Full Circle: The Sketchbook Exchange Project

Visitors to the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA) 26th International Exhibition in The Studio should be sure to venture to the upper level of the gallery, where Northern California botanical artists are presenting works from their recent Sketchbook Exchange Project.   The Northern California Society of Botanical Artists (NCalSBA) is a large and active ASBA […]

International Botanical Art Returns to the Studio

Lucy Martin, Grandmother Madrone, Gouache and watercolor on paper Perhaps nothing so deftly combines the two components of the Marin Art and Garden Center’s name as botanical illustration, bridging the worlds of art and gardening. The earliest civilizations depicted plant life in their artwork, but the modern art of botanical illustration really finds its roots […]

Noble Art Exhibition

Creativity and Community in the College of Marin Fine Arts Department Offshore Islands, by Betty M. Wilson In The Studio June 25–August 27, 2023 The College of Marin Fine Arts Department has been a hotbed of teaching and mentorship in the arts over the past fifty years. This exhibition celebrated some of the most exciting […]

Return of the Western Monarch

The Return of the Western Monarch A Photographic Exhibition and Scientific Roadmap for Protecting this Endangered Species In The Studio, March 17 through April 30, 2023 Elizabeth Weber  is an independent documentary photographer, raised in Bolinas and currently living in Santa Barbara. Elizabeth is an environmental advocate and focuses her photography on ecological issues, in […]

Connie Smith Siegel Legacy Retrospective

Twilight, Blueberry Ridge Apple Tree, Devil’s Gulch Franklin Point, Lupines and Surf Bolinas Lagoon, Low Tide Twilight Drake’s Beach Reflections Muir Beach Overlook Summer Hills Previous Next This exhibition ran from October 15 to November 27, 2022. For information about purchasing artwork, please contact the main office, 415-45–5260 or info@maringarden.org. Connie Smith Siegel was an […]

Mt Tam Florilegium 2022

Mary Gilardi California Poppy, Eschscholzia californica Eliza Jewett Woolly Paintbrush, Castilleja foliolosa  Nancy Wheeler Klippert Summer Lupine, Lupinus formosus View the artwork The Mt. Tamalpais Florilegium is an exhibition of paintings and drawings of the flora of Mt. Tamalpais created by members of the Northern California Society of Botanical Artists (NCalSBA).The collection has expanded over the […]

Julia Pozsgai in The Shop

Free Opening Reception Thursday, October 6 3–5 pm Visit the display in The Shop: October 6–22 Thursdays–Saturdays, 10 am–4 pm Visit the Shop Julia Pozsgai’s enthusiasm for nature, color and music is expressed everywhere in her artwork, from painting to jewelry to textiles. Julia’s work has been available in The Shop for the past year, […]

Exploring Art at The Shop

The Shop hosted a lively crowd on Thursday, August 18, for an artists’ reception that showcased works from local talents.  Many of these works will remain in The Shop for your enjoyment and purchase, along with our diverse collection of vintage works and more. Stop by from Thursdays through Saturdays, 10 am to 4 pm, […]

Exhibition: Confluence

LAURA CORALLO-TITUS Paintings CINDY STOKES Installation & sculptural photographs ARMINÉE CHAHBAZIAN Works on paper & sculpture In The Studio, July 21 through August 28, 2022 We ignore climate change and its impact on life and environment at our own peril. In this exhibition, three artists use innovative techniques in drawing, painting, photography and sculpture to […]

Josie Iselin and the Curious World of Seaweed

A visit to The Studio at Marin Art and Garden Center finds us at the confluence of art, science and ocean activism. The Curious World of Seaweed takes us to a zone of incomparable richness, where marine algae are the supreme eco-engineers, oxygenating the waters, creating three-dimensional habitat for countless other organisms, and forming the […]

IRS Guidelines for Gifts from Donor Advised Funds to Support MAGC Events

Thank you for your interest in giving to the Marin Art & Garden Center events from your Donor Advised Fund (DAF) or Family Foundation.

We sincerely appreciate your generosity and support!

To ensure your gift follows the current IRS guidelines for DAF/Family Foundation support of an event, we would like to share the below guidelines with you.

  • Raffle tickets, tickets to galas and other special events, auction items, and benefits conferred in connection with a DAF/foundation grant are not permitted.
    • IRS has specifically ruled that fair market value associated with fundraising events cannot be separated, a practice known as “bifurcation.”
      • For example, with Edible Garden, if the price of the ticket is $200 and the FMV fair market value (non-tax-deductible amount) is designated to be $50, the donor must pay from sources other than her DAF/foundation for the full value of the ticket ($200) and not just for the non-tax-deductible amount ($50).
    • We recommend you confer with your financial advisor to confirm if any of these examples of how donors may still use their DAF to support an event would work for you:
      • A donor could sponsor the event, and not attend, and pay fully out of the DAF/foundation.
      • A donor could sponsor the event using DAF/foundation funds and attend by purchasing an individual ticket through non-DAF/foundation funds.
      • A donor could sponsor the event, join the event as a guest of another donor/table guest, and pay fully out of the DAF/foundation.
      • A donor could sponsor the event and host the afforded number of people at their chosen level as long as they pay for the seats at the lowest ticket price ($200 for Edible Garden) outside of their DAF.
        • As an example, a $1,500 sponsor that covers 2 guests, could pay for their sponsorship with $400 from a different source of funds, and then give an additional gift of $1,100 out of their DAF.


Please email Tod Thorpe, Director of Development at tod.thorpe@maringarden.org to discuss your gift to Marin Art and Garden Center