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Joshua Meador, Haven, 24 x 34
Joshua Meador
, 24 x 34

Joshua Meador, Haven, Large Thumb excerpt
Joshua Meador's artistic use
of indistict figures
and old weathered buildings

Atelier 1, Holiday Fine Arts Sale Poster
Holiday Art Sale
Atelieer 1, OPEN STUDIOS
9 Artists, Dec 4 & 5, 11-5

Joshua Meador Caspar Point 22 x 34
... Available thru Dec 5.
The Joshua Meador Family Collection
is leaving for Southern California

Joshua Meador's artistic use of indistinct figures
and old weathered buildings in his landscapes
by Daniel Rohfling
Joshua Meador, Old Virginia City, Joshua Meador
Joshua Meador, Old Virginia City #363
(aka V is for Virginia) oil on linen, 20 x 27
available for sale

Why did Joshua Meador choose old buildings for his landscapes? Why did he prefer well weathered structures without crisp angles or straight lines?

Why are his figures small, indistinct and void of facial features or details? Why add dashes of color to suggest a figure if they are so indistinct?

To the best of our knowledge, there is no record of Joshua Meador explaining why he preferred old buildings and indistinct figures. All we have is our own interpretations of his paintings and what we can glean from his interviews and the brief statements he made on film.

Linda and I have seen many Joshua Meador paintings, and he is consistent. Throughout all his paintings, be they harbor scenes, Eastern Sierra or desert scenes, he has a preference for old decaying structures and indistinct figures.

In a brief clip from Disney's 1958 short film 4 Artists Paint 1 Tree, Joshua Meador explained his palette knife technique. He stated he didn't thoroughly mix his colors on his palette, but let them mingle on the canvas. He then stated, "Thorough mixing of colors would kill all the life in it for me."

In this brief statement, there is a clue to what Meador thought important in his paintings, LIFE. Life is what Meador wanted to paint, whether it was landscape or seascape, and movement was one of the key ingredients he would strive for in capturing that life.

Where did he get his inspiration for capturing movement in his paintings? Without Joshua Meador here to answer that question, a possible answer can be found in the impressionists.

Camille Pissarro is considered the impressionist who best helped evolve how to use figures in impressionist landscape paintings.

The great majority of Pissarro's paintings were landscapes, many of them containing indistinct figures. The small quick strokes he used to create these suggestions of figures contained only enough visual information to make the figure recognizable, but not definite.

Camille Pissarro, Avenue in the Parc de Marly, 1871 Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid
Camille Pissarro 1830-1903, Avenue in the Parc de Marly, 1871
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

Notice the distant figures of women in the center as they draw you into
the focal point of his composition, and the figure of the woman off
to the left in the mid foreground, giving a sense of distance.

Camille Pissarro,  Route Enneigée avec maison, environs d'Éragny, 1883 Private Collection, Sold by Sotheby's for $711,000 USD
Camille Pissarro 1830 - 1903
Route Enneigée avec maison, environs d'Éragny
aka Snowy Road with House, near Eragny 1883, Private Collection

Notice how the figures in the road draw you into the scene, how they give
perspective. They aren't as close as the first tree,
and are much closer
than the distant horizon. Notice the small bit of color on the head of one
of the figures, a touch of red surrounded by white, a visual clue.

Pissarro used these indefinite figures to draw the viewer into his paintings. Once viewers zoom in on these figures, they find themselves inside the scene, experiencing the painting far more than if the scene were painted without figures.

Pissarro helped us understand why his sketchy figures were in the scene he was painting. With a dash of color or a sweep of his brush, we gain information about the figures, who they are and why they are there. We can recognize a hat, a scarf, a dress, boots, canes, long and even hair or beard styles, enough to place the figure in that time and place.

Pissarro was keenly aware of the need of color balance in his painting. He used his figures to introduce a striking color that otherwise was not in the scene. In a painting that was primarily white, blue or green, he would add a dash of red to one of his figures. Its amazing, when you imagine a Pissarro painting without that small dash of red, it is far less interesting.

Joshua Meador, Bodega Dock #807 oil on linen, 18 x 24 Sold by our Gallery, Private Collection
Joshua Meador, Bodega Dock #807
oil on linen, 18 x 24
Sold by our Gallery, Private Collection
Joshua Meador, Bodega Bay #1106 oil on linen, 20 x 27 Private Collection
Joshua Meador, Bodega Bay #1106
oil on linen, 20 x 27
Private Collection

As a graduate of the Art Institute in Chicago, Joshua Meador was keenly aware of the Impressionists and gained a secret or two which he incorporated into his own art. Joshua Meador once said, "I consider my self an impressionist, but impressionism can be informed by modern art."

In the early 1950's, Joshua Meador, his wife Libby and their son Philip visited Bodega Bay often. According to Philip, the Meador family would drive their "woody station wagon pulling their tear drop trailer from their home in La Crescenta. They would camp in Bodega Bay for days at a time.

Paintings like Bodega Dock #807 and Bodega Bay #1106 were painted during Meador's visits here, and are typical of his use of figures.

In the painting to the right, Joshua Meador paints an indistinct figure of himself, standing at easel on a dock in a wild mix of sail boat rigging, sails, fog, and busy marina life. Notice the touch of red on the canvas before him.

This painting was the inspiration of a 2015 Joshua Meador exhibition called "I Dreamt I Was Painting" when we still had our physical gallery in Bodega Bay.

Joshua Meador, I Dreamt I was Painting oil on linen, 18 x 14 Soldd by our gallery, Private Collection
Joshua Meador, I Dreamt I was Painting
oil on linen, 18 x 14
Sold by our gallery, Private Collection
Joshua Meador, Cannery Row #1229 oil on linen, 22 x 30 available for sale
Joshua Meador, Cannery Row #1229
oil on linen, 22 x 30
available for sale

The scene above is Cannery Row in Monterey was painted in the 1950's.
Today, it is the location of the Monterey Bay Aquarium
which opened in October of 1984.

Joshua Meador, Captain Vallejo's Casa #1776 oil on linen, 22 x 30 available for sale
Joshua Meador, Captain Vallejo's Casa #1776
oil on linen, 22 x 30
available for sale

The location of this painting is on the Town Square in Sonoma, CA,
just down the block from the Sonoma Mission. Today,
Captain Vallejo's Casa
is home of the Swiss Hotel. They serve the best pizza in Sonoma.

Like Pissarro, Josh tried to show life in his landscapes and seascapes. He viewed the life in his painting as dynamic, changing and flowing. Both the scenes above had wet pavement and figures with different colored umbrellas.

Joshua Meador, Haven, # 939  oil on linen, 24 x 34 available for sale
Joshua Meador, Haven, # 939
oil on linen, 24 x 34
available for sale
Joshua Meador, Spring Rain, #548 Oil on linen, 20 x 27 Sold by our gallery, Private Collection
Joshua Meador, Spring Rain, #548
(this ranch still exists, and is just west of Valley Ford, CA)
Oil on linen, 20 x 27
Sold by our gallery, Private Collection
Buildings in Meador's paintings seem to swing and sway as they are planted in a moving earth. Seldom do they have crisp squared off angles or precise lines, as you would find in an Edward Hopper painting. Meador's buildings have character, showing the scares of age. They sag due to their weight, their paint is thin or peeling, their wood is warped or splintered. They bend with the changing times as surely as the land upon seismically moves and the clouds race above on the winds.

And into landscapes with sagging old swaying buildings on moving, quaking land, he places indistinct figures. The figures are but a brief punctuation in the life of a landscape. Like Pissarro and the impressionists before him, Meador uses small indistinct figures to draw us into the painting. For Meador, people are part of the landscape, brief surfers on a flowing earth below a dynamic sky.
Joshua Meador, Rainy Day, Bodega, CA
Joshua Meador, Rainy Day #1723 (Bodega, CA)
Oil on linen, 22 x 30
Sold by our gallery, Private Collection
Joshua Meador, Bodega Delivery, Bodega Bay, CA
Joshua Meador, Bodega Delivery (Bodega, CA)
Oil on Linen 20 x 27, Private Collection

The paintings above are of the same location in the town of Bodega, just seven miles from Bodega Bay.
They are among several paintings of this scene. Notice the similarities and differences.
Notice also how the use of figures to draw us into the scene, how they give us perspective and to add balancing color.
Joshua Meador painted in Bodega Bay and throughout Sonoma County in the early 1950's,
Bodega Delivery to the right is blurry, taken from a blurry photo we received years ago, shared with our gallery by the owner.

The more I see of Joshua Meador's paintings, I believe this to be true, he sought to paint the life of a scene, its dynamism, its movement.

Into each landscape or seascape, like Pissarro and the impressionists before him, he used indistinct figures to draw the viewers eye into the painting, he used figures to offer perspective, and he used figures to introduce a balancing color or shape. He also preferred to paint buildings worn down by time.

For Meador, people are but temporary wisps in the life, living briefly among aging and dissolving buildings on an ever shifting and reshaping landscape.

His paintings are his effort to capture that life, its brevity and its magnificence, and share it with us.

"Park" #1768 Oil on Linen, 22 x 30
Oil on Linen, 22 x 30
available for sale
The Joshua Meador page on our site | Back to the top

Holiday Fine Art Sale: Atelier One
At least 10 artists open their Atelier One studios including Linda Sorensen
plus Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery (both in Studio #5). December 4 & 5, 11-5

Four Graton art venues within walking distance of each other will have weekend activities December 4-5.

At least 10 Atelier One artist studios on Bowen St (including Linda Sorensen's paintings and a selection from Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery) will have Holiday Fine Art Sale open studios from 11:00am-5:00pm each day (see flyer).

The nearby Studio 9000 holds its Holiday Pottery Sale 11:00am-4:00pm, Lisa Beerntsen and Gina Kuta featured (corner of Donald St and Bowen St, also Dec. 11&12).

From Bowen St. across the Graton Rd intersection is the Old Firehouse building's Winter Fire A Holiday Pop-Up Show 10:00am-6:00pm each day with art, crafts, food, and music (see flyer for names).

Atelier 1 Holiday Fine Art Sale Poster
And just east on Graton Rd is Graton Gallery, holding its Gallery Partners Holiday Show (with guest artists), this and other weekends 11:00am-4:00pm, and by appointment.
Holiday 900 Pottery Sale, Dec 4-5 & 11 & 12 Winter Fire Holiday Popup, Graton Graton Gallery Partners Holiday Show

LAST CHANCE ... Available through Dec 5.
The Joshua Meador Family Collection is leaving for Southern California
Joshua Meador, Tending the Net, a large framed painting as 5 men help stow a net, almost as if they were in a ballet
Tending the Net
36 x 30
Meador family collection

Its time for the Family Collection to head home. We are most grateful to have been able to represent them. They will be off the market for a while. We have 35 works available and they are pictured below. Each photo links to larger photos and information about each painting. This is your last opportunity to purchase one of the Family Collection before they go.

Larger sized paintings ... $8,000 - $25,000
Joshua Meador, Forum, once owned and displayed in Walt Disney's Smoke Tree Ranch in Palm Springs.
Forum #1825
22 x 30
, Disney Collection
Joshua Meador 1911-1965, Cliff Shapes Meador Family Collection  Oil on Linen, 24 x 36 $15,000
"Cliff Shapes"24 x 36
Meador Family Collection
Joshua Meador, Caspar Reef Spray
Caspar Reef Spray 24 x 36
Meador family collection
Since 2008, our gallery has sold 55 Joshua Meador paintings, including many from the Meador Family Collection. We will continue to acquire and sell Joshua Meador paintings which do not belong to the family. Forum pictured above is a painting of special interest in that it was once owned by Walt Disney. Forum was displayed at Walt's Smoke Tree Ranch in Palm Springs.
Joshua Meador Perimeter
Perimeter 27 x 40
Meador Family Collection
Joshua Meador Strolling in the Park
Strolling in the Park
24 x 36
Meador family collection
Joshua Meador, The Last Symphony, a painting done by Meador at the request of Walt Diseny for a reception to honor visiting artist Salvador Dali.  Disney asked  Meador to create a work recalling the instruments of the orchestra from the beginnning sequence of Fantasia.
The Last Symphony
24 x 34
Meador family collection,
done in honor of Salvador Dali, welcoming him for to the Disney Studios in 1947
Joshua Meador Evening's Glow on Caspar Reef
Evening's Glow on Caspar Reef
22 x 34
Meador family collection
For an in-person viewing of any of these paintings, YOU WILL NEED TO CONTACT US and make an appointment. None of these paintings will be available for viewing without a request. We can show you a limited number of these paintings at our showroom in Graton. A possible viewing opportunity is the Graton Holidays event on December, 4 & 5 See the article (above) about the Holiday Sale in Graton.
Joshua Meador, In Search of Truth, a couple of beach comers in an etherial scene
In Search for Truth
24 x 34
Meador Family Collection
Joshua Meador Wild is the Wind
Wild is the Wind
24 x 34
Meador Family Collection
Joshua Meador Sheep Ranch, Mendocino
Sheep Ranch Mendocino, 24 x 34
Meador Family colleciton
Joshua Meador Caspar Point 22 x 34
Caspar Point" 22 x 34
(N of Mendocino)

Meador family collection
Joshua Meador, Composed by the Ocean, 24 x 30, Meador family collection
Composed by the Ocean
24 x 30
Meador Family Collection
Joshua Meador Desert Planes 22 x 30, Meador Family Collection
Desert Planes 22 x 30
Meador family collection
Joshua Meador Geneerations
Generations 22 x 30
Meador Family Collection
Joshua Meador, painting of a smoke Tree called Patriarch
Patriarch #1304
22 x 30
Meador Family Collection
Joshua Meador, South Nevada, a desert scene with large cumulous storm clouds and sunlilght desert vegitation forground
South Nevada 22 x 30
Meador Family Collection
Joshua Meador, the Painted Desert, 22 x 30, Meador Family Collection
Painted Desert
22 x 30
Meador Family Collection
Joshua Meador, Sea of Sand 20 x 27
Sea of Sand,
22 x 28
Meador Family Collection
Medium sized paintings ... $5,000 - $10,000 and Smaller sized paintings ... $1,000 to $2,500
Joshua Meador, Chicken Race, Santa Domingo Pueblo, Meador Family collection
Chicken Race,
Santo Domingo Pueblo
, New Mexico
Meador Family Collection 20 x 27
Joshua Meador, Taos Pow Wow, done in the early 1950's in Taos, New Mexico
Taos Pow Wow
20 x 27
Taos, New Mexico
Meador family Collection
Joshua Meador 1911-1965, Sur Montage, an abstract collection of the colors and feel of the Big Sur Coast
Sur Montage 20 x 27
an abstract of the Big Sur Coast
Meador Family Collection
Joshua Meador Rural Delivery, 20 x 27, Meador Family Collection
Rural Delivery, 20 x 27
Meador Family Collection
Joshua Meador, Web of Snow, 20 x 27
Web of Snow 20 x 27
Meador Family collection
Beatty, Nevada east of Death Valley NP
Joshua Meador, Desert Landscape, a masterful scene of red rocky outcrops and desert vegitation
Desert Landscape
20 x 27
Meador family collection
Joshua Meador Bodega Pier, Bodega Bay, CA
Bodega Pier
Bodega Bay, 20 x 27
Meador Family Collection
Joshua Meador 1911-1965, Newport Harbor, Oregon
Newport Harbor Oregon, 20 x 26
Meador Family Collection
Joshua Meador Eucalyptus of San Gabriel Valley, Meador Family collection
Eucalyptus of San Gabriel Valley

20 x 24
Meador Family Collection
Joshua Meador, Amusment Park
Amusement Park
18 x 24
Meador Family Collection
Joshua Meadoer 1911-1965, Jack's Horses 14 x 18
Jack's Horses
14 x 18
Meador Family Collection
Joshua Meador, Fantasy Concept
Untitled, Fantasy Concept
Meador family collection
18 x 14
Joshua Meador San Francisco, Guatemala, a church in ruins due to earthquake in the Guatemalan capital city
San Francisco, Guatemala 14 x 18
Meador Family Collection
Joshua Meador Aria da Capo
Aria Da Capo
Fantasy Concept
Meador family collection
8 x 10
Joshua Meador, Untitled Red Sunset, Boats on a Beach
Untitled, Red Sunset,
Boats on Beach,
8 x 10
Meador Family Collection
Joshua Meador Figures on a Beach
Figures on a Beach, 6 x 8
Meador Family Collection
Joshua Meador Sketch Outdoor Market Midsized Thumbnail
Sketch: Outdoor Market,
6 x 8 1/4
Meador Family Collection
Joshua Meador Sketch Sonoma Coast Midsized Thumbnail
Sketch: Sonoma Coast 6 x 8 1/4
Meador Family Collection
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in Bodega Bay
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(with masks, social distancing and hand sanitizer) | Call or Text 707-875-2911

Joshua Meador Mendocino Coast
"Mendocino Coast"
Joshua Meador
Ren Brown
Ren Brown
The Ren Brown Collection
1781 Coast Highway One, Bodega Bay, 94923
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Linda Sorensen Peak, south of Hopland, CA

Linda Sorensen Paintings
You may meet Linda and view her paintings at her studio in Graton by appointment,
or arrange to see specific paintings at other locations. Linda paints colorful and imaginative
landscapes emphasizing design and influenced by abstraction and Post-Impressionism. | 707-875-2911

Linda Sorensen at her easel, photo by John Hershey
\Jean Warren Sand Harbor
Bodega Bay's Jean Warren Watercolors
Bodega Bay resident Jean Warren says her paintings are reflections
of the places she has lived and traveled.
Jean is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society,
California Watercolor Association and full member of Society of Layerists in Multi-Media.
Visit Jean's site and view examples at the Healdsburg Center for the Arts / 707-875-9240

Jean Warren Watercolor

What's nearby?
in Sonoma, Napa & Marin Counties
Sebastopol Center for the Arts IN SEBASTOPOL - Sebastopol Center for the Arts
... see website for on-line activities
home of Sonoma County's Art @ the Source and Art Trails
282 S. High Street, Sebastopol, CA 95472  707.829.4797
Hours when able to reopen: Tue - Fri 10am - 4pm, Sat & Sun 1 - 4pm
Corricks Kevin Brown
Corrick's Keven Brown
Corrick's Art Trails Gallery |
637 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95401 | Contact::

Corrick's has been a Santa Rosa Treasure since 1915,
a downtown stationery store serving the community's "cultural hub."
Corrick's has long supported local artists with its impressive "ART TRAILS GALLERY,"
including paintings by Linda Sorensen.
Corricks offers a number of originals by famed Santa Rosa artist, Maurice Lapp ... (see our August 2017 article)

located on Fourth Street, steps away from Santa Rosa's revitalized town square
and Fourth Street's Russian River Brewery
BBHPhoto Dennis Calabi
Dennis Calabi
IN SANTA ROSA- Calabi Gallery |

We are located at 456 Tenth Street in Santa Rosa.
Contact us with any questions at (707) 781-7070 or
456 Tenth Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95401 | email: | 707-781-7070
Famed master conservator Dennis Calabi brings his rare knowledge and experience
to present a tasteful and eclectic array of primarily 20th century artwork.
Easton Crustacean Dancing Dream 144
Easton, Crustacean Dancing Dream, American Alabaster
Annex Galleries Santa Rosa IN Santa Rosa - The Annex Galleries
specializing in 19th, 20th, and 21st century American and European fine prints
The Annex Galleries is a member of the International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA).
Rik Olson

IN GRATON - Graton Gallery
OPEN Weekends, see website for up to date information
home of many of Sonoma County's best artists
Sally Baker, Tim Hayworth, Bruce K. Hopkins, Rik Olson, Susan Proehl, Sandra Rubin, Mylette Welch
Graton Gallery | (707) 829-8912  |
9048 Graton Road, Graton CA 95444 | Open Saturday and Sunday check website

Christopher Queen Gallery IN DUNCANS MILLS - Christopher Queen Galleries
3 miles east of Hwy 1 on Hwy 116 on the Russian River |707-865-1318
Paul Mahder Gallery Thumbnail IN Healdsburg - Paul Mahder Gallery

(707) 473-9150 |
222 Mill Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg, CA 95448 | check for hours
Petaluma Arts Council Art Center

IN PETALUMA - Petaluma Arts Center
"... to celebrate local artists and their contributions and involve the whole community"

Petaluma Center for the Arts

Links to current museum exhibits relevant to Early California Art
The Greater Bay Area
The Walt Disney Family Museum
-- see website for details
This museum tells Walt's story from the early days.
(on the Parade Grounds) 104 Montgomery Street,
The Presidio of San Francisco, CA 94129

-- view location on Google Maps
Disney Museum Exterior Thumbnail San Francisco
... see website
de Young Museum
Permanent Collection
De Young Museum Thumbnail
San Francisco
closed, see website
California Historical Society

California Historical Society Thumbnail San Francisco
Legion of Honor

... see website
-Permanent European and Impressionist Paintings
San Francisco Legion of Honor Museum
San Francisco
open, see website for details
Contemporary Jewish Museum

San Francisco's Contemporary Jewish Museum Thumbnail Oakland
... see website
Oakland Museum of California

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

San Francisco

... see website

SF Museum of Modern Art

Santa Rosa
see website
The Museums of Sonoma County

Sonoma County Museum Thumbnail
Santa Rosa
... see website
Charles M. Schultz Museum

Charles M Schultz Museum Santa Rosa

... see website
St Mary's College Museum of Art
Hearst Art Gallery

Hearst Art Gallery Thumbnail
Mission San Francisco de Solano Museum

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

... see website
551 Broadway, Sonoma CA
(707) 939-7862
Sonoma Museum of Art Exterior Thumb
Grace Hudson Museum

... see website
Grace Hudson Museum

Bolinas Museum

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

Elizabeth Holland McDaniel Bolinas Embarcadero thumbnail
Walnut Creek
... see website
The Bedford Gallery, Lesher
Center for the Arts
Lesher Ctr for the Arts Walnut Creek CA San Jose
San Jose Museum of Art

... see website
approximately 2,000 20th & 21st
century artworks including paintings, sculpture,
new media, photography, drawings, prints, and artist books.
San Jose Museum of Art Thumbnail
Monterey Museum of Art

... see website
Ongoing exhibitions ...
Museums Permanent Collection
including William Ritschel, Armin Hansen
and E. Charlton Fortune
Monterey Museum of Art Palo Alto
... see website
Cantor Art Center at Stanford University
Cantor Art Center at Stanford University

Salvador Dali Museum

prepurchased tickets required, ... see website

Salvador Dali Museum Monterey Sacramento
Crocker Art Museum
Open Thurs - Sun, 10-5, masks, ... see websites
Capitol Museum

... see website
Governor's Portrait Gallery
Permanent Exhibits

(including one of our galllery's favorite artists,
Robert Rishell's portrait of Gov. Ronald Reagan
Capitol Museum Sacramento Thumbnail Stockton's Treasure!
The Haggin Museum

... see website
-Largest exhibition of Albert Beirstadt paintings anywhere,
plus the works of Joseph Christian Leyendecker,
Norman Rockwell's mentor.
see our Newsletter article, April 2011
Haggin Museum Stockton
Southern California (and Arizona) (for all museums below, see website for hours and protocols.
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
(University of California, Irvine
Institute and Museum of California Art)

(formerly The Irvine Museum)

The Resonant Surface:
Movement, Image and Sound
in California Painting
... through Feb 19, 2022
Irvine Museum Thumbnail
Santa Barbara
The Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Santa Barbara Museum of Art Thumbnail Orange
Our Golden State:
Landscape Paintings
from the Hilbert Collection
November 9 - April 18, 2022

Hilbert Museum, Chapman University

Hilbert Museum Chapman University Orange CA
Norton Simon Museum
-an Impressive Permanent collection,
European impressionist and post impressionist paintings
See our newsletter from March 2014
Norton Simon Museum Pasadena San Marino (near Pasadena)
The Huntington Library

American Art Collection
Paintings by John Singer Sargent,
Edward Hopper, Robert Henri,
Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Moran,
William Keith, Mary Cassatt,
Thomas Hart Benton and many more.

Huntington Library Art Collection Pasadena
San Diego
San Diego Museum of Art
Permanent Collection
San Diego Museum of Art Thumbnail

Palm Springs
Palm Springs Art Museum

Permanent Collection
American 19th century Landscape Painting

Palm Springs Art Museum Thumbnail
Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix Art Museum
an excellent sampling of
Artists of the American West
Phoenix Art Museum
Los Angeles
California African American Art Museum
adjacent to the LA Coliseum
(see our newsletter articleof their
Ernie Barne's Exhibition September 2019)

California African American Art Museum
& Beyond
Honolulu, HI
Honolulu Museum
(see our Newsletter article
from February, 2015)

Honolulu Museum of Art Kamuela, HI (Big Island)
Issacs Art Center
65-1268 Kawaihae Road
Kamuela, HI  96743
(See our Dec '16 article "Hawaii's Paul Gauguin," 
modernist Madge Tennent, 1889-1972)

Isaacs Art Center
Seattle, WA
Seattle Art Museum
( see our article Mar 2018
French and American Paintings )
Seattle Art Museum Portland, OR
Portland Art Museum

Permanent Collection: American Art
Portland Art Museum Thumbnail
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
Art Institute of Chicago Thumbnail
Cedar Rapids, IA
The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
Grant Wood: In Focus

is an ongoing permanent collection exhibition.
Cedar Rapids Museum of Art

Bentonville, AR
Crystal Bridges
Museum of American Art

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

Permanent collection
American Paintings
Tha National Gallery Washington DC Thumbnail Philadelphia , PA
The Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia Museum of Art Thumbnail
Philadelphia , PA
Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia Campus
Barnes Foundation Campus Philadelphia Brooklyn, NY
The Brooklyn Museum
American Art
Permanent Collection
The Brooklyn Museum Thumbnail
New York , NY
The Whitney Museum of American Art

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

Its extensive collection of American Art
Metropolitan Museum New York
Detroit, MI
Detroit Institute of Arts
American Art
Permanent Collection
Detroit Institute of Arts Ottawa, Ontario
National Gallery of Canada
Canada National Gallery of Art
Denver, CO
Denver Art Museum
Denver Art Museum Exterior


Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery is mostly online. We maintain a gallery showroom (by appointment only) at the Atelier One artist studios building in Graton, California, sharing space with Linda Sorensen's artist studio.

Our newsletter includes reports/articles about artists, museum exhibits, and other arts subjects, often with videos and links.

For the duration of the pandemic, we will observe safe mask wearing and social distance protocols. We do not transact financial business or collect data via our website. All client contact/information is via phone, text, email or in person by appointment.

Daniel Rohlfing
Daniel Rohlfing
For an appointment, email or call ... / 707-875-2911

To view and purchas paintings from us, you may ...

Visit our gallery showroom in GRATON, CA ...

Have us pring selected works to your home ...
Call or email for a an appointment. (up to 200 miles from Bodega Bay).

Or, purchase from our website.
We offer FedEx shipping (included in price) in the U.S. for major purchases. 707-875-2911.

Our Gallery Showroom and Linda Sorensen's Studio in Graton

Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery specializes in Historic California Paintings 1850-1950 and the contemporary art of Linda Sorensen.  Our gallery showroom and Linda's artist studio are open by appointment.  We ask visitors wear masks and practice social distancing. Email, text or call us for an appointment.  As our collection is larger than what we have on display at any one time, we want to learn your interests and preferences. After listing to your wishes, we will have the paintings you want to view ready for your visit.

Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery and Linda Sorensen's studio
Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery .com / Linda Sorensen Paintings . com /  707-875-2911
Atelier One, Studio 5, 2860 Bowen St, Graton, CA 95444 (not a mailing address)

If you wish to sell a painting to us ...

At present, we are acquiring few paintings. We are interested in considering works by Joshua Meador, or exceptional paintings by a few other Historic California artists. We do not do miscellaneous consignments but do represent artist estates. We do not provide appraisal services.

DO NOT CALL AND EXPECT A THOUGHTFUL ANSWER REGARDING YOUR PAINTING (especially, do not leave a voicemail message requiring us to phone you), ... INSTEAD, Please EMAIL US ( along with a high resolution jpeg image of your painting. Include the name of the artist, its title, dimensions and condition. Please include any history or provenance. Rather than responding off the cuff, in a timely fashion we will read your note, do our homework, and write back and let you know if we wish to acquire your painting or we may give you our our ideas on how best to market your painting through other resources.