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(Carpinteria, CA) February 3, 2020 --- Three art pieces showcasing Carpinteria’s famously large Wardholme Torrey pine will be claimed by lucky winners on Saturday, Feb. 15 at the Art for a Cause drawing and celebration beneath the massive branches of the pine at 5100 Carpinteria Ave. The free event begins at 3 p.m. and will feature refreshments, live music by the Americana Cats, an introduction to participating artists, and a brief history of the landmark tree, the largest of its kind in the world.

Local artists Lety Garcia, Ted Rhodes and Brian Tepper generously donated their individual interpretations of the great pine to the Art for a Cause event. The full $5 cost of each ticket sold will benefit the Carpinteria Branch Library. Tickets can be purchased at the Friends of the Library Used Book Store, 5103 Carpinteria Ave., or through the Friends website, They will also be sold at the Feb. 15 celebration prior to the drawing.

Friends of the Carpinteria Library is an all-volunteer nonprofit whose mission is to support the library in meeting the needs of the Carpinteria community.

Media contact:

Lea Boyd

(805) 698-3390


(Carpinteria, CA) May 22, 2018 --- Art and literature make excellent companions, and the Friends of the Carpinteria Library bookstore just unveiled a diverse exhibit of paintings to pair with its diverse literary offerings. Celebrated local painters Arturo Tello, Whitney Abbott, Lety Garcia, John Wullbrandt and Gary Campopiano each contributed a pair of paintings to the show that will hang indefinitely at the bookstore located at 5103 Carpinteria Ave.

“We’re thrilled to have these five talented local artists represented on the bookstore walls,” said Friends Co-chair Gaby Edwards. “Their vibrant works enhance our customers’ book-buying experience, and a portion of every art sale will directly benefit Carpinteria Library.”

Friends of the Library funds approximately 20 percent of the Carpinteria Library’s annual operating costs, and most of these funds are generated through the volunteer-run bookstore. The bookstore has showcased dozens of local artists over several years, and income from art sales has helped to support the underfunded library. The newest show was the brainchild of longtime Friends art committee chair Foster Markolf, who passed away suddenly before the works were hung.

Artist Lety Garcia said that she didn’t hesitate to contribute her pieces to the show when Markolf asked. “I love to support books and reading, and I wish to support the Carpinteria Library in a way that promotes its longevity and gives the next generation of readers access to books,” she said.

Bookstore hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The bookstore also will be open on Sundays in the summer. For more information, visit

Media contact:

Lea Boyd

(805) 698-3390

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