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Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Monthly
August 2019
an online fine art gallery based in Bodega Bay, California
celebrating Historic California painting

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Joshua Meador Rainy Conversation
New to our gallery collection ... Joshua Meador
Rainy Conversation 8 x 6

Carlo Wostry, 1865-1943, Beethhoven, 1905, Class of Summer 1930
Gardena High School Grads from1919 to 1956
Their gift to GHS,
An Incredible art collection

Linda Sorensen Death Valley Raven Dawn
New ... Linda Sorensen
Death Valley, Raven, Dawn 16 x 20

Now through October 19, 2019
Gifted: Collecting the Art of California at Gardena High School, 1919-1956
Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University, 167 N Atchison Street, Orange, CA 92866
Gardena High School Art of California Photo of School Library Gardena High School Grads,
1919-1956 ... Their class gifts to GHS
created an incredible art collection

In the late 1950's, Gardena's high school library was much like other school's libraries across the country, except for this. High above the shelved books were hung paintings by many of California's best painters.

The paintings, more often than not, were witnesses to typical library behavior, some kids working hard, some doodling, some napping and others looking at the clock instead of the art. But because these paintings were there, they attracted at times the studied gaze and imagination of a young mind.

The collection grew steadily for 37 years. Beginning in 1919 and continuing through 1956, each graduating class raised money by hosting an annual arts banquet and used the money earned to give their school two paintings by some of California's best artists.

This tradition began as an idea offered by Principal John Whitely. He wanted to support his students' cultural foundation. He encouraged students to acquire works of art for the school's walls as their graduation class gift to the school.

Soon afterward, small student groups lead by Gardena HS teachers would organize field trips to artist studios nearby, many located in the Arroyo Seco area of Pasadena.

This Arroyo Seco was rich in California artists who continued the regional Arts and Crafts Movement in America which was begun in Great Britain in the mid 19th century.

The Arts and Crafts Movement was a positive response to the negative aspects of industrialization and urbanization. Arts and Crafts stressed traditional craftsmanship, sound design, and a back to nature philosophy.

Maynard Dixon, 1875 - 1946, Men of the Red Earth, 1931-34, Class of Summer, 1944
Maynard Dixon, 1875 - 1946, Men of the Red Earth, 1931-34, Class of Summer, 1944

Maynard Dixon simplified his compositions to the barest elements. The flat two dimensional striations of color in the distance sets the scene while focusing on two 3-dimensional figures. He emphasizes their stoicism and solemn dignity. Dixon, a San Franciscan and a Bohemian Club Member, had long been a proponent of issues regarding the native people of the American Southwest.
Paul Lauritz, 1889-1975, The Mountain Brook Class of Summer, 1925
Paul Lauritz, 1889-1975, The Mountain Brook
Class of Summer 1925

Paul Lauritz came to LA in 1925 from his native Norway. He created this large mural sized painting to grace one side of the stage in the GHS auditorium, with the other side reserved for Elmer Wachtel's "The Santa Barbara Coast." Lauritz often was a guest speaker at GHS.

The philosophy of the Arts and Crafts movement fit well with Principal Whitely's goal. He wanted a holistic approach to education, using "hands-on" teaching methods. Along with subjects of English, Latin, mathematics, science and history, Gardena High offered instruction in wood turning and carving, cooking, sewing, carpentry, forging, and printing. Core to Whitely's mission was that teaching handicrafts built character and encouraged moral behavior, intelligence, and gave students a desire to be creative and productive.

Many of the artists collected were California Impressionists. In California, these artists set out to capture California's exceptional light, filled with intense natural colors. They adopted Impressionism's loose brush work and harmonies of color, but added something new. Borrowing from the Arts and Crafts movement, California Impressionists stressed design. They simplified the landscape's features creating images which were rhythmic, decorative, and aesthetically suited to the Southern California climate, landscape and the emerging multicultural fabric of the region.

In 1928, the school began a "Purchase Prize Exhibit." This was a juried exhibition involving up to 100 invited local artists to exhibit their work in the school's library for three weeks. The exhibition was open to the public and covered by art critics of the L.A. Times and even the Christian Science Monitor.

Each year, the exhibition held an opening night banquet with 500 invited guests, accompanied by an "artist roast," an illustrious keynote speaker, and musical entertainment. Students served as servers and the like, and were even involved in choosing the paintings their class would buy. Using the funds generated from the banquet, each class traditionally purchased two paintings, $400 for a first prize painting, and $300 for the second.

The students didn't just make a choice. Required for graduation, the students first attended a three week long academic seminar, studying and discussing the art.

Here is a look at the paintings on exhibit at the Hilbert Museum in roughly chronological order
from the first paintings given in 1919 through 1956.

At the conclusion, and after debates had spilled over into the hallways and over dinner tables in students' homes, they collectively chose ten paintings. Then from these ten, a jury of critics and artists decided the winners.

It was a marvelous tradition, first laid down by the Principal Whitely and his students. Over the years, LA basin went through great change brought on by the Great Depression and World War II. But through it all, the Gardena HS tradition continued, stressing the importance of art.

In the fifties, Gardena HS built a new building to accommodate the huge swelling post-war population. The new facility did not have a large enough gallery to house the art collection. After a long and successful run, the tradition ended. A new principal announced the ending of the Purchase Prize Exhibition.

One benefit of their efforts, by their example, the Gardena High School graduates 1919-1956 inspired countless other high schools regionally and nationally to begin similar art collecting projects.

Below is a sampling of the paintings included in this exhibition at the Hilbert Museum. Info below each picture is taken from the exhibition's placards.

Carlo Wostry, 1865-1943, Beethhoven, 1905, Class of Summer 1930
Carlo Wostry, 1865-1943, Beethhoven, 1905, Class of Summer 1930

LA Times art critic Arthur Millier paid tribute to Carlo Wostry's Beethhoven, describing this young version of the composter "treading his way through a narrow street, his eyes cast down, as in contemplation. On his head was a gray nap-warn top hat. In his hand was a baggy umbrella. Protruding from a pocket of his top coat was the manuscript of what is now, perhaps, one of his noted compositions."
Clarence Hinkle, 1880-1960 Quiet Pose, c1918, Class of Winter 1929
Clarence Hinkle, 1880-1960
Quiet Pose, c1918, Class of Winter 1929

Clarence Hinkle thought highly of the students' program to gift art to their school. He had just moved to LA from San Francisco, and allowed one of his best figurative paintings to be exhibited and go to the school.
Emil Kosa Jr., 1903-1968, Every Cloud Has Its Silver Lining, c1942, Class of Summer, 1942
Emil Kosa Jr., 1903-1968, Every Cloud Has Its Silver Lining, c1942, Class of Summer,1942

Emil Kosa was one of the great California Scene Painters. This painting is meant to be an encouraging statement as the nation transitioned from the pains of the Great Depression and the uncertainty of World War II. Brilliant sunlight bounces off a barn as two farmers lead a horse outside. The painting has a dreamy quality, hovering between art and illustration. Many of the Southern California artists worked for the film industry. Kosa had a 35 year-long career in the movies, winning an Oscar in 1964 for his matte work on Cleopatra.

James Swinnerton, 1875-1974 The Beatatakin Ruins c 1927, Summer Class of 1927
James Swinnerton, 1875-1974
The Betatakin Ruins c 1927, Summer Class of 1927

James Swinnerton came to the desert after having been a pioneering cartoonist for the Hearst Newspapers in SF and New York. Diagnosed with TB and given only weeks to live, he moved to Palm Springs in 1903 to restore his health. It worked as he lived to be nearly 100 years old. The Anasazi people lived in Betatakin "House o a Ledge" between 1267 and 1286 a.d. Swinnerton's composition with the golden light penetrating the sanctified vaulted space within creates a scene of order and exceptional harmony.
Cornelis J. Botke, 1887-1954, Spring Ploughing San Gabriel Valley, c1948,  Class of Winter, 1948
Cornelis J. Botke, 1887-1954, Spring Ploughing San Gabriel Valley, c1948,
Class of Winter 1948

Raised in an orphanage,Cornelis Botke studied at the School of Applied Art in Haarlem in the Netherlands. When he was eighteen, he moved to Chicago in 1905. There, he met and married an artist, Jessie Arms. In 1919 they moved to Carmel, California and later to a ranch in Santa Paula. The GHS collection also has a painting by Jessie Arms Botke.
Joe Duncan Gleason, 1881-1959, Head Winds c 1935, Class of Summer 1935
Joe Duncan Gleason, 1881-1959, Head Winds c 1935, Class of Summer 1935

A native of LA, Joe Duncan Gleason worked as an illustrator in New York before returning to California for his artistic career. He worked for the film studios, specializing in movies with clipper ships. Gleason considered "Head Winds" to be his best ship painting. This painting has lots of drama, the struggling crew, the straining sails, the pitching of the ship back and forth, but somehow, we have confidence in the sailors' skills to survive.
Sam Hyde Harris, 1889-1977, Desert Design c1945, Class of Summer, 1945
Sam Hyde Harris, 1889-1977, Desert Design c1945, Class of Summer 1945

This painting has an unusual point of view. The bed of the dry creek meanders into the background, drawing the viewer in to the house on the rise behind the eucalyptus trees. This is a scene set in Cathedral City near Palm Springs.
H. Raymond Henry , 1882-1974, The Storm King c1937, Class of Winter, 1937
H. Raymond Henry , 1882-1974, The Storm King c1937, Class of Winter 1937

Using vivid colors in an impressionistic style, H. Raymond Henry shows the desert floor with loosely painted trees blowing in the wind against the background of distant snow capped peaks. Photos of Henry's paintings were often used to promote Southern California as a travel destination, including this painting.
Francis de Erdly (originally Erdelyi) 1904-1959, Return of the Prodigal c1950, Class of Winter, 1950
Francis de Erdly (originally Erdelyi) 1904-1959, Return of the Prodigal c1950, Class of Winter 1950

Francis de Erdely's work was strongly anti-Nazi and anti-war. He arrived in LA in 1944, having fled his native Hungary in 1939. When GHS grads chose to buy this painting, Erdly was a Professor of Art at USC. The painting shows the return of the prodigal son from the Gospel of Luke, compelling in its drama and depth of feeling.

William Frederick Ritschel, 1864-1949, Making Port c1917, Class of Summer, 1933
William Frederick Ritschel, 1864-1949, Making Port c1917, Class of Summer 1933

William Ritchel was born in Nuremberg, Germany, and studied at the Royal Academy in Munich. He came to New York in 1895 and settled in Carmel in 1911 where he built his castle-like stone home and studio overlooking the sea. He was famous internationally and exhibited widely. The action and intensity in this painting are achieved by a cacophony of small dabs of paint and layers of short curved brush strokes.
Franz Bischoff, 1864-1929, A Cool Fog Drifting, 1924, Class of Winter, 1925
Franz Bischoff, 1864-1929, A Cool Fog Drifting, 1924, Class of Winter 1925

In 1908, Franz Bischoff moved to Pasadena and built his home and studio in the Arroyo Seco. A frequent visitor to Carmel, A Cool Fog shows twisted cypress trees above cliffs and a surging sea, presented in an ethereal fog.

Carl Oscar Borg, 1879-1947, The Grand Canyon, 1927, Class of Winter, 1927
Carl Oscar Borg, 1879-1947, The Grand Canyon, 1927, Class of Winter 1927

In his native Sweden, Carl Borg's family was poor. He was self taught and in his late teens supported himself as a house painter. At 20, he moved to London and assisted portraitist George Johansen. At 22, he moved to San Francisco. He walked the railroad tracks to LA and learned techniques from William Wendt, an established California impressionist. As an artist, he had a patron, Phoebe Apperson Hearst, who funded his archeological work in Egypt and among the Native American Hopi and Navajo tribes. GHS grads were mesmerized by Borg's archeological relics as well as his painting studio. Every Spring, Borg would visit and paint the Grand Canyon and the desert Southwest.
Armin Hansen, 1886-1957, Before the Wind 1912, Class of Summer, 1939
Armin Hansen, 1886-1957, Before the Wind 1912, Class of Summer 1939

Armin Hansen first studied at the SF Mark Hopkins Institute of Art, followed by studies in Stuttgart, Germany. Before leaving Europe, he based himself in Belgium at the port of Nieuwpoort to study the sea, seamen and boats. This painting was completed in Belgium. He came back to California in 1912, teaching at UC Berkeley. He made his home in Monterey, drawn by its fishing industry. He often painted fishermen battling bold weather off the coast.

Leon Lundmark, 1875-1942, Symphony of Night 1942, Class of Summer, 1941
Leon Lundmark, 1875-1942, Symphony of Night 1942, Class of Summer 1941

A Swedish native from a small fishing village, Leon moved to Chicago at the age of 34. There he studied at the Art Institute of Chicago. He is known for seascapes, and once said, "In the sea, all the emotions of man are to be found in addition to incomparable color combinations." His "Symphony of Night" includes brilliant blues, turquoise and purple. When he painted this scene of stormy seas, his native Sweden and Europe were enduring the darkest days of World War II.
Robert Clunie, 1895-1984, River Dwellers, 1936, Class of Winter 1936

This painting is of the river dwellers on the Saginaw River in Michigan. Done in the midst of the depression, the painting does not show the extreme poverty of the inhabitants. Reflections on the still water give off a positive energy with the fisherman, the dog on the gangway and the distant empty railroad bridge and city of Saginaw in the background . A woman reading a newspaper in the morning sun gives this a scene a dreamy feel. At age 16, Robert Clunie and his brother moved to Saginaw, Michigan. After seven winters in Michigan, Clunie moved to Pasadena. He quickly fell in love with the Sierras. During his career, he was best known for his paintings of the Sierras. He headquartered his studio, gallery and home in the Eastern Sierra town of Bishop.

Jean Mannheim, 1863-1945, On the Road to San Gabriel c1920, Class of 1920
Jean Mannheim, 1863-1945, On the Road to San Gabriel c1920, Class of 1920

As a young man, Jean Mannheim was drafted into the German military. He did not take to military life and soon deserted to France, studying art at the Ecole Delecluse and the Academie Colarossi. He worked as a book binder while studying in Paris. After working in Decatur, Illinois, and the Denver Art School, he made his home in California, building his Arts and Crafts home and studio in Pasadena in the Arroyo Seca. Scenes of eucalyptus trees with the San Gabriel Mountains in the background were popular among Pasadena's artists.

Peter Nielsen, 1873-1965, Sierra Alta c1941, Class of Winter, 1941
Peter Nielsen, 1873-1965, Sierra Alta c1941, Class of Winter 1941

Peter Nielsen lived in Eagle Rock, just north of LA, but is best known for his landscapes of San Luis Obispo County where he visited regularly. In "Sierra Alta," Cerro Alto is one of San Luis Obispo County's tallest hills. Nielsen was a realist, using a darkened palette, stressing form and crisp detail. He usually did not accentuate sunlight and shadow as most of his impressionist colleagues did. However, in "Sierra Alta," he highlights the ranch house and barn at the base of the mountain with a large area of shadows cast by a grove of eucalyptus trees.

Edgar Payne, 1883-1947, Rockbound c1921, Class of 1921
Edgar Payne, 1883-1947, Rockbound c1921, Class of 1921

Self taught artist Edgar Payne achieved great fame. In 1923, his entry in the Paris Salon won an Honorable Mention. His experience as a scene painter for early Hollywood movies lead to his use of vivid color and light. He was the founding president of the Laguna Beach Art Association, where Rockbound was most likely done. In 1916, he was commissioned to create paintings for the Sante Fe Railroad to be used in their advertising. As part of that commission, he spent four months in Canyon de Chelly in Northeast Arizona where some of his most remarkable paintings were done. He also loved painting at the Grand Canyon.
Charles L.A. Smith, 1871-1937, Monterey Pines, 1934, Class of Winter, 1934
Charles L.A. Smith, 1871-1937, Monterey Pines, 1934, Class of Winter 1934

Collecting art has its mishaps! In 1934, the Gardena Valley News reported the Winter Class at GHS had chosen Pyramids of the Desert by Charles L. A. Smith. But while the painting was being transported to the school, it flew out of an open bed truck. Monterey Pines must have been its replacement. The scene is of Pebble Beach between Carmel and Monterey, a narrow road with cypress trees casting dappled shadows. Sand traps and golfers are framed in the background.

 Walter Schofield, 1866-1944, Cornish Inn, 1929, Class of Summer, 1936
Walter Schofield, 1866-1944, Cornish Inn, 1929, Class of Summer 1936

Walter Schofield was a central figure in the development of American Impressionism. New York's Grand Central Art Galleries exhibited "Cornish Inn" in December of 1929. This inn was located in Ipswich Village, a coastal fishing village in Southwest England. He based most of his career on the East Coast and exhibited internationally. In the 1920's and 1930's, he often visited California, Arizona and New Mexico painting scenes of the American Southwest. In 1936, while exhibiting at the Stendahl Galleries in Los Angeles, he may have attended a banquet and Purchase Prize Exhibit at GHS. The "Gardena Valley News" noted that the gallery owner, Earl Stendahl, was in attendance.

From 2010, this video shows California Gold's Huell Howser reporting on the Gardena H.S. Art Collection.
It includes an interview with Jean Stern of the Irvine Museum. Huell Howser passed away in 2013.

Gifted: Collecting the Art of California at Gardena High School, 1919-1956 runs through October 19. It is stunning!

Not only are the paintings exceptional, but the story of the Gardena High School graduates is fascinating and inspiring. The photos shown in this article are less than half of the work on exhibit. We highly recommend you see it.

The Hilbert Museum | Back to Top

Museum Exhibitions
Maynard Dixon Men of the Red Earth
Now in Orange, CA
Collecting the Art of California
at Gardena, California High School, 1919-1956

Now through - Oct 19, 2019
Hilbert Museum Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University, 167 N. Atchison Street, Orange, CA 92866
Located across the street from the Orange Metrolink Train Station
Earnie Barnes Final Study for Drum Major

Now in Los Angeles, CA
Ernie Barnes: A Retrospective
Now through September 8

California African American Museum
near the USC Campus and the LA Coliseum

James Tissot Coming ... Oct 12 at San Francisco's Legion of Honor
James Tissot: Fashion and Faith
Oct 12 - Feb 9
James Tissot
Claude Monet Giverny Bridge
Coming ... Oct 21 to Denver, CO
Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature
Major lenders include the Musée d'Orsay, Paris; Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris;
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Art Institute of Chicago;
and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Denver Art Museum
opens Oct 21, 2019-Feb 2, 2020
Monet Denver Exhibition Promo photo
Gallery Notes
  • Linda Sorensen's Dawn Dune, Death Valley has been included in the Graton Gallery's juried Anything Goes #5 Exhibition, a through September 1. An artist's reception will be held Saturday, August 10, from 2:00 - 5:00 PM. Come and meet a wide array of Sonoma County's finest artists. Linda will be there.
  • Linda Sorensen's artist studio will be open during Atelier One's OPEN HOUSE, Saturday and Sunday, September 28 & 29, 11:00 am - 6:00 pm. Come by and meet the building's diverse artists in their studios with art for sale, art demonstrations, and refreshments. There will also be live music for part of the weekend.
At the Landmark Gallery
in Bodega
Linda Sorensen Contours Inkgrade

Linda Sorensen's
Contours, Ink Grade
24 x 30

Beyond Linda's studio, her paintings are currently showing at:

Bodega Landmark Gallery Collection,
located in the town of Bodega, west end of town a half block from the Casino, and just across from the General Store and the Bodega Volunteer Fire Department.

Corrick's "Art Trails Gallery,
located in downtown Santa Rosa on 4th Street, just steps from Santa Rosa's reopened Town Square.

6th Street Playhouse, The Red Shoes Gallery
6th Street Playhouse, The Studio Gallery,
52 W. 6th Street, Santa Rosa.

At Corrick's
in Santa Rosa
"Art Trails Gallery"

Linda Sorensen Hawks Hill to Point Bonita
Linda Sorensen's
Hawk Hill to Point Bonita
24 x 30
Linda Sorensen
Linda Sorensen
Linda Sorensen's Studio is now open in Graton.

In Graton, visits are by appointment only,
except for events such as Atelier One HANDS ON ART
and ART TRAILS and Art @ The Source

We must make arrangements with you for entry.
707-875-2911 or email Linda at

(Note that the gate/doors are generally locked on weekends, and we must let you in)

Linda Sorensen at Easel at Monte Rio Redwood Cabin Studio
Linda Sorensen at her easel

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

Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery
by appointment in Graton or Bodega Bay | Call or Text 707-875-2911

Joshua Meador Composed by the Sea
"Composed by Ocean"
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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Pacific Bay Gallery

Pacific Bay Gallery
1785 Coast Highway One, Bodega Bay, 94923
Noki and Ron Jones, proprietors, featuring the etchings of Guillaume Azoulay
707-875-8925 | | Back to the Top

Pacific Bay Gallery Azoulay
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 and view examples at the Healdsburg Center for the Arts

Jean Warren Watercolor

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

IN SEBASTOPOL, Sebastopol Center for the Arts
home of Sonoma County's Art @ the Source and Art Trails

282 S. High Street, Sebastopol, CA 95472  707.829.4797
Hours: Tue - Fri 10am - 4pm, Sat & Sun 1 - 4pm

Corricks Kevin Brown
Corrick's Keven Brown

IN SANTA ROSA 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 the community's "cultural hub."
Corrick's has long supported local artists with its impressive "ART TRAILS GALLERY,"
including paintings by Linda Sorensen.
And currently has a number of originals by 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

BBHPhoto Dennis Calabi
Dennis Calabi
IN SANTA ROSA Calabi Gallery |

We are located at 456 Tenth Street in Santa Rosa.
Contact us with any questions at (707) 781-7070 or
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
Rik Olson

IN GRATON Graton Gallery
Sally Baker, Marylu Downing, Tim Hayworth, Bruce K. Hopkins,
Rik Olson, Susan Proehl, Sandra Rubin, Mylette Welch
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 |707-865-1318| Back to the Top
Paul Mahder Gallery Thumbnail IN Healdsburg Paul Mahder Gallery

 (707) 473-9150 |
222 Mill Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg, CA 95448 | Open Weds - Mon, 10-6, Sundays, 10-5
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
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
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
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

Oakland Museum Thumbnail

San Francisco

Wayne Thiebaud: Paintings and Drawings
through March 10, 2019

SF Museum of Modern Art

Santa Rosa
The Museums of Sonoma County

Sonoma County Museum Thumbnail
Santa Rosa
Charles M. Schultz Museum

Charles M Schultz Museum Santa Rosa

St Mary's College Museum of Art

Hearst Art Gallery

Hearst Art Gallery Thumbnail
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
(707) 939-7862
Sonoma Museum of Art Exterior Thumb
Grace Hudson Museum

Artful Liaisons: Connecting Painters
Grace Carpenter, Edward Espey, and Grafton Tyler Brown
Grace Hudson Museum

Bolinas Museum

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
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.
San Jose Museum of Art Thumbnail
Monterey Museum of Art

Ongoing exhibitions ...
Museums Permanent Collection
including William Ritschel, Armin Hansen
and E. Charlton Fortune
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
Nature's Gifts
Early California Paintings
from the Wendy Willrich Collection

Opening April 22, 2018
& 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 (now part of UC-Irvine)
The Irvine Museum
El Camino del Oro, Sept 14 - Jan 11
Paintings of the California Missions era
by many of California's noted artists

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Santa Barbara
The Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Santa Barbara Museum of Art Thumbnail Orange
Hilbert Museum, Chapman University
Collecting the Art of California
at Gardena, California High School, 1919-1956

Now through - Oct 19, 2019

Bay Area Scene Painting
through Apr 27

Hilbert Museum Chapman University Orange CA
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
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

Palm Springs Art Museum Thumbnail
Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix Art Museum
an excellent sampling of
Artists of the American West
Phoenix Art Museum Los Angeles
California African American Art Museum
adjacent to the LA Coliseum
Ernie Barnes: A Retrospective
through Sept 8

California African American 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
( 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 at Night


By appointment only or online ... email or call ... / 707-875-2911

... IN GRATON, CA ...
Linda Sorensen's studio and Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery's showroom is now located in Atelier One, Graton. You may view all paintings in Linda Sorensen's or Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery's online offerings. Call or email for an appointment.

... IN YOUR HOME ... Call or email for a an appointment. If appropriate, we'll bring the art to you (up to 200 miles from Bodega Bay).

... ON LINE ... Call or email about pieces which interest you. We offer FedEx shipping (included in price) in the U.S. for major purchases.

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, ... 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.