MAY IS A very exciting time here at Marin Magazine. It’s when we literally turn our cover over to readers who enter our annual cover
contest. This time around, John Deckert’s
painting of the Point Bonita Lighthouse
earned the top honor — read about Deckert
and the 12 finalists, and see their art, in our
There you’ll also find stories about the Zen
of surfing and identifying Marin’s wildflowers.
With the rains over and the sun shining, both
are excellent ways to get out and enjoy all the
natural beauty Marin offers this time of year.
It’s a great place to try some outstanding
beers and talk about the craft.
A GOOD POINT
We were impressed with
cover art contest winner John
Deckert’s rendering of the
Point Bonita Lighthouse. But
when we went to meet him,
we discovered that he also has
a talent for portraits, as with
this painting of his wife. Read
the feature story to learn about
how the couple reconnected.
We also bring you another round of
Subcultures. This time, Calin Van Paris talks
to Marinites who moved their beer-brewing
operation from the garage to a much bigger
venue — specifically, opening East Brother
Beer Co. in Richmond. If you haven’t been, it’s
a great place to try some outstanding beers
and talk about the craft.
Up front we’ve got the details on who
gave West Marin’s Nova Albion its name
and what those purple meters are doing in
San Rafael. We also explore San Francisco’s
Chestnut Street and talk to a popular Marin
cashier, a footwear entrepreneur and Board of
Supervisors president Judy Arnold.
In Destinations, we travel near and far, taking trips to both Jenner and South Carolina’s
low country. And writer Melanie Haiken takes
us to areas off the beaten path in Turkey, often
called the crossroads of the world.
It’s a big issue full of lots of great reads; we
hope you enjoy it. And after you do, we hope to
see you on the trails and in the water.
Daniel Jewett, Managing Editor