Bay Nature magazineSummer 2017


BayWood Artists Celebrate 20 Years of Painting With Mount Tam Show

June 28, 2017
Painting by Christin Coy, BayWood Artists

BayWood artist Christin Coy lives near Ring Mountain on the Tiburon Peninsula and regularly walks its trails in the afternoon and early evening light. In the summer, when a fine mist of incoming fog hangs in the air around Mount Tam, the setting sun reflects the light in a rose-gold glow. “The warm palette with the golden grass inspires me,” says Coy. “I’ve painted many views of Mount Tam.”

As have the other ten-or-so BayWood Artists, a collective of local professional painters who spotlight a Bay Area conservation group each year by creating landscape works of art and donating 50 percent of the proceeds to the organization. This year, to celebrate its 20th anniversary, the collective has turned its artistic eye toward Mount Tamalpais, Marin’s “west hill,” as translated from Coast Miwok. BayWood’s October gallery show in Ross will benefit One Tam, a coalition of the four public agencies responsible for the mountain’s environmental health.

“I feel good that my art is helping open eyes to how beautiful this place is,” says Coy, “and that the money goes to maintaining and preserving it.” For more, visit

About the Author

Victoria Schlesinger is the editor in chief of Bay Nature.