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Linda Sorensen Shadows on Temple of Zoroaster
Linda Sorensen
Shadows on Temple of Zoroaster
The Grand Canyon, Arizona 
Oil on linen, 24 x 36

Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Monthly - December 2014
Celebrating California Art
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Joshua Meador Rain People
Joshua Meador
Rain People
oil on linen, 27 x 18

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Nicolai Fechin 1881-1955,
from St. Petersburg
to the California Desert

George Gardner Symons
California Impressionist
George Gardner Symons
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Henry Ossawa Tanner,
An American in Paris
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Nicolai Fechin, 1881-1955
from St. Petersburg to the California Desert

with excerpts from Ed Ainsworth's Painters of the Desert, 1960
and Katherine Ainsworth's The Man Who Captured Sunshine, 1978

This Russian film provides an extensive sampling of the paintings of
Nikolai Ivanovich Fechin 1881 - 1955. Some were done prior to his emigration to the United States in 1923, and some after he came to love painting the native peoples and landscapes of the American west.

Fechin achieved success on two different continents and two different worlds, an amazing and improbable transplant of undeniable talent from St.Petersburg to Taos.

Nicolai Fechin 1881-1955 was born along the Volga River in the city of Kazan in Tartarstan, Russia. He became a star pupil at the Imperial Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg. One of his early passions was painting the indigenous people of Siberia. But in 1919 the Russian Revolution brought vicious change.
Beaten down by war and deprivation, Fechin and his wife emigrated to America in 1923. Once in America, he worked hard to reestablished his painting career.

Nicolai Fechin, Photo Portrait

After his paintings were exhibited at the Grand Central Galleries, he was noticed by California Desert painter and New York cartoonist Clyde Forsythe. Due in part because of Forsythe's encouragement, Fechin moved West, making Taos, NM, his new home.

The cultural and geographic differences between Kazan, Russia and Taos, New Mexico couldn't be further apart, but Nicolai Fechin managed to call both places home. In Taos, he followed followed the same path he forged in Russia, painting revealing portraits of native people.

Nicolai and Alexandra Fechin in Taos, 1928
Nicolai and Alexandra Fechin in Taos, 1928

From Taos, he traveled to Southern California and made trips across the Pacific to Indonesia and to Bali. Near the end of his life, he bought a home in Santa Monica where he died in 1955.

In the late 1930's, he spent a winter painting in Palm Springs. There, he enjoyed the company of a prestigious fun-loving group of American desert painters.

He became fast friends with one of his hosts, artist John W. Hilton. Hilton's humble home at Valerie Corners in Thermal, California, had become a favorite hang-out for this unlikely fraternity, including Maynard Dixon, Jimmy Swinnerton, and Clyde Forsythe along with LA Times editor Ed Ainsworth.

Nicolai Fechin Barge CaptainBarge Captain Nicolai Fechin Eya in Judo Gi
Eya in Judo Gi
Nicolai Fichin Portrait of a Girl
Portrait of a Girl, Untitled
Nicolai Fechin Girl in an Orange Shawl
Girl in Orange Shawl
Nicolai Fechin Nikki Ruppert
Nikki Ruppert
Nicolai Fechin at Easel
Nicolai Fechin at Easel from
Painters of the Desert by Ed Ainsworth, 1960
Nicolai Fechin Portrait of a girl
Portrait of a Girl

Following are excerpts from Painters of the Desert, Ed Ainsworth, 1960 ...

"Nicolai Fechin, he found the desert's soul ... His technique certainly ranks, in form and artistry, with the creations of Leonardo da Vinci. Yet Leonardo, basking under Mediterranean skies, never encountered the upheavals and tragedies which catapulted Fechin from his Russian homeland to the new and different realm in which he was compelled to orient himself all over again."

"For thirteen years, from the dawn until dark, he stood before an easel striving for the mastery of color, form and techniques demanded by

the rigorous taskmasters of the Imperial Academy of Art under the direct supervision of the Court of Czar Nicholas. Not until his thirteenth year in the academy was he permitted to paint on his own."

"Then came the great calamities ... World War I and the Bolshevik Revolution, bloodshed everywhere. For seven years, Fechin lived amid famine and misery in the gloomy forests of the Volga. In rare moments when he could paint, he used tempera as oil paints were a luxury."

Nicolai Fechin Portrait of Varya Adoratskaya
Portrait of Varya Adoratskaya
Nicolai Fechin Lady with Manicure
Lady with Manicure
Nicolai Fechin Mother and Child
Mother and Child
, Wife and daughter Alexandra and Eya
Nicolai Fechin INdians DancingIndians Dancing

"Disease took his father and mother. He himself almost died from pneumonia brought on by privation."

"Then at last ... to America. ... Fechin had to start all over again here. He was unable to speak English. He possessed no money. All he had was the artistic ability within him. In those first months in New York, a strange chain of events ... brought his works to be exhibited at the Grand Central Galleries. His work impressed two people in particular. One was John Burnham, a Chicago art collector and painter, and the other, Clyde Forsythe, the cartoonist of "Joe Jinks" and "Dynamite Dunn" and the "Way Out West" and also a Western painter, then sojourning in the East."

Nicolai Fechin home in Taos
The Fechins' home in snow, NM

"Through Forsythe's interest and sponsorship, Fechin was able to make invaluable contacts in the West. But Fechin was not interested in land booms or migrations. He was fascinated, instead, by the land beyond boundaries of the cities, by the native Indians, by the soft spoken descendants of the Spanish dons in the desert country."

"Around the Salton Sea, in the mountains above San Bernardino and Redlands, and on the Mojave Desert the freshness and quiet of Early California still prevailed. Burnham took Fechin camping into these remote realms where an almost primeval simplicity spread its enchantment."

"Finally, he moved West. In Taos, in the immemorial Indian village beyond Santa Fe, New Mexico, he settled, reveling in the immense spaces, the unbelievable brilliance of the atmosphere, the patient plodding Indians, the red, yellow and dun cliffs and mountains."

"When not painting, Fechin enjoyed fishing in the upper reaches of the Rio Grande, one of his favorite recreations. During this period of relative stability, Fechin suffered grievously from personal troubles. Driven by them, he sought surcease of spirit by travels in Mexico and in the South Seas where he painted avidly the extraordinary faces of natives on far-flung islands, and tarried for a long time amid the flamboyant colorings of Bali. Always though, the desert beckoned him."

Nicolai Fechin Joe with a Drum
Joe with a Drum
Nicolai Fechin Negro Girl with an Orange
Negro Girl with an Orange
Nicolai Fechin Balinese Girl
Balinese Girl
Nicolai Fechin Bali
"During his enjoyable trips to Palm Springs to visit John Burnham, he would join with the artist's group, including Maynard Dixon, Jimmy Swinnerton and Clyde Forsythe, that would go down to Painter John Hilton's house at Thermal for sessions of talk and guitar music or companionable painting forays into the Mecca Hills or Box Canyon."

In her book The Man Who Captured Sunshine, Katherine Ainsworth writes of the friendship between Nicolai Fechin and John Hilton. "Fechin hated to drive, in fact, probably had never learned, and requested John to drive him to scenic places and to the Indians he knew so well. In exchange, Fechin offered to criticize Hilton's work.

"He was a stern task setter," recalled Hilton. "Fechin was a small intense man with steely, penetrating blue eyes. It was as though he possessed an inner smoldering fire of creativity and those eyes looked keenly into another person's soul and all shoddiness was burned away. With Nicolai, a person's petty meannesses and false pretenses shrank and disappeared."

"To be with Nicolai Fechin was a priceless opportunity and I dropped everything I could to be with him. The first time he went through all my stuff, and I had painted like mad after Maynard Dixon had culled out most of my poor paintings, I nearly died because there were many which were salable. I couldn't help but protest weakly. 'Nicolai,' I said, 'if you destroy all of these, I shall go broke.'"

Nicolai Fechin Cows and Aspens
Cows and Aspens
, National Cowboy Museum, Tulsa
Nicolai Fechin Torry Pines
Torry Pines
, 1955, San Diego Museum of Art

"He was ruthless and merely said, 'Sell your cactus, sell your rocks, sell everything you have, but get to work on your art. Hard as times were, I had faith in Fechin and did as he ordered."

There was a human skull on a desk. For the next three months he said, "Don't paint, just draw. "He rigged up an electric light on a cord and hung it from the ceiling. "Now," he said, "light the skull from every angle and draw it. But bring your sketches to me when you think they are worth looking at." When I thought a sketch was pretty good, I'd take it up to Fechin's studio in Palm Springs. He'd take one look and usually tore the drawing up and merely said, "Now get back to your drawings." He kept saying, "Get behind the principle."

"For a long time, I didn't quite know what he meant," confessed Hilton, "and then one day it dawned on me. He meant that a successful painting had to go 'beyond the principle; or the mere surface and penetrate down into reality -- the thing itself."

Fechin's Russian paintings had been exhibited and sold in America prior to his arrival.  He had been invited to show his work at an international exhibition at the Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh in 1910. He began to sell his work in the United States that year through W.S. Stimmel, a patron of Fechin in New York.

In his younger Russian days, Fechin helped found the Commune of Artists in 1910. He exhibited with the Itinerants from 1912 to 1922 and with the Association of Artists of Revolutionary Russia from 1922 to 1926. In addition, he designed sets and other scenic elements for the theatre from 1920 to 1922. He also painted portraits of notable Russian subjects. To the right is Fechin's portrait of Vladimir Lenin.

Vladimir Lenin by Nicolai Fechin
Vladimir Lenin by Nicolai Fechin

California Impressionist George Gardner Symons 1861-1930

George Gardner Symons was born in Chicago during the Civil War. He attended the Art Institute of Chicago where he met his life long friend and studio partner, William Wendt. He and Wendt traveled throughout Europe. Symons studied in London, Paris and Munich. Upon returning to the United States, he changed his last name from Simon to Symons in an effort to avoid antisemitism.

Symons exhibited often in New York with the best American painters of his day. After working as a commercial artist in Chicago, he established a studio in Laguna Beach with William Wendt. He visited California often, but maintained his primary studio in Brooklyn, New York, and often painted in Colerain, Massachusetts.

William Wendt Photo Portrait
Symon's friend William Wendt, Photo Portrait
George Gardner Symons Photo Portrait
George Gardner Symons, Photo Portrait

Symons style combined elements of Realism and Impressionism. He is best known for his winter landscapes of rural Massachusetts but loved painting plein air in California. As early as 1896, both Symons and William Wendt were in the avant-garde, bringing new impressionism techniques to interpret the landscapes and light of Malibu Rancho near Los Angeles. In 1898, the pair painted for a time in Cornwall, England.

George Gardner Symons Covered Bridge
Covered Bridge
George Gardner Symons Dusks Palette
Dusk's Palette
George Gardner Symons Evening in the Berkshires
Evening in the Berkshires
George Gardner Symons Lone Oak
Lone Oak
George Gardner Symons Pines in Winter
Pines in Winter
George Gardner Symons Canyon at Granite Gate
Canyon at Granite Gate
George Gardner Symons Mission San Juan Capistrano
Mission San Juan Capistrano
George Gardner Symons Coronado Island
Coronado Island

Impressionism was just beginning to make inroads into America in the 1890's, encountering much the same headwinds it had encountered in France. The established artists of the time who had been rigidly trained in drawing and composition could not adjust to accept impressionism's bright colors nor tolerate its interest in light effects over their beloved dark emotional works.

But Symons and Wendt proceeded and the Southern California landscape was eminently well suited as a location for impressionist paintings. The soft colors and shimmering atmospheric conditions offered by Southern California begged to be painted. On occasion, he would travel East to Arizona, doing desert landscapes, and he enjoyed doing scenes of the Grand Canyon.

George Gardner Symons Rocks and Sea
Rocks and Sea
George Gardner Symons Fishing Village St Ives
Fishing Village, St. Ives, Private Collection
George Gardner Symons California Beach
California Beach

Today, Symons' works can be seen in many museums including the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences; the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Fleischer Museum in Scottsdale, Arizona. He was a member of numerous associations including the National Academy of Design, the National Arts Club, the Institute of Arts and Letters, the Lotos, Century, and Salmagundi Clubs.  He was also a member of the Royal Society of British Artists and the Union Internationale des Beaux Arts et des Lettres.

Georoge Gardner Symons Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon
George Gardner Symons Sea Coast
Seacoast, available through
Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Collection
George Gardner Symons New England Forest
New England Forest, available through
Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Collection
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Henry Ossawa Tanner 1859-1937,
an American in Paris,
part of the Smithsonian's new exhibition
"Conversations: African and African American Artworks in Dialogue"

Henry Osswana Tanner by Thomas Eakins 1902
Henry Osswana Tanner by Thomas Eakins 1902

Henry Ossawa Tanner was the first African American artist to achieve international acclaim. He first studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts becoming a favored pupil of American portraitist Thomas Eakins. Hindered by racism at home, he found greater acceptance and artistic freedom in France, making France his home beginning in 1891. In Paris, he studied at the Academie Julian and after WWI, the French awarded him a knighthood in the Legion of Honour for his paintings of African American troops, which he considered the pinnacle of his career.

His mother Sarah had been born a slave and had escaped the South via the Underground Railroad and his father, Benjamin Tucker Tanner, was a preacher of an African Methodist Episcopal Church and was a friend and sometimes

critic of Frederick Douglass. His parents nurtured in Henry a sense of pride regarding his heritage and gave him the middle name "Ossawa" after the Kansas town where John Brown launched his anti-slavery campaign.

Comedian Bill Cosby and his wife Camille have been significant collectors and proponents of African and African American Art and have now made their extensive collection available for the Smithsonian's new exhibition "Conversations: African and African American Artworks in Dialogue." Among their collection are two famous paintings by Henry Ossawa Tanner, The Banjo Lesson and The Thankful Poor.

To the right is a PBS interview of Bill and Camille Cosby. Gwen Ifell discusses with them the Smithsonian's Exhibition "Conversations: African and African American Artworks in Dialogue” including works from National Museum of African Art and the Camille O. and William H. Cosby Jr. Collection.

Henry Ossawa Tanner The Banjo Lesson
The Banjo Lesson
William and Camille Cosby Collection

Henry did not marry until he was 40 years old. He married American opera singer Jessie Ollsen in 1899, and their son Jesse Ossawa Tanner was born in 1903. Henry was quite successful in France, able to own a home in Paris and a country getaway in Etaples, Normandy. He loved living in France. First and foremost, to live free of racial oppression and prejudice was a relief, but even more so for Henry was that his art was judged and accepted on its own right, with none of the baggage associated with race.

Back home in America, his success in France was noticed and celebrated.

The Thankful Poor 1894
William and Camille Cosby Collection
The Tanner Family in France

Henry truly believed he could not fight racism and discrimination in America and still fulfill his artistic potential. Yet, he still managed to be a voice in America.

Booker T. Washington visited Henry in Paris and wrote about his success for American readers. His growing American fame brought exhibitions in Philadelphia, Boston, New York, Chicago, Washington, Pittsburgh, and St. Louis. In 1925, the African American journal The Crisis published a journal with a cover article of Henry Ossawa Tanner, W.E.B. Du Bois, Frederick Douglass, Samuel Taylor-Coleridge as models of African-American creative geniuses.

Henry Ossawa Tanner, Photo Portrait
Archives of American Art
8 cent stamp, Henry Ossawa Tanner, issued Sept 10, 1973
A view of Fez, 1912
High Museum Collection, Atlanta
Sand Dunes at Sunset, Atlantic City, NJ,
White House Collection
acquired during President Clinton's Administration
Spinning by Firelight, 1894
Yale University Art Gallery
Fishermen at Sea

Smithsonian American Art Museum

In 1893, most African Americans featured in paintings were caricatures or pitiful figures of poverty. Tanner rejected such treatments, choosing to represent black subjects with dignity. He wrote, "Many of the artists who have represented Negro life have seen only the comic, the ludicrous side of it, and have lacked sympathy with and appreciation for the warm big heart that dwells within such a rough exterior."

The Arch, Brooklyn Museum of Art

His painting, The Banjo Lesson takes on this stereotyping head on. The banjo had become associated with slaves, a musical strumming instrument relic of Africa, now a cliche. But in Tanner's experienced and sensitive hand, he takes an older experienced man patiently and lovingly teaching a child to play. In so doing, he was providing powerful commentary about African American fathers as mentors and sages passing on the hard learned wisdom to the next generation. The Banjo Lesson was a large canvas and was accepted into the Paris Salon of 1894. The painting then came to America to the Hampton Institute near Norfolk, Virginia. From there it was loaned to Atlanta's Cotton States and International Exposition of 1895, hanging in the Negro Building.

But American critics ignored the work, seemingly blind to its strong imagery confronting a culturally accepted stereotype.

View of the Seine Looking Toward Notre Dame 1896
Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York City
Coastal Landscape, France
Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York City

Soon afterward, Tanner followed The Banjo Lesson with The Thankful Poor, but this effort also met with less than critical acceptance. At this point, Henry gave up painting subjects depicting African Americans choosing instead to paint Biblical themed works. He returned to Paris and painted scenes for the Paris Salon or painted religious works.

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Gallery News

Our Gallery Hours are from 12:00 P.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 cellphone, 510-414-9821

Florence Brass

Bodega Bay artist
Florence Brass 1921 - 2014

We have lost a treasure! Florence passed away peacefully in her home on November 6, 2014 at the age of 93. Born in Weehawken, New Jersey in 1921, her talent as an artist led to a successful career as an advertising executive in New York City that spanned over five decades. When she moved to Bodega Bay in 1992, she retired from the ad business, returned to being a professional artist and became a partner in the Local Color Art Gallery. At the age of 93, she was still painting. An inspiration to many, she filled her life with work, artistry and the people she loved.

Florence is survived by her sons Bob and Jim Tischler, daughters-in-law Susan Head and Judith Tischler, granddaughter Rose Morris and her husband Zachary, grandson Zeke Tischler and his wife Brigette, niece Reina Delbos and her husband Phil and great granddaughter Marsella Morris.

There will be a celebration of Florence's life on Sunday, December 7th at 2:00 p.m. at the Sebastopol Community Cultural Center Annex, 425 Morris Street, Sebastopol, CA. See Florence's page on our site.

Jean Warren Cattails

Jean Warren:
A Fall Show of Watercolors

through January 4, 2015

Christopher Creek Winery
641 Limerick Ln, Healdsburg, 10-5 daily
Reception- Sunday, December 7, 3- 6pm

Hole in the Head:
The Battle for Bodega Bay
and the Birth of the Environmental Movement

Nov 2 - Feb 9
Now at the Sonoma County Museum,
425 Seventh St., Santa Rosa, CA 707-579-1500

Bodega Bay Nuclear Power Plant Foundation
IT ALMOST HAPPENED ... half a century ago ...
The foundation for the Bodega Bay Nuclear Power Plant reactor
being built on Bodega Head ... today, our famous Hole in the Head

The exhibition chronicles the story of the nuclear power plant, proposed for construction at Bodega Head in 1958 and its defeat by members of the local community in 1964. Stories will focus on the lives of the individuals involved in the struggle against PG&E and the arguments made against the plant on one of California’s most pristine coastal areas. This project not only honors the region’s earliest environmental activists but shows their enduring legacy for our region.

The project will include an in-gallery exhibition featuring text, photographs, artifacts and multimedia—mostly in the form of edited video interviews. The interviews will include new video collected for this project, as well as edited segments from a rich collection of existing video histories in SCM’s collection. (Click to See the article in the Press Democrat)

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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 Art
- original paintings by famous artists of the past - and local artists
Vineyards, Orchards, Ranches & Farms
Joshua Meador Composed by the Sea
"Composed by the Ocean"
Joshua Meador

Reb Brown Sign Thumbnail The Ren Brown Collection
"One Ocean One Voice"
Mayumi Oda ...
silkscreen prints and recent paintings through Nov 9 | Back to the Top

Ren Brown Collection

Local Color Gallery Alas no more ... A salute to our friends and good neighbor
Local Color Artist Gallery
They've closed their doors October 8,
"Thank you to all of our patrons and collectors through the years."
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Special note ... A Memorial Service for Florence Brass will be held
at the Sebastopol Community Center Annex, Sunday, December 7, 2:00 PM

J C Henderson Neptune's Ocean
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
"The Traveling Painters" Bart Walker, Paul Kratter, & Sergio Lopez |707-865-1318| Back to the Top

Self Portrait of Xavier Martinez
Bobbi & Ron Quercia IN DUNCANS MILLS Quercia Gallery
"Infinite" -- paintings by Ron Quercia, Sep 1 - Dec 29
Hours: 11am-5pm, Thur - Mon (707) 865-0243 | Back to the Top

Quercia Gallery Duncans Mills
BBHPhoto Dennis Calabi NOW IN SANTA ROSA Calabi Gallery |

456 Tenth Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95401 | email: | 707-781-7070

Famed master conservator Dennis Calabi brings his rare knowledge and experience
to present a tasteful and eclectic array of primarily 20th century artwork. | Back to the Top
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Easton, Crustacean Dancing Dream, American Alabaster
Annex Galleries Santa Rosa IN Santa Rosa The Annex Galleries
specializing in 19th, 20th, and 21st century American and European fine prints
The Annex Galleries is a member of the International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA). | Back to the Top
Linda Ratzlaff IN GRATON Graton Gallery

Graton Gallery | (707) 829-8912  |
9048 Graton Road, Graton CA 95444 | Open Wednesday ~ Saturday 10:30 to 6, Sunday 10:30 to 4

Bodega Landmark Gallery Thumb IN BODEGA Bodega Landmark Gallery Collection
17255 Bodega Highway Bodega, California USA 94922 Phone 707 876 3477 | | Back to the Top
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
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 Art Center
"... to celebrate local artists and their contributions and involve the whole community

Petaluma Art Center
Photo:Anita Diamondstein
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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 Youngman

Paul Youngman
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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
"All Aboard: A Celebration of Walt's Trains
through Feb 9

-- view location on Google Maps
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de Young Museum
Keith Haring: The Political Line
through Feb 16
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San Francisco
California Historical Society
Yosemite: A Storied Landscape
through Jan 25

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Legion of Honor

Houghton Hall:
Portrait of an English Country House

through Jan 18

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

Fertile Ground: Art and Community in California

through April 12

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

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San Francisco

Now ... More Open than ever ...
see our website
but closed for renovations
Santa Rosa
Sonoma County Museum
coming -- Nov 2 - Feb 8
Hole in the Head: The Battle for Bodega Bay and the Birth of the Environmental Movement
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Santa Rosa
Charles M. Schultz Museum

"Peanuts in Wonderland" through April 26

Charles M Schultz Museum Santa Rosa

Hearst Art Gallery
Pueblo to Pueblo:
The Legacy of Southwest Indian Pottery
Oct 12 through Dec 14

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Mission San Francisco de Solano Museum

featuring the famed watercolor paintings
of the California Missions
by Christian Jorgensen
Mission San Francisco de Solano in Sonoma CA Sonoma
Sonoma Valley Museum of Art

551 Broadway, Sonoma CA 954
(707) 939-7862
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Grace Hudson Museum

Days of Grace: 
California Artist Grace Hudson in Hawaii

through Dec 28
Grace Hudson Museum Bolinas
Bolinas Museum

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

Warren Chang
through April 6
Monterey Museum of Art Palo Alto
Cantor Art Center at Stanford University

Rodin! The Complete Stanford Collection
Cantor Art Center at Stanford University
Crocker Art Museum
Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art
through Jan 11

& their marvelous Permanent Collection Sacramento
Capitol Museum

Governor's Portrait Gallery
Permanent Exhibits

(including one of our galllery's favorite artists,
Robert Rishell's portrait of Gov. Ronald Reagan)
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Stockton's Treasure!
Time to visit & see 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
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
Scenic View Ahead
The Westways Cover Art Program
through Jan 15
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Santa Barbara
The Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Degas to Chagall:
Important Loans from
The Armand Hammer Foundation

Santa Barbara Museum of Art Thumbnail Palm Springs
Palm Springs Art Museum

Permanent Collection
American 19th century Landscape Painting
"A Grand Adventure" through Jan 4
an exhibition of a century of major Western painting including works by Bierstadt and Moran and Dixon.

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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

-Permanent collection,
European impressionist and post impressionist paintings
See our newsletter from March 2014
Norton Simon Museum Pasadena Pasadena
Museum of California Art

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Prescott, AZ
Phippen Museum

Architecture in Art
through July 13

Phippen Museum Entrance Hwy 89    
& Beyond
Seattle, WA
Seattle Art Museum
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
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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