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Evansen, Dempwolf among artists this June

By Bob Rhein

Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show and Sale will return for its second year from 2 to 5 p.m., Saturday, June 23, at the Catalina Island Country Club. Eleven renowned artists from across the country will display their plein air artwork created exclusively on Catalina Island. Two artists new to the Wild Side event in 2012 are Karl Dempwolf and Andy Evansen.

Like last year, a private dinner and preview of select works for sale by the artists will be held the evening before the show at Castillo del Mar, the spectacular hillside home of Blanny Avalon Hagenah, a great granddaughter of William and Ada Wrigley. Ticket information and event details will be found soon on the Conservancy’s web site. In the months to come, Conservancy Update will introduce Ben Fenske and re-introduce the artists from last year.

Karl Dempwolf

Karl Dempwolf spent his childhood growing up in the picturesque Bavarian countryside. At the age of 14 he and his family immigrated to the United States on the steamship S.S. America.  He studied at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, and the University of Southern California, earning his Master’s degree in 1974. Also in 1974 he won the coveted CINE Golden Eagle award for his film, The Story of a Craftsman. The same film also won the Silver CINDY award and Best of Show at the Bellevue International Film Festival in Washington. His film career ended when painting became his passion.

Dempwolf's work can be found in publications from North Light Books, entitled Art from the Parks. His paintings are in the permanent collections of large corporations, among them McGraw-Hill Publishers, and the National Park Foundation. Dempwolf's newly published book, A Painter's Journey, is available on this web site: This is the first time Dempwolf has ever painted on Catalina.

Andy Evansen

Andy Evansen began painting watercolors in the mid 1990s, is largely self-taught, and has studied with such well-known watercolorists as Skip Lawrence, Eric Weigardt and Alvaro Castagnet. He served as president of the Minnesota Watercolor Society from 2004 to 2006 and teaches workshops around the United States.

Evansen’s paintings have appeared on the cover of American Artist's Watercolor magazine and in International Artist and American Art Collector magazines. He wrote an article about his trip to China that was published in American Artist called "Plein Air Painting in the Far East."

He took part in Coleman Fine Art's “Wet Paint 2007” plein-air event, where four artists from around the country were invited to paint the city of Charleston, South Carolina, for a week. Evansen is the first watercolorist to participate in a Wild Side art show.

A Painter’s Journey Continues -- Former Filmmaker Karl Dempwolf spent his childhood years in Bavaria.


Watercolorist Aboard – Andy Evansen is the first watercolorist to participate in a Wild Side show.


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