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Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Monthly
April 2017
an Online Gallery based in Bodega Bay, California
Celebrating Historic California Painting

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Meditation Madame Monet Sitting on a Sofa 1870-71
Monet: The Early Years

a Second Look
Now at SF's Legion of Honor
Robert Rishell
Robert Rishell,
among the Royalty of California Desert Painters
the Living Desert Mountain Lion thumbnail
Palm Desert, the Stephen B. Chase Art Collection, and "The Living Desert"
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John W Hilton Monument
Monument, 1951
John W. Hilton

Monet: The Early Years, a Second Look,
now at San Francisco's Legion of Honor
From our
March 2017

In our last newsletter, we wrote about the Legion of Honor's new exhibition, "Monet: The Early Years.". This month, we follow up with a closer look, including photos of more of the Monet paintings now on exhibit.

Claude Monet Portrait by Renoir 1875
Monet: The Early Years
at SF's Legion of Honor

As implausable as it may seem, Claude Monet was once a "starving artist."

Monet had difficulty selling these early paintings. Even in his wildest immagination, he could not have

envisioned a time when his early paintings would be gathered and sent on a world museum tour.

Recently, the art-history documentary film I, Claude Monet was shown at Sebastopol's Rialto Theater. Scenes of Monet's favored locales were shown alongside paintings done in those locales. Narration was drawn from Monet's correnspondance. His letters reveal Monet's passion for painting, and his critical need for financial support. Monet seemed to not let a writing moment go by without asking for money.

Below is information drawn from the exhibition's placards for each painting.

Trailer for "I, Claude Monet" ... An elegant art-history documentary from Phil Grabsky,
the latest in the Exhibition on Screen series, shown Mar 8 at Sebastopol's Rialto Theater
Claude Monet The Magpie
Claude Monet, The Magpie
1869 (age 29), Musee d'Orsay, Paris
DON'T MISS OUT ... IT'S HERE AGAIN. One of Monet's most popular paintings, The Magpie last visited San Francisco in 2010,
then part of the de Young Museum's Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musee d'Orsay Exhibition. Now it's at the Legion of Honor through May 29.
The Magpie was rejected by the jury for the Salon in 1869. The Musee d'Orsay's page discussing The Magpie says the rejection by the jury was because it was more about perception than description, attempting to convey the feeling of the moment rather than the detail. To this charge of course, Monet was guilty. He wanted to capture the effect of the scene and its transitory nature. This superb impressionist painting was done five years before "Impressionism" got its name. The magpie seated atop the gate appears as a musical note on a staff.
Farmyard in Normandy
1863 (age 23)
Musee d'Orsay, Paris
The Chailly Road in the Forest of Fontainebleau 1865
(age 25), Ordrupgaard, Copenhagen
A Cart on the Snowey Road at Honfleur 1865 (age 25)
Musee d'Orsay, Paris

Farmyard in Normandy was done in a tough, uncompromising manner. This is surprising as his earliest paintings were more delicate. From studying the masters, Monet begins with a quick tonal sketch done with thin dark paint filling in dabs and patches creating a surface which appears to be in progress.

The Chailly Road in the Forest of Fontainebleau shows how this road brought travelers and light into the dense forest. He did this painting in 1865 as he experimented with forest shadows as he prepared for Luncheon on the Grass which he hoped to exhibit at the Salon in 1866.

A Cart on the Snowey Road at Honfleur shows how hardy and determined Monet was. In 1868, a journalist interviewing another artist in the Le Havre region said this of Monet. "We have only seen him once. It was in the winter, during several days of snow, when communications were virtually at a standstill. It was cold enough to split stones. We noticed a foot-warmer, then an easel, then a man, swathed in three coats, his hands in gloves, his face half frozen. It was M. Monet, studying a snow effect."

An Oak at Bas-Breau (The Bodmer)
1865 (age 25)
Private Collection

An Oak at Bas-Breu (the Bodmer) is on public view for only the second time. It was done in a section of the Fontainebleau near Barbizon and Chailly. The oak pictured in the painting is referred to as "the Bodmer," in honor of the Swiss painter, Karl Bodmer, a long time Barbizon resident. Monet has shown the tree to have a strong sense of dignity and pride, a tribute to Bodmer.

Grainstacks at Chailly at Sunrise ... Chailly is a small farming town near the Fontainbleu. This painting with haystacks is one of the first fields done by Monet, a subject he revisted often over his career.

Grainstacks at Chailly at Sunrise 1865 (age 25)
The San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA
Boats in the Port of Honfleur
1866 (age 26)
Collection of Ann and Gordon Getty

Boats in the Port of Honfleur ... During World War II it is believed a large Monet painting of Port in Honfleur, measuring seven feet in diameter, was destroyed. This painting may have been a study in preparation for that larger work, or there is the possibility it was a successful painting for Monet inspiring him to do the larger painting. Overlapping brushstrokes speak to its bold and free execution done in a short period of time. Foreground pigments were laid down over wet paint.

Fishing Boats
1866 (age 26)
Private Collection
Seascape 1866 (age 26)
Ordrupgaard, Copenhagen
La Porte d'Amont Etretat
1868-69 (age 28)
Fogg Museum, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA

Fishing Boats ... This work is a study of the silhouettes of masts against a dark grey sky, again done in preparation for his larger work Port of Honfleur which is believed to have been destroyed in World War II. The bright colors and flat geometry of this painting were in part responsible for its being rejected by the Salon's jury, one of Monet's earliest experiences with rejection.

Seascape ... This impressionist painting shows Monet seeking to paint freely according to his direct observation of nature. The surface shows large brushstrokes applied quickly.

La Porte d'Amont Etretat ... In October of 1868, Monet moved to the coastal fishing village of Etretat, known for its two natural arches jutting out into the surf. Monet wanted to paint the setting sun through one arch, so he hiked to the top of an eastern cliff, then descended a path to the beach exposed only at low tide. The payoff was he could get close to the face of the cliff still wet from the previous high tide. He used long strong brushstrokes to paint the horizontal bands of the clouds against the light from the setting sun.

Bathers at La Grenouillere
1869 (age 29)
The National Gallery, London

Pierre Auguste Renoir Mixed Flowers in an Earthen Pot
Mixed Flowers in an Earthen Pot
by Pierre Auguste Renoir (not part of this exhibition)
Still Life with Flowers and Fruit 1869 (age 29)
J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Bathers at La Grenouillere ... West of Paris on the Seine near Bougival was a boating and bathing establishment which featured a floating cafe. In the summer of 1869, Monet lived nearby in La Grenouillere with his mistress Camille and their son.

While his friend Renoir visited, Monet painted sketches of this scene in a swift and direct matter, possibly to be used in a more finished canvas.

Still Life with Flowers and Fruit and Pierre-Auguste Renoir's Mixed Flowers in an Earthen Pot ... While Monet's friend Renoir was visiting in La Grenouillere, the pair created paintings of the same scenes, including a still life of the same bouquet of flowers. Given the angles, it appears Renoir's easel was to the left of Monet as they painted. Monet's version of the still life has a basket of fruit in the foreground with fruit on the table to the right. Renoir's version had sunflowers rising behind the bouquet of flowers. Monet originally included the sunflowers, but then painted them out.

The Bridge at Bougival ... The composition of this painting is striking. Monet set up his easel across the Seine from Bougival. On the right side of the scene, he painted the the road as it crosses the river and approaches the town. The left, he shows the bank down to the river. The time of day is early morning with rich long shadows in the foreground and upon the bridge, topped with a river of clouds above.

The Red Kerchief
1869 (age 29)
The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland
The Bridge at Bougival
1869 (age 29)
Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH
The Seine at Bougival
1869 (age 29)
Private Collection

The Seine at Bougival is an attempt by Monet to utilize the detachment of urban painters in Bougival. This snowfall gave Monet an opportunity to explore winter within a realist approach. He used somber tones with harmonies of grays and browns to create a realistic scene encountered in everyday life.

The Red Kerchief was one of Monet's personal favorites. While glancing out his window when he spots Camille Doncieux walking through the snow. Her face is set off by a bright red scarf, while the brief outdoor scene is framed by the window's sheer white curtains. Even though Monet was quite good at painting quickly, Camille must have exerienced some discomfort as she posed outside in the snow.

Red Mullets
1869 (age 29)
Fogg Museum, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA

Meditation Madame Monet Sitting on a Sofa 1870-71
(age 30), Musee d'Orsay, Paris
Windmill at Zaadam
1871 (age 31)
Daniel Katz Gallery, London
Red Mullets ... Two dead fish on a white cloth may not seem to be the fare for a worthy subject for a painter. But from an artistic standpoint, Red Mullets is an example of Monet's mastery. With warm and cool grays, red-orange, black and white he was able to achieve phonomenal effects. He utilized strategies of Hiroshige Japanese printmakers, looking at the subject from above rather on the same level. Monet collected Hiroshige prints.

Meditation Madame Monet Sitting on a Sofa was painted in London. It seems his visit with James Whistler had put Monet into a Whistlerian mood. In this composition, he cropped elements of the fireplace, picture frame and window and included a white vase and Japanese fan, elements often used by Whistler in Paris and London in the 1860's.

Windmill at Zaadam is of the Oosterkattegat Mill which provided Zaandam's primary source of employment and prosperity. The flatness of the planes of the green foreground, the reflective water and the mass of the buildings are accented by the long streaks of parallel clouds in the sky. Monet said of Holland, "We traveled almost the whole length of Holland and, to be sure, what I saw of it seemed far more beautiful than it is said to be. Zaandam is particulary remarkable."
Hyde Park
1871 (age 31) Museum of Art,
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
Green Park
1871 (age 31)
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
View of a Port 1871 (age 31)
Private Collection
Hyde Park and Green Park ... In 1871, Monet did five paintings of London, three of the Thames and two of its large urban parks. Monet appreciated London's chilly and humid winter weather.

Pissarro was in London and painted at the same time. Pissarro later wrote, "Monet and I were very enthusiastic over the London landscapes. Monet worked in the parks while I ... studied the effects of fog, snow and Springtime. We worked from nature, and later on Monet painted in London some superb studies of mist."

View of a Port was done in Amsterdam in the early summer of 1871. It is quite sketchy, and was done with apparent speed. The Monets traveled from England by steamship, arriving in Rotterdam and then by train to Amsterdam. This painting could have been done either before or after their stay in Zaandam.

Houses by the Zaan at Zaandam 1871 (age 31)
Stadel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

The Landing Stage 1871 (age 31)
Acquavella Galleries, New York, NY
1872 (age 32)
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Houses by the Zaan at Zaandam has a complex depiction of reflected light. The three horizontal bands of the painting, the river, the houses and the sky are done with different brushstrokes. The rippling water of the river was achieved with patches of color applied with a glancing motion with each stroke seeming to end with a taper. The sky's clouds and blue were applied with medium strokes. The houses were done in with broad stokes creating flat planes while the roofs of the buildings were done with a series of slanting verticals run through with horizontal bands of shadow.

The Landing Stage
... This leisurely moment on the banks of a river highlighted by a bright umbrella brings to mind Georges Seurat's A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. But Monet's The Landing Stage was done thirteen years earlier. The locale of this painting is Zaandam alongside of one of its canals lined with summer homes. It is similar to the scenes Monet and Renoir did of bathers in La Grenouillere on the Seine three years earlier.

Argenteuil shows Monet painting what he saw before him. This scene with a few omissions could have been a tranquil rural scene. But Monet includes the chateau, which was owned by a banker who sailed for a hobby and was an officer in the Paris yacht club. Beyond the house are chimneys of a factory, a sign of the town's economic vitality. Monet appears not to object to the intrusion of these aspects of 1872 modern life, but includes them.

Apple Trees in Blossom
1872 (age 32)
Union League Club of Chicago, Chicago, IL
The Pont Neuf in Paris
1872-73 (age 32)
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX

Still Life with Melon 1872 (age 32)
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal

Apple Trees in Blossom ... An art critic covering the Second Impressionist Exhibition of 1876 referred to a different title for this painting when he wrote, "Springtime shows a grassy garden path that disappears between blossoming apple trees and shrubs bursting into leaf."

The Pont Neuf in Paris is an example of an "impression," not so much the mental picture formed by looking at a subject quickly, but rather the object as a result of that looking. An "impression" is a rapid sketch of a place done under specific light and atmospheric conditions with a minimum of brushstrokes. Monet considered this piece rather informal, noted by the presence of his initials rather than his signature.

Still Life with Melon. Young landscape painters preferred being outdoors, often using rainy days to do still life paintings, quite popular in the 1870s. Monet carefully designed this composition with a blue and white plate against the wall with a bowl of ripe peaches in front and sliced orange melon to the right. Lighted from the left, corresponding shadows are accentuated by the slices of melon. Monet's dealer, Paul Durand-Ruel, sold Still Life with Melon almost the monent he received it.

Legion of Honor
Monet: The Early Years awaits your discovery at the Legion of Honor. When money was scarce and the fantasy for big sales was large, this young artist kept on, daringly experimenting, learning, and seeking out new vistas.

These are the paintings of a poor artist, striving and daring. You have an advantage -- you know the how Monet's future unfolded. At the time he painted them, he did not. The exhibition runs through May 29.
San Francisco's Legion of Honor | Back to the Top

Robert Rishell, among
the Royalty of California Desert Painters
Robert Rishell painting plein air in the desert
On a recent trip to Palm Desert for Kathi Hilton's one woman exhibition at the Historical Society of Palm Desert, we discovered the large photo below. To our surprise, Oakland artist Robert Rishell was present, alongside a host of legendary California Desert and Western Painters.

Robert Rishell was one of the East Bay's greatest artists. He was a member of the Bohemian Club, a co-founder of the Oakland Museum and was chosen by Ronald Reagan in 1973 to paint Reagan's gubernatorial portrait. The Reagan portrait is now prominantly displayed in the capitol in Sacramento. His daughter Lynne reports that her dad loved attending the Bohemian Club campouts at the Bohemian Grove on the Russian River.

Historical Society of Palm Desert photo of Memorial Celebration for LA Times Editor Ed Ainsworth 1968

The Royalty of California Desert Painters (Robert Rishell is in the second row right)
This photo was taken in 1968 at the dedication for a memorial for Ed Ainsworth,
a veteran newspaper man and author, a passionate desert advocate and a dear friend of desert artists.
Back Row ... Marco Gomez, Bill Bender, Bob Wagoner, Ernie Morris, Grant Speed, Don Perceval, Burt Procter, Ace Powell, Joe Beeler.
Second Row ... Kirk Martin, John Hampton, Fred Harmon, Gordon Snidow, Nick Firfires, Robert Rishell, Bob Lee.

Front Row ... John W. Hilton, Olaf Wieghorst, Bill Hampton, Jimmy Swinnerton, Katherine Ainsworth, and William Moyers.

In the video to the left, Robert Rishell stresses "You need dark to show light." This is a quote from Rishell's radio interview with KGO's Bob Avery on March 1, 1969. The occasion was his one-man exhibition at the Desert Southwest Art Gallery in Palm Desert.

As this 17 minute interview plays, a slide show of Robert's paintings illustrates his style. As more images of Rishell's paintings become available, we will add them to this video. If you have a Rishell painting, please send us an image.

Rishell, a WPA Era artist ... In 1937 at the age of 20, Robert Rishell undertook painting this mural as part of the WPA. It portrays the vital role of public works and unions, providing much needed emplyment during the Great Depression. Artists like Rishell were tasked with creating art meant to communicate that common people working together was how the nation would get through the hard times.
Robert Rishell Progress through Labor

The video below explains where Rishell's mural was originally displayed, and how it was saved and restored by the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California and now resides in the lobby of their offices in Sacramento.

Robert Rishell at age 20 working on Progress through Labor Mural
Robert Rishell's page | Back to the Top

The Living Desert Logo Palm Desert, home of the Stephen B. Chase Art Collection, and "The Living Desert"
by Daniel Rohlfing -- from our April 2013 edition

Palm Desert's "The Living Desert" is well known as a beautiful botanical and zoological park, showing the flora and fauna of the Mojave. But that's not all. "The Living Desert" also has a wonderful exhibition of historic California paintings.

The published descriptions of this wondrous place are inadequate. It is an enchanted garden, thoughtfully planned and immaculately maintained. I couldn't help but express while there how glad I was we made the trip. And, upon departing, I promised myself that I would one day return.

The Living Desert's administration building is adjacent to the admissions gate, and houses the Stephen B. Chase Art Collection. The collection includes an impressive sampling of some of California's greatest painters.

Living Desert Map
Mountain Lion the Living Desert
The Living Desert, Mountain Lion posing for a portrait
The Living Desrt Ocotillo
The Living Desert Jaguar and Favored Toy
The Living Desert, Jaguar with a favorite toy

The collection includes forty-nine paintings by twenty-two artists. The collection spans the period between 1900 and the late 1930s. Fourteen of the paintings depict Coachella Valley scenes, while others are of landscapes throughout California.

In the Gold the Sloping Vale Subsides Franz Bischoff
Franz Bischoff, In the Gold, the Sloping Vale Subsides

Conrad Buff Palm Springs
Conrad Buff, Palm Springs, 1928

Dynamic development and change characterize American art history at the turn of the twentieth century. Impressionism was the dominant style that emerged during this time, especially suited to the dramatic, pristine landscape and shimmering light of California. Artists painting in California between 1900 and 1950 were driven by admiration of French Impressionism and their appreciation for the California landscape, climate and quality of light.

William Ritschel Quiet Waters
William Ritschel, Quiet Waters
Mary DeNeal Morgan Lazy Day on the Drive
Mary DeNeale Morgan, Lazy Day on the Drive

In southern California, landscape painting was an especially popular subject, with many artists painting plein air, or out of doors, to best capture the bright, buoyant and fleeting quality of the light. Artists known for plein air painting represented in this collection include Granville Redmond, Marion Kavanagh Wachtel, William Wendt, Franz A. Bischoff, Edgar Payne, Jean Mannheim and Maurice Braun, among others.

Granville Redmond, Cloudy Day at Monterey
William Wendt Laguna Beach
William Wendt, Laguna Beach

California's landscape and light were natural subjects for artists painting in the Impressionist style either plein air or in the studio. The paintings in this collection resonate with color, texture and light, from cool coastal scenes to rugged mountains and their wooded glades down to arid desert vistas interspersed with vivid wildflowers and lush palm oases.

The Living Desert | The Stephen B. Chase Collection | Back to the Top

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Bodega Landmark
Gallery Collection,
Lorenzo De Santis

Linda Sorensen's paintings can now be seen at the Bodega Landmark Gallery Collection, the gallery in the inland town of Bodega at the west end of Bodega Highway (Hwy 12), a half block from the Casino, and just across from the General Store and the Bodega Volunteer Fire Department.

Our thanks to Lorenzo De Santis for showing Linda's work and hope you can all stop in and see this wonderful (and renovated) gallery very soon.

Corrick's in downtown Santa Rosa also has Linda's paintings in their Art Trails Gallery.

Linda Sorensen Inverness and Mt Vision
Linda Sorensen's
Inverness and Mt. Vision
Tomales Bay
Robert DeVee
Robert DeVee

Robert DeVee Memorial Exhibition

Ren Brown is hosting a Memorial for Robert DeVee
Saturday, April 2 at the Ren Brown Collection
featuring dazzling array of many of Robert's paintings

Ren and Robert's many friends and clients will be on hand
sharing remembrances and celebrating the
gentleness and beauty of Robert, a truly talented artist and friend

Robert DeVee painting
Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery is not at present a "brick and mortar" storefront gallery. We've moved out and now exist solely as an online gallery. You may make arrangements to view specific artworks by emailing or calling us. Contact us by by phone 707-875-2911 or email us at We continue to host our website and Linda's site,, and publish our online newsletter every month.

Pacific Bay Gallery will be open Saturday, April 2, featuring the works of Noki Jones. They are located next to the Ren Brown Collection in Bodega Bay ... our old storefront location ... easily identifiable by the large palm tree, Bodega Bay's newest and tallest palm. They've made some vast improvements of the property. Come on by and wish Noki and his father Ron the very best!
Borrego Springs DeGeorgio Road DESERT WILDFLOWERS: 

While on the subject of Desert Painters, we recently visited the desert wild flowers in Anza Borrego State Park, just west of the Salton Sea. The flowers were spectacular!

On the drive back to Bodega Bay, we noticed many other examples of wild flower beauty. Check your favorite state or national park for information, plan a visit ... and don't forget your camera! 
Borrego Springs Wild Flowers Henderson Road

What's showing in Bodega Bay?
Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Sign

Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery
featuring Joshua Meador and Linda Sorensen
and Historic Paintings of California

online only (and by arrangement) | Voicemail and Text 707-875-2911

Joshua Meador Composed by the Sea
"Composed by the Ocean"
Joshua Meador
Reb Brown Sign Thumbnail The Ren Brown Collection
"Beginning a New Year"
1781 Coast Highway One, Bodega Bay, 94923
707-875-2922 | |
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Ren Brown
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. Visit Jean's site

Jean Warren Watercolor

What's showing nearby?
in Sonoma, Napa & Marin Counties
Bodega Landmark Gallery Thumb IN BODEGA Bodega Landmark Gallery Collection - renovated and reopened
now including the paintings of Linda Sorensen
17255 Bodega Highway Bodega, California USA 94922 Phone 707 876 3477
Fri-Mon, 10:30 - 5:30 | | Back to the Top
Sebastopol Center for the Arts

IN SEBASTOPOL, Sebastopol Center for the Arts
282 S. High Street, Sebastopol, CA 95472  707.829.4797
Hours: Tue - Fri 10am - 4pm, Sat & Sun 1 - 4pm


BBHPhoto Dennis Calabi IN SANTA ROSA Calabi Gallery | 888
456 Tenth Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95401 | email: | 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. | 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). | Back to the Top
Linda Ratzlaff IN GRATON Graton Gallery

Graton Gallery | (707) 829-8912  |
9048 Graton Road, Graton CA 95444 | Open Wednesday ~ Saturday 10:30 to 6, Sunday 10:30 to 4

Christopher Queen Gallery IN DUNCANS MILLS Christopher Queen Galleries
3 miles east of Hwy 1 on Hwy 116 on the Russian River
Out of the Attic ... reception Sun Mar 5, 1-3 (through April)
Early California and Contemporary Paintings under $1,000 |707-865-1318| Back to the Top
Hammarfriar Gallery Thumb IN Healdsburg Hammerfriar Gallery

 (707) 473-9600  |
132 Mill Street, Healdsburg, CA 95448 | Open Tues - Fri 10 to 6, Sat 10 - 5, Sun 12 - 4

john Anderson
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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, 101 Petaluma Blvd. North, Petaluma, CA 94952, ph: 707.769.3097

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Petaluma Arts Council Art Center IN PETALUMA Petaluma Art 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
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
de Young Museum
Permanent Collection

De Young Museum Thumbnail
San Francisco
California Historical Society

California Historical Society Thumbnail San Francisco
Legion of Honor

-Permanent European and Impressionist Paintings
-Monet: the Early Years
through May 29
San Francisco Legion of Honor Museum
San Francisco
Contemporary Jewish Museum

San Francisco's Contemporary Jewish Museum Thumbnail Oakland
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
The Museums of Sonoma County

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Santa Rosa
Charles M. Schultz Museum

Charles M Schultz Museum Santa Rosa

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

551 Broadway, Sonoma CA 954
(707) 939-7862
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Grace Hudson Museum

"Wild Fabrications" through June 25
Grace Hudson Museum

Bolinas Museum

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

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

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

Ongoing exhibitions ...
Museums Permanent Collection
including William Ritschel and Armin Hansen
Monterey Museum of Art Palo Alto
Cantor Art Center at Stanford University
Cantor Art Center at Stanford University

Salvador Dali Museum

Salvador Dali Museum Monterey Sacramento
Crocker Art Museum
& their marvelous Permanent Collection
Capitol Museum

Governor's Portrait Gallery
Permanent Exhibits

(including one of our galllery's favorite artists,
Robert Rishell's portrait of Gov. Ronald Reagan
Capitol Museum Sacramento Thumbnail Stockton's Treasure!
The Haggin Museum!

-Largest exhibition of Albert Beirstadt 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)
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"
Los Angeles County Museum of Art Irvine
Along El Camino Real
through May 18
The Irvine Museum

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Santa Barbara
The Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Santa Barbara Museum of Art Thumbnail Los Angeles
Hammer Museum (at UCLA)

Hammer Museum
San Diego
San Diego Museum of Art
Permanent Collection
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Palm Springs
Palm Springs Art Museum

Permanent Collection
American 19th century Landscape Painting

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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 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
Laguna Beach
Laguna Museum of Art

-California Art and only California Art
Permanent collection includes many historic
California Artists of the Laguna Beach Art Association
Laguna Art Museum Pasadena
Pasadena Museum of California Art
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Prescott, AZ
Phippen Museum
Phippen Museum Entrance Hwy 89 Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix Art Museum
an excellent sampling of
Artists of the American West

Phoenix Art Museum
& 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
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 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    

Serving our Clients several different ways ...
in Bodega Bay, in your home, or on-line.

Voicemail and Text: 707-875-2911 | Email:


... Using Voicemail, TEXT or Email, leave a call back time and number. Once we arrange a time and place, come to Bodega Bay and view the art which interests you and take a treasure home.


... Using Voicemail, Text, or Email, request an pre-arranged in-home appointment. We will discuss which artists and paintings interest you, and make appropriate arrangements. After you make your choices, we will bring the art to you.


... Voicemail, Text, or Email us about pieces which interest you. We will answer your questions and process your purchase over the phone. We offer free FedEx shipping in the U.S for major purchases.

Pop-Up Galleries

... On occasion, when temporary opportunities fit, we will take Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery on the road.

How to Sell Paintings to Us

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

DO NOT CALL TO SELL ... Please EMAIL US ( along with a full-file jpg image of your painting. A picture is worth a thousand words. Include the name of the artist, its title, dimensions and conditions. Please include any history or provenance. We will read your note, do our homework, and write back and let you know if we wish to acquire your painting or give you our our ideas on how to sell your painting through other resources.