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Kathi Hilton Beckoning Palms
The California Desert
Paintings of Kathi Hilton

Bodega Bay Heritage
Gallery Monthly
- December 2012
Celebrating California, American & Western Art,
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Also showing,
new from Joshua Meador:

Joshua Meador's
Left By The Tide

John W and Kathi Hilton
The Desert Art Dynasty of
John and Kathi Hilton

by Ann Japenga

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Doug Rickard and Google Maps
a 21st Century "Ashcan"
Photographer, Now at SF's MOMA

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Washington's Gaze
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The Desert Art Dynasty of John and Kathi Hilton
by Ann Japenga

Below, Ann Japenga relates a tale of a night time desert exploration. Over Labor Day weekend, I had the pleasure of meeting desert artist Kathi Hilton and journalist Ann Japenga at the Twentynine Palms Art Gallery for the occasion of the opening of Kathi Hilton's new exhibition. This exhibition is now at Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery through December.

John Hilton at the Death Valley Visitors Center Kathi Hilton at the Death Valley Visitors Center
John W. Hilton and Kathi Hilton Paintings, side by side at the Death Valley Visitor's Center
Journalist Ann Japenga
Ann Japenga is an independent journalist living in Palm Springs and has high regard for California desert painters, writing often of their
artistry and passion for the desert.

Ann Japenga's aticle, originally published in: California Desert Art .com

"The painter Kathi Hilton Garvin, art dealer Dan Rohlfing and I had just finished dinner at the 29 Palms Inn. The sky was turning pink then blue, like a Technicolor Hilton painting, when Dan suggested that we try to find John Hilton’s old 29 Palms homestead, playhouse to movie stars and desert artists.

As we crammed into my Subaru, I wasn’t so sure about this plan. It was getting dark and no one really knew where we were going except that it was out in nowhere. Dan, co-owner of Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery on the Sonoma coast, had never been to 29 Palms and Kathi—a former resident–hadn’t been back for 30 years.

We turned off Amboy Road onto a dirt track; the lights of the old five-acre

homesteads were far between. The street signs were sandblasted and unreadable, even when I aimed the headlights directly at them–and Kathi didn’t remember the street names anyway.

We blundered along for awhile, until a dark structure loomed ahead on a hillside. Kathi said: “Pull in here by this row of trees.” A strange orange moon was rising over “the loneliest little house on a hill,” as John Hilton once described it. The place now looked like a scary tweakers’ den with shredded toys and junk strewn everywhere.

Kathi pointed and said: Here was my dad’s garden. Here was the mineral water pool where James Cagney came to swim; here was the studio where I painted when I lived here. Sometimes my dad’s friends flew in and there were two Lear jets parked on the landing strip out back.

Kathi Hilton Enchanted Desert
Kathi's "Enchanted Desert"

Oil on canvas, 24 x 36
Kathi Hilton Touched by his Grace
Kathi's "Touched by His Grace"

Oil on canvas, 24 x 30

The three of us sat in silence. I made a U-turn on the old airstrip and drove back to town, awed by this glimpse into the mythic life of the first family of desert painters. Kathi—who now lives in Roosevelt, Utah–deserves to be written about without mention of her dad on occasion. She has an art career all her own.

John W and Kathi Hilton
John and Kathi at their first joint exhibition

At Dan’s Bodega Bay gallery, co-owned by his wife Linda Sorensen, customers often prefer Kathi’s pastoral paintings over the work of John Hilton. Still, you can hardly talk about one without the other.

Kathi Hilton and Tricycle
Young Kathi and her prized tricycle

The Hiltons shared a devotion to the palette knife, a love of pink skies and a heaping of family lore and myth. Names like Agnes Pelton, Clyde Forsythe, Maynard Dixon, Nicolai Fechin and Bill Bender weave in and out of John’s life and Kathi’s childhood memories.

Like many stories of dads and daughters, this one has its share of sorrows. While John Hilton gave Kathi a calling and a name, he also abandoned the family when she was young and did not always encourage her art. When she entered a poster contest as a young woman he remarked: “It’s good, Kathi, but you really can’t draw.”

This sometimes-difficult dad also happens to be the best-known of the desert artists, not just for his paintings but also for his shtick. Hilton’s early years spent in China with missionary parents infused him with a love of the exotic, and he later mined the themes of old souls, reincarnation, and the occult to win audiences.

The man mined calcite in Borrego, captured Gila monsters in Baja, sang in Cahuilla and had a poltergeist named Felica. (“Felica was my friend too,” says Kathi.)

Hilton's Gem Shop Business Card

His story is told by Katherine Ainsworth in The Man Who Captured Sunshine with the tall tales left unchallenged.

One such tale: Hilton was friends with Cathedral City’s Agnes Pelton, but he was no fan of abstraction in art. To make his point, he once painted a gag Pelton, slapped on the title Cosmic Metamorphosis, and sold it instantly for $350 (or so he said.)

In another bit of stock showmanship, Hilton held a ceremony each year in which he burned his rejected paintings in a big bonfire in Box Canyon. The bonfire routine was not unique to Hilton but was practiced by other theatrical painters such as Tucson’s Ted de Grazia.

Party at Hilton's Gem Shop circa early 1940's
John Hilton with guitar, Eunice Hilton
(with dark hair) seated on the bed
at the Thermal art and gem shop. (early 1940's)

Born in North Dakota, Hilton first came to Valerie Jean corner in Thermal in 1931. Valerie Jean’s was the famous date shop where old Route 86 meets Ave. 66. Hilton opened his gem and art shop across the street. The ruins of the gemshop were leveled a few years ago; the date shop building still stands.

Hilton’s first wife was Eunice, a nurse. The couple’s daughter Kathi, named after Katherine Ainsworth, Hilton’s biographer and wife of newspaperman, Ed Ainsworth was born in a Mecca doctor’s office in 1939 and spent her early years in the art and gem shop amidst Chuckwallas, geodes and magnetic rocks.

Kathi Hilton with her Grandmother Hilton
Kathi and her grandmother Hilton in 29 Palms

Her brother, John Philip Hilton, also an artist, died as a young man. Kathi was born into a perpetual party. An early photo taken at the Thermal home and gem shop shows her mom and dad seated on the bed and presiding over an artists’ party. Is that Maynard Dixon in the corner with the black hat? Kathi says she doesn’t know. Dixon was on the scene at the time, but she was just a kid and often hid under the bed while famous painters sang along to John’s guitar.

Of her father’s friend Maynard Dixon all she remembers is: “I loved his voice.” She remembers Clyde Forsythe as the man who brought her peppermint candy. Marjorie Reed was her sometimes-baby sitter. And, yes, for all you desert art gossips, her dad did have a fling with the legendary stagecoach painter.

The PT Barnum of California art, John palled around with guys like Zane Grey, President Dwight Eisenhower (a fellow painter) and General George Patton and was always going off hunting mummies or on other adventures with LA Times reporter Ed Ainsworth.

Hilton’s career was helped along by Ainsworth, author of the classic on the Smoketree School, Painters of the Desert. Hilton supplied the stories Ainsworth needed and in turn Ainsworth gave Hilton and friends ink.

Hilton was also championed by Harriet Day, the influential director of the Desert Inn art gallery and later the Desert Magazine gallery in Palm Desert. (A neighbor of Agnes Pelton, Day also once ran a curio shop and sold Carl Eytel sketches in Palm Springs’ Indian Canyons.)

Hilton moved out of the family home when Kathi was nine; he and Eunice divorced when Kathi was twelve. She didn’t see her father for four years until she showed up unannounced at a show he had at the Palm Springs Museum. His absence had to hurt, but Kathi was stoic as she told the story over dinner in 29 Palms.

Hilton moved to 29 Palms in 1951 after the divorce, choosing the remote town as a place to regroup. He met and married Barbara Hollinger, and became the founding president of the 29 Palms Art Guild and a founder of the 29 Palms Gallery.

Meanwhile Kathi’s youth was itinerant. She went to school briefly in Alamos, Mexico; her dad wrote about those years in his Sonora Sketchbook. She attended the bohemian Desert Sun School in Idyllwild, then a private school in Sherman Oaks, made a foray into modeling in Beverly Hills and took classes at UCLA.

John’s party life continued. There was always revelry going on at the new house in 29 Palms, and though Kathi became friendly with Barbara, she was on the periphery of the scene.

Early photo of the Twentynine Palms Art Gallery Building
The 29 Palms Gallery building,
courtesy of the 29 Palms Historical Society

Only after moving to 29 Palms did Kathi finally become a painter herself, despite her dad’s initial discouragement. She was 30 years old at the time and recent spinal surgery had left her immobile and dispirited. Her friend Uta Mark encouraged her to paint

Lee Lukes Pickering–author of Colorful Illusion, a valuable history of the 29 Palms art guild–helped her with colors and convinced her to change her name to Kathi with an “I”. “There’s a lot of Kathy’s out there,” Pickering advised.

When she began painting Kathi found mixing colors came easily to her, a genetic gift.  Her paintings, made with palette knife, oils and fossil wax, looked remarkably like her father’s. “We found out we had the same mind’s eye,” she says proudly.

Kathi Hilton unloading for a show at the Twentynine Palms Art Gallery 1970
Kathi Hilton, center, with Uta Mark,
left and Mary Jane Binge, in 29 Palms, 1970.

Kathi’s very first show was at the 29 Palms Gallery in 1970. Her father sent orchids and anthuriums from Maui, where he was living at the time. While initially the senior Hilton had not welcomed her foray into art, he now began to appear in father-daughter shows with her. They even sometimes worked on the same canvas together: a Hilton-Hilton.

After Barbara died in 1976, Hilton charmed a waitress named Janna. Kathi recalls her dad carried gemstones from his gem-collecting days in his pocket and used them to woo women. Yet Janna, Hilton’s new wife, was an unfortunate choice. “She didn’t understand who he was,” says Kathi. When Hilton died in 1983, she discarded his files, photos and letters, a complete history of the Smoketree School of desert art.

Bill Bender, a respected desert artist who lives in Victorville, has mixed memories of John Hilton. He sometimes annoyed his friends with his swagger and tendency to hog the spotlight. Yet he brought the impoverished painters needed attention. Painting landscapes is not inherently newsworthy so the desert artists needed a promoter. Hilton was it.

When Bender invited John to Manila and Guam as part of the US Air Force artists program, John took credit for the trip. “As long as he was on stage he was happy,” Bender says. “Still we remained friends right down to the bitter end.”

Kathi Hilton moved to northwestern Utah in the late 1970s and moved into a geodesic dome with her husband, Boyce Garvin. She showed her work widely in the West, exhibiting with the Death Valley 49ers and the Women Artists of the West, among others. Boyce died in 2007; Kathi still lives and paints in the dome.

Kathi Hilton Twentynine Palms Art Gallery Labor Day 2012
Kathi Hilton at a reception in 29 Palms,
Labor Day, 2012

When Kathi returned to 29 Palms recently after decades away, it was like the reunion scene from the Wizard of Oz.  She held court in the adobe gallery–scene of her very first show–surrounded by her small bronzes of yucca and palms, her own paintings, and a few of John’s. The walls were lush with images of verbena, dunes and smoke trees glowing nearly white.

A parade of indistinct faces approached Kathi. Her smiles dawned slowly as she recognized people from the past. In a greeting typical of others, 29 Palms historian Pat Rimmington said to the artist: “I haven’t seen you for 100 years!”

Along with people from the early days, there were many new devotees who hold the name “Hilton” in near-reverence. Gary Cardiff of Palm Desert asked Kathi to sign his books on the early painters, and also purchased three of her paintings. He told her his grandmother, Pearl “Mona” Stuart, worked in the Desert Magazine gallery, one of the places John Hilton got his start.

As Kathi greeted well-wishers in the crowded room, her father was never far from anyone’s mind. There are photos and a bust of her dad, done by Cyria Henderson of Palm Desert, in the gallery hallway. Even John’s remains are here. When Hilton died Kathi flew her dad’s ashes back home and placed them in a compartment under the bust.

It took many years for Kathi to comes to grips with a disjointed childhood and the overpowering influence of the Man who Captured Sunshine, but in the end the sunshine on display in 29 Palms belonged to her alone. As Desert Magazine said in 1978: “Kathi creates a luminosity of her own.”

Kathi Hilton Well Earned Adulation
Kathi posing at the reception for her work at the Twentyine Palms Art Gallery in September
Ann Japenga's Website
Kathi's Show at Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Kathi's webpage

We have all seen ponds with lilies, stars of the night and long angular brick buildings lining city streets, but after paintings by Claude Monet, Vincent Van Gogh and Edward Hopper, each in their own way allowed us to see these common sights in a new way. Similarly, an emerging artist in Sacramento is helping us to see things differently. Like good artists everywhere, Doug Rickard is taking something very common to us all, and showing us what's striking and new in what we usually to take for granted.

Doug Rickard is a photographer who is now in the permanent collection of San Francisco's Museum of Modern Art, and his work has been exhibited in New York's Museum of Modern Art and at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.

Doug Rickard and Google Maps ...
a 21st Century "Ashcan" Photographer,
now in the permanent collection of SF's MOMA
by Daniel Rohlfing

from The Newshour on PBS, (7:11)

His photography shows scenes of the forgotten America, the often hidden soft underbelly of our national wealth and success.

What's really interesting about Richard's work is that his photos originated from Google Maps. Google has made an all encompassing effort to provide street views of America to supplement their Google Maps service, providing directions to residences and businesses. One could say they've created a marvelously helpful high tech tool saving legions of present day and future American males the pain of having to stop for directions.

Detroit Scene
Detroit Storefront
Detroit Scene
Street Crossing Detroit
New York City
New York City
Jersey City
Cycling in Jersey City
New Orleans
New Orleans and Clouds
But Doug Rickard saw a different application. He refocused Google Maps for a different purpose. He sees in Google's photos the streets in the emptied urban centers of our nation. From Google's non- discriminating roving camera eye, he discovers striking anonymous glimpses into the decaying urban centers of American life.
Everett Shinn The Streets of New York
Evereett Shinn Cross Streets of New York

With his keen compositional sense, Doug photographs and edits these Google images, revealing human struggle and alienation against a bleak urban backdrop. When I first saw Doug's work, I was reminded of the the Ashcan School painters of New York from 100 years ago. Doug's work seems to be an homage to the work of Edward Hopper. Like the Ashcan painters, Doug's images reveal a candid raw and honest look at part of American life, unadorned or posed.

Members of New York's Ashcan School George Luks
George Luks

George Bellows
George Bellows

Robert Henri
Robert Henri
John French Sloan
John French Sloan
William Glackens
William Glackens
Edward Hopper
Edward Hopper
Everett Shinn
Everett Shinn

But any side by side comparison of Doug's work and the Ashcan painters requires an appreciation of the similarities and differences between them, for the Ashcan painters lived in a different time, painted for different purposes, and had a different audience.

The Ashcan painters did not think of themselves as social commentators. They viewed themselves as urban reporters with paint and canvas, showing images of vibrant realism. They were visual beat reporters. They weren't out to make judgements. They thought of themselves as having their hand on the pulse of an exciting, thriving and throbbing New York scene.

Robert Henri Snow in New YorkRobert Henri Snow in New York

Their work showed determined images of an ascendant people in tough settings, but people with strength and determination equal to the task of survival and advancement. They painted subjects burdened by their grinding reality, yet tenacious and resilient enough to endure and thrive.

Edward Hopper the El Station
Edward Hopper The El Station
George Luks Houston Street
George Luks Houston Street

Doug Rickard has a different story to tell. Using technologies never dreamt of by the Ashcan painters, Doug peers into the overly neglected and decaying centers of American life.

He shows once thriving cities have which have descended into a decaying urban shell, the burned over scorched launching pads once used by those who have moved on to brighter and better lives, abandoning old neighborhoods and neighbors to serve as custodians of what remains. If Doug's work bears a message, this might be it, "A nation of wealth need not balance its glories with shame, neglect, and abandonment."

In today's modern age, the new term "telecommuting" is the way many people work. It's amazing that Doug has accomplished much with his photography, without lugging grear through airports, or waiting for the light and weather to cooperate. To think he's done much of this with a computer, a camera, a tripod and a vision, all without leaving his Sacramento studio, is a commentary and an artistic statement in itself.

Doug's work could be easily dismissed as yet another wrinkle in this expanding electronic age, but I find his edited Google images imaginative, daring, bold and challenging. It is worthy of your consideration and discussion. Check out his website and view his works at SF's MOMA soon.

George Bellows Members of this Club
George Bellows Members of this Club
William Glackens Italio American Celebration in Washington Square
William Glackens Italio American
Celebration Washington Square
John Everett Sloans McSorley's Bar
John Everett Sloan McSorley's Bar
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Speaker Boehner beneath Washington's Gaze
by Daniel Rohlfing

Washington Portrait
Portrait of George Washington

by Gilbert Stuart 1755-1828
The original painting is in the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution,
the one in the House of Representatives
is a copy done by Gilbert Stuart.
A third copy is in the White House Collection, saved by Dolly Madison when the White House was burned by the British in 1812

This recent photo of Speaker of the House John Boehner standing in front of Gilbert Stuart's "Lansdowne Portrait" of President George Washington, commissioned in 1796 has grabbed our attention.

This painting shows the occasion of President Washington's refusing to accept a third term as President. Looking beyond the portrait to Washington himself, we find a brave man of deeply held convictions with decades of outstanding public service, but a man able and willing to compromise.

Boehner and Washington
House Speaker John Boehner
recently addressing the "fiscal cliff"
in front of a House of Representative's copy of
Gilbert Stuart's Portrait of George Washington,
a depiction of the first president
announcing he would not seek a third term.

The photo to the left shows Speaker Boehner recently after the 2012 elections, addressing the controversial issue of the "fiscal cliff," something that many believe will be the occasion for either compromise of catastrophe. Our most optimistic sense is the Speaker is well aware that he is giving his remarks while standing in front of a portrait of one of America's greatest compromising leaders, George Washington.

In fact, among the nation's founding fathers, we find a long legendary list of fearless and determined men of

principal and conviction. But had it not been for their ability to work together and find compromise, the new nation they sacrificed for and founded would have certainly faltered and failed. Uncompromising staunch insistence on any one point of view would have guaranteed failure.

Washington's Crossing of the Deleware River
Washington Crossing the Delaware
December 25–26, 1776
Painting by Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze 1816-1868
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

As General of the colonial forces in the War for American Independence, Washington lead an ill equipped, underfunded, and poorly trained force against the British Army, the best trained and well equipped military force of his day. In a similar fashion to the lament of former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Washington had to go to war with the army he had, not the army he wished he had. For Washington, his daily decisions are testament to his sense of compromise, his keen ability how to make do and how to get by with less than what a given situation called for. This ability (today many call it "thinking outside the box") was a major element of his success.

Many history teachers have said Washington was successful only due to his excellent leadership, lots of old fashioned luck, and considerable assistance from the French. A closer look might teach us that a good part of his "luck" was the ability to compromise.

As President of the Constitutional Convention, Washington helped the young nation in replacing its weak Articles of Confederation.

Under the Articles, the new nation was piled high with war debt. The major weakness in the Articles of Confederation was the inability of the national government to tax its citizens or its member states. Talk about a "fiscal cliff."

To solve the problem, a Constitutional Convention was called. Washington consented to serve as President of the Convention. In the end, this convention was successful only because of two major compromises, one called the Great Compromise between large and small states, and the other was the Three-Fifths Compromise between slave-holding and non-slave-holding states. Without these two compromises, the Convention and the young nation may well have dissolved into thirteen tiny separate nations.

Washington at the Signing of the U.S. Constitution
Signing of the Constitution
Painting by Howard Chandler Christy 1873-1952
(the U.S. House of Representatives)
Capitol Architecture Form Follows Compromose Senate and House
Capitol architecture ... Form follows Compromise
A Senate and a House based respectively on equal representation and population

The Great Compromise was a dispute between large states and small states regarding how Congress could be shaped. Large states wanted a Congress based on population, the larger the population a state had, the larger would be its say in Congress. The smaller states wanted Congress based on equal representation, each state having an equal say. The issue threatened the convention, and it came very close to breaking up the Union. What saved the day was The Great Compromise, providing the views of both sides of the disagreement. The Convention provided for a House based on Population, and a Senate based on equal representation. Neither side got all what they wanted, but each got something they did want.

    As President, George Washington served two terms. He did not belong to a political party, and felt strongly that political parties would not serve the nation's interest. But as President, he often had to endure disagreement within his cabinet, between the federalist wishes of his Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton, and the state's rights views of his Secretary of State, Thomas Jefferson.

    Throughout his life of public service, Washington was a skillful negotiator and gifted at the art of compromise. "Compromise" is not a dirty word, but rather it is most noble and useful. Compromise forged by men of strong conviction enabled our young nation to move forward.

Washington at the First Inaugural
Washington's Inauguration
, April 30, 1789
Painting by Senor Ramon de Elorriaga,
(the Granger Collection, New York )
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News from our Gallery
  • GALLERY HOURS are 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. We are also available for scheduled appointments, especially for those who wish to view the gallery on Mondays or Tuesdays. Please call Dan at the gallery and schedule a visit, or call him on his cell, phone, 510-414-9821

    Linda Sorensen's Paintings
    will be featured at

    Bodega Bay's
    Local Color Gallery in January

    Local Color Gallery is conveniently locaated
    next to the Terrapin Creek Cafe.

    They offer works by many local artists
    from Bodega Bay and Sonoma County,
    including a wide variety of local paintings,
    pottery and ceramic arts, and hand made jewelry.

    707-875-2744 |

    Local Color Linda Sorensen Show
    Kathi Hilton Twentyine Palms Art Gallery September 2012Kathi Hat the Twentynine Palms Art Gallery in September

    New Exhibition in the works
    Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery's current exhibition
    Kathi Hilton and the California Desert
    will next visit the Historical Society of Palm Desert

    Plans call for an April Exhibition featuring works by Kathi Hilton and Desert Artist, Bill Bender
    The Historical Society of Palm Desert
    72-861 El Paseo Dr.,
    Palm Desert CA.
    Open Oct - May., Mon, Wed, Fri & Sat, 10 - 3 Free Admission.

    Palm Desert Historical SocietyThe Historical Society of Palm Desert


  • Chopper Crossing the Road
    Hey, you don't see this every day! I-Phone photo by Daniel Rohlfing in Santa Rosa at the intersection of Hwy 12 and Fulton Road on Veteran's Day.

    Here's something you don't see every day! It was not as well covered as the Los Angeles welcome for their newly exhibited Space Shuttle or their massive Levitating Mass which crawled through LA streets to the LA County Museum of Art, but this was seen in Santa Rosa quite appropriately on Veteran's Day.

    Above is a Vietnam era chopper being trucked to the Pacific Coast Air Museum. This chopper is named Luetnam and was flown by "Black Widow" air crews. The Pacific Coast Air Museum acquired this helicopter from the California National Guard. Aprroximately 7,000 of these aircraft served in Vietnam with 3,300 (nearly half) being destroyed during the war.

    Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds Helicopter Art
  • Richard Benefield, Deputy Director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco has announced a 5 year long agreement with the Louvre in Paris to bring priceless works of art to the Palace of the Legion of Honor and the de Young Museum. Prior to joining the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Richard Benefield was formerly the Director of the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco's Presidio and Director of the Harvard University Art Museums.

    Johannes Verbeer's Girl with the Pearl Earing Johaness Vermeer's Girl with the Pearl Earring will be in San Francisco,
    along with Dutch paintings from the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis in The Hague.
    Herbst Exhibition Galleries, The de Young Museum, Jan 26 - Jun 2, 2013

    The exhibition features 35 paintings representing 17th-century painting in the Dutch Republic. Amocy in the Sky with Diamonds (LSD), a UH-1 (Huey) which saw combat in Ving the works traveling to the United States are the Mauritshius' celebrated masterpiece Girl with the Pearl Earring (c. 1665) by Johannes Vermeer and the enchanting The Goldfinch (1654) by Carel Fabritius. The painting Vase of Flowers by the gifted Rachel Ruysch, one of the few female painters of the Dutch Golden Age, is being restored especially for the American tour.

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What's showing in Bodega Bay?
Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Sign Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery
1785 Coast Highway One, Bodega Bay, CA 94923, 707-875-2911 | Map & Location
Celebrating Early California, Western and American Art
- original paintings by famous artists of the past
Through December ... Kathi Hilton & the California Desert
plus Bodega Bay resident artists
Jean Warren (watercolors), Diane Perry (photography), and Linda Sorensen (oil paintings)
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The Ren Brown Collection
"Established in 1989 and specializes in contemporary art from both sides of the Pacific.
Now showing ... Persimmons and Winter Snow | Back to the Top

Ren Brown Collection

Local Color Gallery

Local Color Artist Gallery
"HOLIDAY SHOW ~~ IMAGINE THE GIFTS"  November 13th ~ December 30th
Local Color Gallery proudly present the work of over 25 Sonoma County artists,
painters, sculptors, printmakers photographers and & creators of hand crafted jewelry

In January -- LInda Sorensen, "Scenic Route"
Gallery Hours, daily 10 AM to 5 PM
1580 Eastshore Dr., Bodega Bay
707-875-2744 | | Back to the Top

Boega 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

Yesterday and Today

New works by gallery artists and showing the influence of Early California paintings
through December |707-865-1318| Back to the Top

Self Portrait of Xavier Martinez
Bobbi & Ron Quercia

IN DUNCANS MILLS Quercia Gallery
"Sea, Land, City" Triptychs
through December 31, 2012

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
now showing ... Stanley William Hayter and the influence of Atelier

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) | Back to the Top
Left ... Lee Youngman, Right ... Paul Yougman

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. /  
Open most weekends 12-5pm, and by appointment (707) 878-2525. | Back to the Top

Tomales Fine Art Gallery
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IN FORESTVILLE The Quicksilver Mine Co.
6671 Front St. (Hwy. 116) Downtown Forestville PHONE: 707.887.0799
November 16—December 31, 2012 LAST HURRAH Artists Reception: Saturday, November 17, 4—6pm
November 25th (Sunday), 4—6pm Holiday Open House/Community Treelighting Featuring the Susan Comstock Swingtet
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Linda Ratzlaff

IN GRATON Graton Gallery

Dec 5 - Jan 13, Three New Painters, Bruce HopkinsJames Freed 
& Sandra Rubin
Graton Gallery | (707) 829-8912  |
9048 Graton Road, Graton CA 95444 | Open Wednesday ~ Saturday 10:30 to 6, Sunday 10:30 to 4

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IN BODEGA Bodega Landmark Gallery Collection
17255 Bodega Highway Bodega, California USA 94922 Phone 707 876 3477 | | Back to the Top
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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.

Reception Oct 13, 5 - 8 pm

144 Petaluma Blvd. North, Petaluma, CA 94952 Call 707-781-94952 |Back to the Top
Right ... Yellow Eye (Protest) by Robert Pearson McChesney, 1946, Oil on Masonite

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
2012 12th Annual Member's Exhibition
through Dec 23rd | 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
(See their new website!)

Special Exhibition: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
through Apri 14
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 locaiton on Google Maps

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de Young Museum
The William S. Paley Collection:
A Taste for Modernism

Sept 15 - Dec 30

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San Francisco
California Historical Society

I See Beauty in this Life: A Photographer Looks at 100 Years of Rural California

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San Francisco
Legion of Honor

Royal Treasures from the Louvre
Louis XIV to Marie-Antoinette
Nov 17 - Mar 17

San Francisco Legion of Honor Museum
San Francisco
Contemporary Jewish Museum
- The Radical Camera:
New York's Photo League, 1936-1951through Jan 21
- California Dreaming
Jewish Life in the Bay Area from
the Gold Rush to the Present
through Apr 28
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Oakland Museum of California

ongoing Gallery of California Art
showcasing over 800 works from the OMCA's collecton

through Dec 30

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San Francisco

-Photography by Doug Rickhard, a virtual roadtrip via Google Maps to places where unemployment is high and opportunities are few. Link

Selections from the SFMOMA Collection

Santa Rosa
Sonoma County Museum
Thomas Cole's Peace at Sunset
Through Jan 13

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Santa Rosa
Charles M. Schultz Museum

NAME DROPPING, through Dec 9
Useable, Loveable Peanuts
December 15, 2012 to April 28, 2013

Charles M Schultz Museum Santa Rosa

Hearst Art Gallery
Art of the Cross, through Dec 16
Nyame Brown: John Henry’s
Adventures in a Post-Black World,
 through Dec 9
Missions of Will Sparks, through Dec 9

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Mission San Francisco de Solano Museum

featuring the famed watercolor paintings
of the California Missions
by Christian Jorgensen

Mission San Francisco de Solano in Sonoma CA

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art

551 Broadway, Sonoma CA 95476 (707) 939-7862

The Art of Handmade Paper,Oct 12 through Dec 12

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Grace Hudson Museum

The Comprehensive Keith: A Centennial Tribute
through Jan 27

Grace Hudson Museum Bolinas
Bolinas Museum
featuring their permanent collection,

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

(thumbnail 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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Walnut Creek
Bedford Gallery, Lesher Center for the Arts

Broadway Revealed:
Behind the Theater Curtain
Dec 6, 2012 - Feb 17

Lesher Ctr for the Arts Walnut Creek CA

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.

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Monterey Museum of Art
Chuck Close: Works on Paper
through Feb 17
Monterey Now: Annette Corcoran
through Dec 31

Monterey Museum of Art

Palo Alto
Cantor Art Center at Stanford University

Rodin! The Complete Stanford Collecion

Cantor Art Center at Stanford University
Crocker Art Museum
American Chronicles:
The Art of Norman Rockwell
Nov 10 through Feb 3, 2013l Sacramento
Capitol Museum

Governor's Portrait Gallery
Permanent Exhibits

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Stockton's Treasure!
The Haggin Museum

"if you've not visited yet, you must go!"

-Largest exhibition of Albert Beirstadt paintings anywhere,
-Joseph Christian Leyendecker,
(Norman Rockwell's mentor)
see our Newsletter article, April 2011
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
The Irvine Museum
Autumn's Glory, Winter's Grace
   through Jan 17
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Santa Barbara
The Santa Barbara
Museum of Art

Van Gogh to Munch: European Masterworks
through 2012

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Palm Springs
Palm Springs Art Museum

Permanent Collection
American 19th century Landscape Painting

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San Diego
San Diego Museum of Art
Permanent Collection
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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

Norton Simon Museum

Significant Objects: The Spell of Still Life
through Jan 21
-Permanent collection, European paintings

Norton Simon Museum Pasadena Pasadena
Museum of California Art

White on Black: The Modernist Prints of Paul Landacre
through Feb 24
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Prescott, AZ
Phippen Museum

Through Navajo Eyes
through Feb 17
Phippen Museum Entrance Hwy 89
& Beyond
Seattle, WA
Seattle Art Museum

Seattle Art Museum

Portland, OR
Portland Art Museum

The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greece
through Jan 6

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.

Marvin Cone: An America Master
Sep 29 - Jan 30, 2013

Cedar Rapids Museum of Art Bentonville, AR
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Washington D.C.
The National Gallery

Permanent collection
American Paintings

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Philadelphia , PA
The Philadelphia Museum of Art
Shipwreck! Winslow Homer
and The Life Line
through Dec 6

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Philadelphia , PA
Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia Campus
Opening May 19
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