Arts Program

The Arts Program supports the Foundation’s mission by teaching people of all ages the beauty and importance of our native flora and landscape through exhibitions, art classes, lectures, and special events.

Three exhibitions each year in the Theodore Payne Gallery and our annual Artist-in-Residence program support and display the work of modern, contemporary and historical fine artists whose creations were influenced by the California flora, landscape, and natural history.

In addition, our all-volunteer Arts Council produces occasional public talks and classes, as well as prints and note cards based on the Foundation’s permanent art collection. A percentage of the proceeds for all activities benefits the Foundation. Arts Council membership is open to anyone interested in art, nature and the Foundation. To join or learn more, contact: arts at

Arts Council 
Janet Blank
Andrew Chaves
Snowdy Dodson
Joan M. Harrison, Chair