomber Hotel and Mario's, as well as at many other of our local hotels.

We have worked hard to put together a complete experience for those who join us. This year, we have  registration at the Historic Benbow Inn(as well as in Shelter Cove) and a quick draw the first day to really get things going. We have workshops, 2 Quick Draws, prizes, hikes, social opportunities and hours of time to create your work. SCARF working with our partners, the Bureau of Land Management, the Humboldt Lodging Alliance, and the Humboldt Insider/North Coast Journal has assured your experience here will remain with you for a lifetime.  Your  skills as an artist will grow and your artwork will forever "Capture the Magic".

Be sure to visit the Facebook link to the Shelter Cove Arts and Recreation Foundation-Plein Air at the Lost Coast linked at the left.  On Facebook,you will see last year's winners,  pictures of Shelter Cove, and updated information on Plein Air.  We are excited to announce SCARF has opened Shelter Cove's first art gallery!    Please join us on September 28.  I look forward to personally welcoming you!

Mark Mitchell- President

Shelter Cove Arts and Recreation Foundation

Plein Air at the Lost Coast  Plein Air Ev
"Capture the Magic"
September 28, - October 2, 2016
Shelter Cove, CA