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Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Monthly
July / August 2015

Now on view at the Gallery
Celebrating California Art
OPEN Wednesdays through Sundays, 12:00 - 4:00
(other times by appointment)
707-875-2911 or 510-414-9821 (cell)
1785 Coast Highway One, Bodega Bay, CA 94923
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Joshua Meador I Dreamt I Was Painting
Joshua Meador:
"I Dreamt I Was Painting"
Disney and Dali
Disney & Dali: Architects
of Imagination
, at SF's

Disney Family Museum

Armin Hansen Photo
Monterey's Armin Hanson,
"the West Coast's
Winslow Homer" at
Sacramento's Crocker

JMW Turner Self Portrait Thumbnail
J. M. W. Turner:
Painting Set Free

at SF's
de Young
Now at the gallery
Joshua Meador's Last Symphony
Joshua Meador
"The Last Symphony"
an homage to Dali

Salvador and Walt
Salvador Dali and Walt
Disney & Dali: Architects of Imagination,
Disney Family Museum , July 10 - Jan 3

At a 1945 dinner party hosted by Jack Warner, Walt Disney met Salvador Dali. Dali was pleased to come to California. He was excited to meet three Americans whom he considered America's greatest surrealists, Cecil B. DeMille, Harpo Marx and Walt Disney.

Prior to the dinner, Walt had read Dali's autobiography and sent his copy to Dali to be autographed. In a letter accompanying his book, Walt floated an idea that Dali work with Disney Studios in creating a piece of animation on the lines of Fantasia. At the dinner, the two renewed their interest in a collaboration of some kind.

Dali became a Disney fan because of the surrealist ideas utilized in Walt's early Silly Symphony series between 1929 and 1939 and the brilliance of Fantasia in 1939.

Soon afterward, Dali settled on the subject and title for their collaboration. After scouring Disney's vast music library, he chose Ray Gilbert and Armando Dominguez’s ballad “Destino.” He was taken by the title "Destino," as he had long been interested in exploring ideas of destiny.

Although it isn't recorded anywhere, perhaps Dali, at some level, believed he and Disney were destined to work together. At the time of their meeting, Salvador was 46 and Walt 44. They were both young and fabulously successful artists. Each of them respected the other's creative spirit and body of work, and both shared in what Associated Press writer Michael Liedtke termed, "a fascination with the fantastic."

Salvador and Walt
Walt shows off his backyard train set for Salvador Dali
Walt shows Dali one of his greatest treasures,
his backyard model train in 1951.

Both were unafraid to challenge convention and equally fearless to face risk. Together, they decided to explore making something special happen.

In 1946, the idea hopper was filled and work began. Dali split his time between Pebble Beach and the Disney Studios. Outlines were suggested and ideas of treatment were explored. Striking a balance between live-action and animation were discussed, as well as concept drawings. But as the work progressed, it became more apparent that differences in approach existed.

Walt and Lilian Disney visiting Salvador Dali in Spain 1957
Salvador Dali hosts Walt and Lillian Disney
at his home in Spain, 1957
Joshua Meador The Last Symphony
Joshua Meador's "The Last Symphony,"

This painting is rooted in the Silly Symphonies Series and the opening sequence of Fantasia. Walt asked Joshua Meador to create an homage to Salvador Dali to be exhibited at a studio reception for Salvador Dali in 1946. The painting is currently on view and available at Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery

Dali described the story as "A magical exposition of life in the labyrinth of time," while Walt saw it as "A simple love story -- boy meets girl." Walt felt the characters were the most important element while Dali saw the characters as enigmatic dreams wrapped in symbolism. After nearly a year of work, the partnership faltered, and work on Destino ceased. Although they did not succeed in their collaboration, Dali and Disney remained friends. Disney

included Dali's paintings in his personal collection. Dali visited Walt's home in 1951 when Walt showed Dali his prized backyard railroad. Walt and Lillian Disney visited Salvador Dali's home in 1957.

Over half a century later in 2003, Destino was released by Disney Studios. While working on Fantasia 2000, Roy Disney Jr. (Walt's nephew) found the unfinished project and brought it back to life. The film was produced by Baker Bloodworth and directed by French animator Dominique Monfery. The brief 17 second segment of two tortoises is the only original footage surviving from the Disney-Dali collaboration.

Destino, 2003, Disney Studios

Disney and Dali: Architects of the Imagination, Disney Family Museum | Joshua Meador's "The Last Symphony" | Back to the Top

Monterey's Armin Hanson,
"the West Coast's Winslow Homer"
Armin Hansen and one of his paintings

That's what New York reviewers said back in 1926, after he had become an associate member of the National Academy of Design, that California's Armin Hansen was the "West Coast's Winslow Homer."

In 1903, a large San Francisco 17 year old lad, nearly six feet tall and weighing nearly 250 lbs, began his formal art studies at the Mark Hopkins Institute with Arthur Mathews. Young Armin Hansen continued his studies in Germany at the Stuttgart Royal Academy and the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich. While in Europe, he was exposed to the museums and art life in Paris, Amsterdam and Bruges.

At his heart, Armin Hansen loved using paint to tell the story of men making their living from the sea. He became internationally known for his scenes along the California Coast, paintings with broad masses of bold color, often painted with broken brush strokes, with dynamic composition and the elimination of superfluous detail, all done to tell the tale of man's physical relationship to nature. To better get an deeper understanding of his chosen subject, he worked as a deck hand on several commercial ocean voyages, including a Norwegian steam fishing trawler where his size and physical strength were welcomed.

After the Day's Catch, not dated
Stormbirds, not dated, private collection

In 1915, LA Times art critic Antony Andersen wrote, "Looking at the paintings of Armin Hansen, you will at once and inevitably conclude that the painter of such big men and breezy seas must be big and breezy himself. No other sort of man could possibly have done them. ... You will be right, for Armin Hansen is big and young and strong -- the living embodiment of his own pictures."

When he returned from his studies in Europe, he taught at U. C. Berkeley. During this period, he worked in both painting and etching in a style of impressionism. In 1913, Armin Hansen moved to Carmel. It had been seven years since the '06 Quake, and many of San Francisco's artists relocated to Monterey and Carmel, making it a budding art colony. Armin enjoyed the company of other artists and was one of the founding members of the Carmel Art Association.

Fisher Life
, not dated, private collection

Men of the Sea, 1920,
Monterey Museum of Art

Nino c.1919, Monterey Museum of Art
On The Fishing Grounds,
not dated, private collection

By the 1920's, Armin Hansen used his Monterey residence to host friends and fellow artists, including members of Oakland's Society of Six, a group of East Bay artists who embraced Fauvism:  Selden Connor Gile, August Gay, Maurice Logan, Louis Siegriest, Bernard von Eichman, and William Clapp. He also became a great art teacher. Among his students were C.S. Price, August Francois Gay and E. Charton Fortune.


He also taught at the Chouinard and Otis Art Institutes where one of his students was Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery's Ruth Manerva Bennett.

By the 1920's, Armin Hansen had arrived as one of California's most successful scene painters. In 1926, he became an Associate Member of the National


Academy of Design in New York. Some reviewers began referring to Armin Hansen as the Winslow Homer of the West.

After WW II, there was a movement to renovate Monterey's Fisherman's Wharf. At the time, some felt the wharf area was blighted and had outlived its usefulness and was becoming an eyesore.

He is not known for his figurative work, but in these photos, Armin Hansen seems to be enjoying applying tanned tones for this top hatted model, Broadway and Hollywood actress, Ruth Ford.
As far as we know, no resulting painting or narrative from this collaboration is known to exist.

Armin Hansen and the art community helped defend the wharf from destruction, siting that the wharf was a large part of their artistic life. Having served as a sailor, he identified with the simple life of a fisherman. Hansen and his band of Bohemian artists stressed the heritage, flavor and beauty of the wharf and worked for its preservation. In the end, they prevailed over the bigger business interests.

Salmon Trawlers
, not dated, private collection
Sardine Barge
, not dated, private collection

Armin Hansen's obituary in 1957 quoted him summing up his painting career. He said, "Every move I have made and everything I have done, has always been to go back to the sea and to the men who give it its romance. I love them all." In 1997, Jack Lemon narrated a documentary entitled Time Captured in Paintings; the Monterey Legacy. The film featured Armin Hansen along with E. Charlton Fortune, William Ritschel and Xavier Martinez.

Monterey Cypress Silhouette
Kitty and the Blue Wagon, the Irvine Museum

The Crocker's exhibition "Armin Hansen: The Artful Voyage" opened June 28th, and runs through October 11, 2015. Armin Hansen at his heart is a storyteller able to create compelling narratives.

The exhibition includes 100 works, including oils on canvas, watercolors, and etchings.  It is organized by the Pasadena Museum of California Art in collaboration with the staff of the Crocker Art Museum.

The Crocker Museum's "Armin Hansen, The Artful Voyage" | Back to the Top

Self Portrait J. M. W. Turner
Self Portrait, age 22, J. M. W. Turner, 1798
Tate Gallery London
J. M. W. Turner (1775-1850): Painting Set Free
at SF's de Young
Genius is seldom universally recognized in its own time, and such is the case with Joseph Mallard William Turner 1775-1850. Today, he is regarded as laying the groundwork for impressionism, a trail blazer in blurring the lines of form with expressions of light, drama and power. His movement from neoclassicism toward his exploration of realism influenced the work of a younger French painter, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, and the impressionists who followed him.

But in his day, Turner was not praised by everyone. Traditionalists thought he had taken leave of form altogether. Some mused he was losing his eyesight. His work seemed to embrace chaotic light and life, blurring the lines of well cemented ideas of the hierarchy of art. While traditional classicism and genre painting were held in higher regard, Turner's art was challenging, a thing to be resisted.

The traditionalists believed neoclassical paintings were noble for they told stories with mythological and Biblical themes. They also held that genre painting, works of ordinary people living their ordinary lives, were worthy and should be held in high regard, for they could portray nobility in the comings and goings of daily life.

JMW Turner, National Gallery of Art Film, narrated by Jeremy Irons

Cannes Film Festival (2014) - Mr. Turner Trailer - Mike Leigh Biopic HD

London Bridge JMW Turner
London Bridge, 1796
Tate Gallery, London

Dutch Boats in a Gale, 1801,
National Gallery, London

But subjects of portraiture, landscape, and stilllife were viewed as painting utilitarian exercises. Yes, they were paintings, but without much reason for being. Those firmly cemented in the ideas and traditions of neoclassicism found themselves blind-sided by Turner's brilliance. Turner believed landscape painting to be at least the equal of neoclassical painting.

Drama? His is works had it. Turner's power, movement, and explosions of color shocked the art establishment of his day.

Although controversial, Turner was highly successful during his long painting career. He sold well and was free of money worries. His works were exhibited while he was still in his teens. He died at age 76, and left more than 19,000 works to the British nation.

Bell Rock Lighthouse, 1819
National Gallery of Scotland

Burning of Parliament, 1834
Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Grand Canal, Venice, 1835
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Most of these works are presently in the collections of the National Gallery and the Tate Gallery in London.

Turner added his voice to the popular cause of abolition. Although slavery was banned in the Empire in 1833, he exhibited The Slave Ship In 1840 (incidentally the year Claude Monet was born). Twenty-one years before the United States' Civil War, Turner wanted to see the practice banned world wide. He had just read The History and Abolition of the Slave Trade by Thomas Clarkson. This shockingly gruesome painting shows the slave ship Zong just after the captain ordered 133 slaves to be thrown overboard so that insurance payments could be collected.

The Fighting Temeraire, 1839
National Gallery, London

The Slave Ship, 1840
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
J. M. W. Turner is receiving lots of attention lately. Recently, the 2014 film Mr. Turner competed for the Palme d'Or at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. Timothy Spall won an award for Best Actor and Dick Pope won an award for Best Cinematography. On June 20th, the de Young Museum opened its J. M. W. Turner, Painting Set Free exhibition.
The exhibition offers the first major survey of Turner’s late career, paintings which display a fierce engagement with grand themes of nature, history, and religion.
The de Young Museum's Exhibition Page | JMW Turner, The Complete Works | Back to the Top

Gallery News
Our Gallery Hours are from 12:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M., Wednesday through Sunday. We are also available for scheduled appointments, especially for those who wish to view the gallery on Mondays or Tuesdays. Please call Dan at the gallery and schedule a visit, or call him on his cellphone, 510-414-9821.


arking lot "Pop-Up" tent sales by local artists

The photography of John Hershey
Saturday & Sunday, July 18 & 19

and keep your eye out for unannounced others

John Hershey Pelican Aviation
John Hershey Photography

Jean Warren ... Watercolor class
"The Creative Process in Watercolor"
Sebatopol Center for the Arts
6 Wednesdays, Oct 14 - Nov18
Fee $135 / $130 members

Jean Warren

What's showing in Bodega Bay?
Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Sign Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery
1785 Coast Highway One, Bodega Bay,
CA 94923, 707-875-2911 | Map & Location
Celebrating Early California Art
- original paintings by famous artists of the past - and local artists
Now on Exhibit ... Joshua Meador: "I Dreamt I Was Painting"
Joshua Meador Composed by the Sea
"Composed by the Ocean"
Joshua Meador
Reb Brown Sign Thumbnail The Ren Brown Collection
A show Celebrating 25 years in Bodega Bay | Back to the Top

Ren Brown Collection

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
"Evergreen Bohemia" 25th annual Bohemian Club Artists Exhibition |707-865-1318| Back to the Top
Bobbi & Ron Quercia IN DUNCANS MILLS Quercia Gallery
Valerie Powell Retrospective
Hours: 11am-5pm, Thur - Mon (707) 865-0243 | Back to the Top

Quercia Gallery Duncans Mills
BBHPhoto Dennis Calabi NOW IN SANTA ROSA Calabi Gallery | 888
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
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

Bodega Landmark Gallery Thumb IN BODEGA Bodega Landmark Gallery Collection
17255 Bodega Highway Bodega, California USA 94922 Phone 707 876 3477 | | Back to the Top
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

john Anderson
Vintage Bank Petaluma Thumbnail
IN PETALUMA Vintage Bank Antiques
Vintage Bank Antiques is located in Historic Downtown Petaluma, corner of Western Avenue and Petaluma Blvd. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Warren Davis and the rest of the team at Vintage Bank Antiques has assembled a spectacular inventory of paintings. From the 18th Century to Contemporary Artists. We have paintings to suit every price point and collector level.
If you have a painting for sale, please consider Vintage Bank Antiques. Contact Warren Davis directly at, 101 Petaluma Blvd. North, Petaluma, CA 94952, ph: 707.769.3097 | Back to the Top
Petaluma Arts Council Art Center IN PETALUMA Petaluma Art Center
"... to celebrate local artists and their contributions and involve the whole community"
Through July 26, "Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist"
Works on paper by the Artist and circle.
The exhibition includes over 100 works on paper, drawings, prints, pastels and photographs
by Degas, Cezanne and Mary Cassatt and Toulouse-Lautrec.

Petaluma Center for the Arts
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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) | Back to the Top
Left ... Lee Youngman, Right ... Paul Youngman
Paul Youngman
Paul Youngman
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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

-- view location on Google Maps
Disney & Dali: Architects
of Imagination, through Jan 3

Disney Museum Exterior Thumbnail San Francisco
de Young Museum
J.M.W Turner: "Painting Set Free"
through Sept 20

De Young Museum Thumbnail
San Francisco
California Historical Society
Yosemite: A Storied Landscape
through Dec 6, 2015

California Historical Society Thumbnail San Francisco
Legion of Honor

-High Style:
The Brooklyn Museum
Costume Collection through July 19
Permanent collection of European
and Impressionist Paintings
San Francisco Legion of Honor Museum
San Francisco
Contemporary Jewish Museum

San Francisco's Contemporary Jewish Museum Thumbnail Oakland
Oakland Museum of California

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

Oakland Museum Thumbnail
San Francisco

Now ... More Open than ever ...
see our website
but closed for renovations
SF Museum of Modern Art Santa Rosa
The Museums of Sonoma County
SLANG Aesthetics! The Art of Robert Williams
Through September 20
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Santa Rosa
Charles M. Schultz Museum

"Animating Comics" through Oct 18

Charles M Schultz Museum Santa Rosa Moraga
Hearst Art Gallery
Bright and Beautiful,
Early California Watercolors,

through Sep 13

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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

Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art

May 30 - Aug 30
Grace Hudson Museum Bolinas
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 ...
-Iconic Masterpieces of Early California Painting
-S.C. Yuan from the Museum’s Permanent Collection
Monterey Museum of Art Palo Alto
Cantor Art Center at Stanford University

Rodin! The Complete Stanford Collection
Cantor Art Center at Stanford University
Crocker Art Museum
Armin Hanson: The Artful Voyage
Through - Oct 11

& their marvelous Permanent Collection Sacramento
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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Stockton's Treasure!
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
The Irvine Museum
"Sunlight and Shadow
The Tradition of
Plein Air Painting"
Jun 2 - Sep 24
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Santa Barbara
The Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Degas to Chagall:
Important Loans from
The Armand Hammer Foundation

Santa Barbara Museum of Art Thumbnail Palm Springs
Palm Springs Art Museum

Permanent Collection
American 19th century Landscape Painting

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San Diego
San Diego Museum of Art
Permanent Collection
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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
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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Prescott, AZ
Phippen Museum

Architecture in Art
through July 13

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

Permanent Collection: American Art
Gods and Heroes, Masterpieces from the
Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris
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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