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Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Newsletter, June 2024
, Thur - Sun Noon 'til 5:00 (other times by appointment)
well-known California artists of the late 19th through mid 20th centuries
artist in residence: Linda Sorensen
For inquiries, appointments or sales,
visit us, call, text or email
Linda Sorensen
available for sale at the gallery
Linda Sorensen Spider Rock, Canyon de Chelly, Arizona
Spider Rock, Canyon de Chelly
oil on canvas, 36 x 48

Gary Fillmore of Cave Creek Arizona
In memoriam, Gary Fillmore
gallery owner and author

Rings of Fire Cover Art
Rings of Fire by Larry Hughes,
the story of John W. Hilton's
Calcite Mine in WWII
Painting of the Month
available for sale at the gallery
Ralph Love, Monument Valley
Monument Valley
Ralph Love 1907-1992
oil on canvas, 24 x 36

Now at the Gallery ... California's Painters of the Desert

Our new gallery show, California's Painters of the Desert, was inspired by recent occurrences regarding two of our gallery's best friends; one story is sad, the other is cause for celebration. Both are featured in this June Newsletter.

First, Gary Fillmore, author, owner of Blue Coyote Gallery in Cave Creek, Arizona, and passionate voice for telling the story of the painters of the desert, has died.

Second, Larry Hughes, author and scholar, has just published Rings of Fire, which in part tells the story of how desert artist John W. Hilton gave up his easel for a pick axe and mined optical grade calcite in WWII, and helped win the war.

Gallery Notes
Linda Sorensen, Art at the Source Banner, June, 2024
Linda Sorensen's participation in 2024 Sonoma County's Art at the Source OPEN STUDIOS will be at her artist studio in Graton at Atelier One, with a total of 6 open studios in the close vicinity. (Map) Catalogs are available at our gallery and her artist studio. Visit Art at the Source OPEN STUDIOS and support Sonoma County's many talented and diverse working artists in their studios.
Linda's OPEN STUDIO (LindaSorensenPaintings.com)
Sat and Sun, June 1 and 2 & 8 and 9, 10-5
Atelier One Artist Studios
2860 Bowen St. Graton, CA 95444 (Google Map)

Are you planning a visit to Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery? If so, let us know. We can have other specific paintings from our online collection waiting for you to view, but only if we know which paintings and when you are going to visit.

Beginning June 6 and through July, Painters of the California Desert will be at the gallery. Some of the artists featured in Gary Fillmore's book Shadows on the Mesa will be represented by paintings on view and available for sale along with paintings by more recent desert painters.

n the May 30, 2024 edition of the NY Times, there was an article about an Ernie Barnes exhibition in Manhattan entitled Ernie Barnes Paints What It Feels Like to Move. Just this past February, I wrote about Ernie Barnes in a 2019 exhibition at the California African American Museum in Los Angeles. It is rewarding to see this artist's body of work catching on and getting the nation-wide recognition he deserves.

Linda and Dan
A new Bodega Bay restaurant, Rocker Oysterfeller's Seaside -- here's the latest: Although Brandon and Shona are hoping for an opening in mid June, there are a few key elements beyond their control. But it will happen. There's lots of communal anticipation in Bodega Bay and beyond. Thank you Brandon and Shona! We're rooting for you. We're looking forward to enjoying Rocker's while serenaded in the fog by sea lions.

In Memoriam
Gary Fillmore 1958-2024
historian, author, and gallery owner,
a passionate voice for the Painters of the Desert
by Daniel Rohlfing

Cover Art, "Shadows on the Mesa" by Gary Fillmore, 2012
Shadows on the Mesa by Gary Fillmore, 2012

With shock and sadness we announce the loss a great Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery friend, an inspired writer, a gifted gallery owner and a marvelous storyteller.

Gary Fillmore was owner of the popular Blue Coyote Gallery north of Phoenix in Cave Creek, Arizona. Gary was renowned for his passion for the artists of the desert Southwest.

Gary Fillmore of Cave Creek Arizona

He possessed a life-long love for the Arizona desert, its enchanting beauty, its native cultures, and the captivating stories of the artists who dared to capture the scope and majesty of its red and purple canyons and towering monuments. For Gary, the art of the desert begins with nature's artistry. He loved the stories of how daring artists endured long travel on horseback with pack mules, to paint the magnificence of Monument Valley, the Grand Canyon and Canyon de Chelly.

Carl Oscar Borg Grand Canyon c1930 Smithsonian American Art Museum Shadows on the Mesa, page 87
Carl Oscar Borg
Grand Canyon c1930
Smithsonian American Art Museum
(Shadows on the Mesa, page 87)

Carl Hoerman 1885-1955
Gods of the Deep 1950
(Shadows on the Mesa, page 162)
and the Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery collection

As a gallery owner, Gary collected and sold paintings by these early artists. As a writer and lecturer, he told their stories. Gary's lifelong interest was rooted in his family history. His mother was Dorothy Leake, the granddaughter of John and Louisa Wetherill, who lived in the town of Keyenta in Northeast Arizona near Monument Valley.

As a child, Dorothy often visited her grandparents. As a mother, she told her young son Gary the stories she heard as a child, stories of the land and of the artists who stayed at her grandparents' lodge. In his book, Shadows on the Mesa, Gary paid tribute to the Wetherill-Coville Guest Ranch and its impressive history.

Initially, Gary set out to write a book about a specific group of artists who came to the guest ranch in 1922. Gary wondered what such a gathering would have been like and lamented that there was no record of what was said over the dining table.

Maynard Dixon's entry in the
Wetherill-Colville Guest Ranch registry, August 1922
(Shadows on the Mesa, page 47)

Teddy Roosevelt Kayenta Wetherill Ranch Visitor 1913
Wetherill Guest Ranch Visitor, former President Teddy Roosevelt, 1913
(Shadows on the Mesa, page 134)
But as Gary dug deeper, he met a distant relative, Harvey Leake. Like Gary, Harvey was a great-grandson of John and Louisa Wetherill. Harvey showed Gary the inherited guest book of the Wetherill-Coville Guest Ranch, filled with artist's signatures (often with accompanying drawings). It recorded a twenty-five year long parade of visitors to the Ranch. Gary found the registry to be a veritable Who's Who of the artistic history of the desert southwest. The guest book also contained the sign-in signatures of famous authors, film directors, movie stars and celebrities, and even a former President of the United States.

Some of the first visitors to sign the guest registry were author Zane Gray and former President Theodore Roosevelt. In 1919, the first artists checked in, Carl Eytel and James Swinnerton.
By 1922, other artists were among the visitors, including Maynard Dixon, Dorothea Lange, Rudolf Dirks, George Herriman and a return visit by James Swinnerton. In the years following, other notable artists followed, such as Ferdinand Burgdorff, Carl Oscar Borg, Lillian Wilhelm Smith, photographer Emery Kolb, Gunnar Widforss, movie director John Huston, actors William Wyler, Andy Devine, industrialists John D. and David Rockefeller, artist Georgia O'Keefe and photographer Ansel Adams, film director John Ford, Walt Disney Studios artist Ward Kimball, Chicago's renowned architect and painter Carl Hoerman, journalist Ernie Pyle and a future U.S. Senator and and well-known art collector, Barry Goldwater.
James Swinnerton, Thunderhead Over Monument Valley c 1935 (Shadows on the Mesa, page 25)
James Swinnerton, Thunderhead Over Monument Valley c 1935 (Shadows on the Mesa, page 25)
James Swinnerton,Betatakin Ruins c1930 (Shadows on the Mesa, page 66)
James Swinnerton, Betatakin Ruins c1930
(Shadows on the Mesa
, page 66)

Like Gary, Harvey Leake's mother had told him stories of the ranch. Harvey retold those stories to Gary, tales of native Americans arriving at the Trading Post on foot or horseback to trade woven goods, pelts or turquoise and silver jewelry in return for supplies. Harvey learned from his mother that John and Louisa's lodge served as a base camp for a truly adventurous group of visitors. They would provide bed and board and then outfit visitors with supplies loaded onto pack mules and horses for expeditions to the outback, with John often serving as guide to the wonders of Monument Valley.

With Harvey's help, Gary Fillmore was able to reconstruct some of this fascinating history, how a long list of notable desert painters came to paint the majesty of Monument Valley while enjoying the community of fellow explorers, thriving in the humble hospitality of the Wetherill-Coville Guest Ranch. These artists' paintings were not only beautiful, they inspired others to travel west and see what they first saw and painted. These paintings caused many others to explore and revel in the magnificence of this land.

Although Gary was born long after the Wetherill-Coville Guest Ranch closed, he rediscovered this very special place in time. Throughout Gary's artistic life, whether through his art gallery or through his writings and talks, Gary told the story of the artists of the desert. The photos of paintings in this article are from Gary's 2012 book Shadows on the Mesa.

Ferdinand Burgdorff 1881-1975, Navajos Homeward Bound 1955
Ferdinand Burgdorff 1881-1975, Navajos Homeward Bound 1955 (Shadows on the Mesa, page 76)
Gary's wife Barbara told me that Gary was born January 5, 1958 and died after a brief illness on April 21, 2024. He was 66 years old. The photos of paintings in this article are from Gary's book, Shadows on the Mesa, Artists of the Painted Desert and Beyond. Gary's books are available through either Amazon or Shiffer Publishing.

Beginning and June and continuing through July, Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery will be honoring Gary, featuring a gallery exhibition of desert paintings, including some of the artists that Gary wrote about in his book. The exhibition also includes more recent paintings of Monument Valley, Canyon de Chelly and the Grand Canyon.

Victor Clyde Forsythe 1885-1962, Agathla Needle Courtesy of the Leanin' Tree and Needle Museum and Sculpture Garden, Boulder Colorado (Shadows on the Mesa, page 148)
Victor Clyde Forsythe 1885-1962, Agathla Needle
Courtesy of the Leanin' Tree and Needle Museum and Sculpture Garden, Boulder Colorado
(Shadows on the Mesa, page 148)

Gary Fillmore's books can be purchased from Amazon or Schiffer Publishing |our gallery exhibition page | Back to the Top

Artist John W. Hilton with pipe
John W. Hilton, artist
(and during WWII, a miner of optical grade calcite for the war effort)

John W. Hilton led a fascinating life. He was never formally educated, but became an expert gemologist, botanist, geologist, miner, zoologist and an advisor to General George S. Patton. As an artist, he began as a self taught painter, but then learned from his many friends. The back room of his gem shop in Thermal, California may have been one of the most prestigious art schools ever, with a faculty of close friends including James Swinnerton, Maynard Dixon, Clyde Forsythe and Nicolai Fechin.

One of the most unlikely chapters of John Hilton's life was his time during WWII, when Hilton was roughly between 40 and 45 years old. In the early days of the war, John helped General George S. Patton. John was requested to serve as a local advisor to a reconnaissance mission into the Mojave Desert. General Patton was searching for conditions best suited to train his Africa Corps. Impressed by Hilton, Gen. Patton offered John a position on his staff, but Hilton had another way to fight the war.

Before the war, Hilton discovered a deposit of calcite. It wasn't an exciting find, that is until Edwin H. Land of Polaroid Corporation contacted Hilton and asked him to send all the calcite he had on hand. Hilton sent all he had, but did not know why. Soon, Land needed much more calcite and John Hilton's calcite mine was open for business.

Soon, John learned that the calcite he was mining was an optical grade, the refined crystals of which were necessary in making highly accurate sights for defensive guns mounted on allied bombers. These sights were simple, but they sharpened the targeting accuracy of the anti-aircraft guns. With greater accuracy, the success of bombing raids over Germany increased, and the lives of countless Allied airmen were saved. Had John been a better businessman, he could have gotten rich, but he believed his efforts were his way of doing his part in the greater war effort. He refused to ask the Army for more money.

John's story of his calcite mine is told in a new book, Rings of Fire by Larry J. Hughes.

Below, Larry Hughes offers a preview of his book, a synopsis describing some of the mining camp's characters, and an episode when LA Times editor Ed Ainsworth and artist Clyde Forsythe visited the calcite mine.

Author Larry Hughes previews his upcoming book
discussing John W. Hilton's Calcite Mine during WW II
But for the kindness of strangers and traffic accidents, John Hilton might have starved to death. Living in a ramshackle abode built by his own hands during the Great Depression, he learned from his Cahuilla Indian friends how to live off the land, and from his own inner instincts how to trade the fruit of his eclectic interests in horticulture, minerals, and art for food. Not to mention the spilled fruit from produce trucks that frequently underestimated the sharpness of the bend in old Highway 99 in front of his house. But it was John’s lifelong interest in art, brightened by the sensual palette of the desert he’d come to know and love, that had begun to give him focus in life and put food on the family table. That is, until the war.
Arnold Hoffman holding a calcite plate
Arnold Hoffman holding a calcite
plate from the Salton Sea mine
An assembled ORS sight
An assembled Optical Ring Sight
with a filter used on antiaircraft guns
and merchant marine ships.
Target rings formed by Poleroid's ORS
The target pattern formed by
Polaroid's Optical Ring Sight
Pearl Harbor changed everything. His process of artistic growth, painfully but faithfully extracted through the tutelage of Fechin, Swinnerton, and others, was supplanted by war matters. After advising Gen. George Patton for a while, John received a phone call from Dr. Harry Berman, a Harvard mineralogist. Could John ship all of his stock of a certain mineral, calcite, that he’d collected from the southern Santa Rosa Mountains a few years back? John had no idea why Harvard would want those old clunker specimens. But the next day, Berman showed up, and John had his answer.

Berman produced a circular optic, no bigger than a fat poker chip. Looking through it, he beheld a concentric series of rainbow-like rings that glowed with an almost electric intensity. Berman explained that this was a new gunsight invented by his friend, Edwin Land, the head of Polaroid Corporation. The Optical Ring Sight was made by sandwiching a thin section of calcite between Polaroid sheets. John knew the basics once Berman explained: that calcite’s birefringence splits the light passing through it into two rays, and a phenomenon known as interference produces rings that can be used to encircle a target. And it was no ordinary gunsight; the rings focused at optical infinity, where the incoming plane was, and the rings stayed put if you were shaking your head back and forth during the violence of antiaircraft fire.

It was a perfect solution to the Navy’s need for an inexpensive, simple, instantly deployed sight. There was only one problem: Polaroid didn’t have enough calcite.

That’s where John came in. He had mining claims at the only optical calcite locality Berman had any hope of exploiting within the next few months. Berman had several other prospects, but John’s mine at Palm Wash in the Santa Rosa badlands west of the Salton Sea was Polaroid’s best hope. And so, John Hilton, formerly a struggling landscape artist, became a struggling miner.

His heart was not really in it. Unlike other Hiltonesque pursuits, this wartime conscription crimped his independent style. He was better with a palette knife than a rock pick. He shipped back some excellent calcite but not in the quantities needed. In late 1942, Polaroid sent a mining engineering team out to take over the work and expand the mine. John stayed on as a prospector.

John Hilton in a rare
idle moment at the
calite mine

The work was hard, the heat intense. Although he had never eaten better, thanks to the mining camp’s exemption from meat rations, John’s privation of paint was never more wasting. He sketched when he could, despite being regarded by some miners as a gringy artist. He struggled with paint, yet to find his artistic voice amidst the visual din of uncertain swipes of his palette knife. He was painfully aware of the artistic growth that needed to come, but equally aware that the war had to come first.

Yet on one occasion, John found solace in an impromptu plein air art camp. The noted social realist Irwin Hoffman was the brother of the mine operators, and came to Palm Wash to recuperate from a back injury. He sorted calcite in the afternoons but otherwise was free to paint the miners and landscape in watercolor and oil pastel. At the same time, John’s friends, Ed Ainsworth and the accomplished painter Clyde Forsythe, came out to visit. John did not recount his feelings of this encounter, but they must have been a severe mixture of angst and ecstasy. Like the song, Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen, no one can sympathize with a struggling artist like another artist. Imagine the banter and artwork that must have arisen around the campfire during those days! (I am not aware of any of Hilton’s work from this era that survived; Hoffman left about a dozen works that I’m aware of.)

Hilton’s calcite was one of the many small components of the military victory that defeated the world’s fascist nightmare. The Optical Ring Sight was used on shipborne antiaircraft guns, airborne gunnery, and on the bazooka, seeing action in Europe and the Pacific.

For Hilton, war’s end brought a special sweetness. It meant he was now free to paint again, a freedom that would bring him unimagined success, both artistically and financially, in the years to come.

Note: The story of John Hilton, and of the many others who contributed to Polaroid’s Optical Ring Sight, is told in the newly published book, Rings of Fire, by Larry Hughes. The book is about the eclectic collection of disparate individuals who, during a time of crisis, came together for a common purpose in improbable ways with remarkable results.

If you have any information on any of John Hilton’s art work during WWII, Larry would appreciate hearing from you. You may contact him at lhughes@ensafe.com or write to: Larry Hughes, 5724 Summer Trees Dr., Memphis, TN 38134.

Edwin Land had barely settled into his seat on the plane when the flash went off. An idea for an innovative WWII technology that might help eradicate the fascist cancer devouring the free world. It was Polaroid's Optical Ring Sight, which magically projected a bullseye of brilliantly colored rings onto the sky -- like rings of fire -- to aim American antiaircraft guns that previously "couldn't hit the broad side of a barn."

Rings of Fire is the compelling story of American ingenuity, determination, and grit -- told through the personal stories of the amazing people who transformed insight into gunsight. From scientists to ordinary Americans to drifters and ex-cons characterized as "the underbelly of America," they crossed cultural barriers to tackle a shared crisis.

Characters at the mine
-California "desert rat" artist John W. Hilton, whose mining claim supplied the calcite crystals desperately needed for the device, assisted by General George S. Patton.
-Miners Steve Modesto and John Owens, a Cahuilla Indian ranch hand and a white meat-cutter from Kansas, whose friendship led to an astonishing discovery.
-Moonshiner Al Hansen, whose calcite prospecting in Montana started with a lucky strike but cascaded into a wild-west vigiante showdown.
-"Crystal Crackin' Mama" Irene Frederick, whose calcite-crystal processing skills silenced male skeptics and helped rescue the Polaroid project from disaster.
-Edwin Stanton, whose hubris led to a fat FBI dossier and tragedy while prospecting in Mexico.
-Cecil Kegans, a rough Oklahoman with a huge smile, starting his Marine career by fetching groceries for calcite miners and ending it in a bloody pool on Saipan.
-And miner Harry Sikkenga, whose fist fight with a shift boss packed him off to the army artillery, just in time to invade Germany and encounter the horror of Dachau.
Teamed together, they overcame enormous personal obstacles to produce ring sights for Navy ships, aircraft, and Army bazookas. And afterwards, their product went from aiming the guns of war to the cameras of peacetime -- for television and on the helmets of skydiving videographers. And then, all the way too the moon, aiming NASA's space cameras, culminating with perhaps the most influential photograph of all time, Earthrise.

Larry Hughes unfolds this gripping, never-told story with accessible explanations of the science and the art behind the project, but always lets the colorful characters drive a warm and vivid adventure.

John Hilton and the Most Unlikely
Art Camp You Could Imagine

An episode in the new book,
Rings of Fire by Larry Hughes

How an Unlikely Team of Scientists, Ex-Cons,
Women, and Native Americans Helped Win WWII

Cover art, Rings of Fire, by Larry J. Hughes
There was a time when painter John W. Hilton’s art career was an absolute train wreck. A year into WWII, the hideous shadows of fascism were creeping across the earth. Hilton had abandoned his easel for a miner’s pick, extracting crystals of optical calcite from a remote desert mine in California, the calcite being in high demand for a “dead aim” gunsight being developed by the Polaroid Corporation for the Navy and Army. The Optical Ring Sight was one of many war efforts that was giving hope to the free world.

But a miner’s life on behalf of a dead-aim gunsight meant a dead-on-arrival art career. That was painful. And at a mining camp full of drifters, ex-cons, and a contingent characterized as “the underbelly of America,” no one had a clue what Hilton’s art-angst felt like.

Then something magical happened.

Deprived of artistic companionship, Hilton phoned his artist friend, Clyde Forsythe, and found him home. How would you and Ed Ainsworth like to come up for a look at the mine? Promised fat, juicy steaks during this time of meat rationing, his two friends hopped in Clyde’s car and found their way to the mine, and to the steaks. In the process, they discovered they’d just landed in Art Camp.

LA Times editor, Ed Ainsworth, Barbara and John Hilton, and Clyde Forsythe in Barbara's kitchen in the Hilton's new
Twentynine Palms home, 1952.

To the rightt: Irwin D. Hoffman, The Leatherneck, 1943, etching, 10¾ x 7¾.

The subject is Cecil Kegans, a marine driver assigned to the mine who was later shipped to Tarawa and Saipan, collecting a Purple Heart and star attachment in the process. The etching was done in Hoffman’s studio after his California trip. Hoffman used different titles, including Cecil the Marine and Cecil of Guadalcanal. Source: Larry Hughes.

It turned out that the brother of the mine operators, the well-established artist Irwin D. Hoffman, was there also, ostensibly to sort calcite crystals. But during his spare time, Hoffman was painting a series of plein air portraits of the miners. Forsythe was amazed. What are the chances that one artist would turn up at such an obscure, classified location, much less two, and now three?

For the next several days, Hilton, Forsythe, and Hoffman formed their own art colony, trading stories and enjoying their convivial banter, sketching late into the night. Hilton had no time for art in daylight, and Forsythe hadn’t brought his oils. But Hoffman produced a series of watercolors and drawings of freshness and vitality, capturing the personalities of men who otherwise would live out their lives in obscurity. In the process, Hilton surely found some encouragement: in little more than a year, he would leave his pick behind to follow his passion of “painting sunshine.” And Forsythe? It was back to painting prospectors and burros and rugged landscapes with his signature clear-eyed style.

Irwin D. Hoffman, Portrait of a Young Man (in hat), 1943,
watercolor, 20¾ x 14¼ inches. Source: Boston Public Library
Above: Irwin D. Hoffman, Indian California, 1943, charcoal, 15½ x 13 inches. Source: Boston Public Library.

To the left: Irwin D. Hoffman, Indian with Red Bandana, not dated (1943), watercolor, 20¼ x 15 inches. Source: Matt Ellingson.
Rings of Fire on Amazon | Back to the Top

... in and around Bodega Bay
Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery -- Bodega Bay
1580 Eastshore Road
Between the Terrapin Creek Cafe and Roadhouse Coffee
open Thurs-Sun, Noon 'till 5 -- other times by chance or appointment

an exceptional collection of late 19th and early 20th century paintings by well listed California artists

http://www.BodegaBayHeritageGallery.com | Call or Text 707-875-2911
email: Art@BodegaBayHeritageGallery.com

Joshua Meador Mendocino Coast
"Mendocino Coast"
Joshua Meador
Ren Brown
Ren Brown
The Ren Brown Collection
Just steps away from Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery

A sumptuous gallery experience ...
Contemporary Japanese Prints, Handmade Ceramics & Jewelry,
Japanese Antiques, California Artists & Sculptors

1781 Coast Highway One, Bodega Bay, 94923
707-875-2922 |  rbc4art@renbrown.com
http://www.renbrown.com | Back to the Top

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Linda Sorensen Peak, south of Hopland, CA

Linda Sorensen Paintings

You may meet Linda and view her paintings at Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery,
Thurs - Sun, 12:00- 5:00pm or at her studio in Graton by appointment.

Linda's Art at the Source OPEN STUDIO will be in her Graton Studio
June 1 & 2, and June 8 & 9, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Check her website for details.

Linda paints colorful and imaginative / transcendental-influenced
landscapes emphasizing design, abstraction and Post-Impressionism.

LindaSorensenPaintings.com | 707-875-2911

Linda Sorensen at her easel, photo by John Hershey
Dodrill Gallery, Bodega, CA In the nearby town of Bodega ... Dodrill Gallery
17175 Bodega Highway, Bodega CA 94922
Famed photographer, world adventurer and rock climber
Jerry Dodrill exhibits and sells and his exceptional landscape photographs
... https://jerrydodrill.photoshelter.com/p/page2 | 707-377-4732
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Jerry Dodrill, Dodrill Gallery, Bodega, CA
In the nearby town of Bodega ... Artisans' Co-op
featuring the talents of local artists ... photography, paintings, textiles, jewelry, ceramic and wood art
17175 Bodega Highway, Bodega CA 94922
... http://www.artisansco-op.com| 707-876-9830
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Bodega Gallery, Bodega, CA Bodega Gallery
in the historic town of Bodega
We are located in the town's original blacksmith shop from the 1850's
and it has been an art gallery since the 1960's. We showcase jewelry, toys, paintings,
kinetic art, and decorative and functional ceramics.

https://bodegaartgallery.com | 415-515-4665
Bodega Gallery, Bodega, CA
Bodega Bay's John Hershey Photography
Bodega Bay resident photographer John Hershey displays his scenic shoreline and sea life images locally in restaurants, visitor venues and art shows. His 50 year career has encompassed multimedia production, commercial and personal photography, environmental portraiture, and community photojournalism.
John recently added interpretive infrared photography to his portfolio. 
John Hershey Photography Portfolio ... http://www.jhersheyphoto.com
John Hershey Photography Sales ... https://j-hershey-media.square.site

\Jean Warren Sand Harbor
Bodega Bay's Jean Warren Watercolors
Bodega Bay resident Jean Warren says her paintings are reflections
of the places she has lived and traveled.
Jean is a Signature member of the National Watercolor Society,
California Watercolor Association and full member of Society of Layerists in Multi-Media.
http://www.JeanWarren.com / 707-875-9240

Jean Warren Watercolor

What's nearby in Sonoma County?
Sebastopol Center for the Arts

IN SEBASTOPOL - Sebastopol Center for the Arts
... see website for on-line activities sebarts.org
home of Sonoma County's Art @ the Source and Art Trails
282 S. High Street, Sebastopol, CA 95472  707.829.4797
hursdays through Sundays 10:00am to 4:00pm

Corricks Kevin Brown
Corrick's Keven Brown
Corrick's Art Trails Gallery | http://www.corricks.com/arttrailsgallery
637 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95401 | Contact:: http://www.corricks.com/contact-us

Corrick's has been a Santa Rosa Treasure since 1915,
a downtown stationery store serving as the community's "cultural hub."
Corrick's has long supported local artists with its impressive "ART TRAILS GALLERY,"
including paintings by Linda Sorensen.
Corricks offers a number of originals by famed Santa Rosa artist, Maurice Lapp ... (see our August 2017 article)

located on Fourth Street, steps away from Santa Rosa's revitalized town square
and Fourth Street's Russian River Brewery
Linda Sorensen's White Barn 1880, currently available at Corricks
Linda Sorensen's
White Barn circa 1880,
Sea Ranch

currently available at
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BBHPhoto Dennis Calabi
Dennis Calabi
IN SANTA ROSA- Calabi Gallery | http://www.calabigallery.com

456 Tenth Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95401 | email: info@calabigallery.com | 707-781-7070
Famed master conservator Dennis Calabi brings his rare knowledge and experience
to present a tasteful and eclectic array of primarily 20th century artwork.

http://www.calabigallery.com | Back to the Top
Easton Crustacean Dancing Dream 144
Easton, Crustacean Dancing Dream, American Alabaster
Annex Galleries Santa Rosa IN Santa Rosa - The Annex Galleries
specializing in 19th, 20th, and 21st century American and European fine prints
The Annex Galleries is a member of the International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA).
http://www.AnnexGalleries.com | Back to the Top
Rik Olson

IN GRATON - Graton Gallery
home of many of Sonoma County's best artists
Sally Baker, Tim Hayworth, Bruce K. Hopkins,
Rik Olson, Susan Proehl, Sandra Rubin, Tamra Sanchez, Mylette Welch
Graton Gallery | (707) 829-8912  | artshow@gratongallery.com
9048 Graton Road, Graton CA 95444 | Open Saturday and Sunday check website

Christopher Queen Gallery IN DUNCANS MILLS - Christopher Queen Galleries
3 miles east of Hwy 1 on Hwy 116 on the Russian River
http://www.christopherqueengallery.com |707-865-1318| Back to the Top
Paul Mahder Gallery Thumbnail IN Healdsburg - Paul Mahder Gallery

(707) 473-9150 | Info@paulmahdergallery.com
222 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg, CA 95448 | check for hours
Petaluma Arts Council Art Center

IN PETALUMA - Petaluma Arts Center
"... to celebrate local artists and their contributions and involve the whole community"

Petaluma Center for the Arts

Links to current museum exhibits relevant to Early California Art
The Greater Bay Area
The Walt Disney Family Museum
-- see website for details
This museum tells Walt's story from the early days.
(on the Parade Grounds) 104 Montgomery Street,
The Presidio of San Francisco, CA 94129

-- view location on Google Maps
Disney Museum Exterior Thumbnail San Francisco
... see website
de Young Museum
Permanent Collection
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San Francisco
closed, see website
California Historical Society
California Historical Society Thumbnail San Francisco
Legion of Honor

... see website
-Permanent European and Impressionist Paintings
San Francisco Legion of Honor Museum
San Francisco
open, see website for details
Contemporary Jewish Museum

San Francisco's Contemporary Jewish Museum Thumbnail Oakland
... see website
Oakland Museum of California

-- ongoing Gallery of California Art
-showcasing over 800 works
from the OMCA's collection
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San Francisco


SF Museum of Modern Art

Santa Rosa
see website
The Museums of Sonoma County

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Santa Rosa
... see website
Charles M. Schultz Museum

Charles M Schultz Museum Santa Rosa

... see website
St Mary's College Museum of Art
Hearst Art Gallery

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Mission San Francisco de Solano Museum

featuring the famed watercolor paintings
of the California Missions
by Christian Jorgensen
Mission San Francisco de Solano in Sonoma CA Sonoma
Sonoma Valley Museum of Art

... see website
551 Broadway, Sonoma CA
(707) 939-7862
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Grace Hudson Museum

... see website
Grace Hudson Museum

Bolinas Museum

... see website
featuring their permanent collection,
including Ludmilla and Thadeus Welch,
Arthur William Best, Jack Wisby,
Russell Chatham, Alfred Farnsworth

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Walnut Creek
... see website
The Bedford Gallery, Lesher
Center for the Arts
Lesher Ctr for the Arts Walnut Creek CA San Jose
San Jose Museum of Art

... see website
approximately 2,000 20th & 21st
century artworks including paintings, sculpture,
new media, photography, drawings, prints, and artist books.
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Monterey Museum of Art

... see website
Ongoing exhibitions ...
Museums Permanent Collection
including William Ritschel, Armin Hansen
and E. Charlton Fortune

Monterey Museum of Art Palo Alto
... see website
Cantor Art Center at Stanford University
Cantor Art Center at Stanford University

Salvador Dali Museum

prepurchased tickets required, ... see website

Salvador Dali Museum Monterey Sacramento
Crocker Art Museum
... see websites
Capitol Museum

... see website
Governor's Portrait Gallery
Permanent Exhibits

(including one of our galllery's favorite artists,
Robert Rishell's portrait of Gov. Ronald Reagan
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The Haggin Museum

... see website
-Largest exhibition of Albert Bierstadt paintings anywhere, plus the works of Joseph Christian Leyendecker, Norman Rockwell's mentor.
see our Newsletter article, April 2011
Haggin Museum Stockton
Southern California (and Arizona) (for all museums below, see websites for hours and protocols.
Los Angeles
Los Angeles Museum of Art

Art of the Americas, Level 3:
Artworks of paintings and sculptures
from the colonial period to World War II—
a survey of of art and culture
& "Levitated Mass"
(University of California, Irvine
Institute and Museum of California Art)

(formerly The Irvine Museum)

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Santa Barbara
The Santa Barbara Museum of Art
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Hilbert Museum, Chapman University

Hilbert Museum Chapman University Orange CA
San Diego
San Diego Museum of Art
Permanent Collection

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Norton Simon Museum
-an Impressive Permanent collection,
European impressionist
and post impressionist paintings
See our newsletter from March 2014
Norton Simon Museum Pasadena
Los Angeles
California African American Art Museum
adjacent to the LA Coliseum
(see our newsletter articleof their
Ernie Barnes Exhibition September 2019)
California African American Art Museum San Marino (near Pasadena)
The Huntington Library

American Art Collection
Paintings by John Singer Sargent,
Edward Hopper, Robert Henri,
Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Moran,
William Keith, Mary Cassatt,
Thomas Hart Benton and many more.

Huntington Library Art Collection Pasadena
Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix Art Museum
an excellent sampling of
Artists of the American West
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Palm Springs
Palm Springs Art Museum

Permanent Collection
American 19th century Landscape Painting

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& Beyond
Honolulu, HI
Honolulu Museum
(see our Newsletter article
from February, 2015)

Honolulu Museum of Art Kamuela, HI (Big Island)
Issacs Art Center
65-1268 Kawaihae Road
Kamuela, HI  96743
(See our Dec '16 article "Hawaii's Paul Gauguin," 
modernist Madge Tennent, 1889-1972)

Isaacs Art Center
Seattle, WA
Seattle Art Museum
( see our article Mar 2018
French and American Paintings )
Seattle Art Museum Portland, OR
Portland Art Museum

Permanent Collection: American Art
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Washington D.C.
The Renwick Gallery

Permanent ... Grand Salon Paintings
from the Smithsonian American Art Museum
Renwick Gallery Washington DC Chicago, IL
Art Institute of Chicago
Permanent collection:
the Impressionists
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Cedar Rapids, IA
The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
Grant Wood: In Focus

is an ongoing permanent collection exhibition.
Cedar Rapids Museum of Art

Bentonville, AR
Crystal Bridges
Museum of American Art

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Washington D.C.
The National Gallery
Permanent collection
American Paintings
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The Philadelphia Museum of Art
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Philadelphia , PA
Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia Campus
Barnes Foundation Campus Philadelphia Brooklyn, NY
The Brooklyn Museum
American Art
Permanent Collection
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New York , NY
The Whitney Museum of American Art
The largest selection of works by Edward Hopper
The Whitney Museum of American Art New York New York, NY
Metropolitan Museum of Art

Its extensive collection of American Art
Metropolitan Museum New York
Detroit, MI
Detroit Institute of Arts
American Art
Permanent Collection
Detroit Institute of Arts Ottawa, Ontario
National Gallery of Canada
Canada National Gallery of Art
Denver, CO
Denver Art Museum
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Boston, MA
Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Our Gallery Showroom and Linda Sorensen's Studio in Graton

Linda Sorensen's artist studio is open by appointment.  Linda's Art at the Source OPEN STUDIO will be held here, June 1 & 2 and * 7 9. To contact Linda, email, text or call. LindaSorensen@Earthlink.net / 707-875-2911.  

Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery and Linda Sorensen's studio
Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery .com / Linda Sorensen Paintings . com
Art@BodegaBayHeritageGallery.com / LindaSorensen@Earthlink.net  707-875-2911
Atelier One, Studio 5, 2860 Bowen St, Graton, CA 95444 (not a mailing address)

If you wish to sell a painting to us ...

At present, we are acquiring few paintings. We are interested in considering works by Joshua Meador, or exceptional paintings by a few other Historic California artists. We do not do miscellaneous consignments but do represent artist estates. We do not provide appraisal services.

DO NOT CALL AND EXPECT A THOUGHTFUL ANSWER REGARDING YOUR PAINTING (especially, do not leave a voicemail message requiring us to phone you), ... INSTEAD, Please EMAIL US (Art@BodegaBayHeritageGallery.com) along with a high resolution jpeg image of your painting. Include the name of the artist, its title, dimensions and condition. Please include any history or provenance. Rather than responding off the cuff, in a timely fashion we will read your note, do our homework, and write back and let you know if we wish to acquire your painting or we may give you our our ideas on how best to market your painting through other resources.