Shorebirds take the opportunity to forage for food along the mud bank in Palo Alto Baylands. The nature reserve will inspire painters participating in the Baylands Visiting Artist Series. Archival photo of Magali Gauthier.

This summer, local artists will show off their talent at the Palo Alto Baylands EcoCenter.

Peninsula Outdoor Painters partners with Environmental Volunteers for the Baylands Visiting Artist Series, which brings artists to the EcoCenter to share their paintings inspired by the popular nature reserve.

From 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on show days, visitors can experience the Baylands from a new perspective by viewing the art and interacting with the artists, who will be on hand to answer questions about their methods, materials, and techniques.

While the series kicked off on June 3, there will be three more opportunities to learn about nature through art, with next guest artist Wanda Lee showing her work on Saturday June 18. Martha Diaz will show her work on July 22 and the series will end on July 29 with work by Rita Barichievich.

The EcoCenter is home to Environmental Volunteers, an organization dedicated to cultivating a love for science and nature through hands-on classroom activities and other community events. Since its inception in 1977, Peninsula Outdoor Painters has held free weekly “paintings” open to artists of all skill levels, where participants paint a variety of outdoor landscapes among their peers.