Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Monthly
April 2009 News, Articles, and Opinions from the world of California’s Heritage Art & Beyond,
& Gallery and Museum exhibits, near & far
Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Sign
Celebrating Early California,
Western, and American Art

1580 Eastshore Road, PO Box 325
Bodega Bay, CA 94923, 707-875-2911
just below and around back of the Terrapin Creek Cafe

Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays, Noon until 5:00 PM
(or other times by prearranged appointment)

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Linda and Dan Photo
Linda Sorensen & Daniel Rohlfing

Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery
New Show beginning April 24
Women Artists of California

Hawaii Charity Auction April 25 Tavernier volcano painting
Molford Zornes Photo Thumbnail
Milford Zornes' Video Interview
In his own Words
Bodega Bay Fishermans Festival Poster Thumbnail
Bodega Bay's
Fisherman's Festival 2009
Kermit and Jim Henson Memorial Thumbnail
Kermit and Jim Henson
Traveling Smithsonian Exhibit
Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Notes

Our Neighboring Galleries

Museum Exhibits
Near and Far

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Josephine Blanch

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Alice Chittenden
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Grace Fountain
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Grace Allison Griffith
Anna Althea Hills Thumbnail
Anna Althea Hills
On Exhibit at Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery
Beginning Friday, April 24
Women Artists of California
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Orpha Mae Klinker
Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery's next show is right in line with a trend of increasing interest in the historic women artists of California.
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Thelma Speed Houston

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Kathi Hilton

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Nel Walker Warner
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Florence Upson Young

For example, on March 8 we attended an informative talk at the Petaluma Historical Museum by Professor Clarice Stasz entitled "California Women Artists 1850's - 1930's." Professor Stasz presented an impressive collection of artistic contributions of California women artists who were prominent in their field from the mid-1800's and into the early 1900's, many of whom were active in Sonoma and Marin Counties.

Our gallery has long specialized in Early California women artists (and particularly Sonoma County's own Grace Allison Griffith 1885-1955). Last year the DeYoung's selection of four women impressionists was an exhibit not to be missed. And other fine art galleries that specialize in historic art have also featured their selections of women artists: for example George Stern Fine Arts, West Hollywood Gallery, this April and May.

Some new (to us) facts that we found interesting included the segregation of the sexes in art schools. The Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris (its origins dating back to 1648) did not admit women, but the Academie Julian, started in Paris in 1868, did accommodate large classes of women by having women-only life-studies classes. (The Ecole des Beaux Arts did begin admitting women in 1897.) There were several women artists who were quite successful in early San Francisco, including acting as instructors in the art schools.

Many of the women artists featured in our collection were equal participants in their time in the associations and fellowship of men artists who have since become relatively more famous and in demand as measured by auctionhouse records. The works of many of the historic California women are more recently becoming in much greater demand than previously, and may have the potential of appreciation that other historic artists' work of merit has shown. As always, a great painting is to be valued over a poor example from a more famous artist's output. Many collectors have directed a substantial part of their acquisitions to this field or to particular women painters.

The subject is an important one, and is addressed admirably in "An Encyclopedia of Women Artists of the American West" by Phil Kovinick and Marian Yoshiki-Kovinick. But even that ambitious and extensive volume, not limited to Californians, could not avoid neglecting many who were also worthy of inclusion.

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Hawaii Charity Auction April 25: includes a Tavernier volcano painting
The Isaacs Art Center in Waimea (Kamuela), The Big Island, Hawaii, will hold its 2009 HPA Biennial Scholarship Auction - for the benefit of the Hawai'i Preparatory Academy - on April 25 at the Hapuna Prince Hotel.
The Isaacs Art Center is offering at auction, to raise funds for its financial support of students at HPA, not only an excellent selection of more contemporary works, but also several historic works of particular interest to collectors. They include a volcano painting of Halema'uma'u Crater by Jules Tavernier, an oil painting of Kahana Bay, O'ahu, by D. Howard Hitchcock, a oil painting by Lionel Walden, and a watercolor by Robert Lee Eskridge.

View the auction webpage, Absentee bidding or bids by telephone are available.

The Art Center itself should not be missed on any trip to the Big Island. Its permanent museum collection and the works offered for sale in the gallery section are of high quality, very pleasingly displayed and with very enthusiastic, helpful and knowledgeable people on hand. It was definitely one of the high points of our visit. The Art Center is easy to find on Kawaihae Road in Kamuela, in a historic schoolhouse built in 1915, and is open Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. | | Back to top

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Bodega Bay's Fisherman's Festival 2009 Bodega Bay Fishermans Festival Poster

The history of Bodega Bay is tied to the sea, and over the years, fishing is what defines this place. Each Spring, the Bodega Bay Fisherman's Festival features a blessing of the fleet, a wreath set onto the waters as a memorial for those lost at sea, and other sea related feasting and frolics.


Kudos to our neighboring gallery, West County Design in Valley Ford. For the second year in a row, they are entering the Wooden Boat Challenge taking place on Saturday, April 4th.

Last year, this exciting competition included 14 teams of four who would first build a boat, and then race the newly born craft in the waters of Bodega Bay around awaiting buoys. Each team has an identical list of materials, and can't touch them prior to the race. The teams then have three hours to assemble their boat. Forty-five minutes later, the race begins.

Bodega Bay Fishermans Festival Wooden Boat Challenge

Last year, West County Design's team won and they're have their sights set on win number two. Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery wishes them well. Sharon Eager of West County Design says it is a riotous time, all for a good cause.

Beyond the Boat Challenge Race, there is an accompanying Golf Tournament, a Parade of Pets, Llamas on Parade, the Boat Parade, and the Blessing of the Fleet. Proceeds of the annual event go to the Bodega Bay Community Association, Bodega Bay Elementary School PTA, Bodega Bay Firefighters Association, Bodega Bay Grange, Rancho Bodega Historical Society, Fisherman’s Marketing Association, Tomales High School programs, Redwood Empire Foster Parents, Bodega Bay Union Church, Bodega Volunteer Fire Department.

Also available are a variety of arts and craft merchants, food and wine booths, and outdoor bayside music. Stop by and share in the fun.


Bodega Bay Fishermans Festival Boat Parade
Bodega Bay Fish Fest BBQd Oysters | | Back to top

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Milford Zonres Sketching in the Field Milford Zornes Video Excerpt
Interview, November 1, 2007
Otis Art Institute Legacy Project
Here's yet another gift to the art world from the students of Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles.

As part of their legacy project, students interviewed Milford Zornes, a venerated alumnus of Otis Art Institute, who graduated in 1927. The interview was conducted 80 years later, on November 1, 2007, less than three months before Zornes' 100th birthday. The entire video interview is in the Otis Art Institute Library, and this excerpt is now on

Like many senior artists looking over their long careers, Milford Zornes reflects and then states, "I don't care to be remembered," and then goes on to explain he will have his pictures out there, his name is on them, and someone will wonder who Zornes was. He too wants his art to speak for him.

Excerpt of a Milford Zornes Interview
November 1, 2007, part of the Otis Art Institute Legacy Project
Milford Zornes Mt San Antonio north of Los Angeles
"Mt. San Antonio"
north of Los Angeles
Milford Zornes, 1989
Milford Zornes on our site | Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles | Back to top

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The Smithsonian presents Kermit the Frog and and Jim Henson,
Jim Henson’s Fantastic World soon in Seattle and in 2010 in Fresno

Jim Henson, Frank Oz, and Michael Frith
talk about the design of the Muppets

by magicpuppet

Kermit and Jim Henson Memorial Memorial
Kermit & Jim Henson memorial statue, outside the Stamp Student Union at the University of Maryland in College Park.

Early on, Jim Henson placed his hand in a green felt sock, and created one of the most famed and loved celebrities, a frog named Kermit.

Over time, his puppet world grew into a show business success and legend. A large list of his accomplishments includes the marvelously successful use of puppets on Sesame Street, including characters Bert, Ernie, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, and Oscar the Grouch. Then on to The Muppet Show with Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo the Great, and the Swedish Chef. He met with success also on the big screen, creating a series of Muppet films, plus new ventures such as Labyrinth with Monty Python’s Terry Gilliam, one of film's most creative directors. And he left behind a legacy with the Creature Workshop, creating puppet and animatronic creatures and characters for a large number of films and television series.

And now, the Smithsonian Institution has created a traveling exhibit honoring Jim Henson and his art.

Kermit and Jim Henson Mirror Portrait

The exhibit features 100 original artworks, among them drawings, cartoons, and storyboards which help us understand Henson’s talent, how he transformed lifeless puppets into incredibly able performers who could tell stories and touch hearts. Also in the exhibit are movie props, behind the scenes photos of Henson and his collaborators at work, and video excerpts of some of his productions, including his early career.

Jim Henson’s Fantastic World is organized by The Jim Henson Legacy and SITES with the cooperation of the Henson Family and some of the entities spawned by Henson’s family of enterprises. The exhibition is sponsored by the The Biography Channel, with additional support of the The Jane Henson Foundation and Cheryl Henson.

The exhibit is soon to open in Seattle at the Experience Music Project / Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame (link below), beginning May 23rd and running through August 16. In the summer of 2010, the exhibit will visit the Freestone Metropolitan Museum in Fresno, CA.

Tragically, Jim Henson died suddenly of a rare and aggressive illness in 1990. He was fifty-three years old. | | Back to top

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Gallery Notes

  • Dolphin Gallery in Gualala, a division of Gualala Arts, features the pastels of Peggy Zink and the forged metal artworks of Jim Joyce starting April 4 (reception) through April 29.
  • The new Map of fine arts and arts & crafts galleries in Sonoma County will be issued by the Sonoma County Gallery Group soon, and will be available at galleries, visitors centers, wineries on the Wine Road, and other locations. There are several new galleries of note, and this Map and the website is a good way to plan a tour and find out about current exhibits.
  • Sales tax has gone up 1% April 1st. For shipments from our gallery within California, and purchases picked up at the gallery, this means 8.75%.
  • Booklets of several of our exhibitions are available. Pick them up at the gallery or send us your mailing address.
    - Painters of the Desert; Regionalist Watercolors;
    - 19th Century Paintings of Northern California;
    - Painters of Carmel (plus other Master Painters of the Sea).
    - A booklet of our California Impressionists paintings is still in the works.
  • The gallery offers access to a collection of reference material - even Sister Wendy, of course. There are many books including a huge volume about Edward Hopper. On hand for the Women Artists show is the "Encyclopedia of Women Artists of the American West." There are also various slide shows available, such as Milford Zornes, and DVDs about various art movements and artists (including 4 Men Paint 1 Tree, Disney's short film that includes Joshua Meador 1911-1965). On a rainy day or any other gallery day, please accept our invitation to sit down and browse for a while, or have a DVD shown for you. Please speak up and tell us in advance about what you may wish to view or look through.
  • The gallery website has a number of audio and video features for educational purposes. See the video on our Alexander Dzigurski page entitled The Palette & Symphony. Review the informative interview with Robert Rishell on our page about him, as well as the Zornes interview described above.
  • Although some have sold, we still have a good selection of small, affordable works by Alexander Dzigurski II.
  • In addition to the desert paintings by Kathi Hilton (daughter of John W. Hilton) that we have showing, additional paintings are available that we can quickly obtain from the artist according to the preferences of interested persons. Please contact us for details.
  • Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery is a member of the Sonoma County Gallery Group, which publishes a map of fine art galleries and has a website with information on a wide variety of current exhibitions. . We are also members of the Petaluma Arts Council, which has a marvelous new exhibition space in the train depot visitor's center area off Washington Street at Lakeville Road in Petaluma.
  • Our Archives page has links to our previous gallery exhibits and monthly newsletters.

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What's showing at Bodega Bay Galleries & Beyond?
click on their links and discover the wonder to be found in the galleries of West Sonoma County
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IN BODEGA BAY Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery
1580 Eastshore Road, PO Box 325
Bodega Bay, CA 94923, 707-875-2911
Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays, Noon until 5:00 PM
(or other times by prearranged appointment)
Current Exhibit: Celebrate! (through April 20th) | (Map & Location) |

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Smith and Kirk Gallery Bodega Bay


Libby Kirk's fused glass and Gary Smith's Custom Framing
along with works by a variety of local artists,
including works of the late Gail Packer.
Conveniently located next to The Ren Brown Collection
1785 A Highway One, PO Box 1116, Bodega Bay, CA 94923 | 707-875-2976
Local Color Gallery

IN BODEGA BAY Local Color Gallery
featuring JANE BARON 3/28 - 5/10

1580 Eastshore Road, Bodega Bay, 707-875-2744 | Back to the Top

Florence Brass Matanzas Creek Lavender Thumbnail
Matanzas Creek Lavender
Florence Brass

Reb Brown Sign Thumbnail IN BODEGA BAY The Ren Brown Collection
The gallery was established in 1989 and specializes in
contemporary art from both sides of the Pacific. | Back to the Top
Ren Brown Collection
Christopher Queen Gallery IN DUNCANS MILLS Christopher Queen Galleries
3 miles east of Hwy 1 on Hwy 116 on the Russian River
Current Show:

"The Very Frugal Collector"
Paintings $2000 & Under,
Sunday March 8th, 2009, Champagne Reception 1 to 3pm,
Show Hangs Through May 1st | Back to the Top
Self Portrait of Xavier Martinez
Bobbi & Ron Quercia IN DUNCANS MILLS Quercia Gallery
New Show Opening March 6:
"In Nature"
An installation of Landscapes. Reception Mar. 7 3-6pm.

Hours: 11am-5pm, Thur - Mon (707) 865-0243 | Back to the Top
Quercia Gallery Duncans Mills
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IN CALISTOGA the Lee Youngman Gallery
Lee Youngman features
the contemporary paintings of Paul Youngman
and other Sonoma and Napa County artists.
Also, she has a superb selection of paintings done by her father,
famed artist Ralph Love. | Back to the Top

Paul Youngman

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IN TOMALES Tomales Fine Art
exhibits the works of Jeanette Le Grue, Timothy Horn, Christin Coy, John Poon, Nancy McDonald, Randall Sexton.
For aspiring and recreational artists, workshops are available.
photo to the left ... Jeannette Le Grue
with her
2nd place painting,
"Picture of Lilies, "
at the San Juan Capistrano Awards ceremony. | Back to the Top

Tomales Fine Art Gallery

IN FORESTVILLE The Quicksilver Mine Co.
6671 Front St. (Hwy. 116) Downtown Forestville PHONE: 707.887.0799
April 17 - May 25, Luminous Shadows Mezzotints & Paintings by Holly Downing,
Reception, Saturday, April 18, 4-6 PM.
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Linda Ratzlaff IN GRATON Graton Gallery
9048 Graton Road, Graton, California (707) 829-8912
Current Show: "Gesture & Stillness" - March 3 - April 12, 2009
Sally Baker - Vibrant watercolor still life paintings inspired by Asian aesthetic and love of color, Marsha Connell - Paintings reflecting the spirit of place - mood, shape, color, and spatial relationship, Gerry Arrington - Trompe l’oeil ceramics - sensual aspects of form, surface, texture and presence
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Bodega Landmark Gallery Thumb IN BODEGA Bodega Landmark Gallery Collection
regional seascape and landscape painting, fine art photography, blown glass,
etching, sculpture, ceramics, stained glass, woodwork, and jewelry by local artists.
17255 Bodega Highway Bodega, California USA 94922 Phone 707 876 3477 | | Back to the Top
West County Design Center

IN VALLEY FORD West County Design
Currently Showing: Small Packages
Works by Deborah Cushman, Dana Hooper, Janet Moore, Wendy Schwartz and Jean Warren
14390 Highway One • Valley Ford, CA 94972 • 707.876.1963
(Across from the Valley Ford Hotel and Rocker Oysterfeller's Restaurant) | Back to the Top

Boho Gallery Freestone Thumbnail IN FREESTONE Boho Gallery
463 Bohemian Hwy, Freestone, CA 95472 Phone 707-874-9792
"an eclectic range of art that includes romantic wine country landscapes, whimsical animal portraits, and contemplative visual abstracts that allude to natural objects and mystery."
Jan, Feb, & March: By appointment only

April through December: Fri, Sat. & Sun 11 to 6 | | Back to the Top
Vintage Bank Petaluma Thumbnail IN PETALUMA Vintage Bank Antiques
Vintage Bank Antiques is located in Historic Downtown Petaluma, corner of Western Avenue and Petaluma Blvd. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Warren Davis and the rest of the team at Vintage Bank Antiques has assembled a spectacular inventory of paintings. From the 18th Century to Contemporary Artists. We have paintings to suit every price point and collector level. If you have a painting for sale, please consider Vintage Bank Antiques. Contact Warren Davis directly at | Back to the Top
IN Waimea, Big Island, Hawaii Isaacs Art Center
While on vacation, visit a superb Museum and Gallery.
The XVIIIth HPA Biennial Scholarship Auction will be held on April 25
at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. | Back to the Top
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Links to current museum exhibits
relevant to Early California Art
and beyond
Oakland Museum of California

The Art and History Galleries are currently under renovation, and will reopen in 2010.
Exhibit:Future of Sequoias:
Sustaining Parklands in the 21st Century
February 7–August 23, 2009
Oakland Museum Thumbnail San Francisco
de Young Museum

de Young Museum: American Painting Collection, & "Warhol Live" Warhol Live presents an exploration of Warhol’s work through the lens of music.
Feb 14 - May 17
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San Francisco
California Historical Society

Fine Arts Collection ... & Hobos to Street People: Artists' Responses to Homelessness from the New Deal to the Present
February 19- August 15, 2009
California Historical Society Thumbnail San Francisco
Legion of Honor

Permanent Collection, plus Artistic Luxury: Fabergé, Tiffany, Lalique
Feb 7 - May 31
San Francisco Legion of Honor Museum
San Francisco
ontemporary Jewish Museum

"Jews on Vinyl" And You Shall Know Us
by the Trail of Our Vinyl
February 6 - June 9, 2009
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Hearst Art Gallery

Saint Mary's College of California
Bert Monroy: A digital artist paints with light
January 17 - April 5, 2009
Sacred Mountain: Images of Mt. Diablo and Mt. Fuji, May 2 - July 3

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Coming to SF's Presidio
the Contemporary Art Museum
of the Presidio

report of the latest from the
SF Chron, March 1, 2009

Contemporary Art Museum at the Presidio Also Coming to SF's Presidio
The Walt Disney Family Museum "Opening is just months away"
Walt Disney Museum at the Presidio
Sonoma Valley Museum of Art

551 Broadway, Sonoma CA 95476
(707) 939-7862
Sordid and Sacred: The Beggars in Rembrandt's Etchings
APRIL 18 - JUNE 7, 2009

Sonoma Museum of Art Exterior Thumb Santa Rosa
Sonoma County Museum

Historic paintings, plus Exhibition:
January 23 – March 29, 2009
Robots: Evolution of a Cultural Icon
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Monterey Museum of Art

Permanent Collection
Dart, McCone and Klemme Galleries, MMA La Mirada In celebration of a half century of generosity the Monterey Museum of Art presents 50/fifty, an exhibition of recent gifts to the collection.

Monterey Museum of Art

Grace Hudson Museum
The target date to reopen the
Grace Carpenter Hudson
painting exhibition is March 8th.
Please check before making the trip.

Grace Hudson Museum
Crocker Art Museum

Permanent Exhibit, plus
Animals in the Drawing Room:
Portraits by Mari Kloeppel
February 6 – May 31, 2009

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Capitol Museum

Permanent Exhibits

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San Jose
San Jose Museum of Art

Women’s Work: Contemporary Women Printmakers from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his family foundation
through Aug 16, 2009

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The Irvine Museum

The Good Life
California Watercolors, 1930-1950
through May 16
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San Diego
San Diego Museum of Art

Black Womanhood: Images, Icons, and Ideologies of the African Body through
April 26, 2009

San Diego Museum of Art Thumbnail Palm Springs
Palm Springs Art Museum

Permanent Collection; American
Wayne Thiebaud: 70 Years of Painting
02.11.09 - 05.09.09
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Norton Simon Museum

Matisse’s Amours: Illustrations of Pierre de Ronsard’s Love Poems
February 13–June 8, 2009
Norton Simon Museum Pasadena
Santa Monica
California Heritage Museum

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Seattle, WA
Seattle Art Museum

The Indian Paintings of George de Forest Brush, Feb 26 - May 24, 2009

Seattle Art Museum Long Beach
Long Beach Museum of Art

Davod Simon: Dark Forest
March 20 - May 31, 2009

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Dallas, TX
Dallas Museum of Art

Tutankhamun and the
Golden Age of the Pharaohs
October 3, 2008–May 17, 2009
Exhibit Coming to SF's
de Young Museum, Summer, '09

Dallas Museum of Art Entrance Portland, OR
Portland Art Museum

Permanent Collection

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Chicago, IL
Art Institute of Chicago

Impressionists Return
New Galleries Open December 19, plus
Becoming Edvard Munch: Influence, Anxiety, and Myth
February 14–April 26, 2009

Art Institute of Chicago Thumbnail Washington D.C.
The National Gallery
Pride of Place:
Dutch Cityscapes of the Golden Age

February 1–May 3, 2009

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Washington D.C.
The Renwick Gallery

George Catlin's Indian Gallery
through April 26, 2009, plus
Graphic Masters I: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum
Works on Paper, through May 25, 2009
Renwick Gallery Washington DC Roanoke, VA
The Taubman Museum
19th & 20th Century Paintings
John Singer Sargent, Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, Robert Henri, Childe Hassam & others.
Permanent Exhibit
Taubman Musuem Roanoke Virginia
Atlanta, GA
High Museum of Art

Vermeer's The Astronomer
"Evolution and Exploration
through September 6, 2009
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