Conservation Through the Eyes of Artists
CONSERVATION THROUGH THE EYES OF ARTISTSPAINTERS, MUSICIANS, WRITERS AND PHOTOGRAPHERS ALIKE ARE INSPIRED BY CRYSTAL COVE’S BEAUTY AND CONVEY MESSAGES OF CONSERVATION AT THE PARK IN THEIR STUNNING WORKS.
Impressionism at Crystal Cove dates back to the early 1900s, when the beauty of Southern California drew painters who settled in among like-minded individuals to create an artists’ colony. Inspired by the rocky cliffs, sandy beaches and colorful wildlife, artists flocked to Crystal Cove to capture and record the pristine coastline, preserving its images for generations to come. In the years since, the artistic progress at Crystal Cove has only broadened.
Today, artists ranging from resident photographers like J. Christopher Launi to composers like Cal State Fullerton’s Pamela A. Madsen—who created the original work, “Into the Heart of the Earth: Crystal Cove,” that debuted at the opening of the Berns Environmental Study Loop earlier this year—use their works to further the conservation agenda at Crystal Cove State Park. These paintings, musical compositions, photographs, poems and more help to fuel conservation efforts at Crystal Cove by showcasing the beauty of nature to the general public, thus illustrating how important it is to protect and preserve the tide pools, trails and marine life in the park.
Next month, Crystal Cove Alliance is excited to showcase arts in the park in a Laguna Beach Magazine article done in partnership with Firebrand Media. The June issue of the magazine will highlight how talented artists are capturing the park in their work and raising awareness for CCA’s conservation efforts. Be sure to check out the issue and stop by the Cove this summer to see the series of three articles on display in Cottage #46.