The Wildling Thanks You for Delighting and Inspiring at our 15th Annual Spring Barbecue 

Every year the Wildling Museum's spring barbecue fundraiser is in a unique, natural location where guests can mingle while enjoying a beautiful landscape. This year was notable because it included the first Legacy Awards and also because it ranked as one of the top fundraising events in the museum's 15-year history. The 2018 Barbecue took place at an extraordinary location, in the Santa Barbara mountains, off Mission Canyon road. The journey to arrive at this venue started with parking, courtesy of the Old Mission Santa Barbara, and then catching a ride with the Santa Barbara Airbus up the mountain.

 Photo by George Rose.

After checking in, guests enjoyed appetizers and beverages and were free to explore the property of the Creekspirit Foundation. Our gracious hosts, Patti Jacquemain and Dave Gledhill, are founding members of the Wildling Museum and continue to serve on the board. Their beautiful venue is full of Patti's mosaic art and perfectly complemented the jazz guitar by Michael Holland, all combining to create an atmosphere filled with passion for art and nature! Decorations were courtesy of our exceptional Wildling Event Volunteers. Catering was by Feast & Fest with dessert donated by Olsen's Danish Village Bakery, wine pouring courtesy of Buttonwood Winery & VineyardWandering Dog Wine Bar, and donated beverages thanks to M.Special Brew Co, Rusack, Hilliard Bruce, Kalyra, Nielsen, Dierberg, Bridlewood, and Alma Rosa wineries.

 Photo by Samantha Demangate.

Thank You to our Award Winners

More than an afternoon of entertainment, this event is an opportunity to honor outstanding individuals for their accomplishments. Joan Easton Lentz received the Wilderness Spirit Award, and Pete & Becky Adams and Jack & Judy Stapelmann received our first Legacy Awards, created by sculptor Bud Bottoms and sponsored by Northern Trust.

 From left; Judy Stapelmann, Jack Stapelmann, Andrew Chou, Stacey Otte-Demangate,
Joan Easton Lentz, Pete Adams, Becky Adams, Andrew Chou. Photos by George Rose.


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Wilderness Spirit Award

This year, the Wilding will be honoring Joan Easton Lentz with the Wilderness Spirit Award. Joan Easton Lentz is a naturalist and author who grew up in Santa Barbara, and has spent much of her life studying the region’s natural history.

Joan has written several books, but most significantly, A Naturalist’s Guide to the Santa Barbara Region, which celebrates the Santa Barbara region as an ecological hotspot, a truly unique place on our planet. This book has become a vital resource for the Wildling and helped shape their second floor gallery space. Joan’s thorough research has left a lasting legacy for all local nature lovers.


Legacy Award

For their years of generous unwavering support, the Wildling is thrilled to honor Pete & Becky Adams and Jack & Judy Stapelmann with the first Legacy Award. Without their efforts, the Wildling would not be what is today. From serving faithfully on the Board of Directors, supporting strategic planning efforts, and then helping to purchase our building, the Wildling will forever be grateful for their generosity.

Pete Adams served on the Board for 6 years, the last three as Chair. He is proud of the strategic plan that he and the Board developed, which has led to the relocation, growth and stability of the museum. He remains on the Advisory Council, and is grateful that his business experience in finance, marketing and executive leadership has helped the Wildling flourish.

Judy Stapelmann served an extra year on the Wildling Board to help with fundraising for the purchase of the Museum building. Judy is a lifelong horseback rider and has organized trail ride fundraisers for the Museum. 


Abundant Contributions

An event of this caliber would not be possible without the businesses and individuals who share our mission to inspire our community and visitors to enjoy, value, and conserve wildlife and natural areas through art. It is with sincere gratitude that we acknowledge their contributions. Many generous individuals contributed in multiple categories such as donors, volunteers, sponsors, and patrons of this Spring BBQ event.

Photograph by Samantha Demangate.


Thank You to Our Auction Donors

Buellton Chamber of Commerce
Kathleen Kalp and Jim Balsitis
Lida Grant
Opera Santa Barbara
A9 Designs
Ballard Inn
Charlie and Cheryl Stauffer
Chaucer’s Books
Chris Chapman
Clairmont Farms
Foxen Vineyard & Winery
Gail Persoon
Gene Sinser
Gene Sinser and Patty DeDominic
George and Denise Rose
Global Gardens
Halper Fine Art
Hilliard Bruce
Jessika Cardinahl
John Iwerks
Kalyra Winery
Kate and Dick Godfrey
Kristine Power
Duncan & Suzanne Mellichamp
Metropolitan Theaters
Pure Order Brewing
Riverbench Winery
Rolled Oats Pottery
Ron and Carole Colone
Santa Barbara Symphony
Sedgwick Reserve
Solvang Friendship House
Stacey Otte-Demangate
Succulent Café
Susan Belloni
Suzi Schomer
SY Kitchen
Tales from the Tavern
Telegraph Brewing
The Landsby
The Solvang Olive Press
Jack & Judy Stapelmann
Third Window Brewing
Westerlay Orchid
Zaca Mesa Winery

Photo by George Rose.

Thank You to Our Volunteers

Anne Hunter
Barbara Weaver
Beverly Benningfield
Bonnie Bisoglio
Christine Armstead
Dave & Holly Cline
Dave Gledhill
Eric Demangate
Kathy Thompson
Kay Turbak
Lida Grant
Michael Holland
Phyllis Grier
Samantha Demangate
Shirley Stacey
Susan Del Real
Susie Pierson
Tim Hunter

Photo by Stacey Otte-Demangate.

Last But Not Least

A final acknowledgment to the board, advisory council, and staff of the Wildling Museum who work year round to fulfill the mission to inspire our community and visitors to enjoy, value, and conserve wildlife and natural areas through art by providing artistic, educational, and field experiences of nature for that purpose.

Our vision is to be recognized as an exceptional and innovative leader in inspiring our communities and visitors to value wilderness and other natural areas through the lenses of a diversity of artists. The museum strives to collaborate with others for the betterment of our communities.

Advisory Council
Peter Adams
Tony Askew
Ed and Sue Birch
Louise Clarke
Raye Haskell
Duncan and Suzanne Mellichamp
Rod Nash
Alexander Power
Richard and Thekla Sanford
Judy Stapelmann
Kristine Power, President
Kate Godfrey, Vice President
David Gledhill, Treasurer
Pat Moser, Secretary
Jim Balsitis
Susan Belloni
Kevin Patterson
Gail Persoon
George Rose
Suzi Schomer
Gene Sinser
June Sochel
Charles Stauffer
Patti Jacquemain, Founder, Emeritus
Stacey Otte-Demangate
Executive Director

Mitra Cline
Assistant Director

Janet Takara
Office Assistant

Jake Abraham
Weekend Assistant