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January 2018
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Two current museum exhibitions
Andrew Wyeth Photo Thumb
Andrew Wyeth at
The Seattle Art Museum
Amadeo Modigliani Photo Thumb
Amedeo Modigliani at
The Tate Modern, London

Andrew Wyeth Photo Portrait Andrew Wyeth at the Seattle Art Museum
Oct 19, 2017 - Jan 15, 2018

Most people wouldn't take much notice if they passed Andrew Wyeth's Pennsylvania farm or his summer home in Maine. If walking down the street they saw Wyeth's favorite models, Christina Olson, Karl and Anna Kuerner, Siri Erickson, Willard Snowden or Helga Testorf, they would continue on as if they had seen no one out of the ordinary.

But that's Wyeth - that's his art. He was able to create images of normal people and ordinary surroundings which evoke universal truths, pictures which resonate among people's deepest and most intimate thoughts, their hopes, and longings.

Wind from the Sea, 1947 -- This ordinary coastal Maine window in Christina Olson's attic had been been sealed for years.

Wyeth recalled that window, "Of all my work at the Olsons this seems to me to be one that expresses a great deal without too much in it. I walked up into the dry, attic room one day. It was a hot summer day in August, so hot that I went over to that window, push it up about six inches and stood there, looking out, all of a sudden this curtain that had been lying there stale for years, God knows how long, began to rise, and the birds crocheted on it began to move. My hair about stood on end."

Andrew Wyeth Wind from the Sea
Wind from the Sea
. 1947
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Andrew Wyeth was born 100 years ago in July of 1917. In celebration of his 100th year, this retrospecive exhibition has been organized by the Seattle Art Museum in partnership with the Brandywine River Museum of Art. Information of the individual paintings below is from museum placards.

Brown Swiss 1957
Brown Swiss
, 1947 Private Collection
Andrew Wyeth Karl and Anna Kuerner
Karl and Anna (Kuerner)
1971, The Andrew and Betsy Wyeth Collection
Andrew Wyeth, Snow Hill, 1981
Snow Hill
, 1981,
The Andrew and Betsy Wyeth Collection

The Kuerners ... Near Wyeth's family farm near Chadds Ford, Pennylvania, was the stark white weathered farmhouse of his neighbors, Karl and Anna Kuerner. As a child, Andrew would walk the hills of the Kuerner farm and in time, he became friends with both Karl and Anna. Eventually, they invited Andrew into their house. With the Kuerner's agrarian values and dedication to hard work, their farm seized Andrew's imagination. The Kuerners and their farm came to be one of Andrew Wyeth's mainstays, the subject of many of his works for over fifty years.

Brown Swiss, 1947 -- On a November afternoon, Wyeth climbed Kuerner's Hill, looked back over his shoulder and saw the Kuerner farmhouse, mirrored, upside down in the pond below.

Snow Hill, 1981 -- "Snow Hill" is a reference to Moby Dick, a hump like a snow hill, a metaphor for the whale who destroyed Captain Ahab. For Wyeth, Kuerner's Hill served as a metaphor for his father, his own nemesis, his great white whale.

Karl and Anna (Kuerner) 1971 -- In 1971, Karl Kuerner was dying of leukemia. Anna hired Helga Testorf to help with Karl's care. Andrew helped hold vigil during Karl's illness, and at times, holed up in the Kuerners' upstairs room to paint Helga. During these months, Andrew studied the Kuerners' marriage up close. Forced into exile after World War I, Anna lived almost wholly within herself, often mumbling in German. A slight woman, she was detached from Karl, yet fulfilled her household duties heroically and selflessly. Usually, she was unwilling to pose for Andrew.

Andrew Wyeth Winter
, 1946, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh
Andrew Wyeth, Cooling Shed, 1953
Cooling Shed
, 1953, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Andrew Wyeth Young Bull
Young Bull
, 1960,Collection of Nicholas Wyeth

Winter, 1946 -- Neighbor boy Allen Lynch is pictured running helter skelter down Kuerner's Hill toward the railroad crossing where Andrew's father N.C. Wyeth was killed just month's earlier. Wyeth said, "The boy was me at a loss, really."

Young Bull, 1960 -- Andrew Wyeth said of this painting, "When Karl brought the young bull out for me, I painted him on the spot. He was symbolic of so much of what went on at the Kuerner farm, the cattle and the house and the hills -- tans and whites .. the golden hill rising up behind, the house on the left, and the window where Anna was. I could hear her shouting, and every time she did the bull's ears would flicker and twist, and suddenly I could see that pink of the inside of his ear. I'd bought this long, scroll-like piece of paper. I started with the house and got interested in the bull's head, and the rest kind of flowed out from there. I kept on unrolling the paper and the painting happened naturally. I was amused to be there by the road, in the country, just unrolling this scroll and getting it down. It has a different sense of movement because of that scroll."

Cooling Shed, 1953 -- In my imagination, Wyeth said, the centuries-old milk-cooling shed at the Wylie farm in Chadds Ford was a wondrous house of cards, the kind he had built as a child. The broad boards had shifted over time and come to rest at strange angles. Wyeth recalled that within the cool interior, he could imagine a medieval cell, with the battered pails, in their sheen and by their sound, suggesting knights' helmets. It was just a modest structure in truth, but in Wyeth's estimation, it might be a hallowed setting from the tales of Robin Hood, which he enacted as a boy and read in the book vividly illustrated by his father, N.C. Wyeth.

Andrew Wyeth, Monologue, 1965
, 1965
Brandywine River Museum of Art, Chadds Ford, PA
Andrew Wyeth Spring Fed
Spring Fed, 1967
Collection of Mr. and Mrs. W.D. Weiss
Andrew Wyeth, The Drifter, 1965
The Drifter
, 1964
Collection of Phyllis and Jamie Wyeth

Monologue, 1965 -- Wyeth was mesmerized by Willard Snowden's eloquence and his mellifluous voice. Long monologues naturally rolled out of Willard when he posed. He would settle into a comfortable chair in the studio and just proceed to expound in professorial tones. Snowden had been a World War II veteran and a one-time merchant seaman. For Wyeth, painting Willard was a journey into other worlds.

The Drifter, 1964 -- Andrew said, "The first drawings for this portrait were quite different. Then one day Willard became interested in looking down and watching me draw. It was as simple as that."

Spring Fed, 1967 -- Andrew Wyeth recalled, "One day I became conscious of the sound of running, trickling water -- nature pouring itself out. The painting that emerged is about the clang of the bucket, the crunch of hooves, the spilling of water. My sister Carolyn said that the basin looked like a sarcophagus. Yes. And that shining bucket's the helmet of a knight who's in that grave. Deep down, of course, the painting is not about farming ... It's about the brutality and the delicacy of life on the farm symbolized by that thin tin cup, that crooked faucet ... I've drunk that water many times; it's the most delicious water. The way it comes over the ledge of the great trough and runs down the side is timeless. It's like life itself, endlessly moving.

Andrew Wyeth Raccoon
Raccoon, 1958
Brandywine River Museum of Art, Chadds Ford, PA

Andrew Wyeth, Frog Hunters in the Brandywine Valley, 1941
Frog Hunters in the Brandywine Valley
, 1941
Private Collection
Andrew Wyeth The Ides of March
The Ides of March
, 1974
Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Fowler

Raccoon, 1958 -- Before the Chadds Ford Mill House was purchased by Betsy Wyeth, the previous occupant was known to keep his coon dogs tethered outside and starving. Wyeth was artistically drawn to the old grain mill, its structure

and its ruinous condition. Betsy bought the property as a gift to Andrew, hoping it would serve as his studio.

Frog Hunters in the Brandywine Valley, 1941. Early in his career, Andrew thought of following his father into illustration. Here the unusual composition is aided by a rapid change in scale, from the large skunk cabbage plants in the foreground to the small figures jigging for frogs in the background. But Andrew's new wife Betsy, married in 1940, did not want her artist husband engaged in that kind of "bread and butter" work.

The Ides of March
, 1974 -- Here pictured is the hearth of Wyeth's Chadds Ford Mill House and his dog. But its not that at all. Wyeth, a fan of the film maker Ingmar Bergman, paints another kind of reality. The Ides of March was the date of Julius Ceasar's death. Here, the fireplace tools look like spears and the ring of hooks, Ceasar's crown. The empty fireplace is cold, symbolizing Ceasar's tomb, and the dog, the tomb's guard.

Sparks, 2001 (pictured below) -- Here is a room in the18th century Chadds Ford Mill House, but the hearth is not welcoming. The large candlestick to the left looms over the hearth like a sentinel. The mirror, top right, reflects a Wyeth painting entitled Wolf Moon, suggesting one is entering an alternate reality. And the fireplace itself looks like the gates of hell. The painting purposefully is upsetting, and portrays a sense of doom and death.
Andrew Wyeth, Sparks, 2001
, 2001
The National Arts Program, Malvern, PA
Andrew Wyeth, Christinia Olson, 1947
Anna Christina, 1947
Brandywine River Museum of Art, Chadds Ford, PA
and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Andrew Wyeth, Oil Lamp, 1945
Oil Lamp
, 1945
Collection of Phyllis and Jamie Wyeth

Christina Olson ... In Maine, Andrew's favored model was Christina Olson. After his father's death, Andrew Wyeth began to consider Christina as the subject of some of his paintings. Wyeth's future wife Betsy James introduced Christina to Andrew. At the time, Andrew, Betsy nor Christina knew how she would figure in Andrew's art. But for Andrew, Christina was interesting. She had lost the use of her legs at an early age, and was cared for by her selfless brother, Alvaro. Andrew saw the strength in Christina, the will to endure in spite of her limitations. For Andrew, Christina was like the coast of Maine, and the weather beaten Olson house, emblems of survival.

Christina died in January of 1968. Wyeth had painted her in most of the rooms of the Olson house, her entire world. Wyeth recognized her attachment to her surroundings for he shared such an attachment with his own home.

Anna Christina, 1947 -- This is Wyeth's last portrait of Christina; she died a few months later. The trusting relationship between Christina and Wyeth is evident. She seems to be confronting the artist and the viewer with honesty and respect, with a piercing glare. Wyeth described Christina this way, "A powerful face with a great deal of fortitude. The quality of a Medici head."

Oil Lamp, 1945 -- The figure in this painting is Christina Olson's brother, Alvaro. He was the first of the Olson family to sit for a Wyeth painting. Alvaro had given up his independence as a fisherman to care for his arthritic father and then to care for Christina. In this composition, he seems barricaded in the kitchen while having thoughts of faraway events, perhaps the impending American invasion of Japan occurring at that time.

Christina Olson Back Door Porch, 1947
Christina Olson (Back Door Porch), 1947
Myron Kunin Collection of American Art,
Andrew Wyeth Wood Stove
Wood Stove
, 1962
Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, ME

Christina Olson, (Back Door Porch), 1947 -- Wyeth recalls the day in 1947, "One day I came in and saw Christina on the back door step in the late afternoon. She had finished all her work in the kitchen and there she was sitting quietly, with a far-off look to the sea. At the time, I thought she looked like a wounded seagull with her bony arms, slightly long hair back over her shoulder, and strange shadows of her cast on the side of the weathered door, which had this white porcelain knob on it."

Wood Stove, 1962 -- Wyeth said of this painting, "I wanted to make a record of the kitchen and the two sides of the [Olson] house. This [the window to the right] is facing the sea and here [at the left] she is facing the land. I wanted a record of the wood stove and all the things that I knew so well, her geraniums and so on. I was interested in the plate metal of the stove that gives off a hollow sound and feeling. This again goes back to my interest in metals and sounds, and the luster of metals,

Andrew Wyeth, The Sauna, 1968
The Sauna
, 1968 (with Siri Erickson)
Brandywine River Museum of Art, Chadds Ford, PA
Andrew Wyeth, Indian Summer, 1970
Indian Summe
r, 1970
Brandywine River Museum of Art, Chadds Ford, PA

how they shine and don't shine. Its like all sorts of armor. ... It was at that time that the house was deteriorating very quickly. Window panes were dropping out and there were terrific drafts in it."

The Sauna, 1968 (with Siri Erickson) -- Andrew met Siri Erickson early in 1968. It might seem a sudden change to go from painting Christina Olson to Siri Erickson, but for Wyeth, it seemed quite natural. He set aside a focus on death, and said of Siri, "I've found something else that excites me. His first nude of Siri was in her family's old Finnish sauna.

This portrait signaled a loosening in the reserve of Wyeth's art, although Wyeth himself saw a logic of presenting Siri disrobed in that setting. Wyeth did not publically exhibit this portrait for four years, 1973, when Siri had come of age. When Betsy Wyeth was not pleased with the intimacy suggested in his paintings of Siri, she firmly told Andrew, "If you do this again, don't tell me."

Indian Summer, 1970 -- An outdoor scene with Siri strikingly bathed in light with a muted outdoor background.

Helga Testorf ... Even as Betsy spoke, back in Chadds Ford, Andrew was already painting his next model in secret, Helga Testorf, this time more dramatically, a more wholly erotic art. These paintings, done over a thirteen year period, were a total secret, kept from both Betsy Wyeth and Helga's husband, John.

At first, Helga's posing was done upstairs in the Kuerner house where she kept close to her duties tending to the needs of Karl Kuerner, dying of leukemia. She had never modeled before, but was quite comfortable posing for long hours. Wyeth panted her within deliberate limitations, unsmiling and passive, yet was able to capture subtle qualities of mood and character.

When finally made public, critics were not pleased. John Russell said

Helga T
Braids (Helga Testorf), 1977, Private Collection

the show was "an absurd error," while Jack Flam called it "an essentially tasteless endeavor." As Wyeth approached the occasion of his 90th birthday, he was asked if Helga was going to be present. He responded, "Yeah, certainly. Oh, absolutely," and went on to say, "She's part of the family now. I know it shocks everyone. That's what I love about it. It really shocks 'em."

1977 -- Betsy Wyeth often pointed out that Andrew Wyeth's models were playing a part in a script. Each of his Helga paintings seems different because she is fullfilling a different role in each. Braids is an accurate portrail of Helga, something Andrew wanted to get down for the record. Yet, her realistic depiction still allows for Wyeth to create an American Mona Lisa, a woman who seems innocent, while at other times a provocative woman, at ease with the intimacy of having her face caressed by an obsessive, possessive artist.

Andrew Wyeth, Lovers,1981
, 1981
The Andrew and Betsy Wyeth Collection

Lovers, 1981 -- A frozen instant in time, but a moment which lasts an eternity. "That's what I'm after," said Andrew Wyeth. A dry leaf flies into the open window, but it's late fall or early winter, the barren trees outside, the cold penetrating the dark room. The secret of Andrew and Helga was strained at this time, and he wanted to preserve the moment.

Andrew Wyeth, Dodges Ridge, 1946
Dodges Ridge
, 1946
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Washington, D.C.
Andrew Wyeth, Pentecost 1989
, 1989
The Andrew and Betsy Wyeth Collection
Andrew Wyeth, Night Sleeper, 1979
Night Sleeper
, 1979
The Andrew and Betsy Wyeth Collection

Dodges Ridge, 1946 -- Andrew's father N.C. Wyeth's car was hit by a train in October of 1945 in Chadds Ford. Of that time, Andrew later wrote, "I saw the country even more simplified and somber in quality." Andrew carried

Andrew Wyeth, North Siide, 1984
North Light
, 1984
Brandywine River Museum of Art, Chadds Ford, PA

his grief to Maine, and here painted a coastal farmer's wind-riven scarecrow, suggesting a long-forgotten grave.

Pentecost, 1989 -- "Once on Allen Island [in Maine] in early morning light there were fishnets hung to dry -- a whole feeling of shrouds -- a fateful quality, eerie feeling of a phantom -- the veil that Mad Marian wore. While I painted, I thought of Mad Marian, a young girl of Maine who fell in this roaring spout where the surf came in and out. It caught her and dragged her in. They couldn't save her, and she floated down past Allen Island to Pemaquid, and they picked up her body eight days later ... still draped in a long skirt. I kept thinking of that girl's body floating under water. The nets became her spirit. The nets were like fog. One was made of synthetic nylon and had a blueish cast. I tried doing it with a brush, but couldn't get the fineness, that strange cold blue. So I went to a very sharp pencil, scoring into gesso."

Night Sleeper, 1979 -- Here, Wyeth's dog Nell Gwyn sleeps on a window seat. Later, Wyeth said the painting was an extension of his studies of Helga asleep. It is speculated that the dog's name, Nell Gwyn, secretly amused Weyth as his dog was named after Nell Gwyn, a mistress of Charles II. In the background of the right window, a train can be seen rolling out of the Brandywine Valley. At the time, Betsy had been feeling her husband slip away. In retrospect, she said of her relationship with Andrew during the Helga years, "the close relationship vanished, ever so slowly, vanished."

North Light, 1984 -- Here is Andrew Wyeth's painting of the north side of N.C. Wyeth's studio. He had built this studio with earnings from his first commission in 1911 for illustrations from Treasure Island. After N.C. Wyeth's death in 1945, the family maintained the studio as a shrine to his memory.

The Carry, 2003
Private Collection
Andrew Wyeth, Goodbye, 2008
, 2008
The Andrew and Betsy Wyeth Collection

The Carry, 2003 -- Andrew Wyeth was 86 when he painted this. The river's torrent and cascade symbolic of life's voyage and the quickening of one's days as the end draws nigh.

Goodbye, 2008 -- Wyeth said goodbye to art and life with this painting -- titled by Betsy Wyeth. He had just completed it in the autumn of 2008 when he suffered a fall that not long after would end his life. The scene is of an old sail loft that Betsy had reconstructed on one of the small Maine islands she had purchased and populated here and there with historic structures for her family's summertime use. The beautiful building had been her surprise Christmas present to her husband.

To the right, Charles Osgood travels to Benner Island, off the coast of Maine, for an Emmy Award-winning interview with painter Andrew Wyeth on his 80th birthday. Originally broadcast July 13, 1997.

Andrew Wyeth video interview with Charles Osgood, July 13, 1997
The Seattle Art Museum Wyeth Exhibition page | Back to the Top

Amedeo Modigliani at The Tate Modern, London

Amedeo Modigliani

The tragically short artistic life of Amedeo Modigliani is as unique as the art he left behind.

Growing up on Italy's west coast in Livorno, Italy, elements of his Sephardic Jewish heritage mixed with his experience with a host of childhood diseases helped form his rebelliousness. He studied art in Florence and Venice.

A short video review of Modigliani at the Tate Modern, Visiting London Guide

As a 19 year old art student in Venice, he embraced a reckless lifestyle in a rebellious denial of the limitations of his ill health. These habits persisted until his death.

The Tate's Modigliani exhibition is the most comprehensive of the artist's work ever held in the U.K., showing over 100 of the artist's paintings and sculptures.

Modigliani arrived in Paris in 1906 when he was 22 and he died 14 years later at age 36. It was a period of extraordinary creative output. His declining health was accelerated by wild living.

Amedeo Modigliani Tate Modern London Amedeo Modigliani Photo 1906 age 22 when he arrived in Paris
Amedeo Modigliani, age 22,
when he arrived in Paris in 1906

Emma Lewis, assistant curator, and others offer an introduction to Modigliani at the Tate

Well lubricated with generous doses alcohol and drugs, he sought out a wide circle of like minded artistic friends. His exceptional good looks attracted much female attention. He freely engaged in many love affairs, and found emotional release for his friends and lovers through his art, often enticing them to serve as his models.

Modigliani refused to allow himself to be defined. He is known for his unique portraits and nudes done in a modern style with elongated faces and figures. He was not well received during his lifetime, but did achieve acceptance and admiration among artist friends such as Pablo Picasso, Constantin Brancusi, Chaim Soutine, Diego Rivera, and Juan Gris and his art dealer, Paul Guillaume.

Amedeo Modigliani Tate Modern London Portrait of Paul Guillaume 1915 Musee de l'Orangerie Paris
Portrait of Paul_Guillaume, Novo Pilota, 1915
Musee de l'Orangerie, Paris
Amedeo Modigliani Tate Modern London Portrait of Juan Gris, Metropolitan Museum of ARt New York
Portrait of Juan Gris
. 1915
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The Little Peasant, 1918
Tate Liverpool

Amedeo Modigliani Tate Modern London Beatrice Hastings 1915 Private Collection
Beatrice Hastings, 1915, Private Collection

French poet and art critic Andres Salmon commented after Modigliani's death in 1920 that Modigliani's artistic genius was magnified by his use of hashish and absinthe, commenting that when he was sober, his artistic endeavors were mediocre.

Art historians have since discounted Salmon's suggestion, countering that Modigliani would have achieved far greater artistic heights had he not been drowned and destroyed by his self indulgent excesses. Consider that Modigliani's good friend Picasso lived to the age of 92 and his long and diverse artistic career.

Today, Modigliani's paintings are some of the most highly recognized and best loved of the twentieth century.

The Tate Modern's exhibition includes 12 nudes, the largest group ever displayed in the U.K. When first shown in 1917, the exhibition was closed on its opening day on grounds the paintings were indecent. The exhibition was later reopened after some of the more offensive paintings were removed from the gallery's street window.

Amedeo Modigliani Tate Modern London Seated Nude Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Ghent Belgium
Seated Nude
, 1917
Royal Museum of Fine Arts
Ghent, Belgium
Reclining Nude Amedeo Modigliani 1919
Reclining Nude, 1919, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Amedeo Modigliani Tate Modern London Standing Nude 1917
Standing Nude
, 1917
Amedeo Modigliani Tate Modern London Nu Couch, 1917 Private Collection
Nu Couche, 1917, sold in 2015 at Christies, New York to the private collection of Liu Yiqian for $170,400,000
Amedeo Modigliani Tate Modern London Reclining Nude Museum of Modern Art New York
Reclining Nude
, Museum of Modern Art, New York
Amedeo Modigliani Tate Modern London Standing Blond Nude with Dropped Chemise 1917
Standing Blonde Nude with Dropped Chemise
, 1917
Private Collection

The Tate Modern's exhibition also includes some of his radical sculptures and portraits of friends and lovers. Of special interest are several portraits of Jeanne Hebuterne.

Jeanne was 14 years younger than Modigliani and was his lover at the end of his life. When he died, she was 21. Jenne attended Modigliani's enormous funeral, along with many in the Montparnasse and Montmartre artistic community. At the time, Jeanne was 8 month's pregnant with Modigliani's second child. Inconsolable in her grief, a day after the funeral, she killed herself and her unborn child, leaping from a 5th story window of her parent's home in Paris. Her family blamed Modigliani for her death and would not allow her body to be buried next to him. However, ten years later, her remains were transferred to the Pere Lachaise Cemetery to rest beside Modigliani. Her epitaph reads, "Devoted companion to the extreme sacrifice."

Jeanne Heputerne 1917
Portrait of Jeanne Hebuterne, 1917

Amedeo Modigliani Tate Modern London Jeanne Hebuterne, 1918, Private Collection, Paris
Jeanne Hebuterne, 1918, Private Collection, Paris
Amedeo Modigliani Tate Modern London Jeanne Hebuterne, 1919, Metopolitan Museum of Art New York
Jeanne Hebuterne, 1919,
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Tate Modern Modigliani Exhibition Page , London | Back to the Top


Traveling Conversations is an exhibition of three watercolor painters, Elaine Frenett, Jean Warren and Floy Zitten. The exhibition includes watercolor paintings and unique pictorial journals. NOW SHOWING ... Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Gallery III. Opening night reception, Fri, Jan 5, 6:00 PM. ... "Traveling Sketchbook ws conceived to bridge the geographical distance between three artist friends. We wanted to see if three artist friends could communicate through images only."

Milford Zornes Book Announcement

Newly published Biography of Milford Zornes
Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery friends Maria (Milford Zornes' daughter) and Hal Baker announce the release of a new biography of Milford Zornes, Warm Color in the Shade. Learn of Milford's fascinating life and travels, with anecdotes of conversations he had along the way. Here's the link to order.
Purchase Warm Color in the Shade online
Milford Zornes Website | our gallery's Milford Zornes page

Milford Zornes Sitting on Porch
At the Landmark Gallery
in Bodega

Linda Sorensen Squabble of Seagulls

Linda Sorensen's
A Squabble of Seagulls
Tomales Bay 9 x 12

Linda Sorensen's paintings currently showing:

Bodega Landmark Gallery Collection,
located inland in the town of Bodega, west end of town a half block from the Casino, and just across from the General Store and the Bodega Volunteer Fire Department.

Corrick's "Art Trails Gallery,"
located in downtown Santa Rosa on 4th Street, just steps from Santa Rosa's newly reopened town Square.

At Corrick's in Santa Rosa
"Art Trails Gallery"

Linda Sorensen Hawks Hill to Point Bonita
Linda Sorensen's
Hawk Hill to Point Bonita
24 x 30
Linda Sorensen at Easel at Monte Rio Redwood Cabin Studio
Linda Sorensen at her easel
on Dutch Bill Creek in Monte Rio

Linda Sorensen presently rents an artist's cabin/studio, located in Monte Rio, overlooking Dutch Bill Creek among redwoods -- near the Russian River.

She reports plenty of company from the mallards and mergansers on the Creek. This was the location for her Art Trails Open Studio 2017.

Linda Sorensen's Redwood Cabin Studio
Linda's redwoods cabin studio

What's showing in Bodega Bay?
Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Sign

Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery
featuring Joshua Meador and Linda Sorensen
and Historic Paintings of California

online only (and by arrangement) | Voicemail and Text 707-875-2911

Joshua Meador Composed by the Sea
"Composed by Ocean"
Joshua Meador
Ren Brown
Ren Brown
The Ren Brown Collection
"Passages" Mixed Media Work by Jill Mellick
1781 Coast Highway One, Bodega Bay, 94923
707-875-2922 | |
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Pacific Bay Gallery

Pacific Bay Gallery
1785 Coast Highway One, Bodega Bay, 94923
Noki and Ron Jones, proprietors
707-875-8925 | | Back to the Top

Pacific Bay Gallery Azoulay
Bodega Bay's Jean Warren Watercolors
NOW SHOWING ... Traveling Converstations, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Galllery III through Feb 11
Bodega Bay resident Jean Warren says her paintings are reflections of the places she has lived and traveled.
Jean is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society,
California Watercolor Association
and full member of Society of Layerists in Multi-Media. Visit Jean's site and view examples at the Healdsburg Center for the Arts

Jean Warren Watercolor

What's showing nearby?
in Sonoma, Napa & Marin Counties
Lorenzo de Santis
Landmark Gallery's
Lorenzo de Santis
IN BODEGA Bodega Landmark Gallery Collection
including paintings by Linda Sorensen
17255 Bodega Highway Bodega, California USA 94922 Phone 707 876 3477
Fri-Mon, 10:30 - 5:30 | | Back to the Top
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Sebastopol Center for the Arts

IN SEBASTOPOL, Sebastopol Center for the Arts
home of Sonoma County's Art @ the Source and Art Trails

282 S. High Street, Sebastopol, CA 95472  707.829.4797
Hours: Tue - Fri 10am - 4pm, Sat & Sun 1 - 4pm

Corricks Kevin Brown
Corrick's Keven Brown

IN SANTA ROSA Corrick's Art Trails Gallery |
637 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95401 | Contact::

Corrick's has been a Santa Rosa Treasure since 1915,
a downtown stationery store serving the community's "cultural hub."
Corrick's has long supported local artists with its impressive "ART TRAILS GALLERY,"
including paintings by Linda Sorensen.

located on Fourth Street, steps away from Santa Rosa's revitalized town square
and Fourth Street's Russian River Brewery

BBHPhoto Dennis Calabi
Dennis Calabi
IN SANTA ROSA Calabi Gallery |
456 Tenth Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95401 | email: | 707-781-7070

Famed master conservator Dennis Calabi brings his rare knowledge and experience
to present a tasteful and eclectic array of primarily 20th century artwork. | Back to the Top
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Easton, Crustacean Dancing Dream, American Alabaster
Annex Galleries Santa Rosa IN Santa Rosa The Annex Galleries
specializing in 19th, 20th, and 21st century American and European fine prints
The Annex Galleries is a member of the International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA). | Back to the Top
Linda Ratzlaff IN GRATON Graton Gallery

Graton Gallery | (707) 829-8912  |
9048 Graton Road, Graton CA 95444 | Open Wednesday ~ Saturday 10:30 to 6, Sunday 10:30 to 4
Christopher Queen Gallery IN DUNCANS MILLS Christopher Queen Galleries
3 miles east of Hwy 1 on Hwy 116 on the Russian River
See their wonderful old California gallery upstairs. |707-865-1318| Back to the Top
Paul Mahder Gallery Thumbnail IN Healdsburg Paul Mahder Gallery

 (707) 473-9150 |
222 Mill Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg, CA 95448 | Open Weds - Mon, 10-6, Sundays, 10-5
Hammarfriar Gallery Thumb IN Healdsburg Hammerfriar Gallery

 (707) 473-9600  |
132 Mill Street, Healdsburg, CA 95448 | Open Tues - Fri 10 to 6, Sat 10 - 5, Sun 12 - 4

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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

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

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

Special Exhibition ... "Awaking Beauty,
The Art of Eyvind Earle ... through Jan 8, 2018
-- view location on Google Maps
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de Young Museum
"Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire"
through Feb 11

Permanent Collection

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San Francisco
California Historical Society

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Legion of Honor

-Permanent European and Impressionist Paintings
"Klimpt and Rodin: An Artistic Encounter"
Oct 14-Jan 28
San Francisco Legion of Honor Museum
San Francisco
Contemporary Jewish Museum

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Oakland Museum of California

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

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San Francisco

SF Museum of Modern Art

Santa Rosa
The Museums of Sonoma County

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Santa Rosa
Charles M. Schultz Museum

Charles M Schultz Museum Santa Rosa

St Mary's College Museum of Art
Hearst Art Gallery

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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 954
(707) 939-7862
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Grace Hudson Museum
Grace Hudson Museum

Bolinas Museum

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

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Walnut Creek
The Bedford Gallery, Lesher
Center for the Arts
Lesher Ctr for the Arts Walnut Creek CA San Jose
San Jose Museum of Art

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

Ongoing exhibitions ...
Museums Permanent Collection
including William Ritschel and Armin Hansen
Monterey Museum of Art Palo Alto
Cantor Art Center at Stanford University
Cantor Art Center at Stanford University

Salvador Dali Museum

Salvador Dali Museum Monterey Sacramento
Crocker Art Museum
& their marvelous Permanent Collection
Capitol Museum

Governor's Portrait Gallery
Permanent Exhibits

(including one of our galllery's favorite artists,
Robert Rishell's portrait of Gov. Ronald Reagan
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The Haggin Museum

-Largest exhibition of Albert Beirstadt paintings anywhere,
plus the works of Joseph Christian Leyendecker,
Norman Rockwell's mentor.
see our Newsletter article, April 2011
Haggin Museum Stockton
Southern California (and Arizona)
Los Angeles
Los Angeles Museum of Art

Art of the Americas, Level 3:
Artworks of paintings and sculptures
from the colonial period to World War II—
a survey of of art and culture
& "Levitated Mass"
Los Angeles County Museum of Art Irvine (NOW part of UC-Irvine)
The Irvine Museum
"Moods of California"
through Feb 8

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Santa Barbara
The Santa Barbara Museum of Art
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Hilbert Museum, Chapman University
The Hilbert Collection focuses
on California Scene Painting,
including most well known
20th century California watercolor artists

Hilbert Museum Chapman University Orange CA
Norton Simon Museum
-an Impressive Permanent collection,
European impressionist and post impressionist paintings
See our newsletter from March 2014
Norton Simon Museum Pasadena Pasadena
Pasadena Museum of California Art

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San Diego
San Diego Museum of Art
Permanent Collection
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San Marino (near Pasadena)
The Huntington Library

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

Huntington Library Art Collection Pasadena
Palm Springs
Palm Springs Art Museum

Permanent Collection
American 19th century Landscape Painting
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Laguna Museum of Art
-California Art and only California Art
Permanent collection includes many historic
California Artists of the Laguna Beach Art Association

Laguna Art Museum
Prescott, AZ
Phippen Museum
Phippen Museum Entrance Hwy 89 Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix Art Museum
an excellent sampling of
Artists of the American West
Phoenix Art Museum
& Beyond
Honolulu, HI
Honolulu Museum
(see our Newsletter article
from February, 2015)

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

Isaacs Art Center
Seattle, WA
Seattle Art Museum
Seattle Art Museum Portland, OR
Portland Art Museum

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.
Cedar Rapids Museum of Art

Bentonville, AR
Crystal Bridges
Museum of American Art

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

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

The largest selection of works by Edward Hopper
The Whitney Museum of American Art New York Detroit, MI
Detroit Institute of Arts
American Art
Permanent Collection
Detroit Institute of Arts
Ottawa, Ontario
National Gallery of Canada
Canada National Gallery of Art    

Serving our Clients several different ways ...
in Bodega Bay, in your home, or on-line.

Voicemail and Text: 707-875-2911 | Email:


... Using Voicemail, TEXT or Email, leave a call back time and number. Once we arrange a time and place, come to Bodega Bay and view the art which interests you and take a treasure home. email or text is better to inform us about your interests and to avoid messages that we have difficulty deciphering.


... Using Voicemail, Text, or Email, request an pre-arranged in-home appointment. We will discuss which artists and paintings interest you, and make appropriate arrangements. After you make your choices, we will bring the art to you.


... Voicemail, Text, or Email us about pieces which interest you. We will answer your questions and process your purchase over the phone. We offer included FedEx shipping in the U.S for major purchases.

Pop-Up Galleries

... On occasion, when temporary opportunities fit, we will take Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery on the road.

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

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