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March 21, 2011 (San Diego's East County) -- The Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation will present "Where the Wild Things Grow," an exhibition features paintings by seven award-winning artists in the Mission Trails Regional Park Gallery from March 26 through April 22.


The public is also invited to a reception in honor of the artists on Sunday, April 3 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Admission is free.


About the Artists:


Marji Cramer is an accomplished artist who works in many mediums, including pastel, scratchboard, pen & ink, oil, gouache, watercolor, colored pencil and acrylic. She also does calligraphy and decorative painting. Her commission work is in great demand and her paintings are included in private collections throughout the United States.


Shandel Gamer was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada and immigrated to the United States with her family when she was six years old. Her serious interest in art began in high school. An award-winning wildlife artist, Shandel has become known for her paintings of the birds of San Diego County and California. Shandel presently serves as the Art Coordinator for the Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center Gallery.

Marilyn Grame has always been artistically inclined. She refined her natural gift by studying with several West Coast artists. Her special affection for animals is evident in her realistic renderings of wildlife. Her paintings are included in private collections throughout the United States and Europe. Marilyn has been an art educator for nearly forty years, teaching and painting in a wide range of media and subject matter.


Karen Howard began her award-winning art career as a seascape painter. However, more recently she has begun a series of still life paintings. Karen’s still life paintings demonstrate her mastery of light and shadow. Her vibrantly colored artwork often elicits the question, “Is that really Pastel?” The answer is an unequivocal “yes!” Karen’s work is representational with a photo-realistic quality. Her paintings are in private collections on both the east and west coasts of the United States.


Betty Johnsen had a great deal of interest in art in her high school days and did lots of art projects, art displays and designing. She has studied with several well-known regional art instructors. From these studies, Betty has developed an award-winning style uniquely her own. She has received many awards and commissions, and her paintings are in collections in the U. S. and Canada.


Carol McClure is a multimedia award-winning artist who paints in several media including: Oils, Pastels, Colored Pencil and Scratch Board. Carol is equally adept at painting various subjects and easily moves from landscapes to flowers, portraits and wildlife. Carol's artwork can be found in collections in the U.S. & in Europe.

Barbara Peterson’s serious interest in her art began when she discovered the great adult education art classes. Inspired, Barbara became committed to her painting. Barbara paints wildlife, still life, portraits and landscapes. She does commissioned paintings as well as paintings for gallery shows. In addition to her own art, Barbara teaches Adult Education Art classes for the Grossmont School District.


The MTRP Visitor and Interpretive Center is located at One Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego, CA 92119, and it is open daily from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


The MTRP Foundation was formed in 1988 as a 501(c) (3) non-profit public benefit corporation.
For more information, please contact Shandel Gamer, Art Coordinator, at 619-562-5791 or Roland Roberge, MTRP Foundation, at 619-668-3280.  For more information, visit www.mtrp.org.