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From the 1950's
John W. Hilton,
Joshua Meador,
and Robert Rishell
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Banner above ... A portion of Grace Allison Griffith's Spring Shower, Valley of the Moon
Also on exhibit
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The Sonoma County
paintings of famed
Sebastopol watercolorist,
Grace Allison Griffith;
plus California painter
Andreas Roth

February 2012 Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Monthly News
from our gallery
the Gallery
SF Bay Bridge Thumbnail 1955
From 1955, A Film Travelogue of SF,
the times of John W. Hilton,
Joshua Meador & Robert Rishell

Andreas Roth in Palm Beach 1932
Surprise in our email,
previously unpublished photos of
CA Artist Andreas Roth 1872 - 1949

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Amedeo Modigliani
& Pablo Picasso,
Competitors & Friends

First Family Visits Cocoran Gallery's 30 Artists
First Family Visits
Corcoran Gallery's
30 Artists Exhibition
from Neighboring Galleries
Museum Exhibits:
Bay Area, the Southland & Beyond
Our Archives,
past Newsletter Articles
&Gallery Exhibitions

From 1955, A Film Travelogue of San Francisco,
the times of artists John W. Hilton, Joshua Meador and Robert Rishell

San Francisco Travelogue, 19559

Take a few moments and enjoy seeing San Francisco as it was back in 1955. It doesn't seem all that long ago. Amateur film maker Tullio Pellegrini's film serves as an opportunity for us to consider just how much things have changed, and appreciate how much they've remained the same.

Think about it. Just 57 years ago, there wasn't one piece of space debris orbiting the globe, and the name Sputnik was not yet in the American vocabulary. There were no commercial jets filling the air. The Giants were still playing in the Polo Grounds, all TV's were black and white, and cars burned leaded gas at just $.23 per gallon. Few had ever heard of Elvis, drivers listened to AM radios only and wore no seat belts. There wasn't a computer chip or cell phone anywhere, and today's Silicon Valley was prized as a series of colorful roadside fruit stands, scented flowering orchards and pick-your-own berry patches. 1955 began with tolls on the Golden Gate Bridge at $.40 each way, and ended the year at $.25 each way. What a different world! Tolls actually went down!

But what is also striking about Tullio Pellegrini's film is to see just how much of what once was still is. The beauty of the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges, the Legion of Honor and Palace of Fine Arts, the vistas from the Cliff House, Golden Gate Park, Market Street, the Ferry Building, Coit Tower, Fishermen's Wharf - much of it linked by the Cable Cars - is all still here, much as it was then.

The 1950's were successful times for three of our gallery's artists, John W. Hilton, Joshua Meador, and Robert Rishell. In the spectrum of old California art, they rank among our gallery's most recent painters. But Tullio Pellegrini's travelogue helps place these artists in historical perspective. In their time, American optimism was riding high. The Great Depression and World War II were over. Soldiers were returning home, beginning families, building homes, schools, shopping centers, freeways, and the list goes on. America was building on the move. Communication and transportation were making the world smaller while the horizon to a brighter future seem endless. It was a time when almost anything seemed possible.

John W Hilton and James Cagney

John painting with is good friend and painting partner, actor
James Cagey

John W. Hilton (1904-1983) was doing well in the 1950's. His work was being recognized by people who counted. He was honored with a one-man show at New York's Grand Central Gallery and was inducted into the Salmagundi Club in New York. He was writing articles and having his work published regularly in Desert Magazine and Arizona Highways Magazine. And his paintings were popular and selling.

As a younger man, Hilton had become an experienced student of the Mojave Desert. He was a self taught gemologist, geologist, botanist, zoologist, as well as a skilled painter, writer, and performing musician. His desert gem shop and art gallery was the scene of some of his art lessons with some of his closest desert friends, desert painters Maynard Dixon, Nicolai Fechin, Jimmy Swinnerton, and Clyde Forsythe.

As World War II began, Hilton's first hand knowledge lead to a

John W Hilton donating a painting to Dwight Eisenhower at the White Hosue 1957
John W. Hilton delivering his Painting of Twentynine Palms Oasis to President Eisenhower's Oval Office, Jan 1957

reconnoitering jeep expedition with General George Patton. The general was preparing to train troops for his Africa campaign and borrowed Hilton's Mojave expertise. Another wartime experience of note was when Hilton hosted his friend Howard Hughes who flew his plane from Los Angeles and landed on the highway out front of Hilton's humble gallery and gem shop, bringing fresh Maine lobster for John's daughter, future artist Kathi Hilton, who was enjoying her fourth birthday party.

During the war, Hilton was operating his own calcite mine. The calcite was of an optical grade and was used by MIT and Edwin Land (of Polaroid Land Camera fame) to make gunsights for anti aircraft weapons aboard American bombers. The sights made it much easier to target enemy fighters which were attacking American bombers. They saved many American lives, and although John W. Hilton could have become a wealthy man from the enterprise, he refused to make money on the venture as he felt it was doing his part for the war effort.

After the war, Hilton met the returning victorious General Dwight Eisenhower while showing his paintings at an outdoor art show in Palm Springs. Ike was an aspiring amateur painter, and struck up an immediate friendship with Hilton. After Ike was elected in 1952, as President he would vacation in Palm Springs where he would play golf. During these visits, the President would go missing for hours on end. Only senior aides knewthat the President was at Hilton's house painting. In 1957, Hilton presented his painting Twentynine Palms Oasis at the White House which Eisenhower displayed in his Oval Office.

Below are four of Hilton's paintings currently on exhibit at our gallery.

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John Hilton
Desert Dunes, 1936
John W Hilton Monument Valley
John Hilton
Monument, 1951
John W Hilton Hellhole Canyon
John Hilton
Fall in the Canyon
John W Hilton La Mananita
John Hilton
La Mananita, 1963
Joshu doing lava effects for Fantasia at Diseny Studios

Joshua Meador works
on lava effects for Fantasia

Joshua Meador (1911-1965) was at the apex of his career in the 1950's.

As a young man during the 1920's, he was a high school honor student and track star in his native Columbus, Mississippi. His father's influence garnered young Josh an appointment to the Naval Academy at Annapolis, but the brave young artist had the courage to tell his father he did not want a military career, but wanted to be an artist. To his father's credit, Josh enrolled at the Art Institute of Chicago, and graduated cum laude into the midst of the Great Depression in 1935.

After a brief stint painting Post Offices for the WPA, Meador submitted his portfolio to Walt Disney.. As a younger man, Walt Disney had wanted to attend the Art Institute. Now enjoying some success in Hollywood, he was in a position to hire some of the best artists he could find, and among them, he hired Josh.

Josh doing water effects Walt Disney looking on

Josh working on colored water effects
with Walt Disney looking on
Joshua Meador Caspar Inlet

Caspar Inlet

Josh loved his job at Disney. He enjoyed the collaborative environment working with the many artists assembled by Walt. Josh became director of of animation effects, and among contributions made by him were methods and techniques which gave fairy dust to Tinkerbell and the "Z" in Zorro. He worked on all the Disney classics produced by the studio for twenty years, including directing a portion of the groundbreaking animated feature Fantasia.

Joshua Meadors Captian Vallejos Casa

Captain Vallejo's Casa
on the town square in Sonoma, CA
Joshua Meador Rainy Day Bodega

Rainy Day (town of Bodega)
Joshua Meador Bodega Pier

Bodega Pier

During much of 1955, Josh was working on loan from Disney with MGM Studios, doing special animation effects for the groundbreaking Science Fiction film, Forbidden Planet, a forerunner of Star Trek and Star Wars. In the 1960's, President Lyndon Johnson included a Meador painting in his collection, and Josh was chosen to be the "on board" artist to paint a portrait of the returning Apollo astronauts from the first moon mission. Unfortunately, Josh died of a heart attack in August 1965, and did not live to see the moon mission in 1969.

Above are four of Joshua Meador's paintings currently on exhibit at our gallery.

Robert Rishell Photo
Artist Robert Rishell, here
photographed wearing one of his
familiar turquoise bolo ties.

Robert Rishell (1917-1976) was at the center of the Bay Area's art scene of the 1950's.

In 1949, Robert Rishell was an energetic member of the Society of Western Artists (SWA), and he organized the first showing of the Society of Western Artists at the California Spring Garden Show in 1949. His father was the Mayor of Oakland, Clifford E. Rishell, who was Mayor during the construction of the Bay Bridge. Young Robert did not follow his father into politics, deciding to dedicate his life to painting. He trained at the California College of Arts and Crafts and studied with Xavier Martinez, who had in turn trained with the great American Impressionist, John Singer Sargent.

Robert was a strong proponent for California Art. He was a driving force in the establishment of the Oakland

Robert Rishell Painting in the Mojave
Robert Rishell painting in the Mojave

Museum, today one of the state's most important venues for historic California painting. He was well known and respected and was a member of the Bohemian Club. His daughter Lynn reports that Robert enjoyed the Bohemian Club camp outs on the Russian River, especially enjoying the antics of his tent-mates, ventriloquist Edgar Bergen and author Herman Wouk.

In 1974, Governor Ronald Reagan chose Robert to do his official gubernatorial portrait, a stunning painting of a back-lit Reagan smiling on the sunny grounds of the State Capital in Sacramento. The painting now hangs in the Capitol building in a gallery of gubernatorial portraits.

Robert Rishell's Portrait of Ronald Reagan

Robert Rishell, Official Portrait of
Gov. Ronald Reagan
State Capitol, Sacramento, 1974

Robert Rishell often painted beyond the Bay Area. He most enjoyed the Mojave Desert and the Palm Springs area. He exhibited there often and once sold multiple paintings to Senator Barry Goldwater. His daughter recalls fondly a visit to the Twentynine Palms home of artist John W. Hilton, noting Hilton's Olympic sized swimming pool fed by desert hot springs. In 1968, he was interviewed by Bob Avery on KGO radio during an exhibition of Rishell's work at the Desert Southwest Art Gallery in Palm Springs.

Robert Rishell Princess Family Horse

Robert Rishell,
Princess, Family Horse, 1946
Robert Rishell Trail of the Giants

Robert Rishell,
Trail of the Giants (Bohemian camp)
Robert Rishell Mountain Trail
Robert Rishell,
Mountain Trail

Above are three Robert Rishell paintings currently on exhibit at the gallery, and a photo of his portrait of Governor Ronald Reagan done in 1974.

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Andreas Roth in Palm Beach

Painting in Palm Beach, Florida
with bathing costumed onlooker.
Surprise in our email - previously unpublished photos of
California artist Andreas Roth 1872 - 1949

We are excited to recover and publish these photos which help tell the tale of the spirited and adventurous Andreas Roth. In 1932, he thought enough of California and America to leave his home and emigrate. Upon his arrival, he energetically pursued his artistic passions, exploring the best of California and beyond.

Andreas Roth with another painter at Mission San Juan Capistrano

Posing with a fellow artist at
Mission San Juan Capistrano
Andreas Roth at Lake Louise Bamff National Park Alberta

On shore with easel at Lake Louise,
Banff National Park, Alberta
Andreas Roth Painting in Mrs Spaldings Garden

Painting the delights in "Mrs. Spaulding's Garden"

He lived in California for sixteen years between his 1932 arrival and his passing in 1949. He possessed a distinctive painting style and is a favorite of collectors all over the American and Canadian West. Yet until quite recently, there was little published about Andreas Roth other than the recognition given to his paintings in California.

Recently, we've heard from his great grandson, Andreas Leipold of Germany. Found among old letters from Andreas Roth to his son back in Germany were photos of Andreas painting in some of his favorite locales. They show an immigrant artist going to great lengths to seek out the most prized painting locales in the West, a dedicated painter, decked out not in a smock or comfortable traveling clothes, but instead a stylish old gent attired always in jacket, hat and tie.

His great grandson believes that Andreas Roth came to America in 1932. Contrary to many of the biographies now on the internet, some suggesting Roth was Jewish, and even information from a descendant of his friend identifying a synagogue in the Los Angeles area, the family states that he did not leave Germany because of the rise of Hitler, clarifying that Andreas Roth was a Roman Catholic.

Andreas' move was quite an achievement. The economic realities in his native Germany and in America weren't the best. The world was suffering a depression, and Germany was still suffering under the weight of debt and inflation resulting from World War I. Yet at age 60, Andreas had the means, health, and wherewithal to make this monumental transoceanic and transcontinental move.

He settled in Los Angeles and began his work as a painter. He did "house portraits" for wealthy clients, and made sufficient income from these to finance his travels throughout California. He often painted in Laguna Beach, Mission San Juan Capistrano, San Pedro Harbor, Palm Springs, Yosemite, the eastern Sierra and Carmel. When you think of it, he must have been able to afford an automobile, lodgings, meals, and art supplies as he went, all marks of either a wealthy man or a successful selling artist.

Andreas Roth Painting a Poinsetta Field in Hollywood CA

Painting a Poinsettia field in Hollywood, CA
Andeas Roth painting at Mission San Juan Capistrano

Andreas Roth,
painting before an audience at
Mission San Juan Capistrano
Andreas Roth Bamff National Park Alberta Canada

Again, pictured painting at
Banff National Park, Alberta

After being in California for a decade, in the 1940's Andreas began taking summer trips to Alberta, painting the beauty and majesty of the Canadian Rockies in Banff and Jasper National Parks. Perhaps part of his attraction can be explained that the Canadian Rockies reminded Andreas of the Austrian Alps and of home. Our gallery has heard from Canadian collectors of Andreas Roth paintings, especially his depictions of Lake Louise. His Canadian work must have been some of the most successful of his career, as he kept returning there season after season.

When Andreas left Germany, he left his family behind including a grown son. The family suspects that all was not well between Andreas and his wife, as she did not follow him to America. She continued living in Andreas Roth's hometown, Klein Ochsenfurt in northern Bavaria.

Andreas Roth Columbia Icefield Jaspar National Park Alberta  Candada

Painting the Columbia Icefield at
Jasper National Park, Alberta

The family does not know Andreas' wife's name, but the family knows she was Italian, an artist, and she is referred to in the letters as "Rote Malerin" which translates as "red painter." The family guesses this was an affectation Andreas used for her, possible referring to her hair color or political leanings. The family reports Andreas wrote in his letters that he was not pleased that his wife did not choose to follow him to the U.S. as she would have had a good life in America.

Overall, Andreas sent some thirty letters to his son. They now reside with the grandson, and we are in contact with the great-grandson who is gleaning information. We may learn more as time goes on and we will continue updating our Andreas Roth web page. Our readers may add.

Andreas Roth Painting at Lido Island in San Pedro Harbor Los Angeles

Painting a Harbor Scene on Lido Island
in San Pedro Harbor
Andreas Roth Painting at Mission San Juan Capistrano

Painting a large prickly pear cactus
at San Juan Capistrano
Below are three Andreas Roth paintings currently on exhibit at the gallery
Athebaska Glacier Jasper National Park Alberta Canada

"Athabaska Mt. Columbia Icefield 1949"
Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada 
Andreas Roth Palm Springs 1938

Palm Springs
, 1938
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Lake Louise with a Cabin
, 1946
Banff National Park, Alberta
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Art work from Modigliani

Poster art for the film Modigliani, 2004

Amedeo Modigliani & Pablo Picasso,
Competitors & Friends
Modigliani 2004 Poster Art

In 2004, the film "Modigliani" staring Andy Garcia took it on the chin. The critics almost universally panned it, with Stephen Holden writing in the NY Times that the film serves as "a textbook outline of how not to film the life of a legendary artist." So why speak of a film which received such a poor reception? The answer is simple: the basis for the film was the relationship between two dynamic forces in the world of modern art, Amedeo Modigliani and Pablo Picasso. Plus, it was a story worth telling.

Theirs was a friendship between two artists, very alike yet very

Andy Garcia as Modigliani 2004
Andy Garcia in a scene from Modigliani, 2004

different. Both were extremely talented and had a vision energized by a huge appetite and passion for life. As artists they were competitors. Adding to the compelling nature of their story was the contrast of Picasso's success with Modigliani's lack of it. Picasso would go on to live a long, full and extremely successful life while Modigliani, fated with a childhood illness complicated by drug use, died at age 36, never enjoying acceptance, fame, or wealth.

At the time modern art was ascendant in the world of painting, just as the birth of Jazz was rising in music. Both art forms borrowed the best of European traditions informed and transformed by colorful rhythms and energies from Africa. As France engaged in colonial pursuits in Africa, artifacts were brought back and exhibited Paris. African art exhibitions were popular among the curious Parisians, especially African ceremonial masks which had a major influence on Matisse, Picasso and Modigliani.

Modigliani and Picasso

Modigliani, Picasso and Parisian art critic and poet, André Salmon in front of
the Café de la Rotonde on the Boulevard du Montparnasse, Paris 1916
Jeane seated

Photo portrait of
Jeanne Hebuterne
Amedeo Modigliani's
mistress, muse and model

What is most striking about Modigliani's portraits is that he didn't so much paint the faces of his subjects, but the masks of their faces, the visage meant to be seen by the world, purposefully concealing the inner person behind the mask.

Modigliani would elongate the necks of most of his subjects, distancing their "mask" from their bodies, drawing more attention to their faces. Often, he left the eyes blank hiding their eyes, their window to the soul. Contrary to what you might expect, Modigliani's subjects were not hidden by their masks. His portraits often reveal much more of his subject than a traditional portrait. Below is a fascinating video slide show of some of his portraits.

Today, Modigliani's work isn't nearly as well known as his friend Picasso's. Until I saw the film Modigliani, I had not ever stopped long enough to give much thought to his work. But because of this film - this poorly reviewed film - I have looked at Modigliani's work more closely, and I have become a fan.

Picasso by Modigliani Portait

Portrait of Pablo Picasso by Amedeo Modigliani

Stephen Holden of the NY Times may be right about the film, but I would like to add this thought. Although it may not be historically accurate and is overburdened with cinematic flaws and miscues, it is probably the best film ever made to explore the relationship between Picasso and Modigliani. In time, a better and more accurate film can be made.

But what is certain is that the story of these two painters and their relationship is worthy of consideration. Until a better film is made, this one raises some interesting questions and contrasts. One might be the need for community among artists -- friendship and competition -- to both stimulate and stress the growth of art. Another might be the influence of success on art. Are artists better when left unknown, unappreciated, and left in poverty? Does art improve with wealth, fame, and heaped high with praise?

A video slide show of the portraits of Amedeo Modigliani
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First Family Visits Corcoran Gallery's
30 Artists Exhibition

The First Family strolling toward the Corcoran Gallery

Presidents have long been patrons of the arts, and over the years, many artists have been counted among our presidents' friends. As our presidents expressed interest in artists, they have set an example for the nation.

Some of our Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery artists have been among those receiving White House attention. Steven Seymour Thomas painted Woodrow Wilson's official Presidential Portrait presently in the permanent collection of the White House. Harry Cassie Best visited Washington and presented Teddy Roosevelt with a painting of Mount Shasta for the East Room of the White House. Similarly, John W. Hilton who was a painting partner of Dwight Eisenhower presented Ike with a painting for the Oval Office. Joshua Meador

Corcoran Gallery Washington DC
The Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C.

had a painting in Lyndon Johnson's personal collection and was named by Johnson to be the artist selected to paint the returning Apollo astronauts from the first moon mission. Robert Rishell painted Ronald Reagan's official gubernatorial portrait currently hanging in the State Capitol in Sacramento, and his work resides in Ronald Reagan's personal art collection.

The Corcoran Gallery of Art was founded to encouraging American Genius. Its wide collection of 18th, 19th, and 20th century American art includes most of America's most notable artists.

The Corcoran possesses a fine collection of European art as well. While continuing its efforts to represent historic American works, the gallery also encourages modern European and American artists by showing and purchasing their work, paying particular attention to artists in the Washington area.

The current exhibit seen by the Obama family is entitled 30 Americans. It provides a sampling of wide-ranging work by some of the most important African American artists of the last thirty years. Selected from the Rubell Family Collection, the exhibition includes works by Jean-Michel Basquiat and David Hammons accompanied by works by younger emerging talent. The exhibition explores how each artist expresses black identity in America, given the backdrop of the struggle for civil rights, pop culture, and the ever evolving image of African Americans in the media.

30 Americans
includes 76 paintings, sculptures, drawings and photographs. It was first displayed at the Rubell Family Foundation in Miami, Florida.
30 Americans - Preview from 30 Artists

A key goal of the exhibition is to identify the linking legacy of African American art, highlighting relationships between artists across the generations. What the exhibition strives to do is to show how an artist's idea ripples through time and through the work of artists who follow. Such a linkage is enlightening to explore. In fact, linking the ideas and works of artists has long been a source of insight of how older ideas and forms are incorporated and expanded in new works. Be it finding elements of J.S. Bach in jazz or bits of Goya in Picasso, such has long been the case.

As a gallery, we strive to stimulate and nurture appreciation of art and to encourage our patrons and gallery visitors to frequent California Museums and take in their special exhibitions. The First Family's visit to the Corcoran is worthy of note, and although perhaps trivial when contrasted to weightier matters, it does provide a welcome change from the stream of normal political news and comment from Washington. So, we encourage all to follow the President's lead, and take in a museum exhibit soon.

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News from our Gallery

    • Our WINTER HOURS are 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday However, we are always happy to be called to the gallery during different times on appointment or if you are early or late for our regular hours. Cell phone 510-414-9821, which is posted in the gallery window.
    • The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life Re-opens in Berkeley. Read SF article or link to the Magnes Collection site
    • Pacific Standard Time ( continues on: centered on the mid-Century Southern California art scene, thematic participation further North includes the Calabi Gallery in Petaluma.
    • Camille Przewodek's teachings about color and light are the subject of a new instructional DVD. Check her website for the link to order and to find out about upcoming workshops. Dale has also designed a paint-saver palette (for oil paint) that is being enthusiastically received. Linda has one and will be happy to demonstrate it for you when she works at her studio in the third room of the gallery.
    • The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco's Presidio is hosting for members The Night Before The Academy Awards on Saturday Evening, February 25th 6:30 - 10:00 PM. Champaign and Hors D'oeuvres will be served in the lobby prior to the screening of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. $75.00 pp, $140 per couple. 415-345-6812.
    • The Salton Sea History Museum and Visitor Center is holding its Grand Opening Friday, February 3rd. For more details, see or call 760-574-5471. Our artist John W. Hilton lived near the NE shore of the Lake at Rancho Dos Palmas, and he hosted notables there as his guests including General George Patton, and fellow desert artists such as Maynard Dixon and Jimmy Swinnerton. John W. Hilton enthusiast Jennie Kelly is a friend of our gallery and has been a driving force in making this museum happen.
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What's showing in Bodega Bay?
Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Sign Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery
1785 Coast Highway One, Bodega Bay,
CA 94923, 707-875-2911 | Map & Location
Celebrating Early California, Western and American Art
- original paintings by famous artists of the past
now on exhibit ... "From the Fifties"
(also printbins of unframed vintage block prints, lithographs and watercolors) plus Bodega Bay resident artists
Jean Warren (watercolors), Diane Perry (photography), and Linda Sorensen (oil paintings)
Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Exterior
Reb Brown Sign Thumbnail

The Ren Brown Collection
Japanese woodblock prints from 1850 to 1950 
Celebrating Traditional Imagery by such artists as
Hiroshige, Hasui, Hokusai, Jacoulet & Yoshida
... Now through February 2012
"Established in 1989 and specializes in contemporary art from both sides of the Pacific. We offer rotating exhibits throughout the year. A major focus is modern Japanese prints. Some of the world-famous artists from Japan are SHINODA Toko, TANAKA Ryohei, NAKAYAMA Tadashi, and Daniel KELLY. These woodblock, lithograph and etching prints may be abstract or representational, and often include handmade paper." | Back to the Top

Ren Brown Collection

Local Color Gallery

Local Color Artist Gallery
 paintings and photography by the gallery owners, Ron Sumner, Jody Shipp, Judy Henderson, Florence Brass, Olga Storms, Pamela Wallace and Mike Shoys.  Opening reception, Sat., Feb. 4th from 2 to 4 PM.
Gallery Hours, daily 10 AM to 5 PM
1580 Eastshore Dr., Bodega Bay
707-875-2744 | | Back to the Top

Boega School House Ron Sumner
What's showing nearby?
in Sonoma, Napa & Marin Counties
Christopher Queen Gallery

IN DUNCANS MILLS Christopher Queen Galleries
3 miles east of Hwy 1 on Hwy 116 on the Russian River

PICTURESQUE 35th Anniversary Show

Self Portrait of Xavier Martinez
Bobbi & Ron Quercia IN DUNCANS MILLS Quercia Gallery

"Time & Materials" From the Archives of D.A. Bishop

Hours: 11am-5pm, Thur - Mon (707) 865-0243 | Back to the Top

Quercia Gallery Duncans Mills
Annex Galleries Santa Rosa IN Santa Rosa The Annex Galleries
specializing in 19th, 20th, and 21st century
American and European fine prints

The Annex Galleries is a member of the International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA). | Back to the Top
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IN CALISTOGA the Lee Youngman Gallery
Featuring the work of contemporary painter Paul Youngman,
and the works of famed painter, Ralph Love (1907-1992) | Back to the Top
Left ... Lee Youngman, Right ... Paul Yougman

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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. | Back to the Top

Tomales Fine Art Gallery
QuickSilver Gallery Exterior

IN FORESTVILLE The Quicksilver Mine Co.
6671 Front St. (Hwy. 116) Downtown Forestville PHONE: 707.887.0799

Jan 20 - Feb 26, Bakers Dozen 2012, reception Jan 24 2-4 pm.
Coming February 2012 Heartworks VIII, Annual Window Display of Vintage Collectible Sculpture by Monty Monty
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Linda Ratzlaff IN GRATON Graton Gallery
Graton Gallery Sixth Annual Invitational ... Jan 17 - Mar 4, reception Jan 22, 2-5 pm
Bodega Landmark Gallery Thumb IN BODEGA Bodega Landmark Gallery Collection
17255 Bodega Highway Bodega, California USA 94922 Phone 707 876 3477 | | Back to the Top

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) | Back to the Top

Right ... Silouette of Cypress, Kai Samuel-Davis
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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.

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

Vintage Bank Petaluma Thumbnail IN PETALUMA Vintage Bank Antiques
Vintage Bank Antiques is located in Historic Downtown Petaluma, corner of Western Avenue and Petaluma Blvd. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Warren Davis and the rest of the team at Vintage Bank Antiques has assembled a spectacular inventory of paintings. From the 18th Century to Contemporary Artists. We have paintings to suit every price point and collector level.
If you have a painting for sale, please consider Vintage Bank Antiques. Contact Warren Davis directly at
101 Petaluma Blvd. North, Petaluma, CA 94952, ph: 707.769.3097 | Back to the Top
Petaluma Arts Council Art Center

IN PETALUMA Petaluma Arts Council
"... to celebrate local artists and their contributions and involve the whole community
Good Company: Great Clay and Glass in California, 1932 - 2012
Jan 20 - Mar 4, reception Jan 21, 2-4 pm
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Petaluma Art Center
Photo:Anita Diamondstein
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Links to current museum exhibits relevant to Early California Art
The Greater Bay Area

The Walt Disney Family Museum
tickets available online
The WDFM tells Walt's story from his early days through the creation of his famed "Mouse Factory" and the Magic Kingdom. Displays superbly present pre-computerized animation, explaining the artistic, technical, and imaginative processes,

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San Francisco
de Young Museum
Masters of Venice: Renaissance Painters of Passion and Power from the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
through Feb 12

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San Francisco
California Historical Society
Oyster Farm:
Photographs of the Drakes Bay Oyster Company
through January 19th

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San Francisco
Legion of Honor

The Cult of Beauty:
The Victorian Avant-Garde, 1860-1900

Feb 18 - Jun 17

San Francisco Legion of Honor Museum
San Francisco
ontemporary Jewish Museum

Do Not Destroy: Trees, Art, and Jewish Thought
An Exhibition and the Dorothy Saxe Invitational
Opening February 16

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Oakland Museum of California

Gallery of California Art

showcasing over 800 works from the OMCA's collecton

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San Francisco

Francesca Woodman
through Feb 20

San Francisco
Chinese Historical Society of America

Finding Jake Lee: The Paintings at Kan’s
Extended due to Popular Demand
See our April '11 newsletter article

and your Jake Lee page

Chinese Historical Society San Francisco

Santa Rosa
Charles M. Schultz Museum

Hit the Road Snoopy
through April 2

... the influence comic strips and cartoon art has had on the work of such noted artists as Enrique Chagoya, Christo, Ron English, Llyn Foulkes, Gottfried Helnwein, Sherrie Levine, Roy Lichtenstein, Richard Pettibone, Mel Ramos, & Wayne Thiebaud.

Charles M Schultz Museum Santa Rosa Santa Rosa
Sonoma County Museum

The Tsars’ Cabinet: Two Hundred Years of Russian Decorative Arts under the Romanovs
February 24 – May 27, 2012

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Hearst Art Gallery

Opening February 12, 2012
The Veil: Visible and Invisible Spaces
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Bedford Gallery, Lesher Center for the Arts
SNAP: A National Juried Photography Exhibition
December 8, 2011 - February 19, 2012

Lesher Ctr for the Arts Walnut Creek CA
Mission San Francisco de Solano Museum

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

Mission San Francisco de Solano in Sonoma CA Sonoma
Sonoma Valley Museum of Art

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

Jan 14-Mar 18
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Grace Hudson Museum

Bear In Mind: The Story of the California Grizzly
through Feb12, 2012

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Bolinas Museum

featuring their permanent collection,

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

(thumbnail right ... a portion of
Elizabeth Holland McDaniel's Bolinas Embarcadero.
The green roof building on Wharf Street
is the Bolinas Museum)

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Monterey Museum of Art
Monterey NOW: Paul Roehl
through Mar 4

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.

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Palo Alto
Cantor Art Center at Stanford University

The Legend of Rex Slinkard
Through Feb 26

Cantor Art Center at Stanford University Sacramento
Capitol Museum

Governor's Portrait Gallery
Permanent Exhibits

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Crocker Art Museum

Florence and the Baroque:
Paintings from the Haukohl Family Collection

through Feb 12
The Art of Disegno: Italian Prints and Drawings
from the Georgia Museum of Art

through Feb12 Stockton
Haggin Museum

"if you've not been here yet, you must go!"

-Largest exhibit of Albert Beirstadt paintings anywhere,
& a superb collection other California,
American and European impressionists.

-Joseph Christian Leyendecker,
(Norman Rockwell's mentor)

and trailblazing cover artist for the Saturday Evening Post
see our Newsletter article, April 2011
Southern California (and Arizona)
Los Angeles
Los Angeles Museum of Art

Art of the Americas, Level 3:
Artworks of paintings and sculptures from the colonial period to World War II— a survey of of art and culture.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
The Irvine Museum

Gardens and Grandeur
Porcelains and Paintings by Franz Bischoff
Nov 12 - Mar 8, 2012

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Santa Barbara
The Santa Barbara
Museum of Art

Van Gogh to Munch: European Masterworks
through 2012

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Palm Springs
Palm Springs Art Museum

Night and Day, The Paintings of Lockwood DeForest
through April 8
Western and Native American Art
from the Permanent Collection

Reopening with new selections October 18, 2011|
Combining traditional and contemporary artworks, this installation presents a complex blend of cultures, landscapes, historical forces and artistic traditions that both inform and challenge our ever evolving notion of the West.

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San Diego
San Diego Museum of Art

Mexican Modern Painting
from the Andrés Blaisten Collection

through Feb 19, 2012
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Los Olivos
Wilding Museum

Earth as Art 3
through Maay 13

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Norton Simon Museum

-Permanent collection, European paintings
Proof: The Rise of Printmaking in Southern California
through Apr 12
The Original Print: An Introduction to Printmaking
in the Postwar Period
through Apr 12

Norton Simon Museum Pasadena 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

Museum of California Art

L.A. RAW: Abject Expressionism in Los Angeles 1945-1980, From Rico Lebrun to Paul McCarthy
Richard Bunkall: A Portrait
Nancy Baker Cahill: Fascinomas

Opening Jan 22

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Prescott, AZ
Phippen Museum

Trappings of the American West
Nov 12 through Feb 19, 2012

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

Luminous: The Art of Asia
Gauguin and Polynesia: An Elusive Paradise
Feb 9 - April 29

Seattle Art Museum

Portland, OR
Portland Art Museum

Mark Rothko
through May 27

Permanent Collection: American Art

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Washington D.C.
The Renwick Gallery

Permanent ... Grand Salon Paintings
from the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Renwick Gallery Washington DC Chicago, IL
Art Institute of Chicago

Permanent collection:
the Impressionists
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Cedar Rapids, IA
The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
Grant Wood: In Focus

is an ongoing permanent collection exhibition.

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

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

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

Permanent collection
American Paintings

upcoming ... George Bellows (1882–1925)
June 10–October 8, 2012

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The Whitney Museum of American Art

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