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December 2009
Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Monthly

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Visit Bodega Bay during the Holidays

Joshua Meador Almond Alley Thumbnail Joshua Meador To Water Thumbnail
Joshua Meador and selected Regionalist artists of California's Film Industry
Coming mid-January, Impressionists of the Southland

Paul Revere by John Singleton Copley
LA County Museum of the Arts
looks at American Stories: Paintings of Everyday Life

Jeanne-Claude wife of Christo
In Memoriam
Jeanne-Claude, Christo's wife of Running Fence Fame Dies

102 years ago, SF Call, Nov 3, 1907,
The "Louvre of the West,"
The new Gallery of California Painters at Del Monte

Auguste Renoir Two Girls Reading Thumbnail
Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Two Girls Reading

LA County Museum of the Arts
"Renoir in the 20th Century

Frederick Remington Scupture at entrance of Prescott's Phippen Museum
Phippen Museum in Prescott, AZ
The Greatest Earth on Show, desert paintings by Maynard Dixon & Jimmy Swinnerton

The Walt Disney Family Museum presents: Christmas with Walt Disney


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LA County Museum of the Arts looks at
American Stories: Paintings of Everyday Life
Paul Revere John Singleton Copely
Paul Revere, John Singleton Copley, 1768,
o/c 35 x 28, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

John Singer Sargent The Sketchers
The Sketchers, John Singer Sargent, 1914
o/c 22 x 28, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond

The LA County Museum of Art presents a major exhibition - American Stories: Paintings of Everyday Life, 1765–1915, February 28 through May 23. The exhibit will be in the LAMA’s Art of America’s building and includes over seventy paintings including loans from major

museums, personal collections, and from the LAMA’s own collection.

Bruce Robertson, Consulting Curator of the exhibit, says, “These images reflect their times, but they also actively develop and shape what we know about the past, as great works often do.” These are paintings from everyday life, telling stories of family life, courting, work and leisure.

Beginning with scenes from the time of the Revolutionary War and proceeding through to America’s rise in the early twentieth century, the paintings tell the stories of a dynamic and growing nation. The exhibit centers on works by John Singleton Copley, Charles Willson Peale, George Caleb Bingham, William Sidney Mount, Richard Caton Woodville, Eastman Johnson, Winslow Homer, Thomas Eakins, Mary Cassatt, John Singer Sargent, and George Bellows, but lesser known artists are included as well, showing a wide variety of styles and stories.

American Stories was organized by the

Club Night George Bellows
Club Night, George Bellows, 1907
109 cm x 135 cm, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

Metropolitan Museum of Art and is supported by an endowment from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. The exhibit is arranged in five chronological groups and includes an additional group devoted to stories of California; Inventing American Stories 1765-1830, Stories for the Public, 1930-1860, Stories of War and Reconciliation, 1860-1877, Cosmopolitan and Candid Stories, 1877–1900, Stories of the City 1900–1915, and California Stories.

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In Memoriam, Jeanne-Claude, Christo's wife of Running Fence Fame Dies
Prior to her death, she and her husband Christo agreed that planned projects would continue toward completion even though one or the other passed away. Their current projects, “Over the River” on the Arkansas River in Colorado and “The Mastaba” in the United Arab Emirates, will be completed.
Jeanne-Claude and Christo
Flag Pole Valley Ford Post Office
Last pole standing, Valley Ford Post Office
Jeanne-Claude passed away on November 18 due to complications of a brain aneurysm. Her husband Christo expressed deep sadness but also expressed his commitment to honor an agreement he had made with Jeanne-Claude years earlier.

This unique couple certainly left their mark throughout the art world including here in Sonoma and Marin Counties. Thirty-three years ago in September, Running Fence dissected the countryside with a veiled eighteen foot high fence consisting of 2,050 panels hung by 350,000 hooks and stretching nearly twenty-five miles. It stood for two full weeks, and then was dismantled, but not forgotten. While the fence stood, photos and films of the Running Fence spread around the world, preserving the ephemeral curtain for generations to come. Today, a plaque commemorates the work at the Valley Ford, California, Post Office which is next to the last remaining fence pole which serves as the Post Office’s flag pole. On Bodega Highway towards Sebastopol, the old school house grounds presents another memorial to the art work.

In our September 2008 issue, we wrote about Jeanne-Claude and Christo's Running Fence on the occasion of its inclusion in the Smithsonian. Their website includes further information of their currently planned projects, Over the River and Masaba.

from our newsletter, Christo's "Running Fence" in the Smithsonian | Jeanne-Claude's and Christo's Website | New York Times Obituary | Back to the top

from the SF Call, Nov 3, 1907,
The Louvre of the West
The new Gallery of California Painters at Del Monte

(The Press these days sure doesn't cover the art world like they used to.

Cartoon of a Couple in SF Call
SF Call Full Page Article on the Del Monte Gallery

In the wake of the 1906 quake and fire, Californians busied themselves with rebuilding. As demolition and reconstruction commenced, some were reassessing the Golden State's standing in the art world. With many patrons and artists having left the city, a major new gallery was opened in the Del Monte Hotel in Monterey.

The San Francisco Call, November 03, 1907,
"THE LOUVRE OF THE WEST" by Elise N. Graupner

The same folly that drags Americans over to Europe for sight seeing before they have learned to know their own land develops in them that spirit of discontent which expresses itself in the belief that nothing at home is as beautiful, as resourceful or as interesting as in old Europe. But now let us give thanks. At last Americans are coming to a realizing sense of the worth of what is their own.

Until a few years ago the same spirit of discontent was rife among our artists. America had "no atmosphere." To paint, one must necessarily go to Europe to the Parisian Latin quarters or to the meadows of Brittany. Intelligent artists no longer believe such a fallacy. To the

SF Call John Gamble Moonrise on Seventeen Mile Drive

thinking American this country, with its varied forms of life, furnishes as many opportunities for character work as there are hours in a day. Impressions crowd in on one so fast that there is hardly time for the development of an idea. The immigrant quarters of our cities, abounding in all the picturesque dirt of a European metropolis; the western desert oceans, fading off into gray-brown hills; the southwest, with its mission ruins and Indian life; all these and Innumerable other phases of life provide the artist with models that vie well with "The Seine by Moonlight" or a "Venetian Nocturne."

After all, the art that will live— that has' lived — is an expression of the thought of the people whence comes the artist. He knows its characteristics, portrays its temperament and is an integral part of the land that gives him his inspiration.

This . is especially evident on the Pacific coast. No like area of country in all the United States has developed so many men and women of genius. Writers thrive and

SF Call Maynard Dixon Desert Shower
SF Call William Keith Glacial Meadow

develop and then go to New York with their wares. But the artist colony stays at home and paints the life and atmosphere on all sides of it.

That Californians are appreciative of the work of her artists is indicated by the steps recently taken by the management of Hotel Del Monte at Monterey. The old ballroom has been converted Into a permanent art gallery, which is rapidly becoming the joy and edification of the tourist. Any artist may send his work, and if accepted by the jury the picture is' hung. This Louvre of the west is rapidly attaining national recognition. For it is a

center of the best that western art can produce, and even In Its beginning promises great results.

To name all the artists whose work hangs there would be a long story, for the name of the clever painter is legion. The fact that the canvas has been accepted proves its worth.

A picture of the typical west -- of the desert, with its travelers plodding through the colorless sage brush, under a brilliant cloud decked sky, claims instant attention. Maynard Dixon is the artist and he has surpassed all previous efforts in this latest work.

Although too young to have yet attained national recognition, Californians already appreciate that Dixon has painted the western atmosphere with the brush of a master. Remington has given us the plains Indians, in all the picturesqueness of their warfare, but Dixon portrays the Indian of the sleepy southwest—the great limitless wastes of the southern deserts, and the brilliant colored cliffs of the Arizona and Mexican land. The atmosphere of all is the clear, brilliant rarity of a new country -- nothing blurred, nothing dim; the bold, clear outlines of the big west. Dixon's best work portrays great distances, a land so vast that the people, the moving life, are mere incidents. His are the pictures of atmosphere, not of things.

From a (Pullman) Car Window
On my first trip across the American continent I dreaded the weary hours that were to carry us through the southwest, with its deserts and sage brush and unpeopled miles. But I had drunk of the joy of knowing and loving Maynard Dixon's work and the hours on the desert became a joy. Like a moving kaleidoscope -- one great picture after another had for its frame the Pullman window casing and Mayard Dixon was the painter. He has interpreted and translated for us the western land, with Its dry hills of brown and gold, its oceans of sand waste and its brilliant, clear skies of pink and blue.

The desert land is no longer a waste, but a sea of soft, gorgeous coloring; a rest to the tired eye -- weary of the trite scenes of the regulation world. And this artist of the west has helped us to the realization.

Xavier Martinez shows a painting of the Piedmont hills that is glorious. When Mr. Martinez returned from Paris a few years ago he painted like a student of the French school; the hazy mist of Parisian life characterized all his work. Even then this work was notably "clever." But now he has been in the west and has worked long enough by himself to have attained a style all his own; a touch that no one can imitate.

Martinez and Dixon may be classed together in that they have enriched the art world by their representations of western life in its many unknown phases. Martinez has given us all attributes of Mexican life, the low lying, arched dwelling of adobe; the patios of the houses or peons, gorgeously decked in their gay, colored serapes.

Hanging in the Monterey gallery is the most striking work that Charles Rollo Peters has ever done. The San Franciscan stands before these recent canvases in a trance, spellbound, and perhaps hot tears, In memory of what once was, will blur the gaze. For there, in the moonlight of a summer night, are the ruins of the city's past glory -- Nob hill. Grace church is a pile of bricks, a tower, and a row of paneless windows. The ruin stands there, mute and sorrowful, and the moonlight shines down upon the now roofless sanctuary.

The great, scowling marble lions that lounged at the portal of the Crocker mansion during the years of prosperity have had their noses rudely smudged by the fire's chisel. Peters has painted them in all their grotesque ugliness, as they still try to scowl at the moonlight wanderers or at the refugee who pitched his tent on the crest of Nob Hill.

Several other canvases of similar scenes will place the name of Charles Rollo Peters on the artists' book of fame. For his works are classics. The same daring coloring of previous moonlight pictures characterize the San Francisco ruins. They alone are worth taking a long trip to see.

The Painter of the Sierras
William Keith has not as large a showing of his work as the enthusiast would like. What Joaquin Miller is among writers, Keith is among artists, “the Poet of the Sierras." Every picture - he makes is a painted poem, a bit of nature, singing a song of joy or of sorrow, and drawing us away from things material or prosaic, into the depths of the forest. The lights and shadows of life — of nature — Keith knows and paints. His pictures seem invariably to symbolize the antitheses of life; the hidden and mysterious parts of the forest express our doubts; the ray of light (a silver moonbeam or a streak of glorious sunshine) reflects the beauty and coolness of this secluded corner and calls aloud that life is worth living. Without great light and deep shadow there could be no Keith paintings. All America appreciates this man's work; California can no longer claim him as her own, for his work adorns the homes of the east as often as it does those of the west.

The grandfather; of California landscape painters is H. R. Bloomer. During the ‘70’s this artist was already well known in Paris. His pictures are interesting in that they have a style all their own. And they show the interpretation of an art school older than the one in vogue today.

A field of yellow poppies, a hillside of purple coloring, the buoyancy of a California springtime, with its soft mild air; and we have a J. M. Gamble picture. Mr. Gamble objects to being known only as a painter of poppy fields, but the layman who loves his work insists on having it so. His other pictures are good, but the glory of the tender springtime, with its yellow green hills and the freshness of newly blown blossoms in great patches of brilliancy has been painted by Gamble as by no other artist.

Eugene Neuhaus shows us work at Del Monte indicating a man who has found himself. A little over a year ago brilliant splashes of the impressionist’s coloring marked his pictures. These more recent paintings are far more pleasing. They have individuality without affectation and are a great credit to this man newly adopted by the West.

Some marine views by Joseph Greenbaum mark a stride in the development of an artist that has seldom been seen in the history of art. From the smooth, clear portrait work of a year ago the artist has jumped into a strong, vigorous treatment by means of laying on his pigment almost in lumps. And the result is a most glorious shimmering water scene that shows the touch of a great painter. Greenbaum is forging ahead with the rest of the army of big men.

The Evening Calm
And Will Sparks! Who can paint a twilight as this clever young fellow? His real forte is to show us the repose of a closing day with all the capricious coloring made on water by setting sun or approaching darkness. The touch of the German school is in his work, although nearly all his pictures are of local scenes.

Perhaps the youngest man who has any work in the gallery is Maurice del Mue. This fact, however, is not evident in his painting, for each one is a gem. One hesitates to call Del Mue an impressionist, yet his work approaches that quality. He sees no garish colorings in nature -- just the soft, subdued tones that please the eye and to which, one returns again and again. One picture of a weather beaten gnarled old oak is especially good and promises a brilliant future for the painter.

The cypress country about Monterey, with its gray fogs and soft lights, is the Mecca for most of the western painters. Charles Dickman has not escaped the enchanter's wand, for he has portrayed a group of cypress trees that vie well with any of his previous work. We know the artist as a great portrait painter more than by any other work. Normandy landscape by Dickman was owned by the Bohemian Club before the fire. The members have regarded the loss of this picture as so great that the artist has recently been requested to reproduce it.

The work of Arthur Mathews stands somewhat apart from the others, for we know him as a great mural decorator whom Californians are proud to claim as their own. The painting by this man now hanging in the Monterey gallery is also a clump of local cypress. It shows us the stroke and style characteristic of his mural work.

To stop here in our enumeration of fine pictures and clever artists is difficult. There are many more: Latimer's charming bits of wooded country, Cadenasso's foggy eucalyptus of tapestry coloring that makes one sigh for the open country. C. P. Neilson's water color work of old Mexico in its warmth of sunshine, or Elmer Wachtel's southern California landscapes.

The women whose pictures hang in the Del Monte art gallery have done unusual work. Bertha Stringer Lee sees the water front of city life and the sand dunes of Monterey county with all the appreciation of a real artist. Predictions are idle, but to say that Mrs. Lee will rank among the best artists in the country if she continues to make the same strides in her work that she has of late is a certainty rather than a dream of the future.

Isabel Hunter, Evelyn McCormao, Annie Frances Briggs and Sophia Brannan have pictured the gray days of the Monterey region in a delightful style. Tumbled down shacks, picturesque in their gray moss coating; the hoary pines of the seashore, or the breaking waves of the ever changing, moody Pacific have been painted with great skill. These clever women have found at home subjects galore and "atmosphere" to boot. Go to Europe if you wish, for your technical training but come home to paint, where you know and love the land, the people and the climate.

Lucia K. Mathews has some small canvases that do her credit. Most of her landscape pictures are small but exceptionally good.

Mary Curtis Richardson needs no introduction. Her portrait work is so well known that Americans call her theirs before Californians realize she is their own. A charming study of a picturesque child, with its great mild eyed collie dog, will attract your attention. The child and animal lover stops twice to look at Mrs. Richardson's only picture in the gallery. We wish there were more, for everything that this great woman paints is so full of feeling and soul that one thrills with pleasure to see her work. Mary Curtis Richardson is unquestionably the greatest woman painter on this coast.

Olga Ackerman's portrait work is characterized by the same grace of composition that has given her an enviable reputation both in this country and abroad.

And so the list grows. As many more remain unsung; go and see for yourself. California has "atmosphere" artists and art patrons. Del Monte is the center of the western art world where the art lovers can enjoy the best this coast produces. That which has heretofore remained hidden in shops of artists' attic studios is now gathered together in this new gallery at Monterey.

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LA County Museum of Art "Renoir in the Twentieth Century"
By focusing on the last three decades of Renoir's work (1890-1819), this exhibit by the Los Angeles County Museum reveals the influence the old master Renoir had on the following generation of avant garde modernist painters moved toward modernism. The exhibition includes 80 paintings, sculptures and drawings by Renoir, interspersed with works by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Aristide Maillol, and Pierre Bonnard.
Auguste Renoir Two Girls Reading
Pierre-Auguste Renoir Two Girls Reading, 1890-91,
Oil on canvas, 22 5/16 x 19
Auguste Renoir Jean as a Hunter
Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Jean as a Huntsman, 1910
Oil on canvas, 68 x 35
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Renoir is one of the core of impressionist painters, yet even as impressionism was winning the admiration in the art world, Renoir was moving on, innovatively experimenting with new paths of expression. Although he still embraced the techniques of impressionism, he turned to female nudes, portraits and experimented with new techniques.

As a young artist in training, he would visit the Louvre and study the French masters. In 1862 while studying with Charles Gleyre he met fellow young artists Alfred Sisley, Frédéric Bazille, and Claude Monet. At the time, Renoir didn't have enough money to buy paints, and these anonymous days of poverty would continue for another ten years as France was embroiled in the Franco-Prussian War.

In 1874, his painting career experienced its first major successes. His works were included

among the emerging impressionists. He traveled to Algeria, Spain and Italy to study the masters and paint. But even in his newly found fame as one of the primary artists of the impressionist movement, he was experimenting with innovative changes to his style. And without rejecting his impressionist roots, he invented a style which he himself described as classical and decorative.

There has not been an exhibit of Renoir's later works. This exhibit seeks to explore these lesser known works, and seeks to understand where Renoir sought to direct his artistic energies, even as he fought off arthritis and the other pains associated old age.

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Phippen Museum in Prescott, AZ, The Greatest Earth on Show,
desert paintings by Maynard Dixon & Jimmy Swinnerton
"The Greatest Earth on Show" now on exhibit through February 21 at the Phippen Museum in Prescott, Arizona offers some of the finest work done by Maynard Dixon and Jimmy Swinnerton. The museum offers paintings from private collections and the Phippen collection.
Phippen Art Museum Prescott at Sunset
The Phippen Museum, Silhouetted against an Arizona Sunset

The Phippen Museum is located seven miles north of downtown Prescott on Hwy 89. George Phippen, the first president of the Cowboy Artists of America, died in 1966, before his dream was realized, a museum representing artists of the American West. But a dedicated group of artists who were inspired by George continued onward. After years of art shows and fundraisers, the museum opened its doors in October of 1984. Apart from presenting a venue for classic American Western art, the museum involves itself in educational programs for schools and other groups interested in Western Art.

The Phippen Museum is most excited about their new life-sized Frederick Remington sculpture adorning their entrance on Hwy 89. The Bronco Buster, originally done by Frederick Remington in 1895, was recently dedicated. The new entrance is part of the first phase of expansion. Next year, the museum will begin construction on 10,000 additional square feet, doubling the current size of the museum.


New Sedona by Jimmy Swinnerton
Near Sedona, by Jimmy Swinnerton
Frederick Remington Statue at Entrance of Prescott's Phippen Museum
The Bronco Buster, Frederick Remington 1895, a life sized statue on Hwy 89 at the entrance
of the Phippen Museum
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The Walt Disney Family Museum presents: Christmas with Walt Disney

NEW! in San Francisco's Presidio
The Walt Disney Family Museum

See a new film showing in their Theater
"Christmas with Walt Disney"

Produced & Directed by Don Hahn
of the Lion King & Beauty and the Beast
with reminiscing narration
by Walt's eldest daughter, Diane Disney Miller

Click and Read a review in Variety
click for tickets

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Gallery Notes

  • We were very favorably impressed by the opening, in downtown Petaluma, of the Calabi Gallery - see gallery listings in the next section. It joins Pierre's Antiques and Vintage Bank on that block of North Main as a shopping destination for investment grade art.
  • Booklet: Disney artist and effects director Joshua Meador 1911-1965 is the main focus of the gallery's exhibit during now extended to year-end. There is now a 2009 Meador exhibition booklet available to be mailed, or at the gallery, that was not available when the exhibit opened. We also have copies of the 2006 exhibit catalogue.
  • Continuing to mid-December, a little-publicized important exhibit of Major Western Paintings: The art gallery on the Concourse Level at the Bank of America at 555 Montgomery Street, San Francisco - open to the public during business hours - has been hosting an amazing array of paintings constituting part of its "Art of the West" loan to various museums. Included are important works by such luminaries as Maynard Dixon, E. Martin Hennings, Joseph Henry Sharp, William Herbert Dunton, Edgar Payne, Frank Tenney Johnson, Oscar Berninghaus, and Eanger Irvin Couse. It is rare to be able to view such a stellar collection.
  • Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery is proud to be a Founding Member of the Walt Disney Family Museum. We have membership applications at the gallery. Our visits have been very rewarding, and we have not yet been able to absorb it all. Membership is available at various levels, and provides a number of benefits. Timed-entry tickets are now available.
  • At the gallery we have added a rack of vintage prints, unframed, such as the Ghost Town series by Clyde Forsythe, signed John W. Hilton desert prints, and Jimmy Swinnerton prints. Very old prints from the 1800's are also included such as antique prints by Corot that are over one hundred years old. Some Arthur Singer bird prints from American Home Magazine of the 50's. There are also paper memorabilia such as fruit box labels and railroad items. It holds some real treasures! We are in process of creating a web page for images of some of these prints, so contact us if you want the link.
  • Linda has some small paintings at the gallery, as well as three large paintings in the current exhibition at Petaluma Valley Hospital and one small painting in the Members' Show at the Petaluma Arts Council. Other popular living artists exhibiting at the gallery are Alexander Dzigurski II, and Kathi Hilton, daughter of John W. Hilton. Linda's website has been revamped:
  • Dan is going to be a docent at the Bodega Bay Marine Lab out on Bodega Head, and invites others to consider volunteer work and helping to coordinate community activities with the laboratory, including occasional events displaying the works of Sonoma County artists. We'll be happy to discuss these opportunities with you. Public drop in tours are available on Fridays (except when those Fridays land on major or school holidays), 2-4 for groups less than 10 people. The Lab will be closed on Christmas and New Year's Day.
  • Our current gallery exhibit features the paintings of those artists who were strongly associated with the movie industry, such as Disney artists Joshua Meador, Bennett Bradbury, Phil Dike, and Ralph Hulett. Paramount's Jon Domela and independent Charles Wesley Nicholson. Others not currently on view for lack of space include MGM's Jon Blanchette. This exhibit is presented in celebration of the opening of the new Disney Museum in The Presidio, San Francisco. It also follows upon major museum presentations of the oil paintings of these "Regionalist" painters from mid-Century at the California Heritage Museum in Santa Monica and the Irvine Museum (see museum listings below). (Also, the Huntington Library, American Paintings Collection, has most recently acquired a Thomas Hart Benton painting in this category.)
  • This year's Map of fine arts and arts & crafts galleries in Sonoma County has been issued by the Sonoma County Gallery Group, and is available at galleries, visitors centers, wineries on the Wine Road, and other locations. There are several new galleries of note, and this Map and the website is a good way to plan a tour and find out about current exhibits.
  • Booklets of several of our exhibitions are available. Pick them up at the gallery or send us your mailing address.
    - Joshua Meador 1911-1965 (September-October 2009 Exhibition; 2006 Exhibition)
    - Painters of the Desert;
    - Regionalist Watercolors;
    - 19th Century Paintings of Northern California;
    - Painters of Carmel (plus other Master Painters of the Sea).

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What's showing at Bodega Bay Galleries & Beyond?
click on their links and discover the wonder to be found in the galleries of West Sonoma County
While in Bodega Bay ...
Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Sign

IN BODEGA BAY Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery
1580 Eastshore Road, PO Box 325
Bodega Bay, CA 94923, 707-875-2911
Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays, Noon until 5:00 PM
(or other times by prearranged appointment)
Current Exhibit: Joshua Meador & Regionalist Oil Painters of the Film Industry
Map & Location |

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Smith and Kirk Gallery Bodega Bay


Libby Kirk's fused glass, Susan Amalia's
multi-media works, and Gary Smith's Custom Framing.
Also offering works of the late Gail Packer.
Conveniently located next to The Ren Brown Collection
1785 A Highway One, PO Box 1116, Bodega Bay, CA 94923 | 707-875-2976
Gary Smith of Smith and Kirk Fine Art and Custom Framing
Local Color Gallery

IN BODEGA BAY Local Color Gallery
"HOLIDAY ART SHOW " November 21 - January 3
KATHERINE FELL--Watercolors, JOE & RITA SHAW--Fine porcelain ceramics , RAKSHIKA THAKOR--Linocuts/blockprints, HETTY HERMAN-MINSK--Jewelry, SAM LEFKOWITZ--Wood | Back to the Top

Ron Sumner Blue Heron Thumbnail
Blue Heron Ron Sumner

Reb Brown Sign Thumbnail IN BODEGA BAY The Ren Brown Collection
Special Exhibit of Mezzotints by Mikio Watanabe
October 8 - November 15, 2009
& Paintings by Robert DeVee | Back to the Top
Ren Brown Collection
Terrapin Creek Cafe Andrew and Liya
Liya and Andrew

And while in Bodega Bay, visit Liya and Andrew at
The (increasingly popluar) Terrapin Creek Cafe "just above Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery"
Here's what Santa Rosa's Press Democrat had to say ...
"... Against all odds, this little storefront restaurant, in the space that was once the Seaweed Café,
perched on a hillside above the Bodega harbor marina, has pulled off a culinary coup.

In a Wine Country stuffed with world-renowned restaurants, it is,
in a quiet and unassuming way, among the best."
featuring paintings by Robert DeVee )

And 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
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Self Portrait of Xavier Martinez
Bobbi & Ron Quercia

IN DUNCANS MILLS Quercia Gallery
"Bowls, Bowls, Bowls"
Hours: 11am-5pm, Thur - Mon (707) 865-0243 | Back to the Top

Quercia Gallery Duncans Mills
John Rizzi Glassworks Shop IN Guerneville John Rizzi Glassworks
Retail Gallery and Studio
specializing in unique glass sculpture,
beads and jewelry
http://www.JohnRizziGlasswork | Back to the Top
John Rizzi at work in studio
Annex Galleries Santa Rosa IN Santa Rosa The Annex Galleries
specializing in 19th, 20th, and 21st century
American and European fine prints
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IN CALISTOGA the Lee Youngman Gallery
Five Artists Paint their Favorite Subjects
Larry Cannon, Teresa Dong, Charles White,
Hye Seong Yoon & Stephen Sanfilippo
Artist Reception, October 3, 2009, 5:00 - 7:00 PM | Back to the Top

Paul Youngman Mustard
Paul Youngman

Jeanette Legrue and her painting Lillies Thumbnail

IN TOMALES Tomales Fine Art
Host artist Janette LeGrue

Presentlly showing new paintings in the gallery from
Timothy Horn. John Poon, Randall Sexton & Brian Mark Taylor | 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
November 20, 2009—January 3, 2010
BOTANICAL GRAMMAR: Paintings by Gary Brewer
Artist Reception: Saturday November 21, 4—6pm
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Linda Ratzlaff

IN GRATON Graton Gallery
9048 Graton Road, Graton, California (707) 829-8912
“Fire & Spice” Partners Group Show :: Dec. 8, 2009 – Jan 17, 2010
Holiday Party for All ! :: Sunday, Dec. 13, 2-5pm Back to the Top

Bodega Landmark Gallery Thumb IN BODEGA Bodega Landmark Gallery Collection
"The Coast, the Hills and the Vines"
A group exhibition celebrating the beauty of the Northcoast
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
14390 Highway One • Valley Ford, CA 94972 • 707.876.1963
(Across from the Valley Ford Hotel and Rocker Oysterfeller's Restaurant)
Craig Collins, Craig Collins Furniture / Sharon Eager, Gallery Manager / Patrick Miller, Bohemian Stoneworks | Back to the Top

Boho Gallery Freestone Thumbnail IN FREESTONE Boho Gallery
463 Bohemian Hwy, Freestone, CA 95472 Phone 707-874-9792
fine art oils, encaustics, collage, ceramics, and jewelry. You'll find romantic wine country landscapes, ocean vistas, animal portraits, and whimsical narrative collages.
Artists Jocelyn Audette Michael-Che Swisher Barbara Harvie | | Back to the Top
BBHPhoto Dennis Calabi

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.
144 Petaluma Blvd. North, Petaluma, CA 94952 Call 707-781-94952 |Back to the Top

Vintage Bank Petaluma Thumbnail IN PETALUMA Vintage Bank Antiques
Vintage Bank Antiques is located in Historic Downtown Petaluma, corner of Western Avenue and Petaluma Blvd. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Warren Davis and the rest of the team at Vintage Bank Antiques has assembled a spectacular inventory of paintings. From the 18th Century to Contemporary Artists. We have paintings to suit every price point and collector level. If you have a painting for sale, please consider Vintage Bank Antiques. Contact Warren Davis directly at
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 in appreciation, involvement and recognition of art
El Día de Los Muertos Petaluma 2009
Exhibition Dates: Oct. 17-Nov. 8, 2009
Members art exhibition starts November 13
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And, while on the Big Island, visit these friends of our gallery ...
Isaacs Art Center In Waimea, Big Island, Hawaii Isaacs Art Center
visit a superb Museum and Gallery. | Back to the Top
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Links to current museum exhibits
relevant to Early California Art
The Greater Bay Area
, Southern California, & Beyond
The Greater Bay Area
NEW! in San Francisco's Presidio
The Walt Disney Family Museum

See a new film showing in their Theater
Christmas with Walt Disney
Produced & Directed by Don Hahn
of the Lion King & Beauty and the Beast
with reminiscing narration
by Walt's eldest daughter, Diane Disney Miller
Click and Read a review in Variety
click for tickets

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de Young Museum

"Tutankhamun and the
Golden Age of the Pharaohs"
through March 28, 2010
"Birth of Impressionism"
opens May 22

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San Francisco
California Historical Society

Think California
September 24, 2009- February 5, 2011, an exhibition highlighting the colorful history of California through the institution’s remarkable collection of artwork.
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Legion of Honor

Very Postmortem: Mummies and Medicine
October 31, 2009 — July 4, 2010

San Francisco Legion of Honor Museum
San Francisco
ontemporary Jewish Museum

There's a Mystery There:
Sendak on Sendak
September 8, 2009 - January 19, 2010

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Oakland Museum of California

Gallery of California Art
Transformation underway
Join us in May 2010
to celebrate the new OMCA

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Santa Rosa
Sonoma County Museum

Envisioning the World: The First Printed Maps 1472-1700
October 2 - January 17

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Hearst Art Gallery

Out of This World
The Landscapes of Our Solar System

Oct 11 - Dec 13

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Santa Rosa
Charles M. Schultz Museum
Peanuts Cooks
October 14, 2009 to
February 15, 2010

Charles M Schultz Museum Santa Rosa Sonoma
Sonoma Valley Museum of Art

551 Broadway, Sonoma CA 95476
(707) 939-7862
Sonoma Valley Museum of Art Biennial 2009, A juried exhibition of forty-eight North Bay Artists, SEPT 5 - NOV 29, 2009
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Mission San Francisco de Solano

featuring the famed watercolor paintings
of the California Missions
by Christian Jorgensen
Mission San Francisco de Solano in Sonoma CA Ukiah
Grace Hudson Museum
Through the Viewfinder:
Mendocino Landscapes
November 21, 2009 – February 7, 2010

Grace Hudson Museum
Crocker Art Museum

Permanent Exhibit, plus
Treasures, Curiosities, and Secrets:
The Crockers and the Gilded Age
On view through May 9, 2010
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Capitol Museum

Permanent Exhibits

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Monterey Museum of Art
Minitures through
January 3, 2010

Monterey Museum of Art

San Jose
San Jose Museum of Art

Ansel Adams: Early Works
through Sunday, February 28, 2010
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Southern California (and Arizona)
Los Angeles
Los Angeles Musuem of Art
Renoir in the 20th Century
February 14, 2010–May 9, 2010
American Stories: Paintings of Everyday Life, 1765–1915
February 28, 2010–May 23, 2010
Los Angeles County Museum of Art Irvine
The Irvine Museum

Selections From The Irvine Museum, 2009
including Anna Althea Hills
October 6, 2009 to February 13, 2009
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Santa Barbara
The Santa Barbara
Museum of Art
California Calling: Works from Santa Barbara Collections, 1948 - 2008
Part I: July 18 - December 27, 2009
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Palm Springs
Palm Springs Art Museum

Permanent Collection:
American 19th-Century Landscape Painting
& American Desert Painting

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San Diego
San Diego Museum of Art

Picasso, Miró, Calder
Through December 6, 2009
American Artists from the
Russian Empire
October 24-January 17, 2010
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Santa Monica
California Heritage Museum
Opening November 14, 2009
Evolution and Art in California

California Heritage Museum Santa Monica
Norton Simon Museum

Ingres's 'Comtesse d'Haussonville'
from The Frick Collection
October 30, 2009 - January 25, 2010
Permanent collection,European paintings
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

Prescott, AZ
Phippen Museum

"The Greatest Earth on Show"
Paintings of Maynard Dixon and Jimmy Swinnerton through February 21

Phippen Museum Entrance Hwy 89 Los Olivos
Wilding Museum
At Altitude:
Four Views of the Southern Sierra
September 23, 2009 - January 3, 2010

coming up, Milford Zornes Exhibition
March 31 through June 6
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& Beyond
Seattle, WA
Seattle Art Museum

Michelangelo Public and Private: Drawings for the Sistine Chapel and Other Treasures from the Casa Buonarroti
October 15, 2009–January 31, 2010

Seattle Art Museum Portland, OR
Portland Art Museum

Permanent Collection

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Washington D.C.
The Renwick Gallery
1934: A New Deal for Artists
Now through January 3, 2010
Graphic Masters II: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum

through January 10, 2010
Grand Salon Installation—Paintings from the Smithsonian American Art Museum
Renwick Gallery Washington DC Chicago, IL
Art Institute of Chicago

Permanent collection
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Washington D.C.
The National Gallery
Permanent collection
American Paintings
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High Museum of Art

Leonardo da Vinci: Hand of the Genius
October 6, 2009 through February 21, 2010
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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 Roanoke, VA
The Taubman Museum
19th & 20th Century Paintings
John Singer Sargent, Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, Robert Henri, Childe Hassam & others.
Permanent Exhibit
Taubman Musuem Roanoke Virginia