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February 2011 Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Monthly
A Celebration of Early California, Western, and American Art ...
Open Wednesdays through Sundays 10:00 - 5:00 (other times by appointment)
1785 Coast Highway 1, PO Box 325, Bodega Bay, CA 94923, 707-875-2911 (Map)
email: Art@BodegaBayHeritageGallery.com | www.BodegaBayHeritageGallery.com
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Museum Exhibits:
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New York's Whitney Museum of American Art presents Modern Life:
Edward Hopper and His Time

Richard Dreyfuss in Mr. Holland's Opus
An editorial:
Teaching the Arts; Meaningful and Necessary for Effective Education

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Next Time in Paris ...
Thanks to the Musee d' Orsay
for two unforgettable SF exhibitions

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The Hanging of the Shingle ...
A Milestone for our Gallery

New York's Whitney Museum of American Art presents
Modern Life: Edward Hopper and His Time
Edward Hopper Self Portrait
Edward Hopper, Self Portrait, 1925 - 1930 Whitney Museum of American Art
We are pleased to have yet another opportunity to share the ongoing excitement generated by the art of Edward Hopper. Because Hopper was always a man of few words and let his painting speak for itself, we'll try our best to honor his lead.

New York's Whitney Museum of American Art possesses the largest collection of Edward Hopper's works. Currently, they are presenting "Modern Life: Edward Hopper and His Time". The exhibit explores how early 20th century American artists expanded realism as they interpreted the transforming reality of American urban and rural life 1900-1950, and how Edward Hopper's work was similar yet wonderfully unique among his peers.

Barbara Haskell, curator of the Whitney Museum,
introducing Modern Life: Edward Hopper and His Time

These Ashcan artists found the urban scene compelling, a story they wanted to tell in all its spontaneity thriving all around them. They did not set out to capture history; they lived and worked in the present -- their present, a dynamic and thriving life in the new exciting American urban scene with all its grit and brutality. In time, their collective works were termed "the Ashcan School," and today are valued for capturing the life of early twentieth century America.
George Bellows Dempsy and Firpo 1924Hopper's fellow Ashcan painter, George Bellows
Dempsey and Firpo 1924
Edward Hopper Early Sunday Morning
Early Sunday Morning 1930, Whitney Museum of American Art
edward Hopper Soir Bleu
Soir Bleu 1914, Whitney Museum of American Art
Edward Hopper Barber Shop
Edward Hopper added a different spice to the mix of Ashcan artists. He reduced the urban landscape and its people to their basic geometric form, and he captured the isolation experienced by people living in the crowded urban environment. His subjects seem to be encapsulated in their self-made shells of protective isolation, still participating in the world around them, yet simultaneously apart from it.
Previously from our newsletter
Articles re: Edward Hopper

Mar '10 Still a Topic of Conversation,
New York's "Ashcan School"
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Nov '08 Edward Hopper's Women
soon at the Seattle Art Museum
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Nov '08
Eastwood's film Changeling
mirrors an Edward Hopper look

Edward Hopper, National Gallery of Art, narrator Steve Martin (3:26) | On Amazon.com "Hopper's work engaged our imaginations by drawing on what was universal in the American experience. He captured silent moments, like frozen frames, from the drama of America life.
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Gas 1940, The Museum of Modern Art

The Whitney's exhibit features works by Edward Hopper, John Sloan, Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, Paul Strand, Charles Demuth, Guy Pène du Bois, Charles Sheeler, Charles Burchfield, Ben Shahn, Reginald Marsh. A 250-page illustrated catalogue with essays accompanies the exhibit.

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President Obama speaking to a town hall in Pennsylvania in 2008
regarding the arts in education.
An editorial:
Teaching the Arts; Meaningful and Necessary for Effective Education

To put it plainly, kids who have arts education as part of their school day do better in school. Any experienced teacher will agree that there is an obvious and glaring connection: the more kids are involved in the arts, the greater their commitment and participation in all aspects of their school day ... including the effort they give to mastering reading, writing, science and math.

Throughout my teaching career, I couldn't help but notice that kids who entered my classroom hauling a trombone or saxophone case along with a full backpack consistantly did far better than the kids who entered class without their book, without a pencil, and without a clue.

Why was this? Why did kids with a busy and demanding day fare better than those with a light load, and even lighter expectations? Here's why.

First, kids who are involved in an artistic pursuit get in the habit of investing their energies. Some of this enthusiasm and effort spills over into their academic life, with astounding results.

Secondly, when you expose kids to the arts, the ranks of their teachers are increased. Their classroom teachers are supplemented with the best teachers humankind has to offer: Shakespeare to Maya Angelou, Johann Sebastian Bach to Duke Ellington, or Claude Monet to Pablo Picasso and beyond. Kids respond well to cultural exposure, and when they sense they are learning from the best, they show their appreciation with greater involvement and interest.

But most importantly, teaching the arts in school allows kids to shine and be celebrated for their efforts. They are recognized and gain a sense of belonging, the satisfaction that what they do matters. When a child participates in a band concert or a school drama, or makes a play on the basketball court, they know that within the applauding audience are their parents, their friends and their friends' parents, and their teachers all cheering them on. This kind of support bolsters kids' self-image, their self-confidence, and their eagerness to do well throughout their educational life. Kids are whole people, and to have that sense of inclusion, that feeling that what they do is valued makes a huge difference when it comes to mastering mathematics, or setting goals, establishing study habits, or gaining skills necessary for success.

Wynton Marsalis speaks with Morley Safer on Sixty Minutes
... fast forward using the slider at the bottom of this video player to 10:31.
Wynton Marsalis speak to the importance of the arts in education

If the great artists of the past could contribute to the current debate, they certainly would espouse the importance of the arts in education. But they speak is through their art and our youth can only hear what these great minds of the past have to say if they are exposed to the arts. They need to have knowledge and an instilled appreciation of the wide spectrum of our heritage expressed in music, painting, literature, drama, film, and dance.

Meanwhile, all across the land, the budget ax is swinging away, cutting fat, cutting muscle and cutting bone. The dire situation of school funding is a crisis of historical dimension.

From the 60 Minutes Interview ...
Morley Safer ...
“Does it sadden you that for the most part, young people may not even know what your talking about when you say Charlie Parker or Duke Ellington?"

Wynton Marsalis ..."It saddens me that people my age might not even know that. It is a comment on the failure of our educational system, to deal with cultural education, not just Duke Ellington, Walt Whitman. The list goes on and on. So it saddens me for us as a nation because we have such a rich cultural heritage, and we will be so much the better for it, and we will make such better decisions if we understood what brings us together. The Arts are our collective human heritage. You’re a better person if you know what Shakespeare was talking about. If you know what Beethoven struggled with, if you know what Louis Armstrong was actually saying through his horn, you’re better, because its like you get to speak with the wisest people who ever lived."

Former Arkansas Governor, Mike Huckabee on the value of teaching the arts.
He flat out says "The dumbest mistake we've made in the last generation is cutting music and art programs."

We know the effort to restore arts education in our public schools needs much more than speeches. It will require a strong and focused political will. So far, the actions of government don't show evidence of such a will. But we do hear the swoosh of the budget ax chopping away, year after year, swing after swing, each more intense and hurtful than the last.

There are far too many politicians eager to offer sloganistic, easy-sounding money-saving answers which require little from their constituents. They offer simplistic solutions to voters, like weeding out the bad teachers, trimming the power of teacher's unions, allowing for all kinds of charter schools, or as Indiana is doing, using scarce and disappearing public funds to support kids in private schools. These swings of the budget ax are certainly energetic, but in the end, will such efforts improve schools? Will kids be better off and better equipped for their future?

From a strict accounting point of view, spending less money solves the problem, but when it comes to providing effective schools, accountants and politicians don't have the best angle to view the problem or offer solutions. For them, spending more to retain and bolster the arts in education doesn't make sense. But from other perspectives, it makes a great deal of sense.

From across the political spectrum come sentiments that teaching the arts is most worthwhile, that the arts are the heart and soul of education. From President Obama to Republican Mike Huckabee, we hear resounding support for and appreciation of teaching the arts in education.

These politicians and those who support them all know that art is at our cultural core. The arts teach our values, instill the best in our national character, and give us examples of how we will reach out and embrace the challenges and opportunities of the future.

Can you imagine schools with well funded band, chorus, drama, dance, and art programs and thriving athletic departments? If we could return to these basic components which many of our school's once had, here's what we would see. We would see school kids responding with eager and willing participation in these programs, kids who sense they are appreciated for their efforts, and kids who will commit more energies to their core curricular courses.

Richard Dreyfuss in Mr. Holland's Opus
Richard Dreyfuss in a scene from Mr. Holland's Opus, a fictional film showing the value of a music teacher and his effect on a career full of students.

The closing scene from Mr. Holland's Opus -- An American Symphony, a dramatic sketch
which captures and expresses the core of this issue better than any editorial could.

And perhaps most importantly, we would see kids celebrated for their efforts. Audiences at plays, basketball games, concerts and recitals would have parents, friends, and teachers applauding our youth. Having such cheering and supportive parents at school events is a school asset which doesn't show up in budget considerations, but is a huge asset of any school.

The reason it is valuable is that it comes directly from the hearts of citizens who care and make a major difference. When kids attend a school supported by the surrouding community, they feel valued and do far better. But when kids don't feel valued by they community, they often feel warehoused or shelved out-of-the-way, unimportant and unvalued.

Arts programs in schools builds community. As communities respond to the artistic efforts of "their kids" in "their school," magic happens. Parents show up for teacher conferences and encourage their kids to do better in the class work. The community comes together for fund raisers to support their band, their drama program, and their athletic teams. We all know the phrase, "It takes a village." Schools with thriving arts programs stimulate vitality and become a focal point of community life, the backdrop of all successful schools.

As far as that swinging budget ax, well budgets deal with priorities. Those so willing to swing the ax and cut the arts because of their cost may well be right within the narrow scope of budgetary arithmetic. Cutting the arts will save money. Everyone knows arts programs cost a lot, but we wish to make the case that not teaching the arts costs us all far more. At present, the current debate doesn't seem to consider what it costs us not to have thriving arts programs in the schools. But we choose to add our voice in favor of funding a vibrant resurgence of art programs in public education. We cannot afford not to.

There is not an excellent English, History, Math or Science teacher who hasn't been made more effective when their students are served by an excellent band director, an excellent choral director, an enthusiastic basketball coach, a demanding teacher of dance, or a gifted teacher of drama. We believe our schools will not revive and rise to the excellence we desire until we restore a full and vibrant arts program. If we turn our backs on the arts in education and demand only the basics, even if we're lucky, that may be all that we get, -- the basics -- and in all likelihood, we'll get far less than that. Add your support and your voice in this debate, let us revive and value the arts in education once again.-- Dan Rohlfing

Next Time in Paris ... Thanks to the Musée d'Orsay for two unforgettable SF exhibitions

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And what a grand visit it was, back to back exhibitions featuring the best of the Musée d'Orsay's Impressionist and Post Impressionist works. Now these art treasures have returned to their renovated home, and the good news is, the next time we see them, we'll be in Paris.

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Interior of Paris' Musee D'Orsay

So, with a sweet note of gratitude, we thank the Musée d'Orsay for bringing their treasures to San Francisco for a memorable visit.

And we'll take this opportunity to recall fondly some of what we were so privileged to enjoy.

Claude Monet: The Saint-Lazare Station
Monet painted The Saint-Lazare Station as he was turning from scenes of the countryside to more urban scenes. At the time, he sought to be, like Mantet, Degas, and Caillebotte, a painter of modern life.

James Whistler: Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1 : The Artist's Mother

Haymaking Jules Bastien Lepage, 1877

James Whistler spent most of his painting career in London and Paris.

Whistler's Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1 is valued for its linear austerity and chromatic colors, and exhibits Whistler's experimentation with prints. This painting was acquired by France in 1891, and is one of the most famous works done by an American artist while outside the United States.

Pierre Auguste Renoir: The Swing

Haymaking by Jules Bastien Lepage was inspired by a poem:|

"The reaper stretched out on his bed of fresh grass
Sleeps with clenched fists while The tedder,
faint and fuddled, tanned by the sun,
Sits vacantly dreaming beside him."

The painting goes beyond the scope of the poem, and was a popular at its 1878 Salon showing.

Renoir's The Swing annoyed critics in 1877 because of how light is showing in patches of color on both the clothing and the ground. But the Swing sold, purchased by Gustave Caillebotte.

The painting is like a snapshot, catching glances from the man behind the tree and child to the left,

Vincent Van Goph, Starry Night

Paul Serusier, The Flowery Fence Le Pouldu

while the woman, glances away, as if in embarrassed by the attention.

Van Goph had long been fascinated by the idea of painting the stars at night. In April of 1888, he wrote his brother Theo, "I need a starry night with cypresses or maybe above a field of ripe wheat." He then wrote to Emile Bernard, "But when shall I ever paint the Starry Sky, this painting that keeps haunting me?" In September of that year, he wrote his sister, "Often it seems to me the night is even more richly colored than the day." Later that month, he painted Starry Night.

Paul Serusier and Paul Gauguin painted in Brittany in 1889, and in the autumn of that year, painted together in the village of La Pauldu on the Breton Sea Coast, a place known for its stark and barren landscape.

In The Flowery Fence Le Pouldu, Serusier highlights a neighborly

The Magpie, Claude Monet, 1869

conversation of two women over a fence. He depicts the trees decoratively, in a series of evenly spaced trunks highlighted with foliage.

One of the favorites of the Impressionist show was Claude Monet's, The Magpie. In the late 1860's, Monet wanted to capture fleeting states of nature, and was challenged by snowy landscapes. Monet chose to paint a lone magpie sitting on a fence gate like a note on a musical staff. Monet uses light and shade to capture the nature of the snow, part solid, part liquid. Monet painted this scene on site, and chose pale colors to highlight the scene's temporary luminosity. Parisian critics not used to this pale approach were more comfortable with darker palettes, and the painting was rejected by the jury of the 1869 salon.

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The Hanging of the Shingle ...
A Milestone for our Gallery
Its like the hanging of the Greens at Christmas time, a celebration of anticipation and hope. And for us, it is a milestone, hanging our shingle in our new location.

We are pleased to be in Bodega Bay, a uniquely beautiful place to visit in its own right, where the constant rhythmic percussion of the surf blends with a mixed chorus of barking sea lions and squawking gulls, a setting well suited for brisk windy walks through waving dune grasses, glorious vistas of the sea, a well deserved bowl of warm clam chowder, and some well spent contemplative moments in art galleries.

Our dream is to promote California's historic art, to tell the fascinating tales of the artists and exhibit examples of what they created. Many of these artists were trained in Europe or the best American schools such as the Art Student's League in New York, or the Art Institute of Chicago. They came to the new exciting land of California, using their talents and training to interpret a new vibrancy they encountered.

Their artistic efforts have now become California's historic art, a family of genres encompassing a wide variety of traditions and styles, but together, forming the core of California's artistic heritage. To appreciate what these artists accomplished is to renew for ourselves what these artists felt and sought to convey; the seductive horizon of California's beauty, promise and potential.

We're located in Bodega Bay on Coast Highway One, on the north side of town next door to the renowned Ren Brown Collection. Stop in and see both galleries. We look forward to hosting you soon. -- Linda & Dan

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Gallery Notes
  • A 100th Birthday Celebration: The Extraordinary Palette Knife Paintings of Joshua Meador is our next gallery exhibit, February 16 - April 3. Enjoy the exhibition online preview, and make plans to attend and possibly acquire an original Meador for your collection.
  • The Ren Brown Collection, our neighboring gallery is a participating exhibitor at the Arts of Pacific Asia Show at the Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion, February 4-6. Stop in and say Hi to Ren and Gary Smith of Small World Framing.
  • Linda Sorensen's studio is now up and running. She can be found painting "Open Studio" there most weekends, but its' best to call 707-875-2911 to make certain she'll be available. You may see her works at Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery, or click on her website, LindaSorensenPaintings.com .
  • We're joining the Social Networking revolution via our Newsletter and our exhibit pages. Please recommend us to your friends.
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  • Our great friend, Dennis Calabi of Petaluma's Calabi Gallery called. He reports the Calabi Gallery is participating in For the Love of Art, a fundraiser for the Petaluma Ballet on Saturday, February 12. Refreshments will be served along with the spectacle of a progressive parade of masked revelers.
  • Dennis Calabi also reports the passing of Jack Van Hiele, long time owner of S.F.'s Triangle Gallery, the longest lived contemporary art gallery in San Francisco, often sustained through hard times by Jack's "Dutch Stubbornness." A "closing reception" will take place in celebration of Mr. Van Hiele's life, from 3 to 5 p.m. Feb. 12 at Triangle Gallery, 47 Kearny St., San Francisco.
  • Paul Youngman is presenting new works at the Lee Youngman Gallery in Calistoga. The opening reception is February 5 from 5 until 7 PM.
  • Our gallery has a sitting space for reading a selection of art books or viewing videos related to our artists, such as the 17 minute short film by Walt Disney Studios done in 1958 entitled Four Artists Paint One Tree. In the film, Joshua Meador demostrates his palette knife technique.
  • There are reference books on hand to a far greater extent than previously. The gallery offers as a courtesy to the Dzigurski family purchase of the book about Alexander Dzigurski, and the DVD.
  • The gallery has received a very few gold-signed complete sets of the special collection of vintage prints issued by John W. Hilton. Please inquire if interested. There are a few single prints in the PrintBin.
  • The PrintBin has been divided into one for vintage prints and similar memorabilia, and the other for unframed watercolors and items that are "originals". Keep in mind we now have the gifted custom framing services of Gary Smith available for all your framing needs.
  • The Bodega Bay Fisherman's Festival is requesting participation of artists. Please contact artist@flex.com or you can contact us for an application. The Fisherman's Festival takes place April 30th and May 1st. The application deadline is March 20th.
  • Glass Artists Libby Kirk and Sher Morris-Tice formerly of the Smith and Kirk Gallery in Bodega Bay are exhibiting ther works in new locations. Libby Kirk's work is at Artisans Coop Gallery in the town of Bodega, artisansco-op.com . Sher Morris-Tice is at First Street Gallery in Cloverdale, cloverdaleartalliance.org
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What's showing in Bodega Bay?
Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Sign Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery
Now at home in our new location!

1785 Hwy 1, Bodega Bay,
CA 94923, 707-875-2911 | Map & Location
Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Exterior
Celebrating Early California, Western and American Art
the Small World Custom Framing
of Gary Smith
oil paintings of Linda Sorensen
the etchings
of Gail Packer
the Palette Knife paintings of Joshua Meador the
desert paintings of Kathi Hilton
of Jean Warren
oil paintings of
Alex Dzigurski II
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The Ren Brown Collection
Currently showing Boy's Day Banners
Originally "Boys Day," now Children's Day is a Japanese national holiday which takes place annually on May 5,
to respect children's personalities and to celebrate their happiness. It became a national holiday in 1948.

The Ren Brown Collection is an exhibitor at the Arts of Pacific Asia Show
at the Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion in San Francisco, Feb 4-6.

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Ren Brown Collection

Local Color Gallery Local Color Artist Gallery
photographer Jerry Dodrill & painter Loli Petroni
Images beginning Feb 15th -
Reception is Sat Feb 19, 1-4 PM
Gallery Hours, daily 10 AM to 5 PM
1580 Eastshore Dr., Bodega Bay
707-875-2744 | http://www.localcolorgallery.com | Back to the Top
Boega School House Ron SumnerBodega 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

"The Frugal Collector"
Mar - Apr 2011

http://www.christopherqueengallery.com |707-865-1318| Back to the Top

Self Portrait of Xavier Martinez
Bobbi & Ron Quercia

IN DUNCANS MILLS Quercia Gallery
“Mind~Body~Spirit” A collaboration of Twenty Four Artists ~In three consecutive exhibits~
In music the head is the melody, the body is the rhythm and the spirit is the harmony, you need all three parts to make music, so it is with this community exhibit. We are in a renaissance of creativity, the art is abundant in every form, we have come together to share in all aspects of this extraordinary time. In "Mind ~ Body ~ Spirit" These exhibits are the result of eight artists creating eight images, 8x8 inches. The artists chooses one subject and does it eight different ways. Each exhibit will have 64 images that will be hung in a mix.

In February "Body" Figurative Exhibit, Reception: Saturday, February 5, 3 - 6pm
Followed by "Spirit" in March, an abstract exhibit Gallery
Hours: 11am-5pm, Thur - Mon (707) 865-0243
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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

The Annex Galleries is a member of the International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA).
http://www.AnnexGalleries.com | Back to the Top
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Lee Youngman

IN CALISTOGA the Lee Youngman Gallery
Sunday, Oct 9 Gala Opening 3 - 5 PM
"Uniquely Youngman" show February 5, 2011 with Paul Youngman. . . All new paintings!
for info ... please call 707-942-0585

"February 5, 2011 will unveil over 20 new works by Paul Youngman
in his first one-artist show in two years! The show, "Uniquely Youngman",
will open with the Artist's Reception at 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.,
with the show continuing through February 28th.
http://www.leeyoungmangalleries.com | Back to the Top

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.
Located 30 seconds from the Continental Inn,
8 minutes from Nick's Cove, 20 minutes from Petaluma,
30 minutes from Point Reyes Station and Santa Rosa,
1 hour from San Francisco and the Napa Valley, 2 hours from Sacramento,
6 hours from New York, and 9 hours from Paris.
Open most weekends 12-5pm, and by appointment (707) 878-2525.
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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

January 21—February 27, 2011
BAKERS DOZEN Loreen Barry, Jack Carter, Elizabeth Herron, Brian Howlett, Eric Johnson, Pat Nolan
Thursday, February 24, 7pm

The Gallery will be closed for vacation from January 4—21, 2011 Happy New Year!
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Linda Ratzlaff IN GRATON Graton Gallery
The 5th Annual Invitational Art Exhibition
January 18 - February 27, 2011
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 22 | 2-5pm
For the fifth year, Graton Gallery presents an outstanding collection of fine art by thirty
of Northern California's most well-known and admired master painters, printmakers and sculptors
for their foremost art event, the annual Invitational Exhibition.

9048 Graton Road, Graton, California (707) 829-8912
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17255 Bodega Highway Bodega, California USA 94922 Phone 707 876 3477
http://www.artbodega.com | Lorenzo@ArtBodega.com | Back to the Top

West County Design Center

IN VALLEY FORD West County Design
West County Design provides an unexpected center of artistic sophistication in the charming town of Valley Ford in West Sonoma County. The business serves as a showroom for Bohemian Stoneworks, Current Carpets and Craig Collins Furniture. The gallery also showcases local artisans and quality furnishings for home and business.
Bohemian Stoneworks, Current Carpets and Craig Collins Furniture are known for collaborating closely with both business and residential clients and designers from concept to installation. The result is uniquely personal and functional pieces that reflect our clients’ personalities and needs (Across from the Valley Ford Hotel and its famed Rocker Oysterfeller's Restaurant)
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Silouette of Cypress
Kai Samuel-Davis
BBHPhoto Dennis Calabi
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.

First Anniversary Exhibition Opening!

Our new show, celebrating the completion of our first year in business, showcases the broad diversity of our interests. Antique, modern, and contemporary works in all media and many styles co-exist in our cozy environment.

144 Petaluma Blvd. North, Petaluma, CA 94952 Call 707-781-94952
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Yellow Eye (Protest) by
Robert Pearson McChesney, 1946, Oil on Masonit
32 1/2 x 24
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 WarrenDavisPaintings@yahoo.com
101 Petaluma Blvd. North, Petaluma, CA 94952, ph: 707.769.3097

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Petaluma Arts Council Art Center IN PETALUMA Petaluma Arts Council
"... to celebrate local artists and their contributions and involve the whole community
in appreciation, involvement and recognition of art

Family Tree: Fine Woodworking in Northern California
Jan 21 through March 13
http://www.petalumaartscouncil.org | Back to the Top

Petaluma Art Center
Photo:Anita Diamondstein
And, while on the Big Island, visit these friends of our gallery ...
Isaacs Art Center In Waimea, Big Island, Hawaii Isaacs Art Center
Well worth the effort ... while on the Big Island, visit its best Museum and Gallery,
with some impressive and historic Hawaiian art.
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Kilauea by Moonlight
Jules Taverier c 1890
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Links to current museum exhibits relevant to Early California Art
The Greater Bay Area

The Walt Disney Family Museum
tickets available online
Film of the Month: February 1 - February 28 101 Dalmatians 1:00pm and 4:00pm (daily except Tuesdays and February 12-14, and 20) I Theater Cruella De Vil is out to kidnap Pongo and Perdita's 101 Dalmatian puppies. Watch as the puppies tromp through snow and trek o'er the countryside to escape the fate of an evil fashionista.
Sunday February 20 REEL GLAMOROUS with Jan Wahl 3:00pm | Special Exhibition Hall We're rolling out the red carpet with Jan Wahl as we celebrate Disney Academy Award&®-winning (and nominated) films. Watch clips of films from Flowers and Trees to Mary Poppins and learn about the 26 Academy Awards won by Walt Disney for individual achievement, while sipping wine from Silverado Vineyards and dining on small dishes from Wolfgang Puck Catering. This is a seated event with limited tickets. Elegant outfits encouraged.

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San Francisco de Young Museum
Olmec: Colossal Masterworks of Ancient Mexico
February 19, 2011 - May 8, 2011
coming Summer 2011
Picasso from Musée National Picasso, Paris
June 11, 2011 - September 25, 2011

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San Francisco
California Historical Society
Think California
September 24, 2009- February 5, 2011

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San Francisco
Legion of Honor

Pulp Fashion: The Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave
February 5, 2011 - June 5, 2011

San Francisco Legion of Honor Museum
San Francisco
ontemporary Jewish Museum
Reclaimed Paintings
from the collection of Jacques Gaudstikker

through March 29, 2011
Art collector and gallery owner Jacques Gaudstikker of the Netherlands died while fleeing the Nazi invasion of his country, and 1,400 works of art were looted by lReichsmarschall Hermann Göring. After decades of effort and negotiations, much of this art has been returned to the family, in one of the largest restitutions of Nazi era looted art ever.

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Oakland Museum of California

May 1, 2010 - Dec 2, 2013
Gallery of California Art
Explore our New Gallery
The new Gallery of California Art showcases more than 800 works from OMCA's collection...More»

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San Francisco

Henri Cartier-Bresson The Modern Century
October 30, 2010 - January 30, 2011
Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance, and the Camera Since 1870 October 30, 2010 - April 17, 2011

Santa Rosa
Sonoma County Museum

Emerging Artists:
Laine Justice
Andrew Sofie
Tramaine de Senna
February 11 - April 24, 2011

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Santa Rosa
Charles M. Schultz Museum

The Browns & The Van Pelts: Siblings in Peanuts
January 29 through June 19, 2011
Downstairs Changing Gallery

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Hearst Art Gallery

Lee and Grant
January 30 - March 20 ... provides a major reassessment of the lives, careers, and historical impact of Civil War generals Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant, rediscovering them within the context of their own time —based on their own words and those of their contemporaries, photographs, paintings, prints, coins, reproduction clothing, accoutrements owned and carried by the two men, documents written in their own hands, and biographical and historical records to reveal each man in his historical and cultural context.
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Mission San Francisco de Solano

featuring the famed watercolor paintings
of the California Missions
by Christian Jorgensen
Mission San Francisco de Solano in Sonoma CA Walnut Creek
Bedford Gallery, Lesher Ctr for the Arts
Nature’s Beloved Son: Rediscovering John Muir’s Botanical Legacy
January 9 - March 27, 2011

Lesher Ctr for the Arts Walnut Creek CA
Grace Hudson Museum

American Masterpieces
The Artistic Legacy
of California Indian Baskets

Nov 20 through Feb 27

Grace Hudson Museum Sonoma
Sonoma Valley Museum of Art

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

ECO CHIC: Towards Sustainable Swedish Fashion
with Daniel McCormick: Iterations of Ecological Art and Design
February 19 - May 15, 2011

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Monterey Museum of Art
Miró, Matisse & Picasso:
Celebrating Color and Line

Oct 30 - Feb 27
MMA La Mirada
Monterey Museum of Art

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.
The Modern Photographer: Observation and Intention |
through July 3, 2011

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Crocker Art Museum

Gottfried Helnwein: Inferno of the Innocents
JANUARY 29 – APRIL 24, 2011
Like a modern-day Goya, Gottfried Helnwein’s art addresses themes of inhumanity, violence and the virtue of personal expression.


Capitol Museum

Governor's Portrait Gallery
Permanent Exhibits

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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.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Irvine The Irvine Museum
All Things Bright & Beautiful
through June 11, 2011

All Things Bright & Beautiful is the Irvine's traveling exhibition of fifty-eight important California Impressionist paintings from prized their collections, now home after a two year tour of eastern museums.
See January issue of our newsletter

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Santa Barbara
The Santa Barbara
Museum of Art

Garabedian: A Retrospective
January 22 - April 17. 2011

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Palm Springs
Palm Springs Art Museum

Photographing the American West: |
Selections from the Permanent Collection
06.12.10 - 02.27.11

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San Diego
San Diego Museum of Art

Generations: Paintings by Raúl Anguiano
Now Through February 06, 2011
Thomas Gainsborough and the Modern Woman
January 29, 2011 Through May 01, 2011
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Los Olivos
Wilding Museum

Marc Muench: Explorations in North America
January 12 through May 8, 2011
Main Gallery
Plein Air Paintings of El Chorro and Ytias Ranches
January 19 through March 6, 2011
Barbara Goodall Education Gallery

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Norton Simon Museum

Permanent collection,European paintings
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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.
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Museum of California Art
Gardens and Grandeur:
Porcelains and Paintings
by Franz A. Bischoff
November 14, 2010 – March 20, 2011

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Museum of Art

QUILT VISIONS 2010: No Boundaries
October 24, 2010 - March 13, 2011

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Prescott, AZ
Phippen Museum

Working the West: Selections from the Phippen Collection, November 6, 2010 to February 20, 2011
A celebration of the working cowboy as seen through the eyes of renowned Western artists who captured this vanishing way of life on the ranches of the American West.

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& Beyond
Seattle, WA
Seattle Art Museum

SAM is closed Jan 31 - Feb 15
Permenant collection: American Art

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Portland, OR
Portland Art Museum

Permanent Collection: American Art

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Washington D.C.
The Renwick Gallery
Grand Salon Installation
Paintings from the Smithsonian American Art Museum
Grand Salon, Renwick Gallery
June 6, 2009 — Permanent

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Art Institute of Chicago

Permanent collection:
the Impressionists
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Nashville, TN
Frist Center for the Visual Arts
William Eggleston
Anointing the Overlooked
Jan. 21–May 1, 2011

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High Museum of Art

The American collection ... paintings by William Merritt Chase, Henry Ossawa Tanner, John Twachtman and Childe Hassam. It includes landscapes by Hudson River School artists, figure paintings by Henry Inman and John Singer Sargent, and still-life paintings by John Frederick Peto, William Michael Harnett
and William Mason Brown.
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Cedar Rapids, IA
The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
Grant Wood: In Focus
is an ongoing permanent collection exhibition.
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The National Gallery
Permanent collection
American Paintings

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Brooklyn, NY
The Brooklyn Museum
Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera
through April 10

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The Whitney Museum of American Art
Modern Life: Edward Hopper and His Time
October 28, 2010–April 10, 2011

The Whitney Museum of American Art New York

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