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June 2011 Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Monthly
A Celebration of Early California, Western, and American Art ...
Open Wednesdays through Sundays 10:00 - 5:00 (other times by appointment)
1785 Coast Highway 1, PO Box 325, Bodega Bay, CA 94923, 707-875-2911 (Map)
email: Art@BodegaBayHeritageGallery.com | www.BodegaBayHeritageGallery.com
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Museum Exhibits:
Bay Area, Southland & Beyond
Now at our gallery ... California's Northern Coast, Paintings of Monterey, Marin, Sonoma & Mendocino Counties, & works by Linda Sorensen
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SF's de Young hosts
Picasso: Masterpieces from the
Musée National Picasso, Paris

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

Monterey's Museum of Art
From Dawn to Dusk:
Gottardo Piazzoni’s Final Murals

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The Bolinas Museum
Historic Paintings in Marin County's
Most Hidden Destination

Musee National Picasso in Paris
Musee National Picasso in Paris, now undergoing renovations

"Picasso!" ... far more than a name, more like a force of nature.

His extraordinary gifted talent expanded established norms, leaving in his wake a stunningly stylized body of work in whatever artistic medium he chose.

His greatest contribution was as co-founder of Cubism along with Georges Braque, where parts of objects or models were analyzed and then reassembled in an abstracted form, using a multitude of viewpoints, placing the subject into a greater context.

Picasso Celestina (1904)
Celestina (1904), from the artist’s Blue Period

Through effective use of intersecting surfaces, random angles and the loss of depth, Picasso could reveal energies within his subject which could reach beyond normal paths of perception and speak directly to the sub-conscious, beautifully reinventing accepted ideas of shape, color, and design.

The de Young's exhibition dips into each loosely defined period of Picasso's career, allowing us to analyze and abstract the characteristics of each. Then, the exhibit challenges us to reassemble the parts of his career into a cohesive whole, much like the creative process Picasso used creating one of his cubist paintings.

This exhibition features over 100 masterpieces from the permanent collection of the Musee National Picasso including paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints from his long and fabled career. The overlapping periods of his career include The Blue Period (1901-1904), the Rose Period (1904-1906), the Expressionist Period, also known as his African Period (1907-1909), Cubism 1909-1916), Neoclassicism (1917-1925) and Surrealism (1925-1930's).

Photo portrait of Picasso
Jean-Gilles Berizzi

Picasso (1881 - 1973) achieved success in a wide variety of styles in both painting and sculpture. From early in his childhood in the 1880's in the city of Málaga in the Andalusian region of Spain until his passing in Mougins in the South of France in 1973, his genius seamlessly exhibited an openness to experiment with a variety of theories, styles, techniques and ideas. Modern scholars divide the styles of his career into periods, all in an effort to grasp and understand his magic.

Picasso Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907)
Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907) from his African Period

Picasso's Blue Period (1901-1904) was a dark time when he created somber paintings using blue and blue-green shades. Many of his Blue Period works featured gaunt mothers, prostitutes and beggars. Picasso was in his early twenties, and was deeply saddened by the suicide of a friend, Carlos Casagemas. Casagemas shot himself in the left temple while seated at the L’Hippodrome Café in Paris. Picasso was not present, but when he learned of his friend's death, he began paining in blue.

The Rose Period (1904–1906) followed the Blue Period. The elevated mood of these paintings are in marked contrast to the Blue Period with the use of orange and pink colors often depicting circus people, acrobats and harlequins, and presented a reborn and much livelier spirit.

Two Brothers (1906) from the Rose Period
During this period, Picasso had a warm relationship with Fernande Olivier, a Parisian model, and he enjoyed the camaraderie of other contemporary French painters. The Rose Period is considered a transitional year for Picasso, a time when he was rising from the depths of his Blue Period and embracing life anew. Although both the paintings of the Blue and Rose Periods where done in Paris, the Blue Period work is considered to be influenced more by Spanish traditions while the Rose Period is considered to be more influenced by French painting.
Picasso Cubist Man with a Guitar
Man with a Guitar (1911)
an example of Analytic Cubism

Picasso's African Period lasted from 1907 - 1909 marked by a time when Picasso was greatly influenced by African sculpture, especially ceremonial masks. As French Imperialism ventured deeper into the African continent, a flood of exotic artifacts came to Paris accompanied by exaggerated stories of cannibalism and fantastic tales. Picasso's friend Henri Matisse helped introduce Picasso to the magic of African art. His painting Les Demoiselles (above) is considered to be the first Cubist work done with African influences, especially the figures on the right side.

During the next phase of his career, Picasso worked closely with Georges Braque. Moving from Picasso's African period, the pair evolved into Analytic Cubism (1909-1912). This period is noted for its monochromatic use of browns and neutral colors as well as objects analyzed in terms of their shape. After 1912, Analytic Cubism evolved into Synthetic cubism (1912-1919) where paper fragments of wallpaper or newspaper were pasted into compositions, the first use of collage in fine art.

After World War I, Picasso worked in a neoclassical style (1917-1925). As the war ended, the world seemed to need a rest, and perhaps due to that reality, artists laid aside avant garde styles, choosing to renew their interest in classical traditions and figuration. For Picasso, this was a time when he experimented less with Cubism.

Picasso Neoclassical Portrait of Olga (1917)
Portrait of Olga (1917), Neoclassical Period
Picasso Guernica 1937 Museo Reina Sofia Madrid
(1937 ), at the Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid (not part of the de Young's exhibition) merging neoclassical and synthetic cubist elements
His neoclassical works contained images of centaurs, minotaurs, nymphs, and fauns inspired by the classical world of Italy. His famed Guernica borrowed classical themes from his neoclassical period and merged them with analytic cubism. Guernica is a large canvas, perhaps Picasso's most famed painting, warning of the inhumanity, brutality and hopelessness of war.
Picasso_ Portrait of Dora Maar, 1937
Portrait of Dora Maar, 1937
Pablo Picasso Reading 1932
Reading (1932)
Pablo Picasso Jacquiline with Hands Crossed 1954
Jacqueline with Hands Crossed (1954)

In the middle of the 1920's, Picasso was working with Surrealists (1925-1930's) , although he never liked being labeled as one. But appealing to Picasso was Surrealism's challenge of dealing with physical and psychological states through exaggerated use of imaginary form and distorted perspective.

Two Women Running on a Beach Pablo Picasso 1922
Two Women Running on the Beach (1922), neoclassical women in togas
Pablo Picasso The Kiss 1969
Le Baiser (The Kiss) (1969)

The whole of Picasso's career is far greater than the confines of one period. These periodic divisions only an aid in understanding the entirety of his artistic life. Throughout he worked in a variety of styles, often merging influences and languages of style in later works. He was prolific, avant-guarde, and individualistic, an artist for the ages.

So make plans now to visit the de Young and enjoy this grand opportunity. The de Young offers you the rare opportunity to view masterpieces from each of his artistic periods, abstract from each a portion of his genius, and reassemble them into your own appreciation of Picasso.

This video provides a large sampling of Picasso's work on YouTube, accompanied by music from The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amedeus Mozart (7:50).
Tip ... This video is best seen with the full screen feature at the lower left of the window.
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Sacramento's Crocker, opening day for their Summer of Impressionism
Sacramento's Crocker Museum
Queuing up for a Summer of Impressionism
Three exhibitions:
"Transcending Vision: American Impressionism, 1870–1940", May 14 - Sep 25
"Landscapes from the Age of Impressionism" Jun 11 - Sep 18
"Gardens and Grandeur: Porcelains and Paintings by Franz A. Bischoff" Jun 25 - Oct 23
Sacramento's Crocker Museum is celebrating The Summer of Impressionism with three concurrent exhibits.

The first, "Transcending Vision: American Impressionism, 1870–1940" runs through September 25th and features 125 paintings from the fine art collection of the Bank of America, including works by many of America's and California's most treasured painters.

On June 11th, the second exhibition opens entitled "Landscapes from
the Age of Impressionism" and runs through September 18th. This exhibit has over 40 paintings from the Brooklyn Museum, featuring works by French artists Gustave Courbet and Claude Monet and American painters Childe Hassam and John Singer Sargent.

Gustave Caillebotte
Apple Tree in Bloom 1885
Brooklyn Museum

June 25th, a third exhibition opens entitled "Gardens and Grandeur: Porcelains and Paintings by Franz A. Bischoff" (1864-1929). At age twenty-one, Franz left his native Austria and settled in Dearborn, Michigan in 1885. Bishoff established a reputation as the "King of the Rose Painters." After twenty-one years in Dearborn,

Roses by Franz Bischoff

Franz A. Bischoff,
Gold Rimmed Rocks and Sea, 1925

Franz moved to Southern California where he established a new reputation as a landscape painter of a variety of California locales, from Monterey south to Laguna Beach, and from the California deserts north into the Sierra. This exhibit features over forty works, including both ceramics and paintings, and has been organized by the Pasadena Museum of California Art.

Ransom Holdredge, Indian Council in Yosemite, c 1880

Here are a few small tastes of "Transcending Vision: American Impressionism, 1870–1940."

For California painting enthusiasts, Ransom Hodredge's Indian Council (above) was most pleasing as it tells the story of California as it once was. This stunning and large canvas is filled with a grove of California Live Oaks drenched in filtered summer light mixed with a haze of campfire smoke as Indians gather.

Garnering a great deal of attention was Childe Hassam's Old House, East Hampton, an expressively colored and textured work showing a simple Long Island house, yet having the capacity to cause viewers to inhale and catch their breath as they gazed in wonderment. Photos cannot do justice to the impact of this work. Judging from the reactions of the museum visitors, it was the star of the exhibit.

Also causing crowds to assemble and marvel was Edward Willis Redfield's, Burning of Center Bridge, c 1923 (below). Not many paintings have been done of burning structures, especially bridges. This stunning canvas tells the true story of the burning of this major bridge in 1923 which crossed the Delaware River connecting New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Childe Hassam, Old House, East Hampton, c 1917

Edward Willis Redfield, Burning of Center Bridge, c 1923

Redfield compared his painting to a newspaper photograph, illustrating something which actually occurred. This painting once was exhibited at the James A Michener Art Museum, an institution which appreciates great story telling. From across the gallery, one could not help but notice that as museum visitors viewed this painting, they seemed to blend with the painted silhouettes of the crowd gathered to watch the blaze.

The exhibit also includes three wonderful works by Norwegian
American Jonas Lie (1880 - 1940). During his lifetime, he was one of the best-known American landscape painters, counting among his friends, President Franklin Roosevelt. He was best known for his blend of impressionism with the vigorous and colorful style of New York's Ashcan School.

Photography was not allowed at this exhibition, but here are the titles and artists of some quite notable paintings on exhibit.

Birger Sandzen's Farm on the Smokey is a large canvas, approximately 4' x 8' and is prominently displayed.

Albert Fuller Grave's The Nest Egg 1910 tells the tale a newly married couple standing in a bank dutifully adding to their savings, and striving to achieve their hopes and dreams.

Edgar Payne's Canyon de Chelly exhibits the strength and boldness of the American landscape, easily interpreted as a metaphor for the American Spirit.

Jonas Lie, In a Northern Sea, c 1920

Jonas Lie, Wharf in Winter, c 1920
Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery features works by five artists
currently being exhibited at the Crocker
Previously in the Nov, 2010 issue of
Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Monthly

Pondering where to go next?
How about Sacramento's newly expanded Crocker Art Museum!
The "Transcending Vision: American Impressionism, 1870–1940" includes works by two artists in our gallery collection, Ransom Holdredge and Eliot Candee Clark,

Holdrege's Indian Council in Yosemite, c 1880 (pictured at the beginning of this article) shows his ability to show the drama of the California landscape and California's place in that landscape. Eliot Candee Clark's The Bridge, Wilton Connecticut 1935 (not pictured here) exhibits a mood and depth of the American Landscape. Our collection includes works by both these painters.
Sam Hyde Harris at the Crocker San Pedro Harbor
At the Crocker ... Sam Hyde Harris, San Pedro Harbor

Hanging in other galleries of the Crocker are paintings by three additional artists represented in our gallery collection, Sam Hyde Harris, Paul Lauritz, and Conrad Buff.

Sam Hyde Harris was a remarkably successful commercial illustrator and painter of landscapes of Southern California with a keen understanding and appreciation for its special light. Sam was one of a group of artists living in Alhambra, CA, east of LA near Pasadena. The street he lived on was known as Artist's Alley, and also as the "Montmartre" of the Southwest. Sam and his neighbors included Frank Tenney Johnson, Jack Wilkinson Smith, Clyde Forsythe, Eli Harvey, and Norman Rockwell. Rockwell came from Massachusetts to paint in the summertime and just to enjoy the company.

Conrad Buff at the Crocker Canyon de Chelly
At the Crocker ... Conrad Buff, Canyon de Chelly,
a stunning example of his cross-hatching technique
Paul Lauritz at the Crocker High in the Sierras
At the Crocker ... Paul Lauritz, High in the Sierras
Paul Lauritz was a teacher at both the Chouinard School of Art and the Otis Institute. He was active within the art community, served as president of the California Art Club, and was a member of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Commission, the Laguna Beach Art Association, the Royal Society of Art in England, and the Salmagundi Club in New York. For the most part, Paul was a self taught artist who won numerous awards from museums and expositions throughout California.

Conrad Buff is known for his notable strikingly-constructed mountain and desert landscapes of the Southwest. He was a good friend and painting partner of Maynard Dixon, and later befriended and encouraged a talented young painter who worked for Walt Disney named Joshua Meador.
Eliott Candee Clark Lone Cow
Eliot Candee Clark, Lone Cow
Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Collection
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Ransom Holdredge, In the Bohemian Grove
Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Collection
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Sam Hyde Harris, Boathouse
Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Collection
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Paul Lauritz, Passing Storm
Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Collection
Conrad Buff Blue Mountain
Conrad Buff, Blue Mountain
Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Collection
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One of Gottardo Piazzoni’s Final Murals Monterey Musuem of Art
One of Piazzoni's "Final Four"
Dawn to Dusk
12' x 8' Mural Panels

Monterey's Museum of Art presents
From Dawn to Dusk: Gottardo Piazzoni’s Final Murals

April 27, 2011-December 2012

Fifteen year old Gottardo Piazzoni arrived in the Carmel Valley in 1887. Along with his mother and brother, young Gottardo traveled from Switzerland to join his father who had come to California to establish a cattle ranch. The beauty of his Gottardo's new Carmel Valley home enthralled him, but inspired his passion for painting above farming.

La Miranda Rose Garden and Building, Monterey Museum of Art
Gottardo Piazzoni
Piazzoni photo portrait -- Bolinas Museum

Gottardo's father was not pleased in his son's desire to pursue art, but still was supportive. He allowed Gottardo to enroll at San Francisco's California School of Design. Gottardo thrived in his San Francisco studies, and he earned an opportunity to go to Paris and study with the masters. While in Paris, he attended the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and the Academie Julian. There, he shared a studio with fellow Californian Granville Redmond.

Gottardo came home to San Francisco in 1897 and began a successful artistic career. Among his notable accomplishments, he founded the California Society of Etchers and received very good reviews both nationally and internationally. He met and married Beatrice the sister of famed painter Maurice Del Mue. The young couple returned to Europe where he exhibited and received great reviews for his work. While away, San Francisco suffered the quake of '06. Gottardo returned to San Francisco in 1907.

Like most other San Francisco artists, he lost his studio in the quake, and he shared in the community's urgent resolve to rebuild the city. He began teaching at the California School of Fine Arts, but extended his artistic reach far beyond the classroom.

San Francisco's Asian Art Museum,
formerly, the San Francisco Library, built in 1917

Gottardo had long believed in the unification of art and architecture, and was willing to add his talents in rebuilding the city. He began creating large murals for local buildings, and one of his most famed works was a series of magnificent murals done for the San Francisco Library.

The San Francisco Library had been designed prior to the 1906 quake, but the plans were shelved. After the quake, new plans were drawn by architect George W. Kelham, a graduate of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in 1896. Gottardo knew George Kelham from his student days in Paris at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. The original murals were commissioned in the early 1930's and remained there for nearly sixty five years. In 1945, the final four murals were commissioned, but were not displayed at the San Francisco Library until 1975, where they remained for just over twenty years.

In 1996, the San Francisco Library moved from its old building into its gleaming new edifice across from the Civic Center Plaza, and the Piazzoni murals had to find a new home. They did! These original 12 murals now have a place of honor in their own gallery at San Francisco's DeYoung Museum. The final four murals are on long term loan to the Monterey Museum, near Piazzoni's beloved Carmel Valley. The Old San Francisco Library is now home to the Asian Museum of Art.

Throughout his successful artistic career in San Francisco, the Piazzoni family often retreated to inspirational beauty and solitude of his father's ranch in Carmel Valley.

Artistically, the work of Gottardo Piazzoni does not fit well into any category. He successfully resisted modernist trends, remaining true to his personal credo, producing powerful works with highly individual expression. An unnamed art critic in Rome back in 1906 perhaps said it best when he wrote, "Any of Piazzoni's pictures is the faithful expression of what he has observed not only with the eye of a draughtsman or a colorist, but also with the feeling that has penetrated his soul. His pictures are chants. Poetry is the essential quality of his work, and it is poetry without ornament, free from all artificiality, simple, sincere, and totally spontaneous."

Here are three interesting exhibits
also at the Monterey Museum of Art
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, William Ritchel
(Gift of the Ritchel Trust in Support of the
William F. Ritchel Memorial) October 23, 2011

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Untitled, Self-Portrait in Beret, August Gay
(gift of the Chaix Family)
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Tulip 2000, Mari Kloeppel
(collection of Lisa Crawford Watson)
January 28 -
The Art of California, 1880 to the Present

A selection of paintings and works on paper by artists who have been inspired by the grandeur and variety of land and sea on the west coast.

January 28, 2011 - January 8, 2012
California Artists and Portraiture
Portraits drawn from the permanent collection, not often displayed. many are by artists best known for their landscapes.

Moving and installation of the final four murals created by Gottardo Piazzoni
March 17 - July 10, 2011
Monterey NOW: Mari Kloeppel
Mari Kloeppel draws inspiration from rescued animals. Her work is known for its luminosity, achieved with hundreds of layers of oil paint put down before being satisfied with the flesh,
veins or glisten of intelligence in an eye.
Previously in our February '09 (click photo)
Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Monthly

Mari Kloeppel and Cobie
Mari Kloeppel's Animal Portraits
at the Crocker Museum in Sacramento
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Elizabeth Holland McDaniel (mid 20th cent.)
Bolinas Embarcadero
(The Bolinas Museum Building, lower right
with a three posted front porch and a green roof )
An Awaiting Adventure ... The Bolinas Museum Historic Paintings in Marin County's Most Hidden Destination

"Hidden Destination" is right. In an effort to keep down the number of un-wanted visitors to Bolinas, a band of zealous privacy loving residents have long been removing the turn-off sign from Highway One. Cal-Trans has given up replacing the sign, for as soon as it goes up, it soon goes missing.

Bolinas Museum Courtyard
Bolinas Museum Courtyard
Bolinas Museum Exterior
Bolinas Museum Porch, in the center of town where Wharf Road turns
One of these missing signs has found its way to the Bolinas Museum, and is on permanent display in the History section. But for the well motivated tourist willing to read a map, its not too difficult to find this marvelous corner of Marin County.
Bolinas Road Sign Bolinas Museum
One of the missing ... Bolinas Turnoff Sign now on display in the museum

For over a century, Bolinas has been a painting locale and home for some of the best painters in California. The museum's historic paintings on view at one time are small in number, but present the wealth and richness of Bolinas' art heritage.

Three works of the Bolinas Lagoon were most intriguing done by Arthur William Best, Alfred Fransworth and Jack Wisby. Ludmilla Welch's View of a Mountain Cottage evokes the quiet and beauty known by Mill Valley and Bolinas residents both long ago and even to the present day.

A special treat was Elizabeth Holland McDaniel's Bolinas Embarcadero. The image of this painting is pictured above. Gazing at the original really captures the mood and feel of Bolinas, a blending its fascinating history with its captivating atmosphics. Quite appropriately, in the lower right of the painting is the Bolinas Museum

Ludmilla Welch View of Mountain Cottage Bolinas Museum
Ludmilla Welch 1867-1925
View of Mountain Cottage 1899,

Bolinas Museum Collection
Arthur William Best Stinson Beach and Bolinas Lagoon Bolinas Museum
Arthur William Best 1839-1935
Stinson Beach and Bolinas Lagoon, c 1902, Bolinas Museum Collection
(the white building with the green roof), the repository of so much of the history and unique beauty of this place.

So, for the explorer part of your nature, we highly recommend a trip to Bolinas and a visit to its small but fascinating museum. Carefully study your map before you go, especially the turn off from Highway 1 just north of Stinson Beach. You can count on experiencing one of the Bay Area's best kept secrets and Marin County's most hidden corner.
Alfred Farnsworth Bolinas from across the lagoon Bolinas Museum
Alfred Farnsworth 1858-1908,
Bolinas from across the Lagoon Bolinas Museum Collection

Jack Wisby 1870-1940, Bolinas Lagoon Bolinas Museum Collection
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Gallery Notes
  • Our current gallery exhibition is entitled California's Northern Coast, Paintings of Monterey, Marin, Sonoma & Mendocino Counties, featuring works by Linda Sorensen and an eclectic selection of works from our collection.
  • On June 8, the exhibition will change. 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 wotercolors by Thelma Speed Houston and Milford Zornes
  • Jean Mannheim Photo with Pipe
    With pipe

    Jean Mannheim by Stairs in his Studio
    by stairs in his studio
    Jean Mannheim Photo Portrait
    photo portrait
    "For nearly four decades, Mannheim was an active teacher and mentor and a well-known contributor to the Southern California art scene. The title of the book is drawn from a 1916 art review that highlighted the breadth of Mannheim’s paintings, ranging from formal and casual portraits, to scenes of people at work or play, to plein-air landscapes of California’s unspoiled shorelines, valleys, mountains and deserts. His body of work not only provides a glimpse of the impressionist movement that energized and supplied an identity for the burgeoning Southern California population, but also captures and preserves images of a bygone era."
    Jean Mannheim is the subject of a new book, From the Versatile Brush, the Life and Art of Jean Mannheim.
    Click the book jacket above for more info. One of the paintings from our gallery's collection, almost six feet by four feet in size, is in the book.
  • 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"
    Beginning June 7th and lasting through to mid August, CalTrans will be mending Highway One south of town in Cheney Gulch. During this time there will be a traffic light and one lane traffic with brief waits no longer than five minutes. 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.
  • Netflix Logo
    Netflix Tip ... Picasso, Braque, and Martin Scorsese?
    Gem of a find, Picasso and Braque Go to the Movies 60 Minutes in length.
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    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.

  • Bodega Bay Short Filmfestival Logo
    The Bodega Bay International
    Short Film Festival
    Tickets are still available online!
    Make way Cannes, Telluride and Sundance,
    Bodega Bay is about to make waves. We're pleased and excited to host the Bodega Bay Short Film Festival, Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, May 28 and 29! Visit the festival's website.

    May 28 & 29

    The Bodega Bay Short Film Festival
    Seeks to Showcase Emerging Talent
    on the shores of Horseshoe Cove, the home of the Bodega Marine Lab
    From our May Newsletter

    The Bodega Bay Short Film Festival
    Seeks to Showcase Emerging Talent
  • Gallery friend, Sonoma County artist Jack Stuppin has a couple bits of news.

    The Christopher Winfield Gallery in Carmel with the cooperation of ACA Galleries of New York, now has some of Jack's work on display. This just happened the last week of May.

    Also Pomegranate Communications has published a box of cards, "Songs of the Earth. paintings by Jack Stuppin." They are taking orders for a 2012 calendar using my "Songs of the Earth" paintings. It will be delivered in July. We wrote about Jack's work in our February, '09 issue. Visit Jack's Site
    Jack Stuppin
    Major Exhibits, Sonoma County's
    Jack Stuppin
  • Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery was honored to participate in the Arts and Wine Festival, a fundraiser for the Healdsburg Museum sponsored by Healdsburg Senior Living on Saturday, May 21st. Thanks to all of you who stopped by our booth to view our gallery's paintings. It was a pleasure to meet and greet you. We hope to do more "Gallery Sampling" traveling exhibitions in the future.
  • We have added photos of some of the late Gail Packer's etchings to our site, along with a video of her working in her studio and demonstrating and explaining the etching process. Gail's etchings continue to gain new fans as gallery visitors view her work for the first time while maintaining a well established community of collectors of her work.
  • Linda Sorensen's studio is located below the Terrapin Creek Cafe and the Local Color Gallery. Most weekends, she can be found there painting "Open Studio", but it's best to call 707-875-2911 to make certain she'll be available. You may see many of her works at Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery, or click on her website, LindaSorensenPaintings.com .
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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
Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Exterior
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
Pamela Wallace & Linda Gambol
May 5 - June 20, reception May 14
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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Ron Sumner
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
Exhibition opeingin, May 1st, 1 - 3 with chamagne & music
through July 10

http://www.christopherqueengallery.com |707-865-1318| Back to the Top

Self Portrait of Xavier Martinez
Bobbi & Ron Quercia

IN DUNCANS MILLS Quercia Gallery
"Honoring the Muse"
Reception: Saturday, May 7, 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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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 Artist Reception: Saturday, May 28, 4—6pm

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Linda Ratzlaff IN GRATON Graton Gallery
May 24 – July 3 Rik Olson "Explorations" Exploring Classical Printmaking
Artist's Reception: Sunday May 29, 3-6pm

9048 Graton Road, Graton, California (707) 829-8912

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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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Petaluma Arts Council Art Center IN PETALUMA Petaluma Arts Council
"... to celebrate local artists and their contributions and involve the whole community
Arts D’Light Reception: 2011-06-04, 6:00pm | Open: 2011-06-01 | Close: 2011-06-04 COME LIGHT UP THE NIGHT IN CELEBRATION AND SUPPORT OF THE PETALUMA ARTS CENTER Saturday, June 4, 6 pm to Lights Out

Reception: 2011-06-18 , 4-7pm | Open: 2011-06-17 – 12pm | Close: 2011-07-2 A juried exhibition of art dealing with the opposites of life. Original work in all media accepted. Visit our Call for Artists page for entry details.
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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!


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

Pulp Fashion: The Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave
extended through June 12, 2011
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
Are We There Yet?
5000 Years of Answering Questions with Questions
March 31, 2011 - July 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

The Browns & The Van Pelts: Siblings in Peanuts
January 29 through June 19, 2011

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

Charles M Schultz Museum Santa Rosa Santa Rosa
Sonoma County Museum

Jun Kaneko Ceramics
March 26 – June 5, 2011
Gertrud Parker: An artist and Collector
June 19 – September 11, 2011
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Hearst Art Gallery

Gift of the Gods: Exploring Maize,

through June 19
WILLIAM KEITH (1838 - 1911)

Nature in Harmony:
the Western Landscape and the Native American
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Bedford Gallery, Lesher Ctr for the Arts
Land of Magic: Artists Explore Make-Believe
April 10 - June 12, 2011
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 Modern Photographer: Observation and Intention |
through July 3, 2011

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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, Norman 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

Irvine The Irvine Museum
All Things Bright & Beautiful
through June 11, 2011

All Things Bright & Beautiful is the Irvine's traveling exhibition of fifty-eight important California Impressionist paintings from prized their collections, now home after a two year tour of eastern museums.
See January issue of our newsletter

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Santa Barbara
The Santa Barbara
Museum of Art

Drawn to Modernism:
Selected Gifts from Wright S. Ludington

April 16 - July 24, 2011

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Palm Springs
Palm Springs Art Museum

John Baldessari: A Print Retrospective from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his family foundation
02.26.11 - 06.26.11

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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

Cover Art from the Auto Club's Westways Collection

May 18 through September 11, 2011

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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
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

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Santa Barbara Historical Museum

Missions of Will Sparks
February 25 – June 26, 2011
the complete Alma de Bretteville Spreckels collection of Sparks’ final suite with paintings of California, the Southwest and Mexico missions. Painter, etcher, and muralist, Sparks was known for his mission and nocturnal adobe scenes
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

Permenant ... 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.
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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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