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Our Monthly Newsletter - April 2024
NOW OPEN - featuring collectible well-listed California artists of the late 19th through 20th centuries
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Bodega Bay's Blue Whale Center
next to the Terrapin Creek Cafe

Linda and Dan's one-day trip to
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Our New Gallery Location - OPENING THURSDAY, APRIL 4
in the Blue Whale Center next to the Terrapin Creek Cafe
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WE'RE OPEN! Its great to be back.

Its been seven years since we last had a brick and mortar gallery. Although being an on-line gallery freed us from maintaining shop hours, an online gallery has disadvantages. The biggest of course is people do not have an opportunity to appreciate actual paintings displayed under gallery lights.

The last month, we've been working very hard, and this last week, we've been going at a feverish pace, replacing fluorescent fixtures with LED lamps, installing gallery lights, painting walls, cleaning carpets and etc etc etc. All our effort comes to fruition on Thursday, April 4 at noon when we open our doors.

Our first gallery exhibition focuses on paintings we have acquired since 2016, the last time we maintained a physical gallery. All of the paintings we will have on display have never been shown by us before.

Also on view will be a selection of Linda Sorensen's paintings.

Once our first exhibit is up, I will add photos to this article so you can get a glimpse of our newest venture. We hope to see you soon in Bodega Bay.

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Millard Sheets, Pleasures Along the Beach, is a 16' x 40' glass tile mosaic now adorning the entrance to the Hilbert Museum.
Millard Sheets created it in 1969 for a Home Savings & Loans building at Wilshire and 26th Street

Linda and Dan's one-day trip to
the Hilbert Museum of California Art in Orange, California
Recently, Linda and I took a one-day trip, flying south to Orange, California to visit the Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University. This is the second such trip we've taken, the first being a one day trip to the Seattle Art Museum for a special Andrew Wyeth exhibition in 2018. Yes, I know, it makes for a tiring day, but our cat feeding responsibilities and sleeping in our own bed has its up side.

The Hilbert Museum is home to a large collection of California Art, and certainly the largest collection of California narrative art, tracing the rich and diverse heritage of California's history from the late 19th century to the present day.

California narrative painting shows Californians engaged in the activities of every day life. These paintings tell visual stories, and are rooted in older artistic traditions, such as the genre paintings of the Dutch Golden age, many paintings of French Impressionism and Post Impressionism, the Ashcan painters of early twentieth century New York and the American Regionalists, such as Thomas Hart Benton, Grant Wood and Norman Rockwell.

Mark and Janet Hilbert have long shared a passion for California scene painting.
Mark and Janet Hilbert, The Hilbert Museum
Mark and Janice Hilbert
Millard Sheets, San Dimas Train Station 1933 The Hilbert Collection
Millard Sheets, 1907-1989, San Dimas Train Station 1933
The Hilbert Collection (I apologize for my ghostly reflection while photographing this painting)
Millard Sheets is one of the fathers of California Scene Painting. He was a gifted painter and teacher. He created many large scale mosaics for buildings in Southern California, including Pleasures Along the Beach now gracing the exterior wall of the entrance to the Hilbert Museum. His paintings are in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum in New York, the Chicago Art Institute, the National Gallery in Washington D.C.; and the Los Angeles County Museum. The Hilbert Museum had an extensive number of Millard Sheets paintings on exhibit, and I will be writing about them in a coming issue. Millard Sheets created his dream home along Mendocino County's rocky coast near Anchor Bay. He died there in 1989.
In 1992, the Hilberts were decorating their Palm Springs home and found their first California Scene painting in a consignment shop. Mark says they fell in love with the painting at first sight. Since then, they have educated themselves and learned more from art authors, scholars and artists. Throughout, they continued collecting, including paintings, lithographs and watercolors. They now own ore that 3,000 watercolors, oil paintings and prints, all depicting everyday life in the Golden State.
Conrad Buff, Big Pine Creek, Palisade Glacier, Eastern Sierra 1940's The Hilbert Collection
Conrad Buff, 1886-1975, Big Pine Creek, Palisade Glacier, Eastern Sierra 1940's
The Hilbert Collection
Conrad Buff came to America from Switzerland, making his way west to California at a very young age. As a young artist, he was deeply impressed with the wind sculptured rock of the southwestern deserts and the dizzying heights of the Sierra. His career bridged the coloration and brushwork of impressionism with abstraction and the structure of modern art.  
Conrad Buff, Capitol Reef Utah nd The Hilbert Collection
Conrad Buff, 1886-1975, Capitol Reef Utah nd
The Hilbert Collection
A Los Angeles art critic wrote, “Conrad Buff comprehends the enormity of the West. More than that, he adds thereto a discernment of the stylized and conventionalized forms in which the West abound. Not one artist in a hundred grasps the significance of the West’s dynamic forms.”
Emigdio Vasquez, Sunday Night at Harmony Park 1999 Courtesty of Higgy Vasquez and Katherine A. Bowers
Emigdio Vasquez, 1939 - 2014, Sunday Night at Harmony Park 1999
Courtesy of Higgy Vasquez and Katherine A. Bowers
The Hilbert Museum had a sizeable number of works by Emigdio Vaszquez, and I will be sharing them in an upcoming newsletter.

Zoot Suits originated in the 1920's, originating with African American comedians such as Pigmeat Markham and Stepin Fetchit. Later, they became stylish in urban ghettos. Cab Calloway called them "totally and truly American." In 1943, a group of Mexican zoot suiters were victims of repeated mob violence. After that, zoot suits became a symbol of Hispanic pride.
Fletcher Martin, Bucolic 1938 The Hilbert Collection
Fletcher Martin, 1904-1979, Bucolic 1938
The Hilbert Collection

Fletcher Martin, Lad from the Fleet 1938 Gift of the Hilbert Collection
Fletcher Martin, 1904-1979, Lad from the Fleet 1938
Gift of the Hilbert Collection

As a young man, Fletcher Martin worked as a lumberjack. From 1922 - 1926, he served in the Navy and was a boxer.

In the late 1920's, he worked as a printer in Los Angeles. In the early years of the Great Depression he worked as an assistant to Mexican muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros. During World War II, he was an artist-correspondent for Life Magazine.

Art historian Gordon McClelland writes, "Nearly every art review from the late 1930's lauded Martin as a superb draftsman and singled out his California Scene paintings, which focused on large figurative subjects, as his finest works."

Burr Singer, Modern Woman 1940's The Hilbert Collection
Burr Singer, 1912-1992, Modern Woman 1940's
The Hilbert Collection
Burr Singer, Touch Up 1943 The Hilbert Collection
Burr Singer, 1912-1992, Touch Up 1943
The Hilbert Collection

Burr (Bernice) Singer was a St. Louis born artist known for her figurative work. She focused on the social issues and realities of working people. She studied in St. Louis, Chicago and New York. During the 1930's in LA, she joined the California Watercolor Society. Singer was white, but is best known for her paintings featuring black subjects. She visited jazz clubs of South Central LA. She is revered for finding depth and character in her subjects.
Dick Swift, Pied Piper 1945 The Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University, Gift of the Hilbert Collection
Dick Swift, 1918-2010, Pied Piper 1945
The Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University, Gift of the Hilbert Collection
Dick Swift was born in Long Beach and studied at the Chouinard Institute and the Art Students League of New York and the Otis Art Institute. He exhibited extensively in the US, Japan and Europe. As a young man in his 20's, Swift visited the jazz clubs along Central Avenue in LA. He captured the crazy exuberance of fevered musicians and frenzied jitterbugging dancers.
Lee Blair, Mary by the Sea 1934 Gift of the Hilbert Collection
Lee Blair, 1911-1993, Mary by the Sea 1934
Gift of the Hilbert Collection
Lee Blair and his wife Mary Blair were artists who worked for famed animator Ub Iwerks. Lee created this stunning painting of his wife Mary while on a painting excursion to Palos Verdes from their home in Glendale. Lee studied at the Chouinard Art School and was highly respected among his colleagues. He was president of the California Water Color Society in 1935. In 1938, Lee began working at Disney Studios and two years later was joined at Disney Studios by his wife Mary Blair.
Mary Blair, concept art for Walt Disney's 1951 classic film, Alice in Wonderland, Alice in the Garden The Hilbert Collection
Mary Blair, 1911-1978, concept art for Walt Disney's 1951 classic film, Alice in Wonderland, Alice in the Garden
The Hilbert Collection
Mary Blair became a highly innovative and visionary talent at Disney. Her concept drawings were key in the development as such Disney classics as Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan. She worked closely with Disney Studios Director of Animation Effects Joshua Meador to bring her concepts alive in motion. She also designed much of the attraction Its a Small World at Disneyland.
Edgar Payne, Canyon de Chelly c1920-28 Courtesy of Joseph and Cheryl Schaffer
Edgar Payne, 1883-1947, Canyon de Chelly c1920-28
Courtesy of Joseph and Cheryl Schaffer
Edgar Payne became one of the foremost plein-air painters in California and the American West. In 1916, the Santa Fe Railroad commissioned him to paint the Southwest. He and his wife Elsie spent four months living and painting in Canyon de Chelly in Northeast Arizona. This small canyon (compared to its neighbor, the Grand Canyon) is one of the oldest continuously inhabited areas of North America. The Anasazi people lived in dwellings carved from these red stone cliffs. Today, the canyon is home to modern Navajo.
Mischa Askenazy, Chavez Ravine 1930 Gift of the Hilbert Collection
Mischa Askenazy, 1888-1961, Chavez Ravine 1930
Gift of the Hilbert Collection
Mischa Askenazy was born in Odessa. At the age of four, his family moved to New York. There, he studied at the National Academy of Design. After more study in France and Italy, he moved to California in the mid 1920's. He was influenced greatly by the paintings of Paul Cezanne and is known for his portraits, landscapes, figure studies and still lifes. He often painted Hispanic subjects in the neighborhoods in the hills and ravines north of Los Angeles. He often painted in Chavez Ravine, a location also frequented by LA artists such as Millard Sheets, Phil Dike, Sam Hyde Harris, and Orpha Mae Klinker. In a very emotional and controversial move in the 1950's, the Chavez Ravine Community was removed to make way for Dodger Stadium.
Hardy Gramatky, Cider 1936 The Hilbert Collection
Hardy Gramatky, 1907-1979, Cider 1936
The Hilbert Collection
Hardie Gramatky was an American painter, writer, animator, and illustrator. He was one of the true inventors of California Scene painting, skills which helped him become a senior animator at Walt Disney Studios. In a 2006 article in Watercolor Magazine, Andrew Wyethe  named him as one of America's 20 greatest watercolorists.
Dong Kingman, Strolling 1946 The Hilbert Collection
Dong Kingman, 1911-2000, Strolling 1946
The Hilbert Collection
Dong Kingman was a truly gifted California Style watercolor painter. During WWII, gas masks were widely distributed in California. Kingman was fascinated with the imagery and placed gas masks on figures in his paintings. He even put gas masks on animal like figures walking erect like humans. Kingman was highly successful in New York, San Francisco and Hong Kong. He also did illustrations used in the films 55 Days at Peking, The Sand Pebbles and Flower Drum Song.
Salamon J. Bradford, Monday at the Crab Cooker 2016 The Hilbert Collection
Salamon J. Bradford, b 1963, Monday at the Crab Cooker 2016
The Hilbert Collection
Salamon J. Bradford is a contemporary artist born in Los Angeles in 1963. He is a good friend of Mark Hilbert and Art historian and author Gordon McClelland. For a time, Salamon, Mark and Gordon met for Monday night dinners at the Crab Cooker Restaurant in Newport Beach. The trio is seated in the center table enjoying conversation and a meal. Alas, the original restaurant is no longer. It was demolished shortly after this painting was done and was rebuilt.

You may ask why is there a Norman Rockwell painting exhibited at the Hilbert Museum of California Art.

Although it isn't widely known or professed, Norman Rockwell was, in part, a California artist.

For a few winters, Norman Rockwell escaped the snowy cold of Massachusetts, accepting the invitation of his friend and former studio mate Clyde Forsythe to stay with him and paint in California. Clyde lived on Champion Place, a small street filled with resident artists. The street was known as the "Montmartre of the West" or "Artists' Alley." Some of the artists who lived on Artists' Alley were Sam Hyde Harris, Frank Tenney Johnson, Jack Wilkinson Smith, Eli Harvey.

Norman enjoyed his winter stays in California and is known to have gotten around in Alhambra and Pasadena on his bicycle. In 1930, Norman met and married one of Clyde Forsythe's neighbors on Artists' Alley, an Alhambra school teacher named Mary Barstow.

Clyde Forsythe was gregarious and an artist with many artist friends and associations. He was a fun guy to be with. Norman was the opposite, shy and a comparatively withdrawn. In their New York days, it was Clyde who encouraged Norman to submit his portfolio to the Saturday Evening Post.

From this era, we know of another Rockwell story, the time when Clyde Forsythe and Norman Rockwell took a short car trip to Thermal, California, a short distance east of Palm Springs to visit John W. Hilton.

Norman Rockwell, Vacation Time, Hilbert Museum
Norman Rockwell, 1894-1978, Vacation Time 1922
on loan from the Bank of America Collection

The visit was commemorated with a fun collaborative painting in which Rockwell, Forsythe and Hilton each added their self portrait.

To view this collaborative painting,
view our March 2017 article John W. Hilton,
A Man of the Desert and his like-minded friends
Phil Dike, Entrance to the Harbor 1940's Donna Vasseghi Collection
Phil Dike, 1906-1990, Entrance to the Harbor 1940's
Donna Vasseghi Collection
Phil Dike was a caring teacher and one of the main innovators of California Style Water Color painting. He studied at the Chouinard Art Institute and the Art Students League in New York. He was a member of the National Academy of Design, the American Watercolor Society and the California Water Color Society. In 1935, he worked at Walt Disney Studios where he taught art and color theory while working on animated films. He worked on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Fantasia and The Three Caballeros. After WW II, Dike joined with fellow painter Rex Brandt to form the highly successful Brandt-Dike Summer School of Painting.

Entrance to the Horbor-Corona del Mar is one of the most beautiful coastline lookout points in Southern California. Dike discovered this place as a child and painted it often throughout his illustrious career.
Phil Dike, Sunday Afternoon in the Plaza 1939 The Hilbert Collection Phil Dike, 1906-1990, Sunday Afternoon in the Plaza 1939
The Hilbert Collection
This work filled with figures captures a moment in a very historic place. The Plaza de Los Angeles is adjacent to Olevera Street and across the street from LA's Union Station. In 1781, the city of Los Angeles was founded here. In the 1820's, the Plaza was the heart of the city and was still bustling in the 1930's when Dike created this painting. With careful study, many stories can be found here.
Emil Kosa Jr., Sunday Morning c1940  Gift of the Hilbert Collection
Emil Kosa Jr., 1903-1968, Sunday Morning c1940
Gift of the Hilbert Collection
Emil Kosa Jr. was an exceptionally gifted watercolorist and a leader of the California Scene Painting movement. He was born in Paris, and moved to California in 1927. During the Great Depression, he found work in the movies. He rose quickly to become the art director for Special Effects at 20th Century Pictures, a position he held for over three decades. In 1964, he won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects for his work on the1963 film Cleopatra.

Emil Kosa Jr., San Francisco, 1942 Gift of the Hilbert Collection
Emil Kosa Jr., 1903-1968, San Francisco, 1942
Gift of the Hilbert Collection
This 1942 Emil Kosa Jr. scene is just below Coit Tower. It was done for a show at San Francisco's Maxwell Gallery on Sutter Street. The cars help date the era with suggested figures filling this busy street scene.

Barse Miller, Regatta Laguna Beach 1930's Peter and Gail Ochs Collection
Barse Miller,1904-1973, Regatta Laguna Beach 1930's
Peter and Gail Ochs Collection
In the 1930's, Barse Miller was an avid sailor. Although he lived inland, he traveled often to Newport Harbor. In this scene, The Balboa Pavilion is pictured in the background. Miller painted this in a regionalist style, capturing the look and fell of Southern California.

Joseph Kleitsch, Laguna Avenue and Hotel Laguna 1930 Private collection, Courtesy of Kelley Gallery
Joseph Kleitsch,1882-1931, Laguna Avenue and Hotel Laguna 1930
Private collection, Courtesy of Kelley Gallery
Joseph Kleitsch was born in Hungary. He trained in Budapest, Munich and Paris. He came to the US in 1912. He moved to Laguna Beach in 1920, falling in love with the artist's village. Arthur Millier of the Los Angeles Times in 1922 wrote, "Kleitsch was a born colorist; he seemed to play on canvas with the abandon of a gypsy violinist". On November 16, 1931, at the age of forty-nine, Kleitsch died of a heart attack in front of the courthouse in Santa Ana, California. In this scene, he captures the feel of old Laguna Beach when it was still a small town.
Rex Brandt, Newport Jetty c1950 The Hilbert Collection
Rex Brandt, 1914-2000 Newport Jetty c1950
The Hilbert Collection
Rex Brandt is known for his California Scene paintings. He loved picturing the effects of sunlight. He once said, "Everyone has hang-ups, I suppose. Mine is sunshine. Not sunlight -- although I like to paint sunlight too." This scene is of Newport Harbor's entrance, just a few blocks from Rex Brandt's home and studio.

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Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery ... Gallery Notes
Bodega Bay's Blue Whale Building New home for Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery

WE'RE OPEN ...Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery has a new home in Bodega Bay's Blue Whale Building. We will be in the center space, between the Terrapin Creek Cafe and Roadhouse Coffee. We are aiming to open around April 1. New photo with our sign coming soon -- installation still to come.

... 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 | Call or Text 707-875-2911

Joshua Meador Mendocino Coast
"Mendocino Coast"
Joshua Meador
Ren Brown
Ren Brown
The Ren Brown Collection
1781 Coast Highway One, Bodega Bay, 94923
707-875-2922 | | 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 her studio in Graton by appointment,
or arrange to see specific paintings at other locations. And Art at the Source open studios is coming up the first two weekends in June 2024. Linda paints colorful and imaginative
landscapes emphasizing design and influenced by abstraction and Post-Impressionism. | 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
and his exceptional photographs
... | 707-377-4732| Back to the Top
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
...| 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, vintage ships, art, and antiques. | 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 ...
John Hershey Photography Sales ...

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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. / 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
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 |
637 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95401 | Contact::

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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Dennis Calabi
IN SANTA ROSA- Calabi Gallery |

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
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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
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  |
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 |707-865-1318| Back to the Top
Paul Mahder Gallery Thumbnail IN Healdsburg - Paul Mahder Gallery

(707) 473-9150 |
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

Elizabeth Holland McDaniel Bolinas Embarcadero thumbnail
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
Capitol Museum Sacramento Thumbnail Stockton's Treasure!
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
Santa Barbara Museum of Art Thumbnail Orange

Hilbert Museum, Chapman University

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

San Diego Museum of Art Thumbnail Pasadena
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
Phoenix Art Museum

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
Tha National Gallery Washington DC Thumbnail Philadelphia , PA
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
Denver Art Museum Exterior

Boston, MA
Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Our Gallery Showroom and Linda Sorensen's Studio in Graton

Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery specializes in Historic California Paintings 1850-1950 and the contemporary art of Linda Sorensen.  Our gallery showroom and Linda's artist studio are open by appointment.  We ask that visitors wear masks and practice social distancing. Email, text or call us for an appointment.  As our collection is larger than what we have on display at any one time, we want to learn your interests and preferences. After listening to your wishes, we can have the paintings you want to view ready for your visit.

Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery and Linda Sorensen's studio
Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery .com / Linda Sorensen Paintings . com /  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 ( 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.