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Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Monthly June 2010 Gallery Notes
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Musee D' Orsay visits the de Young,
Worth Sitting Up and Taking Notice

August Gay Ranch in Carmel Valley Thumbnail
The Reopened Oakland Museum,
an intriguing sampling of
the world of California Painting
Maynard Dixon
Early on, 21-year-old Maynard Dixon writes of and illustrates the Navajo,
SF Call, Christmas Eve, 1895

Gallery Exhibit, through June 27
"Generations" Alexander and Alexander II Dzigurski& John W. and Kathi Hilton

Opening July 2 through August
Influenced by French Impressionism,
Californian and American artists
from our collection who were influenced
by French Impressionism

Jules Bastien Lepage Haymaking
Jules Bastien Lepage, 1877
Musee D' Orsay visits the de Young,
Worth Sitting Up and Taking Notice
Jules Lefebvre Truth
Truth, Jules Lefebvre, 1870
Months of anticipation are over, they're here!

After unimaginable logistical hurdles and awaiting unexpected mountainous clouds of Icelandic volcanic ash to clear, the impressionist masterpieces of the Musée d’Orsay have made the San Francisco's de Young Museum, their summer home. And if you've not yet done so, its time to sit up and take notice.
Portrait of Pierre Auguste Renoir by Frederick Bazille
Portrait of Pierre Auguste Renoir
Frederick Bazille, 1867

Linda and I had the privilege of attending the members opening, and it was a thrill to see the stars of this exhibition actually in San Franciso. But what pleased us even more were that many of the the lesser known paintings were as pleasing and more surprising that the more famed D' Orsay paintings hanging nearby.

In last month's newsletter, we showed photos of some of featured highlights of this exhibition: Claude Monet's Saint Lazare Station and The Rue Montorgueil Paris June 30 1878, Pierre Auguste Renoir's The Swing, Edgar Degas' The Dance Lesson, Edouard Manet's The Fife Player, Frederick Bazille's Family Reunion, and James Whistler's Arrangement in Grey and Black: The Artist's Mother. They were all prominently displayed and the audience expressed appreciation with careful and approving observation accompanied with politely whispered comments.

Included here are a sampling of some of what we consider to be the exhibition's surprises. Jules Bastien Lepage's Haymaking was a dazzling composition, the restful moment of a pair of peasant farmers punctuated by the eyes of the young

Bazilles Studio 9 Rue de la Condamine 1870 Frederick Bazille
Bazille's Studio; 9 rue de la Condamine, Frederick Bazille, 1870
The Magpie Claude Monet
The Magpie
, Claude Monet, 1869
woman inviting us to wonder what has caught her interest. Frederick Bazille's Portrait of Pierre Aguste Renoir also causes us to wonder what has captured the youthful Renoir's gaze. Truth by Jules Lefebvre is in the first gallery as one enters the exhibition and it captures the proud
The Turkeys at the Chateau de Rottembourg Montgeron Claude Monet
The Turkeys at the Chateau de Rottembourg, Montgeron
Claude Monet, 1876.

ideals of the French Enlightenment. Truth was painted by Lefebvre about the same time as fellow French artist Frederic Bartholdi completed his first small scale model of the Statue of Liberty.

Bazille's Studio invites us to consider the realities of artist's lives in late 19th century Paris. Not much has changed when you consider most artist's studios today, a mixture of finished and unfinished works along with sparse furnishings for the comfort of patrons, all bathed in natural light and music. Today, the piano would be replaced by a paint-stained CD player, and a stack of favored disks nearby.

Two paintings by Claude Monet somewhat outside the boundaries of his usual fare were intriging for that alone. The Turkeys at the Chateau de Rottembourg, Montgeron is a restful piece and humorous, a study of a flock of domesticated turkeys roaming roaming the grounds of a wealthy country estate. I couldn't help but think that Monet enjoyed observing this foraging flock and that he may have enjoyed eating turkey on his dining table as well.

And, as anyone who has gazed out of of a winter's frosty window at a sunfilled winter landscape knows, looking at the comical antics of a raven, crow, or magpie can be most entertaining. In The Magpie, Monet captures exquisite winter light and shadow on a snowy farm landscape, with a prominently perched Magpie totally at ease dominating the scene.

If you love great painting, please make your plans to attend this exhibition. You may go for the advertised highlights, but I think you will be pleased as much by the the other paintings in this exhibition.

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George Henry Burgess San Francisco July 1849
San Francisco July 1849, 1891, George Henry Burgess, 1831 - 1905
The Reopened Oakland Museum, an intriguing sampling of the world of California Painting
From early on, painters came west to California and told its story of its dramatic landscape and its burgeoning population. And as California grew, it had many tales to tell. "It is the infant village put before us, from which our great city has emerged." That is what George Henry Burgess had to add as an accompanying introduction to his painting, "San Francisco, July 1849," painted 42 years after the California Gold Rush and reminding Californians how far they had come in such a short time.
Yosemite Valley Albert BierstadtYosemite Valley, 1868
Albert Bierstadt, 1830 - 1902
Yosemite Valley Thomas HillYosemite Valley,
from below Sentinel Dome 1876,
Thomas Hill, 1829 - 1908
Redwoods and Stream at Twilight Julian RixTwilight with Stream and Rewood Trees,
late 19th century, Julian Rix, 1850 - 1903
Forest Fire in Moonlight Jules Tavernier
Forest Fire in Moonlit Landscape, 1886
Jules Tavernier, 1844 - 1889
Untitled Pomo Children Grace Hudson
Untitled (Pomo Children), 1909
Grace Hudson, 1865 - 1937

See more of Grace Hudson's work at the Grace Hudson Museum in Ukiah

Other great painters had been at work during those first 42 years of California statehood, capturing the drama of the California landscape for unbelieving eastern eyes. The glory of Yosemite, the towering might of the redwoods, the power of forest fires, the daring of men against the powers of nature in William Hahn's Return from the Bear Hunt, and the beauty of valleys ripe for an abundant and growing agriculture.

In time, other artists added to the story, reminding people that California was never a blank and empty slate. Grace Hudson used her artistry to tell the tale of her friends, the Pomo Indians.

Sunrise at Tracy Raymond Yelland
Sunrise at Tracy, late 19th century,
Raymond Yelland, 1848 - 1900
Mt St Helena from Knights Valley Virgil Williams
Mt. St. Helena from Knight's Valley,
late 19th century,
Virgil Williams
, 1830 - 1886
Return from the Bear Hunt William Hahn
Return from the Bear Hunt, 1882,
a grizzly reminder of California's once abundant wildlife, William Hahn, 1829 - 1887
Stained Glass Arthur Mathews
Stained Glass
Arthur Mathews, 1860 - 1945
Youth Aruther Mathews
Youth, circa 1917,
Arthur Mathews, 1860 - 1945

Grace Hudson's witness is unmistakable. She wanted to tell the world of the beautiful and worthy native people in California, calling for understanding and respect.

As was European tradition, Arthur Mathews and other artists of the Arts and Crafts movement presented the new California lands in historic classical depictions. In Youth, with one foot in ancient Greece and the other in the fresh lands of California, Mathews displays the transplanted nine Greek muses cavorting in a dynamic California Landscape. Previously, we reported on the Arthur Mathews paintings in the Capitol Building in Sacramento.

In 1917, a group of plein air painters found joy in capturing sun-lit impressions in what they called their "joy of vision." Their brief strokes, dabs and patches of paint defined a new vision of California impresionism, a fresh and direct approach which became the most important development in American painting during the 1920's. In time, the group became known as The Society of Six, or some called them "The Oakland Six," and included artists William Clapp, August Gay, Seldon Conner Gile, Maurice Logan, Louis Siegriest, and Bernard von Eichman. The group remained

together for about 15 years, enjoying each other's company, painting and exhibiting together. The exuberant and optimistic spirit of their painting remained popular until the Great Depression. Their painterliness, color, respect for the landscape, and expression of the light would influence postwar Northern California modern painters such as Richard Diebenkorn and Wayne Thiebaud.
Boat and Yellow Hill Seldon Conner Gile
Boat and Yellow Hill,
Seldon Conner Gile, 1877-1947
Point Richmond Maurice Logan
Point Richmond,
Maurice Logan, 1886 - 1977
Ranch in Carmel Valley August Gay
Ranch in Carmel Valley,
August Gay, 1890 - 1948
House Along the Estuary William Clapp
House Along the Estuary,
William Clapp, 1879 - 1954
Oakland Quarry Louis Sigriest
Oakland Quarry,
Louis Siegriest, 1899 - 1989
Bernard von Eichman Backyards
Bernard von Eichman, 1899 - 1970
Figure on a Porch Richard Diebenkorn
Figure on a Porch,
Richard Diebenkorn, 1922 - 1993
Urban Square Wayne Theibaud
Urban Square,
Wayne Theibaud (TEE-bow), 1920

Beginning with the Great Depression, a gritty style of painting came to the forefront, showing Californians dealing with difficult times.

Borrowing from the Ashcan painters of New York, these new painters showed Californians in the work places of industry and agriculture. Many of the artists of the age painted for the Works Progress Adminstration, and today the paintings they produced are called WPA style. The goal many of these paintings was to show the spirit of determination, of teamwork, and the virtue of hard work in overcoming hardship. The Oakland Museum has several fine examples of WPA Style painting. But most striking was a daring and stark work by Maynard Dixon entitled simply, Scab.

The occasion of the painting was a 1934 longshoremens strike and shows a trio of strikers beating up on a scab. Dixon uses harsh geometric forms and severe light and shadow to punctuate the gritty drama of co-workers turning on one another as they make the tough choice of surviving together, or daring to go it alone. We normally consider Maynard Dixon an influential painter of the desert, with clouds floating over angular landscapes, and and as painter of the gentle and proud American Indians of the Southwest. Seldom do we think of Dixon as a reporter of the darker side of urban life. But to see how he uses form, light and shadow to tell a dramatic dark tale from the underside of the San Francisco wharf illuminates for us how he uses these these same techniques in the dynamics in his more familiar desert landscapes.

Scab Maynard Dixon
Scab, 1934 during a longshoremens strike, Maynard Dixon, 1875 - 1946
All in all, in a very attractive and comfortable setting, The Oakland Museum has crafted a well rounded chronological sampling of northern California painting, as interpreted by some of California's more famed painters in a variety of genres and styles. Perhaps at some point the "Oakland Museum of California" might be persuaded to include Southern California impressionists and painters of the desert as well.
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SF Call Banner, Dec 24 1895 Early on, 21-year-old Maynard Dixon writes of and illustrates the Navajo,
SF Call, Christmas Eve, 1895
SF Call Maynard Dixon Byline
Young Maynard Dixon showed sensitivity and respect for the Navajo culture early on. Here is a fine example of the young
SF Call Full Page Dec 24 1895

Maynard Dixon's illustration and writing talents and a window into his youthful soul; a feature article on the Navajos published in the Christmas Eve edition of the San Francisco Call, Dec. 24, 1895.

TO-NIGHT the Navajos are dancing. In a far-away corner of Northeastern Arizona, where their desolate domain reaches its barren leagues beneath the frosty stars — mesa and plain, steep-walled canyons and mountain peak—the tribesmen gather from the remote canadas, where their hogars [sic] stand darkened and silent. "

For nine days they have come from the points of the four winds upon their shaggy little ponies, with their wagons and their women and their children; the brown little babies rolled safely in their mothers' blankets, the shy young girls peeping coyly from the wagons and the restless boys, whose keen prying eyes never miss a movement. Even the dogs and camp kettles look, alert—for on this night. the medicine men call to their aid the mighty Spirits of the past -- the ye-bitchai, the giant grandfathers of old.

For nine nights the strange, rhythmic hum of the medicine chant has not ceased in the big ye-bitchai hogan or medicine lodge -- for nine nine nights the young men, the tireless dancers and sweet singers of the people, have danced between the fires, and the medicine men have anointed the eyes of the young boys with the sacred meal, that they may not be stricken blind when they look upon the strong gods in whose forms the dancers move.

Maynard Dixon Illustration SF Call Dec 24 1895
Illustration of the Ye-Bitchai Dance, by Maynard Dixon, 1895
The camp has grown day by day, until now, upon the last night of the ceremony, there is a campfire near almost every juniper within a quarter-mile of the medicine lodge, and still over the low-rolling ridges come the Navajos upon their ponies, a succession of wild silhouettes passing swiftly across the last dull green glow of the Western sky; and up from the trading post where comes a rumble of wagon wheels and a drumming of swift hoofs in the darkness. There are shrill shots and the crying of children and the fierce barking of wolf like dogs.

This dance is being given by a young buck who owns many sheep and ponies, wampum and silver -- for the Navajos are good silversmiths in the Indian style; as a thank offering for the recovery of his mother from a long illness. The sum of his payments to the medicine men and singers, whose services he has retained, and gifts to guests will come to near $500 in Navajo goods.

This ceremony may be held either as a thank offering or as propitiation of the powers of departed and deified ancestors of the tribe, as the case may demand. Sets of dancers, six to twelve in a set, from different parts of the reservation compete for the honors of their calling, dancing alternately in relays.

Long before the dance begins the long space between and all around the twelve great bonfires of juniper logs is filled with a dense and restless throng, wild in the many colors of their blankets. The medicine hogan is at the west end of the lane and the dancers lodge -- a high, circular corral of green brush -- at the east.

Round Dance, 1931, oil on canvas, BYU Museum of Art

All who can have backed their wagons in behind the fires forming two irregular rows, and these are filled with men, women and children, deeply muffled in their blankets, for the night is biting cold.

Here and there, amid the throng, a massive silver bracelet or concha flashes in the firelight. Tall, stately figures of the chief’s medicine men stalk through the flickering light, or stand silent and impressive in statuesque poses, while always from within the medicine lodge comes the weird cadence of the chant.

At last, from the lower end of the lane, comes a shrill “whooh! whooh!” -- like the cry of some unknown bird -- the crowd opens a trifle, and a young man appears, waving his arms as he advances. He is clad all in brown velvet -- his moccasins are decorated with silver buttons, around his waist is a belt of enormous silver conchas, about his neck an ungainly bushy wreath of evergreens -- but his face is covered with a hideous mask of buckskin, painted with ashen gray and surrounded with a wild wig of goat hair. It is decorated behind with a tall, fan shaped spread of eagle plumes, lightly swaying as he rolls his head from side to side.

He retreats into the darkness again and a chief steps forward to address the crowd. He delivers a long harangue in the strange clicking Navajo tongue, his strong voice and

gestures seeming to command respectful attention. We learn that he is giving his people a temperance lecture. Shame be it to us that he need to do so.

At last, after long waiting, we hear that weird whoop again, and the young man who gives the dance, and the Laughing Doctor, the greatest medicine man of the tribe, come out from the medicine lodge a little distance and sit down upon the ground. We hear the faint jingle of sleigh bells, the dry ch-r-r-r-r- of rattles far beyond the crowd, then the spreading plumes of the leader appear and eight terrible figures follow him into the glare of the fires.

They halt in single file and while the Laughing Doctor and the young man make a long, silent prayer of a basket of sacred meal we have time to note their attire. The leader being described there comes an array of lithe and sinewy bodies, dressed in moccasins and breech clouts, and each with its head hidden in a terrible mask, painted to represent some god of Navajo mythology. Some of the dancers are painted white all over, with curious emblems upon their breasts; others are all black with crooked lightning patterns in white or red upon their arms and legs; others are dressed all in black velvet and wear black masks; some have wreaths of evergreen about their necks and waists, and nearly every one is crowned with two long eagle feathers, tipped and with down.

The prayer finished, the Laughing Doctor advances down the line, sprinkling each dancer with the sacred meal, returning to his place. Then the leader rushes to the far end of the line, stopping suddenly and throwing out his arms and giving his peculiar whoop, and back again, doing the same before the Laughing Doctor.

The first dancer advances until he faces the host and begins with his rattle and stamping with one foot and hopping slightly on the other, that strange rhythmic step of Indian dancers whose very monotony is a fascination. He begins the chant, which is taken up by each dancer in turn, and the dance is on. They go down the middle and back and around and dance together in a circle, conducted always by the leader with the spreading plumes.

The steady drumming of the moccasined feet, the deep guttural “O-hoho-ho! E-hehe-he he-he!” mingled with the shrill high-keyed tenor comes down the scale in a peculiar wave-like movement; it is the cry of the wild things of the remote desert fastnesses--which these Navahos themselves are. The song rises and falls.

Sometimes it is like the grunting of the great bear of the mountains as he grubs between the roots of the juniper -- like the rushing of a brook -- like the wind -- like the mingled cry of vultures or the waiting of coyotes in the darkness -- and through it all persists the drumming of the feet on the ground and the steady ch-r-r! of the gourds like a hundred rattlesnakes.

SF Call Illustration Portrait of a Navajo by Maynard Dixon 1904
SF Call Illustration Portrait of a
Navajo by Maynard Dixon, 1904

The song finishes in a humming sound and this set files out to be replaced by another, very much the same to the unpracticed eye. But with each set there are two clowns, dressed very much as the dancers in masks and feathers, each carrying the skin of a small animal, which they put through all manner of queer pantomime.

Old Chief Black Horse steps forward and delivers a speech. He is a fine old warrior type, his fiery little eyes turning upon his brethren with a commanding gleam.

Then come set after set and song after song, which seem very much alike to us, so we take a walk around the edge of the camp among the ponies and wagons and coffee-pots, sleeping figures curled up in their blankets, head to the fire, Indian fashion.

Here we find mothers nursing their babies -- little brown dumplings, wearing only a calico slip. They blink at us solemnly in the firelight, and, glancing beyond them into the dark and frosty horizon, we do not wonder that this is a hardy race -- those who survive their infancy.

At the lower end of the camp, near the dancer’s dressing-room, we come upon a set of them standing apart in the gray moonlight getting a breath with their masks off, humming over in a low tone their next song. We speak to some

Maynard Dixon cover of Sunset Magazine
Dixon cover of Sunset Magazine

of them, but they will not answer -- they may not speak while they are impersonating gods.

We make our way shivering back to the trading post and gulp down the hot cup of coffee that has been provided us -- then back to the dance, which goes on till the pale gray of the clear winter dawn lightens the eastern sky, and the long line of the mesas stands blackly visible again.

The blue smokes of camp rise afresh into the keen morning air, and already gaily blanketed men and women dash by us on their way to the store -- and wagons and ponies and wives and babies follow -- returning to their faw-away hogans among the juniper hills.

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Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery exhibition through June 27wsss7, 2010

Alexander Dzigurski

and his son,
Alexander Dzigurski II

celebrating the art of two generations of Dzigurskis and Hiltons
Alexander and Alex Dzigurski Father and Son Photo
John W and Kathi Hilton

John W. Hilton
and his daughter,
Kathi Hilton

The paintings of Alexander Dzigurski and John W. Hilton have received glowing admiration from art lovers for decades. Both artists have compelling and unique biographies and easily identifiable and fascinating styles. But beyond their art, each has been blessed with a child who carried on his artistic legacy. Alexander's son Alexander II, and John's daughter Kathi have each distinguished themselves as well known artists, following the paths of their respective fathers. Back to the Top

Special Museum Exhibition...
Shreveport, Louisiana's Norton Art Gallery and Museum presents

Alex Dzigurski: Poet of the Land and Sea
April 27 - August 01, 2010

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Gallery Notes
  • Andrew and Liya of Terrapin Creek Cafe, the excellent and popular Bodega Bay restaurant situated above our galleries, are the proud parents of their firstborn, Ava, born May 22, 2010.
  • There will be special screenings of the new documentary about "The Running Fence" on June 23, 24 and 25. See the Sonoma County Museum website, link below in the museums section.
  • The Lee Youngman Gallery is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a reception the evening of June 5.
  • Our next gallery show, that starts July 2, is inspired by "The Birth of Impressionism" exhibition at the De Young, travelling from the D'Orsay in Paris while that museum undergoes renovation of its train-station building. What we currently plan is to select for viewing paintings that we believe were inspired by that same movement, and particularly those paintings by California and American artists that were closer in time to the Parisian impressionists. Understanding that art movements are not well-defined - and having no way to ask long-gone artists on this continent what was their inspiration or intention - we look forward to your own opinions and comments when you see our choices. This is our opportunity to display paintings by Frederick Stymetz Lamb 1863-1928 and John Appleton Brown 1844-1902, among others.
  • In addition to the selection of John W. Hilton paintings at our gallery in the current exhibit through June 27, Kathi Hilton has asked us to publicize for sale some of the special paintings from her private collection of her father's works. We need to make the trip to Utah for photography and other arrangements, so if you have any special requests, please let us know and we can check on the possibilities.
  • Sullivan-Goss gallery in Santa Barbara has an excellent exhibit of paintings from the turn of the 19th/20th Centuries and has posted a house-made video on its website. This and the art museum in Santa Barbara would be a good trip combined with the Milford Zornes exhibit in Los Olivos, or the Fernand Lungren exhibit that follows there at the Wilding Museum.
  • During our "Generations" Gallery exhibition, we have a book and a DVD about Alexander Dzigurski and a book about John W. Hilton, for sale at the gallery courtesy of the artists' respective families. Please email us for information to arrange for purchase if you cannot do so in person. For Alexander Dzigurski, we have The Art of Alexander Dzigurski by Phyllis Barton, a coffee table book with many color photos illustrating both the artist's ecclesiastical and landscape paintings, plus his compelling history of survival during WW II. The book is priced at $55.00. We also have a film on DVD, The Palette and the Symphony, with Alexander Dzigurski painting in various landscape settings set to music, priced at $20.00. Bodega Bay sales tax is 9% if you purchase at the gallery. For John W. Hilton, we have his biography, The Man Who Captured Sunshine by Katherine Ainsworth, priced at $35.00, recounting the many of the adventures and associations of this fascinating man's life, including his meeting and artistic relationship with with Dwight Eisenhower. This book contains photos from Hilton's life and several color pages of his paintings. We have available for viewing other collectible books that visitors can usually find on
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What's showing at Bodega Bay Galleries & Beyond?
click on their links and discover the wonder to be found in the galleries of West Sonoma County
While in Bodega Bay ...
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Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays, 11:00 AM until 5:00 PM
(or other times by prearranged appointment)

Now showing through June 2010 Generations:
The Paintings of Alexander Dzigurkski and his son, Alex II
& John W. Hilton and his daughter, Kathi

Map & Location |

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Smith and Kirk Gallery Bodega Bay


Featured artist Jean Warren
"Watercolors by Design" through June 20th.
Also offering works of the late Gail Packer.
Conveniently located next to The Ren Brown Collection
1785 A Highway One, PO Box 1116, Bodega Bay, CA 94923 | 707-875-2976

Gail Packer, Bodega Head
Local Color Gallery

IN BODEGA BAY Local Color Artist Gallery
J.C. Henderson, "Impressions,"
with Joann Cassady & Tamra Sanchez
through June 29 | Back to the Top

JC Henderson New Moon Setting
J.C. Henderson
New Moon Setting

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Spring 2010 Exhibit:
Mayumi Oda - Feminine Buddha , Original paintings, silkscreens and etchings from the past 40 years will be included in this special show celebrating the Twentieth Anniversary of the Gallery in Bodega Bay. In collaboration with the San Francisco Zen Center and Green Gulch Farm. March 11 - April 18. 2010 | Back to the Top
Ren Brown Collection
Terrapin Creek Cafe Andrew and Liya
Liya and Andrew
And while visiting galleries in Bodega Bay, dine at
The Terrapin Creek Cafe "just above Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery"
Here's what Santa Rosa's Press Democrat had to say ...
"... Against all odds, this little storefront restaurant, in the space that was once the Seaweed Café, perched on a hillside above the Bodega harbor marina, has pulled off a culinary coup. In a Wine Country stuffed with world-renowned restaurants, it is, in a quiet and unassuming way, among the best."

And 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
A Show & Sale Of Paintings Depicting Fish, Fishing, Fishing Holes & Fishermen May 2, 2010 12:00 – 4:00 Pm
A Show & Sale Of Paintings -- A 1½ Hour Quick Draw Painting By Participating Artists
Auction Of Quick Draw Paintings -- Fly Tying Demonstration, Fly Casting Demonstration
Champagne, Music And Fun! |707-865-1318| Back to the Top

Self Portrait of Xavier Martinez
Bobbi & Ron Quercia

IN DUNCANS MILLS Quercia Gallery
June Show
"Beach Walk", Ron Quercia
8 large paintings, 18 small
Jun 4 - Jun 28 , Reception: Sunday, June 6, 3-6 pm
Hours: 11am-5pm, Thur - Mon (707) 865-0243 | Back to the Top

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). | Back to the Top
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IN CALISTOGA the Lee Youngman Gallery

"Many Gallery Artists Will be Present!,
Exhibition of New Work We hope you'll join us!" -- Lee
CHAMPAGNE RECEPTION, JUNE 5, 2010, 5 - 7 p.m. | Back to the Top

Paul Youngman Mustard
Paul Youngman

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IN TOMALES Tomales Fine Art
Host artist Janette LeGrue
We specialize in contemporary art by some of today's top artists: landscapes, classic still lifes, and figurative work. We do hope you will stop by for a visit--you'll have a great time! Check our site for our summer hours. | Back to the Top

Tomales Fine Art Gallery
QuickSilver Gallery Exterior

IN FORESTVILLE The Quicksilver Mine Co.
6671 Front St. (Hwy. 116) Downtown Forestville PHONE: 707.887.0799
May 28—July 4, 2010 ALL THE PIECES MATTER
Kirk Hinshaw: Artist Reception: Saturday, May 29, 4—6pm
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Linda Ratzlaff IN GRATON Graton Gallery
9048 Graton Road, Graton, California (707) 829-8912

"Up on the Farm" : May 25 - July 4
Paintings, drawings, and block prints by Pam Lewis,
Rik Olson and Hester Zoutendijk Reception: Sunday May 30, 3-6pm / Back to the Top
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"The Coast, the Hills and the Vines"
A group exhibition celebrating the beauty of the Northcoast
17255 Bodega Highway Bodega, California USA 94922 Phone 707 876 3477 | | Back to the Top
West County Design Center

IN VALLEY FORD West County Design
Paintings of the Coast by local artists, and fine crafts and household furnishings
Bohemian Stoneworks produces cast concrete of exceptional beauty
for applications such as kitchen counters and sinks, fireplace surrounds and furniture.
Craig Collins Furniture has specialized in designing and building custom furniture, fine woods, clean lines.

14390 Highway One • Valley Ford, CA 94972 • 707.876.1963

(Across from the Valley Ford Hotel and its famed Rocker Oysterfeller's Restaurant) | Back to the Top

BBHPhoto Dennis Calabi 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.

selections of unusual antique, modern
and contemporary artwork from our collection.

144 Petaluma Blvd. North, Petaluma, CA 94952 Call 707-781-94952 |Back to the Top
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Sun and Moon Warren Bellows
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 Arts Council
"... to celebrate local artists and their contributions
and involve the whole community in appreciation, involvement and recognition of art

The Petaluma Arts Center Lights up the Night with our Inaugural Fundraiser,
Arts d'Light,
Saturday, June 19 @ 7:00 pm Objects d'Light Art Auction ...
Unique Illuminated Works of Art created by Local and Invited Artists | Back to the Top

Petaluma Art Center
Photo:Anita Diamondstein
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Isaacs Art Center In Waimea, Big Island, Hawaii Isaacs Art Center
Well worth the effort ... while on the Big Island, visit its best Museum and Gallery,
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Kilauea by Moonlight
Jules Taverier c 1890
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Links to current museum exhibits
relevant to Early California Art
The Greater Bay Area
, Southern California, & Beyond
The Greater Bay Area
NEW! in San Francisco's Presidio
The Walt Disney Family Museum
tickets available online

April 7 - June 2010 Walt Disney's Peter Pan An exhibition in our Theater Lobby Walt's early interest in Peter Pan finally became a feature-length animated film in 1953, and its look was greatly influenced by artist Mary Blair.
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San Francisco
de Young Museum

now visiting from Paris
"Birth of Impressionism," Musée d’Orsay
through - September 6

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San Francisco
California Historical Society

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San Francisco
Legion of Honor

Impressionist Paris: City of Light
concurrent exhibit with the de Young's
"Birth of Impressionism,"
Jun 5 - Sep 26, 2010

San Francisco Legion of Honor Museum
San Francisco
ontemporary Jewish Museum

February 6, 2009 - July 25, 2010
Jews on Vinyl: And You Shall Know Us
by the Trail of Our Vinyl
a unique exhibition based on Josh Kun and Roger Bennett's new book: And You Shall Know Us by the Trail of Our Vinyl: The Jewish Past as Told by the Records We Have Loved and Lost, which spans the history of Jewish recorded music from the 1940s to the 1980s, weaving an account that begins with sacred songs and ends with the holy trinity of Neil, Barbra, and Barry.
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Oakland Museum of California

NOW OPEN after renovations

The new Gallery of California Art

one of California's largest
and comprehensive
holdings of California art

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Santa Rosa
Sonoma County Museum

Javier Machado:
Optic Fiber-Photographs of Cuba
May 21 - Jun 27

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Hearst Art Gallery

Andy Warhol's
Quick Pix and Pop Icons
April 11 - June 20

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Santa Rosa
Charles M. Schultz Museum

The Language of Lines:
Imaginary Places in the Comics
April 24 to August 22, 2010
Charles M Schultz Museum Santa Rosa Sonoma
Sonoma Valley Museum of Art

551 Broadway, Sonoma CA 95476
(707) 939-7862
Silence, Exile, and Cunning
May 1 - July 25
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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 Ukiah
Grace Hudson Museum

Special Exhibit
Space, Silence, Spirit:
Maynard Dixon's West

February 28 through June 20, 2010
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Crocker Art Museum

Permanent Exhibit

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Capitol Museum

Permanent Exhibits

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Monterey Museum of Art
Land & Sea,
Paintings and Photographs of
Monterey and Beyond

January 30-October 24, 2010
MMA Pacific Street

Monterey Museum of Art

San Jose
San Jose Museum of Art

Wayne Thiebaud: Seventy Years of Painting
February 16, 2010 through July 4, 2010
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Southern California (and Arizona)
Los Angeles
Los Angeles Museum of Art
-Land & Sea: Paintings and Photographs of Monterey and Beyond.
Through October 24
Featuring paintings, photographs, watercolors and etchings, Land & Sea will offer visitors a unique look at how Monterey’s natural and urban landscape has influenced the many artists who lived and worked in Monterey and abroad.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art Irvine
The Irvine Museum

Saving Paradise
June 16 - Oct 23

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Santa Barbara
The Santa Barbara
Museum of Art

Colorscope: Abstract Painting 1960 - 1979March 20 - August 15, 2010

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Palm Springs
Palm Springs Art Museum

Colors of the West: The Paintings of Birger Sandzén, Apr 17 - Sept 12 McCALLUM WING
In 1894 Sandzen immigrated to the United States. Considered a post-Impressionist for his use of color and expressionist in technique, Sandzén created vibrant and dynamic paintings of prairie and western landscapes. In 1908, he made his first trip to Colorado and in 1915 became a regular visitor to Santa Fe and Taos, New Mexico. He found the Southwest and its mountains “… a paradise for the painter.”

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San Diego
San Diego Museum of Art

Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece
May 22 - September 5, 2010
Coming in July Toulouse-Lautrec’s Paris:
Selections from the Baldwin M. Baldwin Collection,
July 10 - December 12, 2010

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Santa Monica
California Heritage Museum
Evolution and Art in California
Extended through August 29, 2010

California Heritage Museum Santa Monica
Norton Simon Museum

Divine Demons: Wrathful Deities of Buddhist Art
August 14, 2009 - June 28, 2010
Permanent collection,European paintings
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.
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Museum of California Art
Main Gallery: The 99th Annual California Art Club Gold Medal Juried Exhibition
June 13, 2010 - July 3, 2010

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Wilding Museum

Milford Zornes Exhibition
March 31 through June 6
Fernand Lungren: The Desert Speaks
June 13 through September 19, 2010
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Prescott, AZ
Phippen Museum

All Aboard! The Life and Work of Marjorie Reed
March 6 to June 11, 2010
Portraits of the West:
The Kenneth M. Freeman Legacy Exhibition June 26 through October 24, 2010

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& Beyond
Seattle, WA
Seattle Art Museum

Everything Under the Sun:
Photographs by Imogen Cunningham
July 11, 2009–August 29, 2010

Seattle Art Museum Portland, OR
Portland Art Museum

Permanent Collection

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Washington D.C.
The Renwick Gallery
Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Remembering the Running Fence, Sonoma and Marin Counties, California, 1972-76, A Documentation Exhibition
April 2, 2010 – September 26, 2010

Grand Salon Installation—Paintings from the Smithsonian American Art Museum
Renwick Gallery Washington DC Chicago, IL
Art Institute of Chicago

Matisse: Radical Invention 1913-1917
through June 20
"The San Francisco Chronicle calls the exhibit "thrilling" and Time magazine deems it "spectacular."

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Washington D.C.
The National Gallery
Permanent collection
American Paintings

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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 Roanoke, VA
The Taubman Museum
19th & 20th Century Paintings
John Singer Sargent, Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, Robert Henri, Childe Hassam & others.
Permanent Exhibit
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