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Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery
newsletter, July 2021
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Linda Sorensen
Linda Sorensen, Tomales Point, Across outer Bodega Bay
Tomales Point, Across Bodega Bay

Ruth Manerva Bennett, Oak Grove
Southern California Impressionists:
a new gallery exhibition
at our Gallery Showroom in Graton

Now at Bodega Bay Heritage
Gallery Showroom in Graton

Joshua Meador Mendocino Coast 24 x 36
Joshua Meador, 1911-1965
Mendocino Coast
oil on linen, 24 x 36

SoCal Impressionists Exhibit, Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Showroom, July 2021

Southern California Impressionists
a new gallery exhibition
at our Gallery Showroom in Graton

OPEN HOURS, Thursdays & Fridays
during July 2021
Noon 'til 4:00pm & by appointment
This article maps out the road from French Impressionism to Southern California Impressionism, and it has links to the paintings in our exhibition along with the artists' biographical sketches. But as good as photos are these days, they are no substitute for looking at the actual paintings. We hope to see you soon in Graton.
French Impressionism
These were the guys, the Impressionists. Some of them had been rejected by the Paris Salon.
The eight artists below established their own exhibition, the "Salon de Refuses," in 1874.
Photo of Claude Monet
Claude Monet (1840-1926)
Photo of Edouard Manet
Edouard Manet (1832-1883)
Photo of Alfed Sisley
Alfred Sisley (1839-1899)
Photo of Camille Pissaro
Camille Pissaro (1830-1903)
Photo of Paul Cezanne
Paul Cezanne (1839-1906)
Photo of Edgar Degas
Edgar Degas (1832-1917)
Pierre Auguste Renoir
Pierre Auguste Renoir (1841-1919)
Photo of Frederic Bazille
Frederic Bazille (1841-1870)

With an emphasis on open composition, coupled with an accurate depiction of light with all its changing qualities and contrasts between light and shadow, executed with purposeful thin brush strokes utilizing the latest in color theory, these daring artists took on the establishment of their day and turned a new page in Art History. They established a daring new way of expressing the beauty of the world around them.

These artists went against the established orthodoxy. Their works were rejected by the Paris Salon, the major annual exhibition where Parisian artists met buyers and achieved fame and financial success.

When rejected, these artists held their own exhibition, the Salon des Refuses in 1874. Parisian art critic Louis Leroy attended the show and wrote a highly critical review of the rebel artists. Playing off the title of one of Claude Monet's paintings, Impression, Sunrise, Leroy declared Monet's painting and many of the paintings on exhibit as sketches, hardly finished work, and called the exhibition The Exhibition of the Impressionists. The article was published, and Leroy was probably most pleased with his day's work.

So much for critics. While trying to put down this exhibition and its style of painting, critic Louis Leroy accomplished exactly the opposite. He helped bring fame and fortune to these artists, and gave life to their ideas. He helped cement Impressionism into a significant new page of Art History.

In France, many other painters joined with the impressionists, taking their ideas and adding to them. Soon, word of Impressionism spread throughout the art world

Claude Monet, Impression, Sunrise
Claude Monet, Impression, Sunrise 1872
The painting is the one Louis Leroy referred to
when he termed the Refuses "Impressionists" in1974.

Southern California Impressionism
The painters below are examples of those who brought French Impressionism's ideas to California.
California's mountains, deserts, seacoasts and and flowered hillsides provided exciting new vistas for impressionism.

Photo of Franz Bischoff
Franz Bischoff 1864-1929
Photo of Edgar Payne
Edgar Payne 1883-1947
Photo of Hanson Puthuff
Hanson Puthuff 1875-1972

Photo of Jean Mannheim
Jean Mannheim 1863-1945

Photo of Granville Redmond
Granville Redmond 1871-1935
Anna Hills at her Easel
Anna Althea Hills 1882-1930
Photo George Gardner Symons
George Gardner Symons 1861-1930
Photo of Sam Hyde Harris and wife, Marion
Sam Hyde Harris 1889-1977

In America, other artists were applying the ideas and techniques of French Impressionism with a distinct American flavor. In in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, American artists moved west to California. There, the ideas of Impressionism, especially the ideas of light and shadow, often executed outdoors, were used to express California's dynamic and diverse landscape, high mountains, expansive deserts, verdant valleys and hills, tall trees, wildflowers, and its harbors and coasts.

Just as happened with the French Impressionists, California Impressionist numbers swelled as many new artists joined their ranks. Pictured above are a number of these California Impressionists.

People often ask, how are French Impressionism and Southern California Impressionism related? The best way to think of it is the trunk of a tree and its branches. French Impressionism is the trunk, a departure from previously familiar traditions, to explore light and color theory with new techniques. The ideas of French Impressionism fit well as a new generation of artists were discovering California. With California's mountains, deserts, hills, tall eucalyptus trees, wild-flowered hillsides and Pacific coast and harbors, impressionism was given a new brightly lit world to express in paint.

Over the years, our collection at Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery came to include paintings by some of the California Impressionists. These are a compelling group of paintings, and the artists' stories are indeed impressive. You may learn more about these artists from their individual artist pages, or our Southern California Impressionist's Exhibition page.

Below are the paintings we have on exhibit along with artist bios.
George Gardner Symons, New England Forest
New England Forest
George Gardner Symons, Sea Coast
Born in Chicago, George Gardner Symons (1861-1930) changed his last name from Simon to avoid anti-Semitism. After attending the Art Institute of Chicago, he and life-long friend and classmate William Wendt moved to California and built a joint studio in Laguna Beach.

A coast to coast artist, George Symons maintained studios in California, New York and the Berkshires in Massachusetts. His works reside in the Art Institute of Chicago, the Smithsonian and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Jean Mannheim (1863-1945), after having had the good sense to desert from the German army, Jean Mannheim studied at the Ecole Delecluse and Academie Colarossi in Paris. He then moved to the US, first setting up a studio in Decatur, Illinois, before moving to Pasadena in 1908.

Mannheim built his home in Pasadena on the rim of the Arroyo Seco. He developed a bright style for his landscapes. His works reside in the collections of the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, the Irvine Museum and the Oakland Museum of California.
Jean Mannheim, Sunset Glow
Sunset Glow
Gustave Adolph Magnussen Pekingese Dog, 1924 canvas laid down on board, 11 x 14
Pekingese Dog
Gustav Adolph Magnussen Laguna Canyon Road oil on canvas, 15 x 22
Laguna Canyon Road
Gustav Adolph Magnussen (1864-1944) grew up in Schleswig-Holstein. He studied at the University of Heidelberg.

Magnussen landed in San Francisco in 1900 and in 1902 moved south to Los Angeles. He built his studio and gallery on the Balboa Boardwalk. He created bright impressionist paintings done in his German style. He was a member of the Laguna Art Association.
Frances Upson Young (1870-1950) was born in Cleveland where she studied at the Cleveland School of Art.

Frances Upson married Robert Young, an attorney. The couple moved to Hollywood where Robert became the city attorney for Hollywood before Hollywood was annexed to LA. Frances continued her art studies with notable California artists Paul Lauritz and Anna Hills. She became a member of the Laguna Art Association in 1924. After her husband's retirement, the couple moved to Laguna Beach in the early 1930's.
Florence Young Inlet
Frances Upson Young Cypress Cove California Coast
Cypress Cove, California Coast
Frances Upson Young The Edge of the Desert Mt. San Jacinto, near Palm Springs, CA
The Edge of the Desert
Frances Upson Young Cypress Cove California Coast
Cypress Cove, California Coast
Florence Young (1872-1974) was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa. She studied art at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Art Students League in New York. She studied privately with William Merritt Chase and later with Nicolai Fechin. In 1920, she was living in Long Beach. By 1930, she moved to Alhambra where she became associated with Artist Alley artists Sam Hyde Harris and Clyde Forsythe.

She painted natural landscapes throughout California and stunning urban scenes recalling the style of the Ashcan School in New York. Her works reside in the collections of the Orange County Museum and Pomona College in Claremont, California. She lived to be 101 years old.
After being a successful portrait painter in Boston, Arthur Merton Hazard (1872-1930) moved to Los Angeles in 1923 for health reasons. In Hollywood, he continued painting portraits of legends like Douglas Fairbanks. But like other artists who came to California, he was drawn to paint California landscapes.

His works reside in the Red Cross Museum in Washington and the Houses of Parliament in Ottawa, Canada. He died at the age of 58 while visiting Paris in 1930.

Arthur Merton Hazard Lupines on a California Hilside 1923
Lupines on a
California Hillside, 1923
Arthur Merton Hazard Seal Rock
Bird and Seal Rocks, California
Peter Nielsen Still Life
Still Life

Peter Nielsen (1873-1965) was born in Denmark and came to Chicago in 1887. When he was 30 years old, Nielsen was recruited by Edgar Payne to assist Payne as he created murals for all 11 floors of the Congress Hotel in Chicago. Also recruited for this project were California artists Jack Wilkerson Smith and Conrad Buff. Nielsen eventually left Chicago for California.

Nielsen was mostly a self taught artist, but studied briefly at the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1925 at the age of 46, he moved to Los Angeles where he remained active in the local art scene for the next 40 years. He maintained his home and studio in Eagle Rock just west of Pasadena.

He became known for his landscapes, still lifes and for taking on huge mural commissions (a skill he acquired from Edgar Payne). He was invited (along with many other notable California Artists) to create a painting for the famous Gardena H.S. Collection. His works reside in the Oakland Museum, Los Angeles Museum of Art, and also incllude a mural in the Fiesta Room of the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles.
Dedrick Brandes Stuber Eucalyptus at Twilight with gold leaf frame
Eucalyptus at Twilight
Dedrick Brandes Stuber The Charm of Old Ships
The Charm of Old Ships

Eucalyptus and Farmhouse
Dedrick Brandes Stuber Springtime in the Desert with Frame
Springtime in the Desert
Dedrick Brandes Stuber (1878-1954) was born in New York in 1878. He attended the Art Students League and established himself as a working artist in New York.

At age 42, he moved to Los Angeles in 1920. For the next twenty years, he painted marine scenes, mountain vistas, and is best known for pastoral landscapes of Southern California. He was a plein air painter and preferred rising early to capture the shadows of sunrise when shade predominates.

Stuber died in Los Angeles at the age of 76. He was a member of the Laguna Beach Art Association and the Glendale Art Association. His works reside in the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American Art and the Pasadena Art Museum.
Richard Dey De Ribcowsky Rolling Waves
Sunset and Rolling Waves
Richard Dey De Ribcowsky Rialto Bridge Venice, Italy 1917
Rialto Bridge, Venice, Italy, 1917
Richard Dey de Ribcowsky (1880-1936) was born in Rustchuk, Bulgaria in 1880. He received formal art training in Paris and continued his studies in Florence, Italy. He won his first award in 1902 in Petrograd (St. Petersburg, Russia).

In 1904, he traveled to Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he founded the Buenos Aires Academy of Beaux-Arts. A prolific painter, he entered competitions in Montevideo, Uruguay (1908), Odessa, Russia (1909), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (1909), Moscow, Russia (1910), and Sofia, Bulgaria (1910). By this time, he had developed a reputation for his maritime and seascapes.

In 1910, Richard moved to New York, but the city did not satisfy his wanderlust. He set out across America, creating sweeping vistas of the Grand Canyon, desert scenes, and ended his trip west with paintings of the California Coast and the Redwood Forests.

Of all the places he had been, he loved Southern California the most. In the early 1920's he settled in Inglewood. He was receiving a good income from lithographs of his earlier paintings. He created a technique he called "Reflex Style" where he showed how light carries and bounces colors off of different objects, blending tones and illuminating them, producing a naturally brilliant palette.

A car accident in 1931 left him wheelchair bound. This limited his ability to travel. He was in New York in 1933. After returning to LA, he lived in the Ambassador Hotel where the Coconut Grove Nightclub was located. De Ribcowsky's paintings were displayed for sale in the public rooms of the Hotel where they were seen and often purchased by Hollywood elite and stars.
Anna Althea Hills White Roses
White Roses 1904
Anna Althea Hills Wooded Stream and Sheep
Wooded Stream and Sheep
Anna Althea Hills Yellow Daffodils
Yellow Daffodils
Anna Althea Hills (1882-1930) trained at the Art Institute of Chicago and at New York's Cooper Union. In 1908, she spent a year in Paris studying at the Academie Julian in Paris and with John Noble in England.

At age 31, she moved to Laguna Beach. In 1913, she began organizing the Laguna Beach Art Association, serving as its president six terms. Prior to California, her style was dark, but due to her association with other Southern California painters, she developed a much lighter palette. She had solo shows at the Kanst Gallery, the Los Angeles Museum, and the Fern Buford Gallery in Laguna Beach. She was loved by her fellow artists and students. Forty-four years after her death at the age of 48, the Laguna Beach Art Association held a retrospective exhibition in her honor in 1974. Her works reside in the Laguna Beach Art Museum, the Irvine Museum, the Fleisher Museum and the Orange County Museum.
Victor Clyde Forsythe (1885-1962) was born in Orange, California, but grew up in Tombstone, AZ, where his parents ran a general store next to the OK Corral.

After studying at the Art Students League in New York, Clyde became a successful pioneering newspaper cartoonist along with his good friend, Jimmy Swinnerton.
Clyde Forsythe, Late Afternoon, 24 x 30
Late Afternoon, 1946
Clyde Forsythe River Reflection
River Reflection
During WWI, Clyde created many (now famous) war recruitment posters.

Forsythe shared a studio with a young artist named Norman Rockwell. Clyde was gregarious and a natural born promoter. Norman was shy and hesitant when it came to putting his best self forward. It was Clyde who encouraged and coaxed young Norman to present his portfolio to the Saturday Evening Post. Later on, Clyde made his home and studio in Alhambra on a street which became known as Artist Alley. One of his neighbors was Sam Hyde Harris, and in the winters, his friend Norman came for regular visits. On one of these visits, Clyde introduced Norman to an Alhambra resident, a school teacher named Mary Barstow who soon became Norman's second wife.
Louis Krupp Borrego Springs
Borrego Springs
Louis Krupp (1888-1978) came to America from his native Bavaria, and studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Art Students League in New York. He settled in Florida and over his career did over three thousand portraits.

In 1946 at age 58, he moved to the West Coast. He made his home in Rancho Mirage near Palm Springs. Louis was active in the Palm Springs and the Laguna Beach art associations, and taught portrait painting at Palm Springs High School. His painting Borrego Springs shows a masterful hand with a palette knife.
In 1905, 16 year old Paul Lauritz (1889-1975) moved with his family from his native Norway to Vancouver. He soon made his way to Portland and then on to Los Angeles. He became known for his portraits, but soon established himself as a painter of landscapes and seascapes.

He taught at the Chouinard School of Art and the Otis Art Institute. Among his students were many of California's most notable artists.
Paul Lauritz Passing Storm Carmel
Passing Storm
Paul Lauritz 17 Mile Drive Carmel
17 Mile Drive

He served as president of the California Art Club, and was a member of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Commission, the Laguna Beach Art Association, the Royal Society of Art in England, and the Salmagundi Club in New York.

For the most part, Paul Lauritz was a self taught artist who won numerous awards from museums and expositions throughout California. His work is exhibited at Sacramento's Crocker Art Museum, the Irvine Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the San Diego Museum of Art, and the Carnegie Museum of Art in Oxnard, CA.

Sam Hyde Harris Carlsbad Backwater
Carlsbad Backwater
Sam Hyde Harris Eucalyptus and Marsh
Eucalyptus and Marsh
Sam Hyde Harris Lakeside
At a height of 6' 3" with an energetic and magnetic personality, Sam Hyde Harris (1889-1977) proved to be a valued member of the Los Angeles Art community. His paintings have an easily recognizable style, eloquent strokes, interesting composition and marvelous color.

Sam came to America from Middlesex, England along with his family, arriving in Los Angeles in 1904 at age 15. While working odd jobs in advertising art, he continued his art education, studying with a list of notables including California painter Hanson Puthuff.

Sam was successful at commercial art, creating posters for clients like the Southern Pacific, Union Pacific and Sante Fe railroads which today are collector's items. He created the Van deKamp Bakeries logo of a windmill.

He is best known for his graceful paintings of California's eucalyptus trees. He purchased a home in Alhambra, California on a street that became known as Artists Alley. His neighbors included Frank Tenney Johnson, Jack Wilkinson Smith, Eli Harvey, Clyde Forsythe and (in the winter's) Norman Rockwell escaping Massachusetts winters. Nearby Artist Alley was another Alhambra artist, Florence Young, an artist also in this exhibition.
Ruth Manerva Bennett, Oak Grove
Oak Grove
Born in Momence, Illinois, Ruth Manerva Bennett (1899-1960) studied art at the Art Students League in New York City before moving to Los Angeles in the 1920's.

In LA, she studied at the Chouinard and Otis Art Institutes with Emily Mocine, Armin Hansen, Karoly Fulop, Vysekal Schroeder, and Millard Sheets. She won many awards in Southern California during the 1920's and '30's. She was an active artist, but for her day job, she taught wood carving at El Monte Union High School and in the Los Angeles public schools. She died on July 21, 1960.

She exhibited with the California Art Club, and was a member of the California Watercolor Society. Her paintings were exhibited in the Oakland Art Gallery in 1932 which today is the Oakland Museum.
This marvelous painting from the California School draws the viewer into the scene, and strongly suggests quiet and solitude, attuned to its Southern California locale.

A close inspection of the painting shows long confident brush strokes in the dock and the boats. The stretcher on the back has an ink stamped paper label of the shop owned by Harry Linder. In his own right, Harry Linder (1886-1931) was an excellent pastel painter. His studio and gallery in Long Beach was a business frequented by many notable Southern California painters.
California School, San Pedro Sailboats
Sailboats in San Pedro Harbor
Southern California Impressionists:
from our gallery collection

Atelier One Studios, Studio 5
2860 Bowen Street, Graton, CA (map)
Thursdays and Fridays in July, noon 'till 4:00 (other times by appointment)
email, call or text, 707-875-2911

Linda's Studio Notes

(work in progress)

Linda Sorensen's open studios during early June 2021's Art At The Source was attended by nearly 600 enthusiastic visitors, some of whom signed up for these Newsletters. She thanks you all and hopes you will keep in touch. Bodega Bay fire and emergency services were thankful for the donations made by visitors.

During July she will be available during gallery hours, and showing several of her recent paintings and her new works, often in progress. The image here is a work-in-progress painting of twilight in Borrego Springs, so the oil painting will be changing as she finishes. During August she will be putting up a new display at Corrick's at 637 4th Street in Santa Rosa, contributing paintings to the various "preview" exhibits, and staging her studio for the late-September Sonoma County Art Trails, September 18-19 and 25-26. Request a copy of the Collector's Guide if you don't receive one in the mail and don't find one at a distribution point such as the Sebastopol Center for the Arts.

in Bodega Bay
Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Showroom Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Showroom
by appointment only in Graton or Bodega Bay
(with masks, social distancing and hand sanitizer) | Call or Text 707-875-2911

Joshua Meador Mendocino Coast
"Mendocino Coast"
Joshua Meador
Ren Brown
Ren Brown
The Ren Brown Collection
1781 Coast Highway One, Bodega Bay, 94923
707-875-2922 | | Back to the Top
Reb Brown Sign Thumbnail

Linda Sorensen Peak, south of Hopland, CA

Linda Sorensen Paintings
You may meet Linda and view her paintings at her studio in Graton by appointment,
or arrange to see specific paintings at other locations. Linda paints colorful and imaginative
landscapes emphasizing design and influenced by abstraction and Post-Impressionism. | 707-875-2911

Linda Sorensen at her easel, photo by John Hershey
\Jean Warren Sand Harbor
Bodega Bay's Jean Warren Watercolors
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 / 707-875-9240

Jean Warren Watercolor

What's nearby?
in Sonoma, Napa & Marin Counties
Sebastopol Center for the Arts IN SEBASTOPOL - Sebastopol Center for the Arts
... see website for on-line activities
home of Sonoma County's Art @ the Source and Art Trails
282 S. High Street, Sebastopol, CA 95472  707.829.4797
Hours when able to reopen: Tue - Fri 10am - 4pm, Sat & Sun 1 - 4pm
Corricks Kevin Brown
Corrick's Keven Brown
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.
Corricks offers a number of originals by famed Santa Rosa artist, Maurice Lapp ... (see our August 2017 article)

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 |

We are located at 456 Tenth Street in Santa Rosa.
Contact us with any questions at (707) 781-7070 or
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
Easton Crustacean Dancing Dream 144
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
Rik Olson

IN GRATON - Graton Gallery
OPEN Weekends, see website for up to date information
home of many of Sonoma County's best artists
Sally Baker, Tim Hayworth, Bruce K. Hopkins,
Rik Olson, Susan Proehl, Sandra Rubin, Mylette Welch
Graton Gallery | (707) 829-8912  |
9048 Graton Road, Graton CA 95444 | Open Saturday and Sunday check website

Christopher Queen Gallery IN DUNCANS MILLS - Christopher Queen Galleries
3 miles east of Hwy 1 on Hwy 116 on the Russian River |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 | check for hours
Petaluma Arts Council Art Center

IN PETALUMA - Petaluma Arts 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
-- see website for details
This museum tells Walt's story from the early days.
(on the Parade Grounds) 104 Montgomery Street,
The Presidio of San Francisco, CA 94129

-- view location on Google Maps
Disney Museum Exterior Thumbnail San Francisco
... see website
de Young Museum
the de Young Open, and Frida Kahlo
Permanent Collection
De Young Museum Thumbnail
San Francisco
closed, see website
California Historical Society

California Historical Society Thumbnail San Francisco
Legion of Honor

... see website
-Permanent European and Impressionist Paintings
San Francisco Legion of Honor Museum
San Francisco
open, see website for details
Contemporary Jewish Museum

San Francisco's Contemporary Jewish Museum Thumbnail Oakland
... see website
Oakland Museum of California

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

San Francisco

... see website
Wayne Thiebaud: Paintings and Drawings
through March 10, 2019

SF Museum of Modern Art

Santa Rosa
see website
The Museums of Sonoma County

Sonoma County Museum Thumbnail
Santa Rosa
... see website
Charles M. Schultz Museum

Charles M Schultz Museum Santa Rosa

... see website
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

... see website
551 Broadway, Sonoma CA
(707) 939-7862
Sonoma Museum of Art Exterior Thumb
Grace Hudson Museum

... see website
Grace Hudson Museum

Bolinas Museum

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

Elizabeth Holland McDaniel Bolinas Embarcadero thumbnail
Walnut Creek
... see website
The Bedford Gallery, Lesher
Center for the Arts
Lesher Ctr for the Arts Walnut Creek CA San Jose
San Jose Museum of Art

... see website
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

... see website
Ongoing exhibitions ...
Museums Permanent Collection
including William Ritschel, Armin Hansen
and E. Charlton Fortune
Monterey Museum of Art Palo Alto
... see website
Cantor Art Center at Stanford University
Cantor Art Center at Stanford University

Salvador Dali Museum

prepurchased tickets required, ... see website

Salvador Dali Museum Monterey Sacramento
Crocker Art Museum
Open Thurs - Sun, 10-5, masks, ... see websites
Capitol Museum

... see website
Governor's Portrait Gallery
Permanent Exhibits

(including one of our galllery's favorite artists,
Robert Rishell's portrait of Gov. Ronald Reagan
Capitol Museum Sacramento Thumbnail Stockton's Treasure!
The Haggin Museum

... see website
-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) (for all museums below, see website for hours and protocols.
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
El Camino del Oro, Sept 14 - Jan 11
Paintings of the California Missions era
by many of California's noted artists

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Santa Barbara
The Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Santa Barbara Museum of Art Thumbnail Orange
LA Area Scene Paintings from the Hilbert Collection,
A Fine Romance: Images of Love
in Classic American Illistration

through - April 18, 2020
Hilbert Museum, Chapman University

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 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
San Diego
San Diego Museum of Art
Permanent Collection
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Palm Springs
Palm Springs Art Museum

Permanent Collection
American 19th century Landscape Painting

Palm Springs Art Museum Thumbnail
Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix Art Museum
an excellent sampling of
Artists of the American West
Phoenix Art Museum
Los Angeles
California African American Art Museum
adjacent to the LA Coliseum
(see our newsletter articleof their
Ernie Barne's Exhibition September 2019)

California African American 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
( see our article Mar 2018
French and American Paintings )
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
Philadelphia Museum of Art Thumbnail
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 New York , NY
Metropolitan Museum of Art

Its extensive collection of American Art
Metropolitan Museum 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
Denver, CO
Denver Art Museum
Denver Art Museum Exterior


Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery is mostly online. We maintain a gallery showroom (by appointment only) at the Atelier One artist studios building in Graton, California, sharing space with Linda Sorensen's artist studio.

Our newsletter includes reports/articles about artists, museum exhibits, and other arts subjects, often with videos and links.

For the duration of the pandemic, we will observe safe mask wearing and social distance protocols. We do not transact financial business or collect data via our website. All client contact/information is via phone, text, email or in person by appointment.

Daniel Rohlfing
Daniel Rohlfing
For an appointment, email or call ... / 707-875-2911

To view and purchas paintings from us, you may ...

Visit our gallery showroom in GRATON, CA ...

Have us pring selected works to your home ...
Call or email for a an appointment. (up to 200 miles from Bodega Bay).

Or, purchase from our website.
We offer FedEx shipping (included in price) in the U.S. for major purchases. 707-875-2911.

Our Gallery Showroom and Linda Sorensen's Studio in Graton

Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery specializes in Historic California Paintings 1850-1950 and the contemporary art of Linda Sorensen.  Our gallery showroom and Linda's artist studio are open by appointment.  We ask visitors wear masks and practice social distancing. Email, text or call us for an appointment.  As our collection is larger than what we have on display at any one time, we want to learn your interests and preferences. After listing to your wishes, we will have the paintings you want to view ready for your visit.

Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery and Linda Sorensen's studio
Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery .com / Linda Sorensen Paintings . com /  707-875-2911
Atelier One, Studio 5, 2860 Bowen St, Graton, CA 95444 (not a mailing address)

If you wish to sell a painting to us ...

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 (especially, do not leave a voicemail message requiring us to phone you), ... 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.