Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Monthly
February 2009 News, Articles, and Opinions from the world of California’s Heritage Art & Beyond,
& Gallery and Museum exhibits you won't want to miss.
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Celebrating Early California,
Western, and American Art

1580 Eastshore Road, PO Box 325
Bodega Bay, CA 94923, 707-875-2911
Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays, Noon until 5:00 PM
(or other times by prearranged appointment)

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Linda and Dan Photo
Linda Sorensen & Daniel Rohlfing

Current Exhibit: "Celebrate! The California Impressionists" Through April 20th (see preview)
An exhibit featuring our most stunning paintings, created by well-known artists of California's past,
whose work is widely represented in fine museums and prestigious private collections.
Plan a trip to Bodega Bay (Map & Location)

Mari Kloeppel and Cobie
Mari Kloeppel's Animal Portraits at the Crocker Museum in Sacramento
Jack Stuppin
Major Exhibits, Sonoma County's
Jack Stuppin
Local Color Gallery's Jody Shipp Thumbnail
Local Color's Jody Shipp Recalls Robert Rishell, Art Show Juror

Robert DeVee Exhibits at Bodega Bay's Terrapin Creek Cafe
Bert Monroy Photo by Jeff Schewe
Bert Monroy Exhibit
a correction
Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Notes Neighboring Galleries, Museum Exhibits
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The Crocker Museum in Sacramento hosts
Animals in the Drawing Room:
Portraits by Mari Kloeppel
Mari Kloeppel and Cobie
At age 26, Mari Kloeppel and an Arabian horse named Cobahsaan suffered an accident. Mari was temporarily blinded and her body was critically injured and crushed under the 1,000 lb. horse. After a long recovery, Mari has dedicated herself to painting, and has created animal portraits. Beyond art, she works to protect Elkhorn Slough near her home.

From February 6 through May 31, the Crocker features Mari Kloeppel's animal portraits.

Mari is inspired by the old world color and detail of Jan Van Eyck, Albrect Durer and Johannes Vermeer. But from that old world inspiration her work portrays animals with personalities, thoughts, and even senses of humor. Many of these animals, especially her late friend Cobahsaan, have become the muses of her artistic life.

Mari Kloeppel Raven
Charuka, rescued Raven
Mari Kloeppel CobasaanCobahsaan, "Cobie" for short
Another such muse was Charuka, a raven. Charuka possesses a sense of humor, aggressively taunting people and then retreating in laughter. But Charuka was once dumped unconscious in a Hefty bag on the steps of the Animal Museum in San Mateo. Miraculously, they pulled her through. It is assumed someone tried to pull her from her nest and raise her, and when she got sick, they dumped her. It is illegal to own ravens. They are the smartest of all bird species, although some parrots and cockatoos and their owners contest such a claim.

For those who love painting, those who love animals, and those who love stories of individuals overcoming hardship to celebrate life again, the exhibit is one you will enjoy.
Ojhab the Falcon
Ojhab, trained Falcon
Mari is pleased to have the opportunity to exhibit so many of her paintings in one place, and given her subjects, it is a reunion of her old friends.
Mari Kloeppel's Exhibit at the Crocker Museum TOP An Article featuring Mari in Artworks Magazine

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Jack Stuppin Wind and Trees
Wind and Trees
Oil on Canvas, 39-3/4" x 56-3/8"

Major Exhibits of the Landscape Paintings of Sonoma County's
Jack Stuppin

Jack Stuppin

Nationally renowned Sonoma County landscape artist Jack Stuppin is the subject of two major exhibits at the present time, and the artist advises that he will have the inaugural show at Sonoma Academy's new art museum beginning February 26 through March. The exhibit at Meridian Gallery, San Francisco, ends February 28: Songs of the Earth: Landscapes by Jack Stuppin. It is curated by Peter Selz. The exhibit at the San Jose Museum of Art continues through April 5.

Jack Stuppin Farallone Islands
Main Top, Farallone Islands, 2005
Oil on Canvas, 59-3/4" x 84-3/8"
In the collection of the Crocker Art Museum
Jack Stuppin Quail Hill Freestone
Quail Hill, Freestone, 2002
Oil on Canvas, 48" x 64-7/8"
Scholarly commentary published about Mr. Stuppin and his art is too extensive to attempt to summarize here, but is well worth reading. Links are available in the "articles" and "biography" sections of the website

Born in Yonkers, New York, in 1933, Jack Stuppin is a graduate of Columbia College, NY, and studied painting at the San Francisco Art Institute. In the 1970's his painting focused on abstract art. He began painting en plein air in the late 1980's. He was for many years one of "The Sonoma Four" plein air painters. His vision is unique and meaningful, executed in a "stylized, even abstracted approach" (Peter Frank article, 2003). His solo exhibitions are numerous, including at the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington, D.C. in 2005.
Meridian Gallery, San Francisco | San Jose Museum of Art | Jack Stuppin's Website | TOP

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Remember what you were doing 42 years ago?
Local Color's Jody Shipp was going before the Judges, risking Thumbs Down
Robert Rishell Artist and Art Festival Judge 1967
Jack London Square Art Festival Judges including Robert Rishell,
as Roman Emperors, voting on hopeful artist's works
Local Color Gallery's Jody Shipp
It was September, 1967, and Jody, a youthful painter full of hope, entered the thirteenth annual Jack London Square Art Festival. The art show included over 700 painters, potters, weavers and spinners.
Jack London Square Art Festival Booklet 1967
One of Bodega Bay's treasures is resident landscape artist Jody Shipp. Her work can always be found at Local Color Gallery, and oftentimes, so can Jody. As a young artist, Jody resided in Oakland and entered numerous contests. It was at this time that she came to know of Robert Rishell. Jody entered the Jack London Square Art Festival, and her work was accepted by the jury.

Jody writes, "One thing about cleaning out my studio every fifteen to twenty years is that I get into "stuff" I've saved. Most of the times I toss it, but when I came upon this picture of the Jury for the Jack London Annual Artist Show, I had to laugh. There was Bob Rishell with a big thumbs down. Though I didn't know him personally, I was very familiar with his work and fine reputation as an artist and fun loving guy. I checked just to be sure, and I did get into the show."

Robert Rishell's Mountain TrailAbove: Robert Rishell's Mountain Trail. Right, his "Trail of the Giants" Robert Rishell's Trail of the Giants"
We wish there were a photograph available of Jody's artwork in the Festival, which was listed in the program. In a future edition, we will interview Jody further about her career in art, including her various connections with other heritage artists, and her many awards. In this instance, it is a connection involving one of the specializations of our gallery. Robert Rishell was a popular Bay Area Artist, and was instrumental in helping found the Oakland Museum. As a painter, he is remembered for his stark use of light and shadow. He was interviewed by KGO Radio in 1967 while promoting a one man show of his desert paintings in Palm Springs. Click here to listen and/or read an interview with Bob, March 1, 1969.
Jody's Page on Local Color Gallery's Site | Robert Rishell at Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery | TOP

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Robert DeVee
Exhibits Work at Bodega Bay's Terrapin Creek Cafe & Restaurant
Robert DeVee
A double delight in fine dining and fine art. Plan a trip to sample the culinary delights of the Terrapin Creek Cafe & Restaurant, and the impressionist paintings of artist Robert DeVee, just steps from Bodega Bay's several fine art galleries.
Robert DeVee 1 Robert DeVee 2 Robert DeVee 3
Robert DeVee 4

A life-long artist, Robert DeVee studied painting at the California College of Arts and Crafts and at San Francisco State University. He worked as a graphic artist in San Francisco for Grodins and Joseph Magnin. Then in 1970, he devoted himself full time to his art. Much of Robert's artistic life has been dedicated to large scale impressionist acrylic paintings on canvas. He focuses on quiet garden scenes, still lifes, and scenes along the Sonoma Coast. Not pictured here, his 2007-2008 series Floating World featured water and boats.

During his first visit to Japan in 1982, Robert learned about the contemporary print movement, and currently explores this medium as well. He now creates oil monotypes and silk screen prints. He and Ren Brown own and operate The Ren Brown Collection in Bodega Bay, which focuses on contemporary Japanese prints, along with other Japanese Art and furniture and compatible contemporary American art. Robert has been drawn to create images with a more Japanese subject matter, including kaki (persimmons) and Imari porcelain designs.

Andrew and Lia of Tarrapin Creek Cafe

Robert has allowed some of his acrylic landscapes and still lifes to grace the walls of Bodega Bay's Terrapin Creek Cafe & Restaurant. The scenes exhibit Robert's delicate manner and sensitivity to light and color. These are large canvases, and fit well with the mood and elegance of the cafe, and offer a favorable complement to the sensitive and tasteful culinary offerings of Lia and Andrew Truong.

Andrew and Liya grew up in seemingly different worlds. Andrew hails from the relatively small town of Marietta,

Georgia, while Liya grew up in Queens in New York City. But they had something in common. As kids, they both were raised in families who owned and operated Chinese restaurants. While their schoolmates played, Andrew and Liya were apprenticed in the art of running a restaurant from the inside out. They worked the cash register, and learned how to wash dishes and how to clean. They came to know the art of shopping for the best ingredients, how to prep and finish finely tuned dishes, how to run a well stocked and functioning kitchen, and how to present their food as art, a delight for many senses.

Although Andrew has a degree in computer science, and Liya has one in economics, once becoming a couple, they decided to merge their lifelong restaurant experience into a shared dream. Together they attended New York's Culinary Institute of America, graduating in 2004. They then came to San Francisco, and it was time for them to earn money and gain experience. They worked for a variety of San Francisco restaurants. Among their San Francisco employers, Liya worked as a cook for Michael Mina's in San Francisco's St. Francis Hotel, and Andrew was the sous chef at Bacar.

After saving enough for their next move, they scanned the real estate horizon for a restaurant to purchase. For us in Bodega Bay, we were blessed that they spotted the Seaweed Cafe on the market. Andrew and Liya liked the area, bought the Cafe, rolled up their sleeves and moved themselves and their dream to the Sonoma Coast.

Since their arrival, they haven't stopped. We locals who have witnessed the dynamic, magical and inspired beginnings of their restaurant are amazed, and find their energetic entrepreneurial spirit as infectious as their smiles. Their cafe is comfortable and tastefully appointed. Their menu changes with the seasons. There is always something new to discover, and a friendly guide to greet you.

With the paintings of Robert DeVee, the Terrapin Creek Cafe & Restaurant is a double delight. Visit Andrew and Liya in the near future, and then count the Terrapin Creek Cafe & Restaurant among your favorites.

Links: The Ren Brown Collection | The Terrapin Creek Cafe | TOP

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Bert Monroy Photo by Jeff Schewe
Digital Artist Bert Monroy on exhibit at the
Hearst Museum St. Mary's College, Moraga
Digital images as art? This is what Bert Monroy wishes for you to consider. His exhibition at the Hearst Museum at St. Mary's College in Moraga seeks to challenge preconceptions and help enlighten both art lovers and palette knife and brush painters with his set of new electronic tools for artistic expression.
Correction ... In January, we reported in error that the digital art of Bert Monroy began with digital photographs.
Such is not the case. Each of his works is original, no photos, scans, or enhancements.
Visitors to our gallery who have been to the Monroy exhibit enthusiastically recommend it.
Bert Monroy El Platform Sears Tower
A Chicago El Platform and the Sears Tower

In this video, Bert Monroy explains digital painting. (4 min 15 sec)
Bert Monroy Bodega Shadows
"Bodega Shadows"

Beginning January 17 through April 5, the Hearst Art Gallery at St. Mary's College in Moraga has been exhibiting the digital paintings of Bert Monroy. He says he uses the word "paint" for lack of a better word. He stresses that his real medium is light. Born in Brooklyn of Columbian and Mexican immigrants, Bert has built a career in the advertising industry, working as a creative director for multiple agencies and as owner of his own agency.

He began working with Macintosh computer art in 1984, and as the computers became more powerful and adept at the nuances necessary for fine art applications, Bert's skills and artistic prowess kept pace. He is an author and renowned expert in his field of computerized art. He is a teacher as well, having taught computerized art at a number of universities and for private clients, including Pixar, Disney, and Lockheed/Martin, and Pacific Light and Magic.

What is amazing is that Bert does not begin with a digital photo. Every image is created entirely from scratch. There are no scans. No enhancement of photos. Purely from scratch. He considers the computer screen his canvas, and the computer as his set of brushes where he creates his dazzling magic.

Art lovers used to more traditional definitions may not wish to embrace Bert's art at first glance, but he makes a credible argument. All painters use light as their medium. Paint, brushes and palette knives are tools to recreate that light, with artistic interpretation. Bert merely wishes to add his Macintosh to the tool kit. Perhaps we could convince him to clean his keyboard with turpentine after each session. But as artists of each new generation bring new ideas, methods, and skills to the legacy of art, the human drive to express and interpret the surrounding world seems not to have changed since the first drawings were applied to cave walls long ago.

Bert Monroy's Website TOP Hearst Gallery, St. Mary's College, Moraga

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Gallery Notes
  • Booklets of several of our exhibitions are available. Pick them up at the gallery or send us your mailing address. Painters of the Desert; Regionalist Watercolors; 19th Century Paintings of Northern California; Painters of Carmel (plus other Master Painters of the Sea). A booklet of our California Impressionists paintings is in the works.
  • The gallery offers access to a collection of reference material - even Sister Wendy, of course. There are many books including a huge volume about Edward Hopper. There are also various slide shows available, such as Milford Zornes, and DVDs about various art movements and artists (including 4 Men Paint 1 Tree, Disney's short film that includes Joshua Meador 1911-1965). On a rainy day or any other gallery day, please accept our invitation to sit down and browse for a while, or have a DVD shown for you. Please speak up and tell us in advance about what you may wish to view or look through.
  • See the video on our Alexander Dzigurski page entitled The Palette & Symphony.
  • We received two beautiful new seascapes, and still have a good selection of small, affordable works by Alexander Dzigurski II.
  • In addition to the desert paintings by Kathi Hilton (daughter of John W. Hilton) that we have showing, additional paintings are available that we can quickly obtain from the artist according to the preferences of interested persons. Please contact us for details.
  • Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery is a member of the Sonoma County Gallery Group, which publishes a map of fine art galleries and has a website with information on a wide variety of current exhibitions. . We are also members of the Petaluma Arts Council, which has a marvelous new exhibition space in the train depot visitor's center area off Washington Street at Lakeville Road in Petaluma. The Weather Report juried exhibit begins there February 5 with the opening reception at 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Our Archives page has links to our previous gallery exhibits and monthly newsletters. Back to the Top
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What's showing at Bodega Bay Galleries & Beyond?
click on their links and discover the wonder to be found in the galleries of West Sonoma County
Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Sign

IN BODEGA BAY Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery
1580 Eastshore Road, PO Box 325
Bodega Bay, CA 94923, 707-875-2911
Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays, Noon until 5:00 PM
(or other times by prearranged appointment)
Current Exhibit: Celebrate! (through April 20th) | (Map & Location) |

Linda and Dan Photo

Smith and Kirk Gallery Bodega Bay


Libby Kirk's fused glass and Gary Smith's Custom Framing
along with works by a variety of local artists,
including works of the late Gail Packer.
Conveniently located next to The Ren Brown Collection
1785 A Highway One, PO Box 1116, Bodega Bay, CA 94923 | 707-825-2976
Local Color Gallery

IN BODEGA BAY Local Color Gallery
Current Gallery Exhibit: Small Works Members Show
And introducing two new LC Gallery members:
Lolly Patrini & Melissa McCann
1580 Eastshore Road, Bodega Bay, 707-875-2744 | Back to the Top

Florence Brass Matanzas Creek Lavender Thumbnail
Matanzas Creek Lavender
Florence Brass

Reb Brown Sign Thumbnail IN BODEGA BAY The Ren Brown Collection
located an hour north of San Francisco in Bodega Bay. The gallery was established in 1989 and specializes in contemporary art from both sides of the Pacific. On Hwy 1 just a short stroll from the other three fine art galleries. | Back to the Top
Ren Brown Collection
Christopher Queen Gallery IN DUNCANS MILLS Christopher Queen Galleries
3 miles east of Hwy 1 on Hwy 116 on the Russian River
Current Show: "Favorites"
Nancy, Tiare, & Gary's favorite paintings from Contemporary Artists.
Obtain an exhibit card and directions from BBH Gallery. | Back to the Top
Self Portrait of Xavier Martinez
Bobbi & Ron Quercia IN DUNCANS MILLS Quercia Gallery
New Show Opening February 6:
An installation of Still Life. Reception: Saturday, Feb. 7, 3 pm - 6 pm

Hours: 11am-5pm, Thur - Mon (707) 865-0243 | Back to the Top
Quercia Gallery Duncans Mills
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IN CALISTOGA the Lee Youngman Gallery
Lee Youngman features
the contemporary paintings of Paul Youngman
and other Sonoma and Napa County artists.
Also, she has a superb selection of paintings done by her father,
famed artist Ralph Love. | Back to the Top

Paul Youngman

Jeanette Legrue and her painting Lillies Thumbnail

IN TOMALES Tomales Fine Art
exhibits the works of Jeanette Legrue, Timothy Horn, Christin Coy, John Poon, Nancy McDonald, Randall Sexton.
For aspiring and recreational artists, workshops are available.
photo to the left ... Jannette Legrue
with her
2nd place painting,
"Picture of Lilies, "
at the San Juan Capistrano Awards ceremony. | Back to the Top

Tomales Fine Art Gallery

IN FORESTVILLE The Quicksilver Mine Co.
6671 Front St. (Hwy. 116) Downtown Forestville PHONE: 707.887.0799
BAKERS DOZEN 2009, 13 sculptors, through March 1
and "Heartwork VII," works by Monty Monty.
Begins March 6: Reemergence - Paintings by Al Longo.
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Linda Ratzlaff IN GRATON Graton Gallery
9048 Graton Road, Graton, California (707) 829-8912
January 20 ~ March 1, 2009 Back to the Top
Bodega Landmark Gallery Thumb IN BODEGA Bodega Landmark Gallery Collection
regional seascape and landscape painting, fine art photography, blown glass,
etching, sculpture, ceramics, stained glass, woodwork, and jewelry by local artists.
17255 Bodega Highway Bodega, California USA 94922 Phone 707 876 3477 | | Back to the Top
West County Design Center

IN VALLEY FORD West County Design
14390 Highway One • Valley Ford, CA 94972 • 707.876.1963

(Across from the Valley Ford Hotel and Rocker Oysterfeller's Restaurant) | Back to the Top

Boho Gallery Freestone Thumbnail IN FREESTONE Boho Gallery
463 Bohemian Hwy, Freestone, CA 95472 Phone 707-874-9792
"an eclectic range of art that includes romantic wine country landscapes, whimsical animal portraits, and contemplative visual abstracts that allude to natural objects and mystery."
Jan, Feb, & March: By appointment only

April through December: Fri, Sat. & Sun 11 to 6 | | Back to the Top
Vintage Bank Petaluma Thumbnail IN PETALUMA Vintage Bank Antiques
Vintage Bank Antiques is located in Historic Downtown Petaluma, corner of Western Avenue and Petaluma Blvd. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Warren Davis and the rest of the team at Vintage Bank Antiques has assembled a spectacular inventory of paintings. From the 18th Century to Contemporary Artists. We have paintings to suit every price point and collector level. If you have a painting for sale, please consider Vintage Bank Antiques. Contact Warren Davis directly at | Back to the Top
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Links to current museum exhibits
relevant to Early California Art
and beyond
Oakland Museum of California

Permanent gallery of historic art
(undergoing renovation*)
The Art and History of Early California
Dec '07 - ongoing
Oakland Museum Thumbnail San Francisco
de Young Museum

de Young Museum: American Painting Collection, & "Warhol Live" Warhol Live presents an exploration of Warhol’s work through the lens of music.
Feb 14 - May 17
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San Francisco
California Historical Society

Fine Arts Collection ... & Hobos to Street People: Artists' Responses to Homelessness from the New Deal to the Present
February 19- August 15, 2009
California Historical Society Thumbnail San Francisco
Legion of Honor

Permanent Collection, plus Artistic Luxury: Fabergé, Tiffany, Lalique
Feb 7 - May 31
San Francisco Legion of Honor Museum
San Francisco
ontemporary Jewish Museum

"Jews on Vinyl" And You Shall Know Us by the Trail of Our Vinyl
February 6 - June 9, 2009

San Francisco's Contemporary Jewish Museum Thumbnail

Hearst Art Gallery

Saint Mary's College of California
Bert Monroy: A digital artist paints with light
January 17 - April 5, 2009

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Monterey Museum of Art

Permanent Collection
Monterey Museum of Art Santa Rosa
Sonoma County Museum

Historic paintings, plus Exhibition:
January 23 – March 29, 2009
Robots: Evolution of a Cultural Icon
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Crocker Art Museum

Permanent Exhibit, plus
Animals in the Drawing Room:
Portraits by Mari Kloeppel
February 6 – May 31, 2009
Crocker Art Museum Thumbnail Ukiah
Grace Hudson Museum
The target date to reopen the Grace Carpenter Hudson painting exhibition is Saturday, February 21st. Please check before making the trip.
Grace Hudson Museum
San Jose
San Jose Museum of Art

Songs of the Earth:
Landscapes by Jack Stuppin

Jan 8 - April 5
San Jose Museum of Art Thumbnail

Capitol Museum

Permanent Exhibits

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San Diego
San Diego Museum of Art

Visible Places: Works on Paper by Women
through March 22, 2009

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The Irvine Museum

The Good Life
California Watercolors, 1930-1950
through May 16

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Norton Simon Museum

Vermeer's A Lady Writing
from the National Gallery of Art, Washington
Through February 16, 2009

& Matisse’s Amours: Illustrations of Pierre de Ronsard’s Love Poems
February 13–June 8, 2009

Norton Simon Museum Pasadena

Palm Springs
Palm Springs Art Museum

Permanent Collection; American
Space Silence Spirit / Maynard Dixon's West: The Hays Collection
through March 1, 2009
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Seattle, WA
Seattle Art Museum

Edward Hopper's Women
November 13, 2008–March 1, 2009
Coming ... The Indian Paintings of George de Forest Brush, Feb 26 - May 24, 2009

Seattle Art Museum Santa Monica
California Heritage Museum

Soon to be posted

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Dallas, TX
Dallas Museum of Art

Tutankhamun and the
Golden Age of the Pharaohs
October 3, 2008–May 17, 2009
Exhibit Coming to SF's
de Young Museum, Summer, '09

Dallas Museum of Art Entrance Long Beach
Long Beach Museum of Art

California Seen: Landscapes of a
Changing California, 1930-1970

through April 5, 2009

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Chicago, IL
Art Institute of Chicago

Impressionists Return
New Galleries Open December 19, plus
Becoming Edvard Munch: Influence, Anxiety, and Myth
February 14–April 26, 2009

Art Institute of Chicago Thumbnail Portland, OR
Portland Art Museum

Permanent Collection

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Washington D.C.
The Renwick Gallery

George Catlin's Indian Gallery
through April 26, 2009, plus
Graphic Masters I: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum
Works on Paper, through May 25, 2009
Renwick Gallery Washington DC Washington D.C.
The National Gallery

Pride of Place:
Dutch Cityscapes of the Golden Age

February 1–May 3, 2009

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Atlanta, GA
High Museum of Art

Vermeer's The Astronomer
"Evolution and Exploration
through September 6, 2009
Atlantas High Musuem of Art Thumbnail Roanoke, VA
The Taubman Museum
19th & 20th Century Paintings
John Singer Sargent, Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, Robert Henri, Childe Hassam & others.
Permanent Exhibit

Taubman Musuem Roanoke Virginia
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