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Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Monthly - February 2013 "May Art be a Part of your Life"
Our gallery Celebrates California, American & Western Art,
Wednesdays through Sundays, 11:00 - 4:00
(and by appointment 707-875-2911) 1785 Coast Highway One, Bodega Bay, CA 94923
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Bodega Bay's Nicholas Green,
John Paul II & Clint Eastwood by Daniel Rohlfing
Here is a short twelve minute film from the Nicholas Green Foundation,
featuring interviews with Maggie and Reg Green. They relate the events surrounding Nick's death, and their decision to allow organ donation.
Prologue ... When young Nick Green peered out the window of his Bodega Bay home, he saw crashing breakers off Doran Beach and the immense blue Pacific beyond. The horizon mirrored his future, beautiful, wide and seemingly endless.
But intruding into his life was an errant bullet shot by inept highway robbers while his family vacationed in southern Italy.
Nick's family had long anticipated their trip to Italy. But the Greens became the victims of a botched highway robbery. Reg attempted to distance his young family from danger and sped away as shots rang out. But Nick, riding in back with his sister, had been hit. While on life support, but with hope gone, Maggie and Reg Green told the doctors that Nicholas' organs could be donated.
At the time, the Greens did not know that organ donation was scarcely practiced in Italy. Catholic tradition held that reverence for the dead and hope for the resurrection required sacred respect for the remains of those who have died. Forged over centuries and buttressed by orthodoxy, this was why modern day Italians seldom practiced or even considered organ donation.
Yet the Greens did not hesitate when asked to make their decision. They chose to allow Nick's organs to help others. Although they weren't aware of it at the time, their deision provided a loving example for the Italian nation and the world.
Nick's organs were harvested and given to seven Italian recipients. As word spread, the Greens' action gained the appreciation, admiration and recognition of the Italian people.
Italian school children and families who had received organ donations participated in creating a memorial to Nicholas' memory, even gaining the participation and blessing of his Holiness, Pope John-Paul II.
Just north of Bodega Bay is a monument, the Children's Bell Tower, created in memory of the life and death of Nicholas Green, and Maggie and Reg Green's willingess to offer the gift of life to others.
The Children's Bell Tower contains bells designed and donated from school children and familes who received organ donations throughout Italy. Each bell has inscriptions or art work created by these children commemorating Nicholas' life and his gift of life. In the center is a bell blessed and donated by Pope John-Paul II.
One of the Children's Bells
The Tower of the Bells is a must- see sight for Bodega Bay visitors who come, pause, ponder and shed a tear.
PRESENT DAY ... Nearly two decades after the tragic death of Nicholas Green, he is still making news. Most recently, Nicholas' story was told on the front page of the December 26th issue of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.
Clint Eastwood in Fist Full of Dollars
In a touching article, Press Democrat reporter Chris Smith relates how Nicholas Green's story reverberates over distance and time, just as softly and clearly as the Tower of the Bells rings in an afternoon breeze.
The Green family has since moved from Bodega Bay and now lives in the hills north of Los Angeles not far from the Glendale freeway. Nick's father Reg, now 83, is still active in the cause for organ donation and the Nicholas Green Foundation, and often begins his day with a cardio walk in the San Rafael Hills. On one of these walks, he saw an imposing sight ahead in the mist, a large figure in an imposing flat brimmed hat. As he drew closer, he saw it wasn't a person at all, but a a piece of public art, a plywood silhouetted cutout of Clint Eastwood from the 1960's spaghetti western, A Fist Full of Dollars. The silhouetted figure was placed high in the hills to be noticed by drivers zooming by on the Glendale freeway.
A few weeks later, Reg walked the same trail, but something had changed. Instead of seeing Clint Eastwood's iconic pose, he saw a young man bent over picking up pieces of Clint after the image had been shattered by a vandal. The young man turned out to be the creator of the silhouette, an artist named "Justin." Reg sat and spoke with the Justin as he picked up his shattered art.
Justin expressed why he creates cutout silhouettes. He exlained his fascination for how intense modern civilization and images of the Old West coexist. Justin went on to tell Reg about other images he's placed along LA freeways, including John Wayne and Gene Autry.
After speaking, Justin settled back and listenened intently as Reg told his story. Reg told Justin about a piece of roadside art up north in Bodega Bay, the Children's Tower of the Bells. He related the entire story of Nicholas and their family vacation in Italy, and all that followed in its wake.
Before parting, Reg and Justin exchanged contact information. Soon afterward, Reg received word that Justin had replaced his cutout silhouette of Clint Eastwood, but this time, instead of Clint resting his right hand on his Colt 45, he was extending it outward, holding a bell for all to see. On the back of his silhouette, Justin retold the story of Nicholas Green and of the Children's Tower of the Bells in Bodega Bay, and asked hikers to ring the bell, and dedicate themselves to the cause of organ donation.
Clint Eastwood silhouette along the Glendale
Freeway. arm extended with a "Children's Bell."
And so, Nick's story grows.
Nick's story has been told in a book, The Nicholas Effect. The book is well known, and is often offered in hospitals to parents who find themselves in a situation similar to the one experienced by the Green Family.
A 1998 film entitled Nicholas' Gift told the story of the Green Family. It starred Jamie Lee Curtis and Alan Bates.
Linda Sorensen and the Artists Who Inspire her Paintings
Iowa's Marvin Cone 1891-1964 The first in a series of discussions by Linda L. Sorensen.
A Marvin Cone "Cloudscape"
What is it about the work of various artists that inspires me in my landscape paintings? Many of these painters were not California artists, and are not therefore focused on by galleries specializing in Early California Art, such as Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery.
Marvin Cone lived his life in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and his works reside mainly in the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art (and other museums) along with the works of his contemporary and friend Grant Wood. The museum has presented exhibitions such as "The Sky's The Limit," featuring his cloud procession paintings.
He studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Ecole des Beaux Arts in France, and spent time in Paris, traveling with Grant Wood. He did not achieve great fame
Marvin Cone, River Bend #5, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
during his lifetime although he was well respected by other painters. Now, his river series and Stone City landscapes have auctioned for as much as $752,500, his barns for as much as $186,000, his clouds as much as $103,500, his rooms with doors as much as $99,880, and his abstract panels as much as $24,400. (Few of his paintings have auctioned for less than $10,000 during the period covered by AskArt. This compares favorably with the best of California non-abstract painters.)
Obviously, his paintings are inspirational for their beauty. But there is a freedom of creativity behind them that is as much clarifying as liberating. For example, he once stated, "The purpose of art is not to reproduce life, but to present an editorial, a comment on life.... The artist does not set out to imitate nature.
What would be the purpose of that?
painting with thunderheads
Let the camera with its clever mechanism imitate. Art, such as poetry, music, and painting, is simply a portion of the experience of the artist. When we actually see ideals, they become real to us. Art traces an abstraction and makes it audible or visual. It symbolizes the whole of life. We believe in something we can see."
Cone expressed a vision of truths through nature rather than a realistic depiction of rural scenes. They "feel" real, evoking a
Marvin Cone Sketched Self Portrait
sense of home, of where we come from, of safety and comfort. Although the river series and Stone City paintings are from a region different from California, their beauty is not dissimilar from the hilly and rolling grassy landscapes with lines of trees of West Sonoma County and West Marin in California.
Marvin Cone, Cook's Barn #1
They remind us that this earth's surface is the only and best home that we have and that we should appreciate it for nurturing us. His cloud-focused paintings with their complex layers provide a sense of exhilaration. And they show the value of a painter's having signature themes that he or she can elaborate upon and experiment with, without being bound by the exact appearance of the sky at one particular moment. There is humor, too, as in the pointy-faced sheep poised precariously on slopes rolling away from the viewer, and in the eyes of pictures on the walls of his room paintings.
Further images can be seen in books about Marvin Cone and Grant Wood at the gallery.
Huell Hoswer atop the North Tower of the Golden Gate Bridge.
"Oh my, how about that view?!"
Huell Howser, Storyteller of "California's Gold," 1945 - 2013
Huell's boyish curiosity, gregarious nature, and his trademark Tennessee accent helped him become a widely loved California personality. His unique personal traits along with his extensive background in journalism lead him to create popular television series for PBS which explored the gems of California, the real nuggets of his California's Gold.
He was born northwest of Nashville in Gallatin, TN in 1945. After a stint in the marine corps, he served on the staff of Senator Howard Baker of Tennessee. This lead to an opportunity to do human interest stories for WSM TV in Nashville. Huell really enjoyed human interest
journalism, and remained active in it the rest of his life.
After moving to New York, Huell hosted WCBS-TV's "Real Life" Show. In 1981 he moved to Los Angeles. He first served as a weekend host of "Entertainment Tonight," while doing "Videolog" for PBS affiliate KCET. His affiliation with KCET eventually lead to an opportunity for Huell to host California's Gold. Although Huell would say it was California that was the star attraction of his broadcasts, it is fair to say that his personality and accent made him a welcome friendly voice for those who became fans of his shows.
Huell brought an outsider's curiosity and sense of newness to each episode. His accent and open style of questioning helped people open up before his microphone and camera. Many of the people who were interviewed by Huell commented how they were able to open up when Huell conversed with them. His style disarmed the normal defenses of an interviewee, eliciting wonderfully free- flowing conversational dialog.
With his crew adding great video, sound and top notch editing, each episode of California's Gold made for informative and entertaining excursions to all kinds of places and events around the state which would otherwise go unnoticed.
Huell had a home in Twentynine Palms, a community of independent minded desert dwellers just north of Joshua Tree National Monument in the high Mojave Desert. He was most supportive of the Twentynine Palms Community, including the artists who centered their activity around the Twentynine Palms Art Gallery.
Huell Howser discovers a nugget of California's Gold,
the marvelous art in Stockton's Haggin Museum
Huell Howser atop the Golden Gate's North Tower in 1993.
Kathi Hilton at the opening of her California Desert Show
at the Twentynine Palms Art Gallery, Labor Day Weekend, 2012
One of the artists whom Huell befriended was Kathi Hilton. In September, Kathi was featured in an exhibit at the Twentynine Palms Art Gallery. Kathi's father, artist John W. Hilton, was one of the founding members of the gallery. Huell helped arrange for the exhibit, and hoped to attend. As Kathi prepared for this exhibit, she contacted our gallery, and we arranged to exhibit Kathi's paintings here after their showing in Twentynine Palms. We visited the opening of Kathi's show, and even had a telephone conversation with Huell Howser about meeting him at the opening. But when the time came, Huell had sent word to the exhibition that he was ailing and would not be able to attend.
Kathi Hilton was disappointed that Huell was not there, but there were nevertheless a large number of her other old friends and acquaintances at her opening. Since hearing of Huell's passing, Kathi is quite saddened and says that not only she, but all of California, lost a great friend.
Artists of all kinds appreciated Huell's unique set of talents, but landscape painters especially honor his love of California's extensive and diverse natural beauty. Looking for California's Gold is something painters appreciate.
Linda L. Sorensen's paintings continue on special exhibit at Local Color Artist Gallery in Bodega Bay (next to Terrapin Creek Cafe) only through Tuesday, February 5, 2013. Rik Olson's woodcuts are next there.
Gallery hours are Wednesdays through Sundays 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. although often earlier or later. We are also available for scheduled appointments, especially for those who wish to view the gallery on Mondays or Tuesdays. Please call Dan at the gallery and schedule a visit, or call him on his cellphone, 510-414-9821
Diego Rivera ... "I dream a lot. I do more painting when I'm not painting.
It's in the subconscious."
Aaron Copeland ... "Inspiration may be a form of superconsciousness, or perhaps of subconscious, I wouldn't know. But I am sure it is the antithesis of self-conscious."
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 showing ... "New to Us," Recently acquired works by Joshua Meador plus Bodega Bay resident artists
Jean Warren (watercolors), Diane Perry (photography), and Linda Sorensen (oil paintings)
IN Santa Rosa The Annex Galleries specializing in 19th, 20th, and 21st century American and European fine prints
now showing ... Stanley William Hayter and the influence of Atelier The Annex Galleries is a member of the International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA). http://www.AnnexGalleries.com| Back to the Top
IN CALISTOGA the Lee Youngman Gallery
Featuring the work of contemporary painter Paul Youngman,
and the works of famed painter, Ralph Love (1907-1992) http://www.leeyoungmangalleries.com | Back to the Top
Left ... Lee Youngman, Right ... Paul Yougman
IN PETALUMAVintage 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 http://vintagebankantiques.com | Back to the Top
Oakland Oakland Museum of California ongoingGallery of California Art
showcasing over 800 works from the OMCA's collection
Playing with Fire:
Artists of the California Studio Glass Movement
through Mar 24
San Francisco SFMOMA
Lebbeus Woods, Architect through Jun 2
Garry Winogrand, through Jun 2 Selections from the SFMOMA Collection
Bolinas Bolinas Museum featuring their permanent collection,
including Ludmilla and Thadeus Welch,
Arthur William Best, Jack Wisby, Russell Chatham,
(thumbnail right ... a portion of
Elizabeth Holland McDaniel's Bolinas Embarcadero.
The green roof building on Wharf Street
is the Bolinas Museum)