Nature Art Sale to Benefit Education Programs at the Refuge
Benefit education programs at the Refuge through art! Several local artists are donating proceeds from sales of their framed Nature Art works to the San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society. Up to 100% of the sale price will go to help support habitat preservation and educational work on the seven refuges of the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex.
Please scroll down below to browse the gallery of artists and their nature art portfolio. If you are interested in buying a painting, please click here to send an email to Mary Deschene, Program Administrator at the San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society. She will be happy to put you in touch with the artist to arrange a showing and purchase. Take home and enjoy your art purchase knowing that you have made a lasting contribution to support wildlife in the Bay area.
Kathy Kleinsteiber is a San Jose nature artist who left the Silicon Valley tech industry to follow her lifelong passion for creating art. She loves to explore nature and to create artwork based on what she sees along the trail.
“I like to remember that life on this Earth is not all about us. We are not alone in this world; other species also call this beautiful planet home.” — Kathy Kleinsteiber
Kathy’s artwork has been exhibited in various locations, including Triton Museum of Art, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Yosemite National Park, Joshua Tree National Park, University of Colorado Museum of Natural History, Filoli Gardens, Berkeley Botanical Gardens, Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, Pacific Art League, Santa Cruz Art League and the Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum. Visit her website at www.kathykleinsteiber.com.
Plants and Birds of the Nearby Oak Woodlands
Kathy's nature art portfolio is inspired by the common plants, birds and insects that you might encounter when walking in the oak woodlands in the hills surrounding Silicon Valley. These are high-quality giclee prints framed with archival mats, wood frames and plexiglass glazing. The entire sale price of $125 each will go to the SFBWS. You may view Kathy's art prints in person at the Environmental Education Center in Alviso and at the Refuge Visitor's Center in Fremont.
California Bay with Bush Tits by Kathy Kleinsteiber
California Bay with Bushtits
Umbellularia californica, Psaltriparus minimus
California bay, also called California laurel, bay laurel and pepperwood, is a large hardwood tree that grows in California’s coastal forests and in the western foothills of the Sierra Nevada. It tolerates serpentine soil, although it grows taller in areas without serpentine. It has ﬂower buds for much of the year; the small clusters of yellowish green ﬂowers appear in late winter and early spring. The fruit ripens in late fall.
Tiny bushtits travel in small ﬂocks from plant to plant, often hanging upside down, while gleaning small insects from the undersides of leaves.
California Buckeye with California Towhee by Kathy Kleinsteiber
California Buckeye with California Towhee
Aesculus californica, Melozone crissalis
California buckeye is a charismatic plant that is native only to California. It is summer deciduous and all of its seasonal phases are impressive, including the large breaking leaf buds in early spring, the showy ﬂower stalks in late spring, and the large fruit hanging in the leaﬂess trees in the fall.
California towhees are common in much of California, often seen on the ground, but can also be found perching in trees such as the buckeye.
California Coffeeberry with Dark-eyed Junco by Kathy Kleinsteiber
California Coffeeberry with Dark-eyed Junco
Frangula californica, Junco hyemalis
California coffeeberry is often found in serpentine soils. It has very small ﬂowers in the summer, followed by berries that change from green to red to deep purple. The berries look a bit like coffee beans, but don’t be tempted to eat them. They have a powerful laxative effect! Coffeeberry plants provide shelter and nesting habitat for birds, such as the female dark-eyed junco seen in this painting.
Coyote Brush with Ruby-crowned Kinglets by Kathy Kleinsteiber
Coyote Brush with Ruby-crowned Kinglets
Baccharis pilularis, Regulus calendula
Coyote brush is a very common shrub throughout much of California. It is dioecious, meaning that there are male plants and female plants. The plant on the left in this painting is the male plant with its tiny blooms. The plant on the right is the female plant with its ﬂowers and fruit. The ﬂowers bloom in the winter and produce seeds in late winter.
Coyote brush is popular with many small birds, such as the ruby-crowned kinglet depicted here. The male bird is shown in the male plant; the female bird is shown in the female plant. The male shows his ruby crown only occasionally. Ruby-crowned kinglets are winter visitors to much of California. They migrate to the mountains or north for the summer.
Toyon with Bumblebee by Kathy Kleinsteiber
Toyon with Bumblebee
Heteromeles arbutifolia, Bombus sp.
Toyon is a common shrub of the California chaparral and oak woodlands. Large clusters of small white ﬂowers bloom in early summer. The strong scent brings many insects to the ﬂowers, including bumblebees, such as the one depicted here.
The bright red fruit ripens in the fall and persists through much of the winter. Many birds and mammals feast on the fruit.
Toyon is sometimes called California Holly or Christmas Berry. It is a principle plant of the Hollywood hills, and the famous movie mecca is said to have gotten its name from this plant.
Monterey Cypress by Kathy Kleinsteiber
This is the only artwork in this display that depicts a species that does not live in the oak woodlands. It was painted for a group show of plants on the island of Alcatraz.
Alcatraz, the infamous former prison on a rocky island in the San Francisco Bay, is where you will ﬁnd the tree depicted in this painting. The island was originally the home only to native grasses and to thousands of birds. Gardens were planted on Alcatraz when it was a fort and later when it was a prison.
The Monterey cypress is native to the central coast of California. In the 1920s, many San Francisco residents found Alcatraz to be an eyesore, so the California Wildﬂower and Spring Blossom Society donated Monterey cypress trees to beautify the island. They have been thriving there ever since.
Leather Oak with Stink Bug and Beaked Twig Galls by Kathy Kleinsteiber
Leather Oak with Stink Bug and Beaked Twig Galls
Quercus durata, Chinavia hilaris, Disholcaspis plumbella
Leather oak is a very small shrub oak only found in serpentine areas of California. Leather oaks can grow up to 10 feet tall, but many are less than 3 feet tall. Individual plants produce both male and female ﬂowers in the summer. The male ﬂowers are borne on thin catkins. The female ﬂowers are inconspicuous and closer to the branches. The female ﬂowers become tiny, immature acorns, which ripen to big, round acorns in the fall. Sometimes dried catkins are found with the mature acorns, as shown in the painting.
Many insects are attracted to the leather oak. The stink bug shown here is feasting on a leaf. The beaked twig wasp lays its eggs on the leather oak, injecting a chemical that causes the oak to make the colorful galls shown here.