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Now on exhibit
On the More Modern Side

Milford Zornes, Mt. San Antonio
Linda Sorensen Estero Americano in Shadow
Now on exhibit
Into the Bohemian Woods

Robert Rishell,
Trail of the Giants

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August 2011 Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Monthly
Franz Bishoff Emerald Cove Thumbnail
The Crocker's
Summer of Impressionism
Gardens and Grandeur: Porcelains and Paintings by Franz A. Bischoff

William Ritschel
Monterey Museum of Art
The Art of California, 1880- Present, Piazzoni's Murals, & California Artists and Portraiture
Mari Kloeppel Ojhab Thunbnail
Monterey Museum of Art presents
Mari Kloeppel Animal Portraits
"as revealing as any
renaissance portrait."
Maynard Dixon age 28 1903 Thumbnail
107 Years Ago,
A Young Maynard Dixon endured
the rigors of Self-Promotion
Museum Exhibits:
Bay Area, Southland & Beyond
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The Crocker's Summer of Impressionism
Gardens and Grandeur: Porcelains and Paintings by Franz A. Bischoff

What a treat awaits you in the expansive galleries of Sacramento's Crocker Museum. Their summer of Impressionism is in full swing with exhibits from the Bank of America Collection, the Brooklyn Museum, and the paintings and porcelains of Franz Bischoff .

Franz Bischoff Roses c 1912
Franz Bischoff Roses, c 1912 Crocker Museum
Photo Franz Bischoff in studio with paintings of roses
Photo Franz Bischoff in studio with paintings of roses

Early in his painting career, Franz Bischoff established for himself a reputation as "King of the Rose Painters." These floral still lifes were magnificent, presenting roses in all their delicacy, grace, and beauty. His paintings were dazzling to the eye, almost to the point that you could smell the roses as well as see them. And, he applied his fascination with roses both on canvas and ceramics, creating dazzling vases daringly meant to bear the images of Bischoff's roses along with bouquets of the real thing.

But artistically, Bischoff did not build a creative box he could not escape. As an artist, he was willing to reinvent himself. Later in his career, after a move to California, he painted the California landscape, achieving images as beautiful and stunning as his rose paintings.

Examples of both are now at the Crocker Museum, leaving the viewer in awe of the wonder created by this wonderful Austrian immigrant.

Young Bischoff was born in Austria in 1864 and immigrated to America as a teen, living in New York, Ohio, and eventually in Deerborn, Michigan. As a young artist in Austria, he was trained in design, watercolor, and ceramic decorations. In America, he put his talents to work, finding great artistic success with his rose paintings.

previously ... from our June '11 issue
Crocker Museum May 14, 2011
Sacramento's Crocker Museum
Queuing up for a
"Summer of Impressionism"
previously ... From our July '11 Issue
Jules Breton End of the Working Day Thumbnail
the Brooklyn Museum's
Landscapes from the
Age of Impressionism
Franz Bischoff Cambria Peaceful Village
Franz Bischoff Cambria Peaceful Village
Franz Bischoff Afternoon Idyll Cambria
Franz Bischoff Afternoon Idyll Cambria
Franz Bischoff Amidst the Cool and Silence
Franz Bischoff Amidst the Cool and Silence
Franz Bishoff Bathers in a Mountain Stream
Franz Bischoff Bathers in a Mountain Stream

At age 36, he visited California and decided to make a move. He settled in Los Angeles in 1906 and embarked on designing and building his dream home and studio, an Italian Renaissance styled home in Pasadena.

The now seasoned artist found the California landscape invigorating and challenging. He traveled the state capturing brilliant light, composition and color in his landscapes. He painted farms, rustic wharfs, and the ever changing and dynamic seascapes. He always showed a reverence for nature, and gave his viewers entree to the California experience.

Although his paintings are impressionist in nature, some critics have suggested his use of vivid color shows hints of Fauvism. But for the average viewer, his California landscapes are as colorful and compelling as his still lifes of roses. It is easy to recognize a Bischoff painting.

Franz Bischoff died in Pasadena in 1929, but his paintings live on, and certainly his landscapes have become part of California's heritage.

Franz Bischoff Emerald Cove (China Cove Point Lobos, CA
Franz Bischoff Emerald Cove (China Cove Point Lobos, CA)
Franz Bischoff San Pedro Fishing Boats
Franz Bischoff San Pedro Fishing Boats

The Crocker's current exhibition, Gardens and Grandeur: Porcelains and Paintings by Franz A. Bischoff runs through October 23, and is the third leg of the Crocker's Summer of Impressionism.

Also on exhibit are Landscapes from the Age of Impressionism, featuring impressionist paintings from the Brooklyn Museum through SEPTEMBER 18, and Transcending Vision: American Impressionism, 1870–1940 through September 25. Visit the Crocker's website to learn more.

Franz Bischoff Gold Rimmed Rocks and Sea
Franz Bischoff Gold Rimmed Rocks and Sea
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Franz Bischoff Scattered Farms Along the River
Franz Bischoff Scattered Farms Along the River
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The Monterey Museum of Art
The Art of California, 1880- Present, Piazzoni's Murals,
& California Artists and Portraiture

It's a real step back in time, Gottardo Piazzoni's famed tonalist murals of California's early days. In total, Piazzoni created 14 murals for the San Francisco Library. The first ten were completed and installed in 1932. In 1945, he created his final four murals. Today, the original ten are on permanent display at San Francisco's de Young Museum,

Gottardo Piazzon From Dawn to Dusk MountainThe Mountain
Gottardo Piazzon From Dawn to Dusk NightNight
Gottardo Piazzon From Dawn to Dusk DawnDawn
Gottardo Piazzon From Dawn to Dusk The ForestThe Forest
Gottardo Piazzoni early 1930'sGottardo Piazzoni in the 1930's

and the final four are at Monterey's Museum of Art.

Gottardo Piazzoni was born in 1872 in Switzerland. His father preceded the family, preparing the way for their immigration. They built a dairy ranch in the Carmel Valley of California where Gottardo developed a passion for the area's beauty. His early inclinations toward art lead to studies at the California School of Design in San Francisco, where he studied with Arthur Mathews and Raymond D. Yelland. He furthered his studies in Paris at the

The Loggia of the Old San Francisco LibraryThe loggia of the San Francisco Library

Academie Julian and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. In 1907, he returned to San Francisco the year after the great Quake of '06, establishing his San Francisco studio and his teaching career at the California School of Fine Arts. He was very willing to add his voice to those seeking to rebuild San Francisco, becoming an enthusiast of bringing the best of the arts and architecture to the task.

The original ten murals for the San Francisco Library were done in 1932. The final four were done in 1945. In these works, he distilled nature to its most refined essence. The murals entitled Night, Dawn, The Forest, and The Mountain all convey an aura of tranquility, transcendent in the natural environment. Piazzoni was a tonalist, interpreting his subject in muted tones and misty forms, all meant to capture the atmospheric spirituality of nature.

With its close proximity to the Carmel Valley, and being located in one of the most scenic corners of California, the Monterey Museum of Art is a fitting home for these visions from California's past.

E. Michael Whittington, Executive Director of the Monterey Museum of Art, gives a video preview of a previous exhibit hosted by the Monterey Museum
entitled Art Land and Sea which features many of the same paintings which are part of their current The Art of California 1880 to the Present.

Also showing at the Monterey Museum of Art are three exhibitions, The Art of California, 1880 to the Present, California Artists and Portraiture, and Adams & Weston and the Masters of California Photography. The museum allowed photography of the painting exhibits, but not of their photography exhibits. Here are some photo images of what we saw.

Among these were some striking works by E. Charleton Fortune, Armin Hansen, Francis McComas, William Ritschel, Margaret Bruton, and Jules Tavernier.

E. Charleton Fortune 1885-1969 She didn't like her given name, Euphemia, and her friends knew her as Effie. She signed her paintings "Charleton," her grandmother's family name. She had inherited a cleft palette, a deformity she was told she would pass on to her children, and this probably figured in her decision never to marry. She was a devout Catholic and in the mid 1930's abandoned her easel to pursue ecclesiastical arts, decorating Catholic churches with paintings and mosaics.

Armin Hansen 1886 - 1957 He is quoted as saying "Every move I have made and everything that I have done has always been to

E Charleton Fortune Santa Barbara Mission
E. Charleton Fortune Santa Barbara Mission

go back to the water and to the men who gave it romance. I love them all." After studies in San Francisco and Germany, he came to settle in Monterey and taught classes for the Carmel Art Institute. Today, he is considered an important figure in American Art, and is known best for his etchings and paintings of marines, coastal scenes, and the fishing industry of the Monterey Peninsula.

Armen Hansen Men of the Sea
Armin Hansen Men of the Sea
Francis McComas Cypress Monterey
Francis McComas Cypress Monterey

Francis John McComas 1875-1938 He was born an Australian, in Tasmania. He first studied art in Sydney. In 1898, he worked as a merchant seaman to get to San Francisco. He studied with Arthur Mathews at the Mark Hopkins Institute, and then in Paris at the Académie Julian. Prior to settling in Carmel, he spent time in New

Mexico. Today he is known for his landscapes of California oaks and cypresses and his Indian subjects.

William (Wilhelm) Frederick Ritschel 1864-1949
He was born in Nuremberg, Germany. As a youth, he worked as a sailor, and prior to moving to New York as a thirty year old, he studied art in Munich. He immediately took root in the American art scene, developing close associations with Childe Hassam, J. Alden Weir, Edward Redfield, and Willard Metcalf, and other impressionists. He became a member of the Salmagundi Club and the New York Watercolor Society.

William Ritschel Centurians of the Sea
William Ritschel Centurions of the Sea
William Ritschel Winter Monring East River
William Ritschel Winter Morning East River

In 1901, he moved westward, stopping in Arizona to paint the Grand Canyon and to spend time with the Navajo. In 1911, he settled in Carmel. From his base in Carmel, he often traveled and

William Ritschel Smithsonian Collection
William Ritschel Smithsonian Collection
Margaret Bruton Barns Along Cass Street
Margaret Bruton Barns Along Cass Street

truly loved trips to the South Seas. In 1918, he built a studio-home called The Castle, strikingly located aside the ocean he loved. He was widely exhibited and his paintings reside in many museums across the country, including the Art Institute of Chicago and the Smithsonian.

Margaret Bruton 1894-1983 Margaret grew up in San Francisco and showed her artistic talents early on. She pursued art studies at the Mark Hopkins Institute under Frank Van Sloun. She earned a scholarship which allowed her to head to New York and study at the Art Students League under Vincent Dumond and Robert Henri. After four years in New York, she returned to San Francisco and studied with Monterey's Armin Hansen. She moved to Monterey in 1924. In 1925 she accompanied her sisters to Paris where she studied at the Academie de la Grand Chaumiere. When she returned to California, she was given a solo exhibition at the Beaux Arts Gallery in San Francisco. In 1929, she visited New Mexico painting Indian portraits.

Jules Tavernier 1844 - 1889 Like the volcano he loved to paint, his life erupted with a steady flow of light and heat, all cast with the atmospherics of talent mixed with passion and a daring manner. But like eruptions, they begin and end, and in some cases, don't last too long.

His life began full of promise. He was born in France of an English father and French mother. He lived in both England and France, having studied art in Paris and exhibiting when only twenty years old at the Paris Salon of 1864.

He had interests and passions beyond art. He was a volunteer for the Franco-Prussian War. After the war, he used his English citizenship to work as an illustrator in London. He then moved on to New York, gaining a position as an illustrator for Harpers Magazine and his entree onto the western American scene.

Jules Tavernier Halemaumau Crater Kilauea, Hawaii
Jules Tavernier Halemaumau Crater Kilauea, Hawaii
His position with Harpers allowed him an opportunity to spend time in Missouri, Texas, Colorado, Nebraska, and Utah before arriving in San Francisco in 1774. In 1975, he was among the founding members of the Bohemian Club, and was Vice President of the San Francisco Art Association. In 1876, he built a studio in Monterey. By 1879, bad habits of drinking and indebtedness took root in his life, ruining his marriage. He returned to San Francisco where he shared a studio with Julian Rix. From his San Francisco base, he ventured out to British Columbia and the Sierra.

By 1884, Jules tried to escape his financial problems by setting sail for Hawaii. In Hawaii, he shared studio space with Joseph Strong. Strong took Jules along to the Big Island and introduced him to the Kilauea Volcano. Jules' paintings of the volcano received rave receptions. He along with Charles Furneaux 1885-1913 became the founders of the Volcano School. He also painted in the area around Hilo, focusing on waterfalls, and it was through these paintings that many Americans came to know of the beauty and majesty of the Hawaiian Islands.

But again his drinking and his debts were a problem. He was befriended by Honolulu's Hitchcock family. Their son David was a disciple of Jules, and today is recognized as one of the great painters of the Volcano School. In 1889 just 45 years after his birth in France, Jules Tavernier died of alcoholism in his studio on Hotel Street in Honolulu. Upon hearing of his death in California, his friends in the Bohemian Club sent a marker for his grave.

previously from our
February 2010 issue

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Kilauea's Halemaumau Crater
Inspired the Volcano School

Mabel Alvarez (untitled) a self portrait

The Monterey Museum of Art's California Artists and Portraiture has portraits and self portraits drawn from the museum's collection, many from artists far better known for their landscapes. For lovers of portraiture, this is a must.

One of the most compelling examples is this work by Mabel Alvarez 1891-1985. Mabel was born on Oahu and came to California after her family sold their land in Honolulu. Mabel's family was quite quite accomplished. Her father was a Spanish physician who was the private doctor for Queen Liluokalani and her husband. Her mother's family were notable musicians in the St. Paul, Minnesota, area, and her brother, Dr. Walter Alvarez, was one of the founders of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Her nephew worked on the Manhattan Project in Los Alamos, and won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1968.

Her wealthy background allowed her the freedom to pursue her art. At age 14, she studied under William Cahill. She produced a mural for the Pan-Californian Exposition in San Diego where she won a gold medal. One of her charcoal portraits was used for her art school's promotional brochure, and her self portrait was used on the cover of Independent Spirits, a book about women artists published by the Autry Museum. She enjoyed doing cheerful paintings and was commissioned by Samuel Goodwyn and Irving Berlin to do portraits of their children.

In 1931, she met Morgan Russell, co-founder of the Synchromy art movement. He became Mabel's teacher, and guided her in the

direction of Matisse and Cezanne, using joyous color and rhythmic form structured with natural tendencies.

After her father died in 1937, she returned to Hawaii where she did portraits, figure studies and still lifes. In the 1950's she visited the Caribbean and began using brighter colors in tropical genre scenes. A later trip to Mexico reinforced these ideas of a brighter palette. In her later years, she turned to more religious and symbolic subjects. Her works reside in the Art Institute of Chicago and the Los Angeles County Museum. She died at age 94 in Los Angeles. Back to the Top

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Cobahsaan and Friend Mari Kloeppel
Cobahsaan and his friend, Mari
Photo courtesy of Mari Kloeppel
Monterey Museum of Art Exhibition ... Mari Kloeppel
"renders animals as reverently as a Northern Renaissance artist might depict a Saint

We regret to report that this marvelous exhibit has just closed, but if you've not yet encountered the extraordinary paintings of Mari Kloeppel, here is some of what we saw.

When just twenty-six years old, Mari Koeppel was in critical condition and blinded temporarily after being crushed by her 1,000 lb. pet Arabian horse named Cobahsaan. But after a long recovery and therapy, Mari fought her way back to health. Previously, she considered training for a career as a veterinarian, but while recovering from her accident with Cobahsaan, she had an epiphany and dedicated her life to painting animal portraits.

Cobahsaan was just one of her animal friends. The great Arabian was Mari’s close companion for almost thirty years. Today, Mari maintains her home and studio near Elkhorn Slough close to Monterey Bay surrounded by rescued dogs, cats, a variety of fowl and horses. She believes that a close relationship with animals is one of the true joys of life.

Mari’s interest in art began early on. When she was small, she would make detailed and intricate drawings. She studied at San Jose State and Sheffield Polytechnic University in England. She continued her studies in a graduate program in Germany, giving her enriched backgrounds in art criticism and scholarship.

Mari Kloeppel Barbados and Cobasaan
Barbados and Cobahsaan, 2000 oil on linen, 72 x 48
collection of D. L. Fried
Mari Kloeppel Two Brown Pelicans on the Beach
Two Brown Pelicans on the Beach, 2008 oil on linen, 30 x 55
collection of Michael and Jan Praisner

Her artistic inspiration is rooted in the old world color and detail of Jan Van Eyck, Albrect Durer and Johannes Vermeer. But from that old world inspiration her work portrays animals with personalities, thoughts, and even senses of humor. Many of these animals, especially her late friend Cobahsaan, have become the muses of her artistic life.

Her animal portraits merge her artistic talents and her life long passion for animals. Her portraits give each of her animal subjects personality and temperament, showing intimate characteristics of each.

The effects in her paintings are purposeful and achieved with a painstakingly long process. She begins with large, loose chalk drawings. She then adds washes of color, and upon that she builds layers upon layers of small strokes. She uses tiny brushes throughout, and can work as long as a year on one painting. As she prepares for a painting, she references skeletal remains, learning the underlying anatomy and structure. As the painting proceeds she adds detail resulting in an image as revealing as any renaissance portrait.

Mari Kloeppel Cobasaan and Blue II
Cobahsaan and Blue II , 2007 oil on linen, 24 x 20
collection of Liz and Mike Phillips
Mari Kloeppel Cobie Reclining  on a Carpet
Cobie Reclining on a Carpet , 2010 oil on linen, 41 x 53
collection of Mort and Marcy Friedman
Mari Kloeppel Ojhab
Ojhab, 2005 oil on linen, 20 x 20
collection of D. L. Fried
Mari Kloeppel Schubert
Schubert, 2011 chalk on prepared paper, 29 x 35
collection of D. L. Fried
Mari Kloeppel Tulip
Tulip, 2000 Oil on linen 16 x 16
collection of Lisa Crawford Watson
Mari Kloeppel Molly and Henji
Molly and Henji , 2003 oil on board, 12 x 12
collection of Julia Foster
Mari Kloeppel Chruka
Cheruka, 2000 oil on linen, 24 x 14
collection of Rami and Nancy Rubin
previously from our February 2009 issue
Mari Kloeppel and Cobie
Mari Kloeppel's Animal Portraits at the Crocker Museum in Sacramento
Mari Kloeppel in Artworks Magazine | Back to the Top
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107 Years Ago, like many artists, A young, but accomplished Maynard Dixon endured the rigors of self-promotion
Maynard Dixon at age 28, 1903 Photo
Photo of Maynard Dixon, 1903
The SF Call Banner Mon Oct 17 1904
SF Call Story Title Maynard Dixon's Pictures to be Shown

Its hard to imagine him young, without mustache and goatee, but the old master of California Desert Painting had to

endure the rigors of self promotion. 107 Years Ago, a year and a half before the San Francisco Quake of 1906, a twenty-nine year old Maynard Dixon is not in the desert where he would prefer to be. He was already an accomplished artist of note, and had become a champion for the cause and the dignity of native

American culture. But this article finds Maynard Dixon in San Francisco providing an exhibition for San Francisco's high society in the green room of the St. Francis Hotel and being labeled a "clever chap" by the San Francisco Call. Here's the text from the SF Call as it was appeared in 1904.

Tomorrow night the Sequoia club will bid "how-de-do" to itself and its friends, who will foregather beneath the clubs own rooftree at the St. Francis. Some mighty interesting people will be guest at this first of a series of Tuesday "at home," among whom is Gertrude Atherton, the most famous Californian of her day. The night will be doubly auspicious for Maynard Dixon will exhibit his sketches and drawings in the green room, where the general public may view them on Wednesday afternoon and ever afternoon and evening thereafter until Sunday.

The exhibit will include the sketches and paintings done recently by this clever chap, who knows the desert and its denizens as intimately as does Mary Austin, who paints in words the story of the great gray waste.

Dixon's Indians are winning recognition in the critical East, even as in his own big West, largely through the posters done by him for Sunset Magazine, showing indisputable boldness of treatment and a deep insight into the aboriginal character. In his "Blanketed Navajo," drawn for a Sunset cover some months ago, he won much attention from Eastern folk. In this drawing is writ the whole tale of the red man's wrongs -- his hopelessness and his calm resignation to his fate.

Maynard Dixon Sketch SF Call 10 17 1904
One of Maynard Dixon's Drawings
to be shown "this week" at the St. Francis"
from our June 2010 issue
Maynard Dixon
Early on, 21-year-old
Maynard Dixon writes of and illustrates the Navajo,
SF Call, Christmas Eve, 1895

One of the vital functions of the Sequoia Club is the greeting to famous visitors -- and a guarantee that they shall not be bored goes with the invitation to be present. As a matter of fact, the club is said to be an uncomfortable place for bores., be they men or women.

The following excellent house committee is serving for this term: Mrs. Gertrude G. Norris, Mrs. Elizabeth Gerberding, Mrs. Mary Mercado Boardman, Mrs. Ednah Robinson, Miss Jessica Peixotto, Miss Mary Bell, and Mrs Hilda Hecht Gerstle.

With Mrs. Elizabeth Gerberding as secretary,Charles Sedgqick Aiken president and a strong board of directors the Sequoia starts out upon a promising winter, with many interesting stunts up its sleeve. Already the green room is becoming a famous tea-table tryst, which will be tripled in popularity by the Dixon exhibit of the week.
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News from our Gallery
  • Linda Sorensen's studio is located below the Terrapin Creek Cafe and the Local Color Gallery. Most weekends, she can be found there painting "Open Studio", but it's best to call 707-875-2911 to make certain she'll be available. You may see many of her works at Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery, or click on her website,
  • Douglas Morgan Colorful Plaza
    Douglas Morgan Colorful Plaza
    Sonoma's Fairmont Gallery will host an exhibition of the
    Wine Country Plein Air Invitational Exhibition, 2011
    September 17 - October 17

    featured artists ...

    Michael Obermeyer
    Jim McVicker
    Carolyn Lord
    Tom Soltesz
    Kim Lordier

    John Poon
    Laurie Kersy
    Manette Fairmont
    Stock Schlueter
    Robin Purcell
    Douglas Morgan
    Dick Cole
    Francine Hurd
    Sally Cataldo
    Michele Usibelli
    Artist's Reception, Saturday September 17, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
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What's showing in Bodega Bay?
Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Sign Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery
1785 Hwy 1, Bodega Bay,
CA 94923, 707-875-2911 | Map & Location
Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Exterior
Celebrating Early California, Western and American Art
the Small World Custom Framing
of Gary Smith
oil paintings of Linda Sorensen
the etchings
of Gail Packer
the Palette Knife paintings of Joshua Meador the
desert paintings of Kathi Hilton
of Jean Warren
oil paintings of
Alex Dzigurski II
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The Ren Brown Collection
Established in 1989 and specializes in contemporary art from both sides of the Pacific. We offer rotating exhibits throughout the year.
A major focus is modern Japanese prints. Some of the world-famous artists from Japan are SHINODA Toko, TANAKA Ryohei, NAKAYAMA Tadashi, and Daniel KELLY. These woodblock, lithograph and etching prints may be abstract or representational, and often include handmade paper. | Back to the Top

Ren Brown Collection

Local Color Gallery

Local Color Artist Gallery
"Above the Earth, Below the Sky"
Photographs and Paintings by Mike Shoys and Kai Samuels-Davis
reception, Saturday, Aug 6, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Gallery Hours, daily 10 AM to 5 PM
1580 Eastshore Dr., Bodega Bay
707-875-2744 | | Back to the Top

Boega School House Ron SumnerBodega School House
Ron Sumner
What's showing nearby?
in Sonoma, Napa & Marin Counties
Christopher Queen Gallery

IN DUNCANS MILLS Christopher Queen Galleries
3 miles east of Hwy 1 on Hwy 116 on the Russian River

Bohemian Summer
21st Annual Exhibition & Sale of Paintings By Artists of the Bohemian Club 1870’s to 1920’s
Show continues to September 25

Self Portrait of Xavier Martinez
Bobbi & Ron Quercia

IN DUNCANS MILLS Quercia Gallery
"On the Line"
Six Narrative Women Artists
Gretchen Butler, Darla Caletti, Marylu Downing, Noel Yates, Pauline Levy Lazzarini, Maria-Esther Sund

Open: May 5 - August 29, 2011

Hours: 11am-5pm, Thur - Mon (707) 865-0243 | Back to the Top

Quercia Gallery Duncans Mills
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
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Lee Youngman

IN CALISTOGA the Lee Youngman Gallery
Featuring the work of contemporary painter Paul Youngman,
and the works of famed painter, Ralph Love (1907-1992)

New paintings alert ... works by Linda Glover Gooch and Kristine Pallas | Back to the Top

Paul Youngman

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IN TOMALES Tomales Fine Art
Host artist Janette LeGrue
Featuring local and national, award-winning artists:
Anne Blair Brown, Christin Coy, Timothy Horn, Debra Huse, Jeanette Le Grue,
John Poon, Randall Sexton, Brian Mark Taylor, and Antoinette Walker.
Located 30 seconds from the Continental Inn, 8 minutes from Nick's Cove, 20 minutes from Petaluma, 30 minutes from Point Reyes Station and Santa Rosa, 1 hour from San Francisco and the Napa Valley, 2 hours from Sacramento, 6 hours from New York, and 9 hours from Paris.
Open most weekends 12-5pm, and by appointment (707) 878-2525. | Back to the Top

Tomales Fine Art Gallery
QuickSilver Gallery Exterior

IN FORESTVILLE The Quicksilver Mine Co.
6671 Front St. (Hwy. 116) Downtown Forestville PHONE: 707.887.0799
July 8—August 14, 2011, BOXED IN: A Small Works Show
August 19—September 25, 2011, CLOWN CONTROL
Carol Holtzman Fregoso, Artist Reception: Saturday, August 20, 4—6pm
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Linda Ratzlaff IN GRATON Graton Gallery
July 5 – Aug 14 Mylette Welch “Gimme Shelter”
Portraits of shelter dogs and cats who dream of a forever home
[Percentage of proceeds will be donated to the animal shelters of Sonoma County]
Artist's Reception: Saturday July 9, 3-6pm
Guest Artists: Ken Berman | Cubist style paintings with industrial elements, Bert Kaplan | Pastel paintings,
Peggy Sebera | Oil paintings, landscapes of Sonoma County
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Rik Olson, Explorations
Bodega Landmark Gallery Thumb IN BODEGA Bodega Landmark Gallery Collection
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
West County Design provides an unexpected center of artistic sophistication in the charming town of Valley Ford in West Sonoma County. The business serves as a showroom for Bohemian Stoneworks, Current Carpets and Craig Collins Furniture. The gallery also showcases local artisans and quality furnishings for home and business.
Bohemian Stoneworks, Current Carpets and Craig Collins Furniture are known for collaborating closely with both business and residential clients and designers from concept to installation. The result is uniquely personal and functional pieces that reflect our clients’ personalities and needs (Across from the Valley Ford Hotel and its famed Rocker Oysterfeller's Restaurant) | Back to the Top
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Silouette of Cypress
Kai Samuel-Davis
BBHPhoto Dennis Calabi
IN PETALUMA Calabi Gallery
Sebastopol's own famed master conservator Dennis Calabi brings his rare knowledge and experience to present a tasteful and eclectic array of primarily 20th century artwork.
From Landscape to Mindscape
144 Petaluma Blvd. North, Petaluma, CA 94952 Call 707-781-94952 |Back to the Top

Yellow Eye (Protest) by
Robert Pearson McChesney, 1946, Oil on Masonit
32 1/2 x 24
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
101 Petaluma Blvd. North, Petaluma, CA 94952, ph: 707.769.3097 | Back to the Top
Petaluma Arts Council Art Center

IN PETALUMA Petaluma Arts Council
"... to celebrate local artists and their contributions and involve the whole community
Anonymous: 19th and 20th Century Photographs and Quilts
by Unknown Artists from the Collection of Robert Flynn Johnson

August 5 to September 18, Opening Reception – August 13 from 4pm to 7pm | Back to the Top

Petaluma Art Center
Photo:Anita Diamondstein
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Links to current museum exhibits relevant to Early California Art
The Greater Bay Area

The Walt Disney Family Museum
tickets available online
The WDFM tells Walt's story from his early days through the creation of his famed "Mouse Factory" and the Magic Kingdom. Displays superbly present pre-computerized animation, explaining the artistic, technical, and imaginative processes, Well Worth a Visit!

Film of the Month: August 1-August 31
The Absent-Minded Professor
1:00pm and 4:00pm (daily except Tuesdays, and Saturday August 13
"Flubber, a flying rubber substance
created by the professor comes to the rescue."

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San Francisco
de Young Museum


from Musée National Picasso, Paris

through September 25, 2011

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San Francisco
California Historical Society
A Century of Landscapes:
Selections from the California Art Club

through October 15th
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San Francisco
Legion of Honor

Dutch and Flemish Masterworks
from the Rose-Marie
and Eijk van Otterloo Collection

through October 2, 2011

San Francisco Legion of Honor Museum
San Francisco
ontemporary Jewish Museum
Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories
Exhibition on view May 12, 2011 - September 6, 2011

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Oakland Museum of California

May 1, 2010 - Dec 2, 2013
Gallery of California Art
Explore our New Gallery
The new Gallery of California Art showcases
more than 800 works from OMCA's collection...More»

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San Francisco

The Steins Collect:
Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde

through September 06, 2011

San Francisco
Chinese Historical Society of America

Finding Jake Lee: The Paintings at Kan’s
Through September 16, 2011
See our April '11 newsletter article

Chinese Historical Society San Francisco

Santa Rosa
Charles M. Schultz Museum

A Change of Scene:
Schulz Sketches From Abroad —
through October 2, 2011

Charles M Schultz Museum Santa Rosa Santa Rosa
Sonoma County Museum
Gertrud Parker: An artist and Collector
Through September 11, 2011
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Hearst Art Gallery

Pam Glover: A Life in Art

through September 11, 2011
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Bedford Gallery, Lesher Center for the Arts
Outlandish: Contemporary Depictions of Nature

through September 4, 2011
Lesher Ctr for the Arts Walnut Creek CA
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 95476 (707) 939-7862

Six Fairy Tales From The Brothers Grimm:
Original Etchings by DAVID HOCKNEY
through August 28, 2011

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Grace Hudson Museum


Grace Hudson Museum

Bolinas Museum

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

(thumbnail to the right ... a portion of
Elizabeth Holland McDaniel's Bolinas Embarcadero,
the green roof building on Wharf Street is the Bolinas Museum)

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Monterey Museum of Art

Gottardo Piazzoni’s Final Murals

April 27, 2011 - December 2012
Edward Weston: American Photographer
through October 2
The Art of California, 1880 to the Present
through October 23
California Artists and Portraiture
through January 8, 2012

Monterey Museum of Art

San Jose
San Jose Museum of Art

approximately 2,000 20th & 21st century artworks including paintings, sculptur, new media, photography, drawings, prints, and artist books.
The Bible Illuminated: R. Crumb's Book of Genesis
through September 25, 2011

Comic aficionados know Robert Crumb as the grandfather of the groundbreaking underground “commix” movement in San Francisco.

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Crocker Art Museum
Summer of Impressionism

"Transcending Vision: American Impressionism, 1870–1940"
through Sep 25
"Landscapes from the Age of Impressionism"
through Sep 18
"Gardens and Grandeur:
Porcelains and Painting by Franz A. Bischoff"

through Oct 23 Stockton
Haggin Museum

see our Newsletter article, April '11
"if you've not been here yet, you must go!"

-Largest exhibit of Albert Beirstadt paintings anywhere,
& a superb collection other California,
American and European impressionists.

-Joseph Christian Leyendecker,
(Norman Rockwell's mentor)

and trailblazing cover artist for the Saturday Evening Post
Capitol Museum

Governor's Portrait Gallery
Permanent Exhibits
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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.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
The Irvine Museum

California Rhapsody
Early Artists of the Bohemian Club

Through Nov 3
Exhibit includes works by Percy Gray (1869-1952),
William Keith (1838-1911), Xavier Martinez (1869-1943)
Granville Redmond (1871-1935), & William Ritschel (1864-1049).
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Santa Barbara
The Santa Barbara
Museum of Art

Van Gogh to Munch: European Masterworks
from the Armand Hammer Foundation
and Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation
June 4 - August 28, 2011

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Palm Springs
Palm Springs Art Museum

Simply Masterful: Picasso and Artists of the Modern Era
Through Sept 4, McCALLUM WING
Western and Native American Art
from the Permanent Collection

06.22.11 - 10.02.11
Reopening with new selections October 18, 2011

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San Diego
San Diego Museum of Art

From El Greco to Dalí
through November 06
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Los Olivos
Wilding Museum

SCENIC VIEW AHEAD (through Sept 11, 2011)
Cover Art from the Auto Club's Westways

featuring covers done by a who's who of California's most notable desert and California Style Watercolorist, such as Maynard Dixon, Carl Oscar Borg, Conrad Buff, Phil Dike, Rex Brandt,
and many more.

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Norton Simon Museum

-Permanent collection, European paintings
Vermeer's "Woman with a Lute" on Loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Through September 26

Norton Simon Museum Pasadena 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

Museum of California Art
Clayton Brothers: Inside Out
... surveys the brothers’ edgy aesthetic inspired
by California skateboard and surf culture,
punk rock, folk art, cartoons, and street art.
May 15 - Sept 4

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Museum of Art

METAMORPHORES: Marianela de la Hoz
July 2 - October 9, 2011

Oceanside Museum of Art Exterior

Prescott, AZ
Phippen Museum

Local Color
through October 30

Phippen Museum Entrance Hwy 89 Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Historical Museum

Treasures, Recent Gifts to the Museum
through January, 2012

Santa Barbara Historical Society
& Beyond
Seattle, WA
Seattle Art Museum
Beauty & Bounty
American Art in an Age of Exploration
June 30–September 11, 2011

Permenant collection: American Art

Seattle Art Museum

Portland, OR
Portland Art Museum

Permanent Collection: American Art

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Washington D.C.
The Renwick Gallery

To Make a World: George Ault and 1940s America
March 11, 2011 – September 5, 2011
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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Nashville, TN
Frist Center for the Visual Arts
Gather Up the Fragments
The Andrews Shaker Collection
May 20–August 21, 2011

Frist Center for the Visual Arts Nashville TN Atlanta, GA
High Museum of Art

The American collection ... paintings by William Merritt Chase, Henry Ossawa Tanner, John Twachtman and Childe Hassam. It includes landscapes by Hudson River School artists, figure paintings by Henry Inman and John Singer Sargent, and still-life paintings by John Frederick Peto, William Michael Harnett and William Mason Brown.
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Cedar Rapids, IA
The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
Grant Wood: In Focus
is an ongoing permanent collection exhibition.
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The National Gallery
Permanent collection
American Paintings

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Brooklyn, NY
The Brooklyn Museum
Permanent Collection

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The Whitney Museum of American Art
The largest selection of works by Edward Hopper
The Whitney Museum of American Art New York

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