2014 Harbor Seal Pupping Season Closures
From March 1 through June 30, the park implements closures of certain Tomales Bay beaches and Drakes Estero to water-based recreation to protect harbor seals during the pupping season. Please avoid disturbing seals to ensure a successful pupping season. More »
2014 Winter Shuttle Bus Operations Have Ended
March 30, 2014, was the last day for the 2014 Winter Shuttle Bus System. Sir Francis Drake Blvd. is open daily from now through late December 2014. More »
Operational Changes Took Effect on May 1, 2013
The Lighthouse Visitor Center is now only open Fridays through Mondays; closed Tuesdays through Thursdays, including Thanksgiving. The Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center is open on weekends and holidays when shuttles are operating. More »
Red Barn Art Exhibitions - 2012
In 2003, Point Reyes National Seashore Association (PRNSA) established the art gallery in the Red Barn Classroom at Point Reyes National Seashore. Rotating painting, photography, and educational exhibits several times a year, themes of the selected shows reflect the natural or cultural aspects of the Seashore and surrounding area.
The Red Barn Art Exhibitions of 2012 included:
Visit the Red Barn Art Exhibitions section of our Indoor Activities page to find out what is currently on display. The Red Barn art gallery is open by appointment only, Mondays through Fridays, 9 am to 4 pm; closed holidays and as otherwise noted. Please contact Carola DeRooy at 415-464-5125 or by email to schedule an appointment or for more information. For most exhibitions, there is also an accompanying artist reception, which is open to everyone.
To get to the Red Barn Classroom, follow the directions to Point Reyes National Seashore. As you proceed up the driveway toward the Bear Valley Visitor Center, turn left at the sign for the Red Barn Classroom.
"Marin, Sweet Marin"
Born in France, West Marin artist Emmeline Craig infuses her oil and watercolor paintings with blissfulness. Her intention is to soothe the mind, lift the spirit and feed the soul with primal exhilaration. Her landscapes incorporate peacefulness with whimsical humanity and place us in simple and beautiful landscapes that are unique to Marin. Her exhibit featured original works and Giclee prints on canvas and paper.
In addition to the exhibition, the public was invited to an artist's reception at the Red Barn Classroom on Saturday, October 27, 2012.
"BayWood Artists Celebrate Point Reyes: 50 Years of Beauty"
The BayWood Artists is a non-profit organization of well known professional artists dedicated to preserving the open spaces of the greater Bay Area, the lands they love, for future generations. Through annual exhibits and the sale of paintings, the artists hope to focus attention on, and raise funds and awareness for, those lands and the organizations committed to their preservation. This year's exhibitions celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Point Reyes National Seashore and raises funds for the Point Reyes National Seashore Association.
BayWood Artists: Chris Adessa, Christin Coy, Ben Farnham, Jon Francis, Paul Krattner, Sherrill Miller, Victoria Mimiaga, Zenaida Mott, Lissa Nicolaus, Tom Soltesz. 2012 Guest Artists: Krystal Allen, Martha Borge.
After the September 2012 BayWood Artists exhibition in the Red Barn Classroom ended on September 27, the show continued at The Bay Model Gallery at 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito from October 5 to 26, 2012.
The public was also invited to an Artists' Reception on Friday, October 5, 2012, at the Bay Model.
"Pastel Visions - West Marin and Beyond"
Bobbie Belvel's artwork depicts scenes of West Marin and points north and south along the coast. Bobbie Belvel is Point Reyes National Seashore's facilities management budget analyst.
In addition to the exhibition, the public was invited to an artists' reception at the Red Barn Classroom on Saturday, August 4, 2012.
"Picturing the Point Reyes Peninsula"
The public was invited to revisit the people and landscapes of the Peninsula through historic photographs and captions examining the area's history. The exhibit touched upon the Coast Miwok, 16th century explorers, the Mexican Land grant era, and the settlement of West Marin after the Gold Rush as a major dairy ranching and recreation area.
The photographs that were displayed are from the Point Reyes National Seashore Archives and the Jack Mason Museum of West Marin History.
"California Art Club Celebrates 50 Years of Point Reyes National Seashore"
The San Francisco chapter of the California Art Club presented a selection of juried plein air landscape oil paintings created within Point Reyes National Seashore to kick off a year-long celebration of the park's 50th Anniversary. The paintings were on display in the Red Barn Classroom weekdays from Friday, January 13, 2012, through Thursday, April 5, 2012. There was also an artists' reception on March 10, 2012.
The California Art Club was established in Los Angeles in 1909 to promote the fine arts and has nine chapters around the state. This exhibition featured work by: Chris Adessa, Nanette Biers, Christin Coy, Laura Culver, Michele DeBraganca, Paul Kensinger, Glen Kramer, Paul Kratter, Richard Lindenberg, Mark Monsarrat, Kathy O'Leary, Thomas Soltesz, Robert Steele and Dennis Ziemienski. To view samples of each artist's work, visit the California Art Club's CAC Celebrates 50 Years of the Point Reyes National Seashore web page.
Did You Know?
Elephant seals (Mirounga angustirostris)are the largest pinniped with males reaching a maximum of about 5,000 lbs. Harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) are much smaller with both males and females reaching a maximum weight of around 250 lbs. More...