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July 2011 Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Monthly
A Celebration of Early California, Western, and American Art ...
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Museum Exhibits:
Bay Area, Southland & Beyond
Gertrude Stein, Portrait by Pablo Picasoo
SF MOMA, The Steins Collect Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde
Through Sept 06, 2011
Gertrude Stein,
Portrait by Felix Vallotton
SF's Contemporary Jewish Museum, Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories
Through Sept 6, 2011

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The Village Dance

At SF's de Young, Picasso:
Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso
, Paris
Through Oct 9, 2011

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End of the Working Day, Jules Breton
Sacramento's Crocker
hosts the Brooklyn Museum's
Landscapes from the
Age of Impressionism

Through Sep 18, 2011

Woody Allen Midnight in Paris
Movie Tip ... Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris,
a fantasy romp through
Gertrude Stein's Paris
... see the trailer
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a clip from the PBS Newshour:
Neighboring San Francisco Museum Exhibitions
Now at our gallery ... On the More Modern Side ...
from our gallery collection, layerist works and watercolors of Alexander Nepote, oil paintings by
Conrad Buff and Ferdinand Burgdorff. and watercolors by Thelma Speed Houston and Milford Zornes
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Alexander Nepote
Green Pool Grotto
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Pablo Picasso Gertrude Stein Portrait
Pablo Picasso Gertrude Stein Portrait
The Steins Collect Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde

May 21 - Sept 06, 2011
Pablo Picasso Head of a Sleeping Woman
Pablo Picasso, Head of a Sleeping Woman

The Steins helped lay the fire for a creative revolution. Their now legendary patronage of young unknown painters such as Braque, Picasso, Cezanne, and Matisse was ahead of the established Parisian art community. But beyond patronage, they helped create a society of artists, a sharing of spirited ideas among young painters, writers, and musicians.

It's as if they collected a group of candle flames and built a bonfire of creative brilliance. It begs the question, was it the Steins' ability to recognize creative brilliance, or did the environment they provided encourage it?

Paul Cezanne Bathers
Paul Cezanne Bathers

The answer of course is probably some of both, and owes much to the environs of late 19th and early 20th century Paris. But if there is a lesson to be learned from the Steins, it is that celebrating young unrecognized talent is an art and a talent in itself. Bringing together burgeoning artistic ideas, even from divergent arts, is a wondrous thing. New ideas generate other ideas. Innovation seldom occurs in isolation. Providing the locale and occasion for the interplay and expression of innovative and creative thought stimulates other artists to new heights in whatever artistic form they express themselves.

The Steins were moderately wealthy Californians who were drawn to Paris for the excitement, freedom, and culture to be had there. They found joy investing in young radical artists of their time, not only purchasing their art, but making friends with them. The walls of their homes were covered with paintings and their now famous salons were attended by writers, painters, theater people,

27 Rue de Fleurus Paris, Gertrude Stein's Apartment
27 Rue de Fleurus Paris, Plaque outside the residence of Gertrude Stein
Plaque outside 27 Rue de Fleurus
"Gertrude Stein, 1874-1946

American Writer
Lived here with her brother Leo Stein,
then with Alice B. Toklas.
In this location, she welcomed numerous
artists and writers from 1903 to 1938.

musicians, poets and impassioned art lovers. At the time, none of these artists had achieved the vaulted reputations they have today. They were just friends, daring and experimental artists seeking the company of like minded artists and patrons.

Today, the Steins' Paris apartment at 27 Rue de Fleurus is celebrated as the location of a remarkable and magical moment in the history of art. The entrance to the apartment building is marked by a plaque, and has become a photo stop on the itinerary of art loving visitors to Paris.

The Steins Collect Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde features approximately 200 paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints. There are many works by Picasso and Matisse on exhibit, but there are also works by Pierre Bonnard, Paul Cézanne, Juan Gris, Marie Laurencin, Henri Manguin, Francis Picabia, Pierre-Auguste Renoir,

Henri Matisse Tea
Henri Matisse, Tea
Henri Matisse Blue Nude
Henri Matisse, Blue Nude

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and Félix Vallotton, among others. "

Janet Bishop of SFMOMA has helped define some of the Stein's magic. "The Steins were true champions of modernism, embracing and defending new art as it was first being made and before it was met with widespread acceptance. They not only avidly collected works when the artists most needed support, but also enthusiastically opened their modest Parisian apartments to anyone wishing to see the most radical art of the day."

As American expatriates, the four Steins provided a welcome component to the art life of Paris. Leo and his younger sister Gertrude were the first to arrive, visiting Paris' 1900 World's Fair. They were so impressed that they both had moved to the city by 1903. In 1904, Sarah and Michael Stein followed along with their eight year old son, Michael. In 1907, Gertrude met and fell in love with fellow San Franciscan, Alice B. Toklas. The couple met in Paris, and Alice became integral to Gertrude's world, serving as the couple's chef and as Gertrude's muse, secretary and editor. The Steins weren't excessively rich, but with prudence, lived modestly off their investments. In Hemingway's A Moveable Feast, Gertrude Stein is quoted, "You can either buy clothes or buy pictures. It's that simple. . . . No one who is not very rich can do both."

The Steins made many friends, but forged a close relationship with Matisse and Picasso. Almost by themselves, they established a market for these artists in Paris and beyond. The often vacationed with Henri Matisse and his family, and counseled Fernande Oliver in her stormy relationship with Picasso.

Henri Matisse, La Femme au Chapeau
By covering their walls with cutting edge artists, Gertrude and Alice's apartment soon became an art destination. They received so many requests to see this art that they set up regular visiting hours, their salons. The salons became popular among the young and energetic class of artists emerging in Paris, painters, writers, musicians and those who admired their work. To give you a sense of the times, the art work had to be viewed by candlelight as the apartments were not yet wired for electricity.

San Francisco's
Museum of Modern Art
Neighboring San Francisco Museums
feature Gertrude Stein Exhibits

SF's Contemporary Jewish Museum,
Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories
SF MOMA. The Steins Collect Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde

San Francisco's Contemporary Jewish Museum

From the PBS Newshour, Spencer Michaels reports on the SF MOMA and Contemporary Jewish Museum's concurrent exhibitions. (7:33 min/sec)

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Gertrude Stein Portrait by Felix Vollottan
SF's Contemporary Jewish Museum,
Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories
a biographical exploration of the visual legacy
and vivacious life of an extraordinary voice in the arts.

(through Sept 6, 2011)
Residents of Oakland have long had to endure the perception that Oakland has "no there there," an over-amplified quotation stolen out of context from Gertrude Stein's "Everybody's Biography."

Gertrude Stein lived in Oakland as a child, and after thirty years in Paris, returned to the city on a visit. Of course, the place had changed in her absence, and she found that the house she grew up in was no longer there, the school she attended, the park where she played or the synagogue she belonged to all were not as they were. In a lamenting moment, she quipped, "there is no there there."

But when speaking of the life and influence of Gertrude Stein, there is a there there. In her writings, her friendships and acquaintances, her love of art, and her life long relationship with Alice Toklas, Gertrude Stein's life was full, rich, unique, spirited and influential.

Gertrude was born in Allegheny, Pennsylvania in 1874. Her father was involved in railroads, including San Francisco's cable cars. The family moved to the Bay Area where Gertrude grew up in Oakland. After the turn of the century, Gertrude, now in her late twenties, moved to Paris in 1903 where she became an expatriate, eventually living openly with her partner Alice B. Toklas, and remaining a Parisian until her death in 1946.

Gertrude enjoyed the company of creative people, and long before the term became popular, she was a master of networking. Through the energies of her personality, intellect, and inquisitive interest, she became the center of a group of friends including Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Ernest Hemingway and many others. She was an original thinker, promoting interdisciplinary approaches to projects in dance, theater, music. As a writer, she penned novels, poems, journal essays, comments on literary and art theory, opera libretti, plays, memoirs, and the rarified art form of word portraits.

The Contemporary Jewish Museum is providing a fascinating look into this extraordinary life.

Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories is an art-filled biographical exploration of Stein’s identities as a literary pioneer, a transatlantic modernist, a Jewish-American expatriate, an American celebrity and an art collector and muse to artist friends.

The exhibition also features Alice B. Toklas (1877-1967). Alice came to Paris a few years after Gertrude's arrival, and came to be Stein’s life-long partner. The exhibition explores the aesthetics of dress, home décor, entertainment, and food that the two women created together.

Below are descriptions of the "Five Stories" as described by the Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Story One, Picturing Gertrude
Images of Stein changed considerably over the decades, from her Gibson Girl “New Woman” look during her student days, to her reinvention as a Bohemian priestess in Paris at the turn of the century, to her matronly look after World War I and her masculine dress in waistcoats after she cut her hair in 1926. As she transformed herself,

a scene of Gertrude Stein's apartment, her portrait done by Pablo Picasso is lower right, center
Gertrude Stein posing for Jo Davidson
Gertrude posing for Jo Davidson
she became one of the most painted, sculpted and photographed women of the twentieth-century. The first story presents portraits of Stein from her childhood to maturity and includes works by Felix Vallotton, Man Ray, Cecil Beaton, Carl Van Vechten, Jacques Lipchitz, Jo Davidson and others.

Story Two, Domestic Stein
This section delves into the relationship between Gertrude Stein and her lifelong partner Alice B. Toklas and how they fashioned a distinctive lifestyle and domestic life for themselves in Paris and later at their home in the South of France.

Alice B Toklas and Gertrude Stein in their parlor
Alice and Gertrude in their parlor

Alice and Gertrude took pride their home and their appearance as they shaped an eccentric visual aesthetic as a couple through their home décor, food, and dress.

This will be the first exhibition to give Alice B. Toklas a major place in Stein’s life, demonstrating that

there was no Gertrude without Alice and no Alice without Gertrude. “You might say Toklas—who edited and typed Stein's manuscripts, managed her social and professional life, groomed her appearance, created her domestic settings, and archived her papers — invented the Stein we have come to know,” says associate curator Tirza True Latimer. “In turn, Stein, with The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, invented Toklas."

”Story Three, The Art of Friendship
The wide circle of visual artists Stein and Toklas befriended included not just famous figures, such as Matisse and Picasso, but also, after World War I, a less well-known international set of younger male artists, writers, and composers — most of them gay — who adopted Stein as a figurehead, mentor, mother, patron, and model. While achieving her own fame, Stein had the talent and instincts to champion others such as Carl Van Vechten, Pavel Tchelitchew, Cecil Beaton, and Francis Rose who made major contributions to American and European culture.

Stein collaborated with many of her acquaintances, most notably in opera and ballet. She wrote the opera libretti for Four Saints in Three Acts and The Mother of Us All, produced in collaboration with the composer Virgil Thompson. She also collaborated on A Wedding Bouquet, a ballet with music and décor by Sir Gerald Berners and choreography by Frederick Ashton. These three ventures succeeded spectacularly and shaped her career and legacy in important ways.

Gertrude collaborating with Virgil Thompson  on Four Saints in Three Acts
Gertrude collaborating with Virgil Thompson
on Four Saints in Three Acts
Alice and Gertrude Traveling
Alice and Gertrude Traveling

Story Four, Celebrity Stein
Three events gave Stein a popular name and face in the United States: The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas became a best seller; the opera Four Saints in Three Acts was a Broadway sensation; and, in 1934-35, Stein toured her native United States for seven months of public lectures. It was Stein’s first visit in 30 years and Toklas accompanied her. From the moment the women arrived in New York harbor, the American press followed them every step of the way, yielding far more coverage, headlines, and news photographs than Stein had ever elicited abroad. It was a triumphant homecoming and Stein became America’s most famous expatriate. She no longer spoke “as a ghost” from another country as one journalist put it, “but as a person with a voice.”

A subsection of this story investigates Stein’s relationship to both World Wars. During World War I, she and Toklas were active patriots, distributing Red Cross supplies throughout France; in World War II, their decision to stay in Nazi-occupied France is more controversial, inextricable from her large ego and her ability to suppress her Jewish identity. [Press release for the exhibit.]

Alice, poodle
Alice, poodle "Basket," & Gertrude
Story Five, Legacies
Gertrude Stein’s afterlife far exceeds the realms of art history and literature. She survives in visual work destined for broad audiences, including caricatures, cartoons, and pop art initiatives that embroider her legend and celebrate her famously magnetic personality. The openness with which she lived as a lesbian and the way her work coupled homoeroticism with modernist aesthetics has made her an icon of queer culture, inspiring tributes by contemporary artists. The fifth story probes the deep influence Stein has had on important American artists after her death and includes works by Andy Warhol, Felix Gonzales-Torres, Red Grooms, Glenn Ligon, Deborah Kass and many others.
Gertrude Stein on a book tour
Gertrude Stein on a book tour

Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories features more than 100 artifacts and art works by artists from across Europe and the United States. It includes paintings, sculpture, photography, drawings, and artists' gifts to Stein, as well as items from her custom-designed wardrobe, manuscripts, books, periodicals, letters, journals, and personal belongings. The Contemporary Jewish Museum | Back to the Top

At San Francisco's de Young, Picasso:
Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso
, Paris
Through Oct 9, 2011
from our June Newsletter
SF's de Young hosts
Picasso: Masterpieces from the
Musée National Picasso, Paris
Pablo Picasso Death of CasagemasDeath of Casagemas, 1901, oil on wood

Last month, we wrote about the de Young's Picasso exhibition and we shared photos of the featured paintings. Follow the link to the (right) to see them.

This month, we have a wider array of images from this exhibition. Below are

images of many of the paintings included in this trek through the wondrous and creative world of Picasso.

The first painting in the exhibit is Death of Casagemas, done by a very young and impressionable Pablo Picasso, just twenty years old. His close friend Carlos Casagemas shot himself in the left temple while seated at the L’Hippodrome Café in Paris. Pablo created this painting of his corpse lying in repose, illuminated by a most colorful and large candle flame. This painting and its large flame was Picasso's way of coping with his first encounter with grief and his way of declaring he would keep the flame alive.

Picasso met Carlos at the Els Quatre Gats Café in Barcelona in 1899. The two became fast friends and moved to Paris, but while Picasso was back in Spain for a visit, Carlos committed suicide. When Picasso learned of his friend's tragic death, he began painting in blue. This painting belongs to his Blue Period, although it is not yet shrouded in the blue hues of resignation and mourning. The Blue Period (1901) consists of paintings done in austere sombre shades of blue or blue-green. Subjects included gaunt mothers with children, prostitutes or beggars. Being at the beginning of his time in Paris, the Blue Period owes much of its style to Picasso's inherited Spanish style of painting, before he was heavily influenced by the avant guarde

At the height of his cubist period, Picasso was still intrigued with the classical form. In 1919, he painted his still life, Pitcher with Apples. The painting possesses a classical finish, the curvaceous pitcher suggests the female form, and the full ripe apples implies female sexuality.

Pablo Picasso Three Men Under a Tree
Three Figures Under a Tree, Winter 1907-08, oil on canvas

Then, Picasso experimented with the influence of African masks, considered by many one of the roots of cubism. In his Three Figures Under a Tree, you can easily see the elongated noses and concave faces.

Never shy of using art for social commentary, Picasso was horrified by the brutality of war. Such was the case in 1937 when he painted Guernica (not in the exhibit) .

In a similar painting, Massacre in Korea (1951), Picasso shows the Sinchon Massacre of 1950, carried out by South Korean and/or American Forces in the town of Sinchon located in North Korea. Said at the time to be communist sympathizers, the victims included a large number of civilians and children. Notice the robotic mechanization of soldiers mirrored by the Greek warrior with his sword, and the multi-tipped barrels

Pablo Picasso Still Life Pitcher with Apples
Still life Pitcher with Apples, 1919
Pablo Picasso Massacre in Korea
Massacre in Korea, Jan. 18, 1951, Oil on Plywood
on two the firing squad guns. Its as if the entire time-line of warfare is represented on the right side of the painting. On the left, the contorted facial expressions of horror on the victims, bare and defenseless. Picasso drew inspiration from Francisco Goya's painting, The Third of May, 1808, showing Napoleon's soldiers executing Spanish civilians.
Francisco Goya The Third of May 1808
Francisco Goya, The Third of May 1808
influenced Picasso's Massacre in Korea (not part of the exhibition)
Pablo Picasso Seated Woman 1920
Seated Woman 1920, oil on canvas
Pablo Picasso Le Sacre Coeur 1910
Le Sacre Coeur Paris Winter '09-'10, oil on canvas
Pablo Picasso The Village Dance 1922
The Village Dance 1922, oil on canvas inspired by Pierre Auguste Renoir's paintings of dancing couples.

Pablo Picasso The Acrobat 1930
The Acrobat 1930, oil on canvas

The early days of Picasso's analytic cubism can be seen in his Le Sacre Coeur. Developed along with Georges Braque, analytic cubism utilized monochrome brownish and neutral colors. Both artists took apart objects and “analyzed” them in terms of their shapes, and depicted them from differing perspectives and planes.

By the early 1920's, Picasso's poverty days were over. He was selling his cubist and traditional works. He began developing a new "Neo-Classical" style, featuring figures similar to antique statues. The figures in these new style paintings were of exceptional bulk and largeness of limb. The figures appear to be awkward, and their clothes ill-fitting, but yet compelling. In The Village Dance, Picasso recalls the paintings of Pierre Auguste Renoir. The painting also includes a self portrait of Picasso.

In 1937 Hitler visited a Nazi–organized Exhibition of Degenerate Art ridiculing the work of modern masters such as Munch,

Pablo Picasso Self Portrait in a Straw Hat 1930Self Portrait in a Straw Hat Aug 30, 1938, oil on canvas
inspired by Vincent Van Gogh's Self Portrait with a Straw Hat
, 1867
Pablo Picasso Landscape with Two Figures 1908
Landscape with Two Figures, Autumn '08, oil on canvas

Klee and Picasso. Picasso responded by challenging accepted Aryan notions of beauty, creating portraits which were distorted and highly colored. His self portrait in a Straw Hat is an example, an homage to Vincent Van Gogh's Self Portrait with a Straw Hat, done in 1887.

As large as this exhibition was, it is only a taste of what there is to be experienced in Paris at the Musee National Picasso. The museum opened in 1985 in the seventeenth century Hotel-Sale in the

Pablo Picasso Woman Seated Before a Window 1937
Woman Seated Before a Window, March 11, 1937,
oil and pastel on canvas
Marais district of Paris. It now houses some 3,600 works from Picasso's personal collection which were willed to the French Government at the time of his death in 1973.
Pablo Picasso Reclining Woman Reading 1939
Reclining Woman Reading, Jan 21, 1939, oil on canvas
Pablo Picasso Cat Seizing a Bird 1939
Cat Seizing a Bird, April 22, 1939, oil on canvas
Pablo Picasso The Studio of La Californie 1956
The Studio of La Californie, Cannes March 30, 1956, oil on canvas

Picasso came to Paris as an impressionable 19 year old in 1900. He was trained in Spain and his early work bears the influential confines of his father's academic style. But once in Paris and being exposed to the avant-guarde world of impressionism, post impressionism, and symbolism simultaneously, he began his life of creative experimentation. The exposure to this fertile creative world blended with the emotional loss of his friend Casagemas helped create the breadth and depth of Picasso's artistic capacity.

Today, Picasso is widely accepted as the most creative and influential artist of the twentieth century. Viewing this exhibition's chronological walk through Picasso's artistic periods is more

Women at their Toilette 1956
Women at their Toilette,
Cannes Jan 4, 1956, oil on canvas

than informative. It is an opportunity to simulate a walk in Picasso's shoes. With his inherited talent and early training and his exciting exposure at an early age to a community of creative brilliance and spirit, all experienced through the emotional depths and energies associated with a first encounter with grief, these elements blended as building blocks of Picasso's creative vision and passion. Enjoy the exhibition!
Pablo Picasso The Matador 1970
The Matador, Mougins Oct. 4, 1970
Pablo Picasso The Bathers 1918
The Bathers 1918, oil on canvas
Pablo Picasso Still Life on a Pedestal Table 1931
Still Life on a Pedestal Table, March 11, 1931
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Camille Pissaro The Climb Rue de la Cote du Jalet PontoiseCamille Pissaro The Climb,
Rue de la Côte-du-Jalet, Pontoise
Sacramento's Crocker hosts the Brooklyn Museum's
Landscapes from the Age of Impressionism

from our June issue
Crocker Museum May 14, 2011
Sacramento's Crocker Museum
Queuing up for a
"Summer of Impressionism"

Click on the photo link above
for our June Issue's report on
"Transcending Vision:
American Impressionism, 1870–1940,"

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In the August issue,
we'll feature the
Crocker's third
Summer of Impressionism exhibition
Gardens and Grandeur:
Porcelains and Paintings
by Franz A. Bischoff

now through October 23

The gems from the Brooklyn Museum have arrived! "Landscapes from the Age of Impressionism" is at the Crocker through September 18. The exhibition features some of the the finest examples of turn of the century French and American landscape paintings from the Brooklyn Museum's collection.

The exhibition paintings are small in number, but large in scope and talent. Below are some photo images of paintings in the exhibition, but as we all know, photos are not nearly the same experience as seeing a painting in person. Pictured below are our favorites, Willard Leroy Metcalf's Early Spring and Jules Breton's End of the Working Day . But don't let our opinion sway you. Visit and let your eyes, minds, hearts and imaginations take it all in.

John Singer Sargent Dolce Far Niente 1907
John Singer Sargent,
Dolce Far Niente, 1907
William Glackens Bathing at Bellport Long Island 1912
William Glackens,
Bathing at Bellport, Long Island, 1912
William Leroy Metcalf Early Spring Central Park 1911
Willard Leroy Metcalf Early Spring, Central Park 1911
Julian Alden Weir Williamatic Thread Factory 1893
Julian Alden Weir,
Willimatic Thread Factory, 1893
Charles Francois Doubigny The River Sein at Montes 1865
Charles Francois Daubigny,
The River Seine at Montes, 1865
Henri Joseph Harpignies A Meadow in the Bourbonnais Morning 1876
Henri Joseph Harpignies,
A Meadow in the
Bourbonnais Morning, 1876
From the early days of impressionism, Daubigny's The River Seine at Mantes (1856), and Gustave Courbet's Isolated Rock (1862) reveal the impact of plein air sketching practice on landscape art of the period. Heirs to this plein air approach were Claude Monet, Alfred Sisley, Camille Pissarro, and Gustave Caillebotte who painted highly elaborated "impressions"—the seemingly spontaneous, rapidly executed landscapes and cityscapes that prompted the name of their movement.
  Jules Breton End of the Work Day
Jules Breton End of the Working Day
It didn't take too long for this revolution in French Impressionism to cross to America. Many Americans studied in Paris, visited the locations painted by French Impressionists, and learned from the masters themselves.

When retuning home, these American artists applied their newly acquired French training and technique in a wide variety of American locales. They painted beaches, factories, tenements, and notable subjects such as Central Park in works distinguished by brilliant colors and lively, broken brushwork, including Williams Glackens's Bathing at Bellport, Long Island (1912), Julian Alden Weir's Willimantic Thread Factory (1893), Robert Spencer's The White Tenement (1913), and Willard Leroy Metcalf's Early Spring Afternoon, Central Park (1911).

So make plans now to visit Sacramento over the summer and view the Crocker Museum's Summer of Impressionism, and view their trio of extraordinary exhibitions, as well as their amazing permanent collection.
Frederick Childe Hassam Poppies on the Isles of Shoals 1890Frederick Childe Hassam,
Poppies on the Isles of Shoals, 1890
Claude Monet Rising Tide at Pourville 1882Claude Monet
Rising Tide at Pourville 1882
Gallery Notes

  • Alexander Nepote, Green Pool Grotto
    Now at the Gallery ...
    On the More Modern Side

    a selection of paintings from our gallery collection featuring layerist works of Alexander Nepote, oil paintings by Conrad Buff and Ferdinand Burgdorff. and watercolors by Thelma Speed Houston and Milford Zornes.

    Thelma Speed Houston
    The Church Door

    Milford Zornes,
    Mt. San Antonio, 1989
  • James Everett Stuart at Easel
    New photos of James Everett Stuart
    photos courtesy of relative Donna Pierce

    Sunset Glow Mt Shasta, gallery collection
    James Everett Stuart Painting 2
    Bohemian Club member artist James Everett Stuart arrived in California in 1860 and studied with William Keith and Thomas Hill. He painted throughout California and up into Alaska. His paintings reside in many notable museums, including the White House collection.
  • California Red Legged Frot Bodega Bay Protects its Neighbor, the California Red Legged Frog
    the famed frog of the "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County"

    As we reported last issue, lasting to mid August, CalTrans will be installing a retaining wall where there is a risk of land and mud slides south of town in Cheney Gulch. Originally planned as a 24/7 project with automatic traffic lights, CalTrans has altered the plan due to input from Bodega Bay residents and businesses. Work will be done weekdays, with one-way traffic directed by human flaggers. The road will be open for two-way traffic at night and on the weekends. CalTrans says work will be complete prior to August 15th, noting the California Red Legged Frog is protected by law and California Fish and Game won't permit their habitat to be disturbed after that date. Even when there is some stoppage of traffic, our observations are that it is never for very long.

  • Netflix Logo
    Netflix Tip ... Picasso, Braque, and Martin Scorsese?
    Gem of a find, Picasso and Braque Go to the Movies 60 Minutes in length.
    Picasso Braque Go to the Movies thumb

    Director Arne Glimcher (The Mambo Kings) and narrator-producer Martin Scorsese present this art-filled documentary that explores the connection between cinema and the Cubist paintings of Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. Extraordinary film clips from Georges Méliès and others offer a cinephile's delight, as interviews with filmmakers, artists and historians, including Scorsese, Chuck Close, and Julian Schnabel, give insightful commentary.

  • Linda Sorensen has created several new works including nocturnes. Her studio is located below the Terrapin Creek Cafe and the Local Color Gallery -- call 707-875-2911 to make certain she'll be available. LindaSorensenPaintings.com .
  • The time is approaching for the pilgrimage to the special exhibition and sale of paintings from the historic artists of the Bohemian Club at Christopher Queen Galleries in Duncans Mills near the Bohemian Grove Encampment. This year, there is also the fortuity of an exhibition of the Bohemian Club artists at the Irvine Museum. Our gallery has several paintings by these artists, and if you will be passing through, please contact us to see what you may be interested in. Ransom Holdredge, Gordon Coutts, James Everett Stuart, Jack Wisby, Charles Graham, Gustav Liljestrom, William Ritchell, James Swinnerton, Meyer Straus, and later members such as Robert Rishell (we have his painting of the Bohemian Grove).

  • Woody Allen's
    Midnight in Paris
    Movie Tip ... Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris is a fun filled fantasy and well timed for this summer's Picasso exhibit at the de Young and the Gertrude Stein exhibits SF MOMA and the Jewish Contemporary Museum.

    A young Hollywood writer played by Owen Wilson encounters a long list of artistic luminaries from the world of literature, painting, and entertainment, such as Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein (wonderfully portrayed by Kathy Bates), Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali, Cole Porter and Josephine Baker. Along the way, Woody explores this time traveling fantasy with his skillful mix of just enough story, humor, and truth to make it all an enjoyable romp through 1920's Paris. Don't wait for this one to come out in video. This is a treat to be enjoyed on the big screen, especially with all its breathtaking Parisian scenery.

    Kathy Bates
    as Gertrude Stein
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What's showing in Bodega Bay?
Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Sign Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery
1785 Hwy 1, Bodega Bay,
CA 94923, 707-875-2911 | Map & Location
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Celebrating Early California, Western and American Art
the Small World Custom Framing
of Gary Smith
oil paintings of Linda Sorensen
the etchings
of Gail Packer
the Palette Knife paintings of Joshua Meador the
desert paintings of Kathi Hilton
of Jean Warren
oil paintings of
Alex Dzigurski II
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The Ren Brown Collection
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.
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Ren Brown Collection

Local Color Gallery

Local Color Artist Gallery
"Visual Feast"
images of the country by Jody Shipp & Tamara Sanchez
reception, Saturday, July 2nd, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Gallery Hours, daily 10 AM to 5 PM
1580 Eastshore Dr., Bodega Bay
707-875-2744 | http://www.localcolorgallery.com | Back to the Top

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What's showing nearby?
in Sonoma, Napa & Marin Counties
Christopher Queen Gallery

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

The Hand Crafted Frame
showcasing Hand Painted & Hand Made Frames that create the perfect pairing of art and frame
through July 10
Bohemian Summer ... 21st Annual Exhibition and Sale of Paintings
by artists of the Bohemian Club, 1870-1920, reception July 17, 1:00 - 3:00 PM,
through Sept 25
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Self Portrait of Xavier Martinez
Bobbi & Ron Quercia

IN DUNCANS MILLS Quercia Gallery
"On the Line"
Six Narrative Women Artists
Gretchen Butler, Darla Caletti, Marylu Downing, Noel Yates, Pauline Levy Lazzarini, Maria-Esther Sund
Reception: Saturday, July 9, 4-7 pm
Open: May 5 - June 27, 2011

Hours: 11am-5pm, Thur - Mon (707) 865-0243

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

The Annex Galleries is a member of the International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA).
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Lee Youngman

IN CALISTOGA the Lee Youngman Gallery
Featuring the work of contemporary painter Paul Youngman,
and the works of famed painter, Ralph Love (1907-1992)

New paintings alert ... works by Linda Glover Gooch and Kristine Pallas

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Paul Youngman

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IN TOMALES Tomales Fine Art
Host artist Janette LeGrue
Featuring local and national, award-winning artists:
Anne Blair Brown, Christin Coy, Timothy Horn, Debra Huse, Jeanette Le Grue,
John Poon, Randall Sexton, Brian Mark Taylor, and Antoinette Walker.
Located 30 seconds from the Continental Inn, 8 minutes from Nick's Cove, 20 minutes from Petaluma, 30 minutes from Point Reyes Station and Santa Rosa, 1 hour from San Francisco and the Napa Valley, 2 hours from Sacramento, 6 hours from New York, and 9 hours from Paris.
Open most weekends 12-5pm, and by appointment (707) 878-2525.
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Tomales Fine Art Gallery
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IN FORESTVILLE The Quicksilver Mine Co.
6671 Front St. (Hwy. 116) Downtown Forestville PHONE: 707.887.0799

May 27—July 4, 2011, WINTER LANDSCAPES, Jerrold Ballaine
July 8—August 14, 2011, BOXED IN: A Small Works Show
Artist Reception: Saturday, July 9, 4—6pm

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Linda Ratzlaff IN GRATON Graton Gallery
May 24 – July 3 Rik Olson "Explorations" Exploring Classical Printmaking
July 5 – Aug 14 Mylette Welch “Gimme Shelter”
Portraits of shelter dogs and cats who dream of a forever home
[Percentage of proceeds will be donated to the animal shelters of Sonoma County]
Artist's Reception: Saturday July 9, 3-6pm
Guest Artists: Ken Berman | Cubist style paintings with industrial elements, Bert Kaplan | Pastel paintings,
Peggy Sebera | Oil paintings, landscapes of Sonoma County
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Rik Olson, Explorations
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17255 Bodega Highway Bodega, California USA 94922 Phone 707 876 3477
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West County Design Center

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

From Landscape to Mindscape

144 Petaluma Blvd. North, Petaluma, CA 94952 Call 707-781-94952
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Yellow Eye (Protest) by
Robert Pearson McChesney, 1946, Oil on Masonit
32 1/2 x 24
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Vintage Bank Antiques is located in Historic Downtown Petaluma, corner of Western Avenue and Petaluma Blvd. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Warren Davis and the rest of the team at Vintage Bank Antiques has assembled a spectacular inventory of paintings. From the 18th Century to Contemporary Artists. We have paintings to suit every price point and collector level.
If you have a painting for sale, please consider Vintage Bank Antiques. Contact Warren Davis directly at WarrenDavisPaintings@yahoo.com
101 Petaluma Blvd. North, Petaluma, CA 94952, ph: 707.769.3097

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"... to celebrate local artists and their contributions and involve the whole community
Fire/Ice: A Multimedia Exhibition, June 17 – July 24, 2011
A juried exhibition of art dealing with the opposites of life.

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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, Well Worth a Visit!
Film of the Month: July 1 - July 31, Moon Pilot:
(daily except Tuesdays and July 16, 17, and 23)
A high flying comedy with Richmond Talbot for an afternoon of laughs.
1:00pm and 4:00pm | Museum Theater
(daily except Tuesdays and June 11 and 25)

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San Francisco
de Young Museum


from Musée National Picasso, Paris

June 11, 2011 - September 25, 2011

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San Francisco
California Historical Society
Think California
September 24, 2009- July 31, 2011

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San Francisco
Legion of Honor

Dutch and Flemish Masterworks
from the Rose-Marie
and Eijk van Otterloo Collection

July 9, 2011 - October 2, 2011

San Francisco Legion of Honor Museum
San Francisco
ontemporary Jewish Museum
Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories
Exhibition on view May 12, 2011 - September 6, 2011

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Oakland Museum of California

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

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San Francisco

The Steins Collect:
Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde

May 21 - September 06, 2011

San Francisco
Chinese Historical Society of America

Finding Jake Lee: The Paintings at Kan’s
Through September 16, 2011

See our April '11 newsletter article

Chinese Historical Society San Francisco
Santa Rosa
Charles M. Schultz Museum

A Change of Scene: Schulz Sketches From Abroad —
June 8 through October 2, 2011

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Sonoma County Museum
Gertrud Parker: An artist and Collector
June 19 – September 11, 2011
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Hearst Art Gallery

Pam Glover: A Life in Art

July 10 - September 11, 2011
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Bedford Gallery, Lesher Ctr for the Arts
Outlandish: Contemporary Depictions of Nature
July 6 - September 4, 2011
Lesher Ctr for the Arts Walnut Creek CA
Mission San Francisco de Solano

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

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

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

Six Fairy Tales From The Brothers Grimm:
Original Etchings by DAVID HOCKNEY
June 4–August 28, 2011

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Grace Hudson Museum

American Masterpieces
Stories of Home
Mar 19 - June 19
Grace Hudson Museum

Bolinas Museum

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

(thumbnail to the 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: Mari Kloeppel
March 17-July 10, 2011
MMA Pacific Street
See our Newletter, Mari's 2009 Crocker Museum Exhibition
-From Dawn to Dusk:
Gottardo Piazzoni’s Final Murals

April 27, 2011 - December 2012
MMA La Mirada

Monterey Museum of Art

San Jose
San Jose Museum of Art

approximately 2,000 20th & 21st century artworks including paintings, sculptur, new media, photography, drawings, prints, and artist books.
The Bible Illuminated: R. Crumb's Book of Genesis
June 23, 2011 through September 25, 2011

Comic aficionados know Robert Crumb as the grandfather of the groundbreaking underground “commix” movement in San Francisco and as a legendary 60s counterculture character. Crumb’s influence as an artist and an illustrator has spread far beyond the world of comics and graphic novels: many of his images are now icons of our visual culture.

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Crocker Art Museum
Summer of Impressionism

"Transcending Vision: American Impressionism,
, May 14 - Sep 25
"Landscapes from the Age of Impressionism"
Jun 11 - Sep 18
"Gardens and Grandeur: Porcelains and Painting
by Franz A. Bischoff" Jun 25 - Oct 23

http://www.crockerartmuseum.org Stockton
Haggin Museum

see our Newsletter article, April '11

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

-Joseph Christian Leyendecker, Rockwell's mentor
and trailblazing cover artist for the Saturday Evening Post
Capitol Museum

Governor's Portrait Gallery
Permanent Exhibits
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Southern California (and Arizona)
Los Angeles
Los Angeles Museum of Art

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

California Rhapsody
Early Artists of the Bohemian Club

Through Nov 3
Exhibit includes works by Percy Gray (1869-1952),
William Keith (1838-1911), Xavier Martinez (1869-1943)
Granville Redmond (1871-1935), & William Ritschel (1864-1049).
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Santa Barbara
The Santa Barbara
Museum of Art

Van Gogh to Munch: European Masterworks
from the Armand Hammer Foundation
and Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation
June 4 - August 28, 2011

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Palm Springs
Palm Springs Art Museum

Simply Masterful: Picasso and Artists of the Modern Era
06.23.11 - 09.04.11 McCALLUM WING
Western and Native American Art
from the Permanent Collection

06.22.11 - 10.02.11
Reopening with new selections October 18, 2011

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San Diego
San Diego Museum of Art

Life and Truth: French Landscapes from Corot to Monet
Now Through July 10, 2011
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Los Olivos
Wilding Museum

SCENIC VIEW AHEAD (through Sept 11, 2011)
Cover Art from the Auto Club's Westways

featuring covers done by a who's who of California's most notable desert and California Style Watercolorist, such as Maynard Dixon, Carl Oscar Borg, Conrad Buff, Phil Dike, Rex Brandt,
and many more.

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Norton Simon Museum

-Permanent collection,European paintings
-Where Art Meets Science: Ancient Sculpture

from the Hindu-Buddhist World
April 22, 2011 - August 01, 2011
-Surface Truths: Abstract Painting in the Sixties
March 25, 2011 - August 15, 2011
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
Clayton Brothers: Inside Out
... surveys the brothers’ edgy aesthetic inspired
by California skateboard and surf culture,
punk rock, folk art, cartoons, and street art.
May 15 - Sept 4

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Museum of Art

Adam John Manley
May 24 - July 31, 2011

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Prescott, AZ
Phippen Museum

April 16 through July 10, 2011
“Is art in the genes or in the ‘jeans’?”
multigenerational Western Artists.fathers with sons,
grandfathers with granddaughters.
See Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery's previous exhibition,
"Generations" featuring Johw W. Hilton and Kathi Hilton

Phippen Museum Entrance Hwy 89 Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Historical Museum

Santa Barbara Historical Society
& Beyond
Seattle, WA
Seattle Art Museum
Beauty & Bounty
American Art in an Age of Exploration
June 30–September 11, 2011

Permenant collection: American Art

Seattle Art Museum

Portland, OR
Portland Art Museum

Permanent Collection: American Art

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Washington D.C.
The Renwick Gallery

To Make a World: George Ault and 1940s America
March 11, 2011 – September 5, 2011
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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Nashville, TN
Frist Center for the Visual Arts
Gather Up the Fragments
The Andrews Shaker Collection
May 20–August 21, 2011

Frist Center for the Visual Arts Nashville TN Atlanta, GA
High Museum of Art

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

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Brooklyn, NY
The Brooklyn Museum
Four Bathers by Degas and Bonnard
April 20–August 14, 2011
Norman M. Feinberg Entrance, Lobby South, 1st Floor

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The Whitney Museum of American Art
A large selection of works by Edward Hopper
The Whitney Museum of American Art New York

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