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 […]

24th Annual Exhibition of Botanical Art

September 19–November 28, 2021 In The Studio Gallery Hours: Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays 10 am–4 pm | Sundays 12–4 pm Marin Art and Garden Center and the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA) present the 24th Annual International exhibition of botanical art. This premier annual showcase of contemporary botanical art features some of the genre’s most […]

This summer, it’s Cool Outside

We are pleased to present this article by JC Miller, curator of the upcoming exhibition Cool Outside: California’s mid-century landscape. Mr. Miller is a licensed landscape architect, a writer, and an educator. He is a partner at Vallier Design Associates, a landscape architecture and planning practice located in the Bay Area. Lean and inspired by […]

Abstract Nature

Abstract Nature: the art of Katherine Warinner and Nick Taylor, ran from March 13–April 25, 2021 No one can compete with the beauty, power and inspiration nature gives us. None of us see the same thing when we look at a tree, branch or even a leaf. Artists Nick Taylor and Katherine Warinner, in this […]

Mt. Tamalpais Florilegium

The Mt. Tamalpais Florilegium was 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 exhibition ran in The Studio from October 16 to November 29, 2020. The collection will be expanded over the next few years and will eventually […]

Guest Curator Kate Eilertsen

Since The Studio opened late in 2016, Marin Art and Garden Center has been bringing you a wide range of exhibitions, including sculpture, photography, interactive digital art and more. We have been extremely fortunate to work with Kate Eilertsen as the guest curator for many of these exhibitions, and we are delighted to share the […]

Virtual Tour of Rooted in Wonder

Join MAGC Events Manager Stacey Kamp as she walks you through this wonderful exhibition in The Studio. Painter Frances McCormack and interdisciplinary artist Miya Hannan will surprise you with their enigmatic explorations of the earth and human fate. McCormack’s paintings remain rooted in the natural world but she expands her practice to include collage, […]

Betty Wilson: Exercises in Form, Composition and Color

  Artist, teacher, friend and neighbor Betty Wilson’s (1920-2014) life was a journey in artistic exploration and excellence. Always prioritizing design principles including pattern, proportion, balance and contrast, her paintings were masterful in their use of form, composition and color. Her studies in portraiture, geometry and abstraction were masterful. Betty Wilson not only taught at […]

Visions for Marin: The Legacy of Caroline Sealy Livermore

BayWood Artists Exhibition & Sale, December 14-15 , 2019 BayWood Artists  joined with the Marin Art and Garden Center to commemorate the life of conservationist Caroline Sealy Livermore. In celebration of her life, the Artists will be painting at many of the locations preserved by Livermore’s work. The BayWood Artists showed, and offered for sale, their […]

American Society of Botanical Artists 22nd Annual International

Mary Dillon, Ireland Black Parrot Tulip Perhaps nothing so deftly combines the two components of the Marin Art & 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 in the Renaissance, […]

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 to discuss your gift to Marin Art and Garden Center