Plein Air at the Lost Coast  Plein Air Event
"Capture the Magic"
September 30, - October 4, 2015
Shelter Cove, CA

Welcome to Plein Air at the Lost Coast 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 66 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 second year of "Plein Air at the Lost Coast".  We had a fabulous inaugural event with over 45 artists, $5,000 in prize money and plenty of fun events for artists and family members.  Our second event should be bigger and better.  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.  

We have worked hard to put together a complete experience for those who join us. We have workshops, contests, 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 located to the left.  You will find updated information, as well as newly added pictures of the scenery you will find when you get to Shelter Cove.  Please join us on September 30.  I look forward to personally welcoming you!

Mark Mitchell- President

Shelter Cove Arts and Recreation Foundation

$5,000 in prize money!

          See awards tab for details.


  Sterling Hoffmann

   Susan Fox

  Monika Piper Johnson