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Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery
newsletter, June 2022

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New from Linda Sorensen
Linda Sorensen, Across Drakes Bay from the Trail
Across Drakes Bay
from the Trail

24 x 30

Art at the Source Catalog, June 2022
Art @ the Source 2022
"9 Great Graton Artists
in one Cool Town"

Exhibition with John Hilton, Robert Rishell, Ralph Love, & Milford Zornes
... at the Desert Southwest Art Gallery
in Palm Desert, CA, Dec 1964

Robert Rishell 1917-1976
Robert Rishell, Guardian, oil on canvas, 40 x 30
oil on canvas, 40 x 30

Art @ the Source ... view of a portion of the current Art @ the Source Exhibition

a video slide show of the paintings in the article
Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery loves to celebrate Sonoma County's two annual OPEN STUDIOS celebrations, Art @ the Source and Art Trails.

One of Sonoma County's greatest treasures is its wonderful community of working artists. Open Studios allow the public to visit artists in their studios, speak with them about their creative process, and see where the magic happens. Please, make a plan now. Get an Art @ the Source Catalog, study the map, make a plan, and we'll see you there! You may download a pdf of the catalog at
Art @ the Source 2022 ...  Catalog Cover

Art @ the Source 2022
( "9 Graton Artists in one Cool Town")

It's June again, time for Art @ the Source, a county- wide celebration of Sonoma County's many artists. Collectively, they're an awesome array of local creative energy.

The Sebastopol Center for the Arts is hosting its annual Art @ the Source exhibition, with one piece of art from each participating artist. The idea is that while visiting the exhibition (and reviewiing the catalog), you determine which artists intrigue you most. Then, you make plans to visit the artist studios which interest you most.

Below are photos of some of the works now on view at the Sebastopol Center for the arts. Each photo has a link to the artist's website. The captions of each photo include the studio number where they are listed in the Art @ the Source Catalog, including on the map.

Linda Sorensen is hosting her Art @ the Source Open Studio at Atelier One in Graton. She's teamed along with 8 other artists under the slogan "Graton - 9 Artists in 1 Cool Town." 7 of these studios are in the historic red brick Atelier building, 2 are nearby, as is Graton Gallery.

Graton: 9 Artists in 1 Cool Town
Art at the Source in Graton, 9 artists in one cool town
Art @ the Source 2022 ... Linda Sorensen, Fogbank, Bodega Head
Linda Sorensen, Fogbank, Bodega Head, oil on linen, Studio #78
Art @ the Source 2022 ... Elizabeth Peyton, Bull Market
Elizabeth Peyton, Bull Market, collage and watercolor,
Studio #77
Art @ the Source 2022 ... Britta Kathmeyer, White Bowl
Britta Kathmeyer, White Bowl, Studio #74
Art @ the Source 2022 ... Daniel Celidore
Daniel Celidore, Studio #73
Art @ the Source 2022 ... Becky Wells, Bounce Around
Becky Wells, Bounce Around, Studio #79
Art @ the Source 2022 ... Nishi Marcus, Reclaiming Pulse
Nishi Marcus, Reclaiming Pulse, mixed media, Studio #76
Art @ the Source 2022 ... Karen Lockert, Soar
Karen Lockert, Soar, Studio #75
Art @ the Source 2022 ... Tony Speirs, Floating World
Tony Speirs, Floating World, acrylic painting, Studio #72
  Art @ the Source 2022 ... Pat Engle, Blue Leaf Pitcher
Pat Engle, Blue Leaf Pitcher, ceramic, Studio #81
Art @ the Source artists to be found in other cool towns in Sonoma County
Art @ the Source 2022, Sally Baker, Emerging, Watercolor, Studio 86A
Sally Baker, Emerging, watercolor, Studio 86A
Art @ the Source 2022, Charles Beck, South of the Russian River, painting, Studio 66
Charles Beck, South of the Russian River, Studio 66
Art @ the Source 2022, Diana Majundar, Petaluma Windows, Mixed Media, Encaustic, Studio 100A
Diana Majundar, Petaluma Windows,
mixed media, encaustic, Studio 100A

Art @ the Source 2022, Wendy Brayton, Screamin' Mimi's, painting, Studio 102
Wendy Brayton, Screamin' Mimi's, Studio 102
Art @ the Source 2022, Nancy Lloyd, Evening Festivity, oil, Studio 106
Nancy Lloyd, Evening Festivity, oil, Studio 106
Art @ the Source 2022, Andrea Cleall, Fly Fisherman, oil, Studio 33A
Andrea Cleall, Fly Fisherman, oil, Studio 33A
Art @ the Source 2022, Beverly Bird, Celebrating Armstrong Woods, Acrylic, Studio 65B
Beverly Bird, Celebrating Armstrong Woods, acrylic, Studio 65B
Art @ the Source 2022, Deborah Haeffele, Rainy Night at Hotel Le Notre Dame, oil on cradled gesso board, Studio 14
Deborah Haeffele, Rainy Night at Hotel Le Notre Dame,
oil on cradled gesso board, Studio 14

Art @ the Source 2022, Branka Harris, Vase, Fused Glass, Studio 84
Branka Harris, Vase, fused glass, Studio 84
Art @ the Source 2022, Susan Prohl, Colors of Spring Rain, painting, Studio 43
Susan Prohl, Colors of Spring Rain, Studio 43
Art @ the Source 2022, Lillian Lehman, Rising Above, Sculpture, Studio 69A
Lillian Lehman, Rising Above, sculpture, Studio 69A
Art @ the Source 2022,  PA Leotta-Wallace, Primary Colors, oil, Studio 68
PA Leotta-Wallace, Primary Colors, oil, Studio 68
Art @ the Source 2022, Fran Nielsen, Village of Salmon Creek, Acrylic, Studio 54
Fran Nielsen, Village of Salmon Creek, acrylic, Studio 54

Art @ the Source 2022, Laura Parker, Marvel Stripe, Pastel on paper, Studio 95
Laura Parker, Marvel Stripe, pastel on paper, Studio 95
Art @ the Source 2022, Pamela Nochitgall, At the Market, Oil painting, Studio 39A
Pamela Nachtigall, At the Market, oil painting, Studio 39A
Art @ the Source 2022, Luba Stolper, Blue Cloth, oil, Studio 89B
Luba Stolper, Blue Cloth, oil, Studio 89B

Art @ the Source 2022, Rachel Kaplan, Bear Under Moon, Fused Dichroic Glass and Metalsmithing, Studio 10C
Rachel Kaplan, Bear Under Moon,
fused dichroic glass and metalsmithing, Sutdio 10C
Art @ the Source 2022, Francesca Scalpi, Trona Pinnacles, Photography, Studio 10B
Francesca Scalpi, Trona Piinnacles, Photography, Studio 10B
(off Hwy 395 40 mi N of Barstow, CA)
Art @ the Source 2022, Edmund Price, Green Macaw, Acrylic painting, Studio 89C
Edmund Price, Green Macaw, acrylic painting, Studio 89C
Art @ the Source 2022, Camille Prezwodek, Path Shadows, oil, Studio 103
Camille Przewodek, Path Shadows, oil, Studio 103
Art @ the Source 2022, Terry Sauve, Ocean Sunrise, Clouds Booming,oil painting, Studio 3b
Terry Sauve, Ocean Sunrise, Clouds Booming,
oil painting, Studio 3B
Art @ the Source 2022, Bill Theis, First Snowfall of Autumn, Photography, Studio 9B

Bill Theis, First Snowfall of Autumn, photography, Studio 9B
AaTS2022 ... Wachs, Patricia, Pierce Point Ranch Barn, Acrylic on canvas, Studio 98
Patrice Wachs, Pierce Point Ranch Barn, acrylic on canvas, Studio 98
Art @ the Source 2022, Carol Rae Watanabe, Over the Rainbow, Kauai Series #4, painting, Studio 55
Carol Rae Watanabe, Over the Rainbow, Kauai Series #4,
Studio 55
Art @ the Source 2022, Mylette Welch, Beach Boy, painting, Studio 51
Mylette Welch, Beach Boy, Studio 51
Art @ the Source 2022 | Sebastopol Center for the Arts | Back to the Top

Exterior of the Desert Southwest Art Gallery, Palm Desert, circa 1964.  Spanish adobe with Palms
Desert Southwest Art Gallery - circa 1964
Exhibition with John W. Hilton,
Robert Rishell, Ralph Love,
& Milford Zornes
... at the Desert Southwest
Art Gallery in Palm Desert, CA
Dec. 1964
Fifty-seven years ago, Desert Magazine placed an ad in their December 1964 Christmas edition for an exhibition at the Desert Southwest Art Gallery in Palm Desert, with paintings by John W. Hilton, Robert Rishell, Ralph Love and Milford Zornes. For the past 15 years, our gallery has specifically featured the work of these four artists, and by coincidence, we've gotten to know and work with the daughter of each of these artists.
Cover Art, Desert Magazine, Dec 1964, Man walking in a red shirt eyeing a Saguaro Cactus Ad in Desert Magazine, Dec 1964 for a John W. Hilton show,with Robert Rishell, Ralph Love and Milford Zonres
Ad for a John Hilton exhibition
Christmas Edition, Desert Magazine, Dec 1964
with fellow painters, Robert Rishell, Ralph Love & Milford Zornes
John Hilton, Robert Rishell, Ralph Love and Milford Zornes all had illustrious careers. They were, among many other things, preeminentpainters of the California Desert. They possessed a knowledge of the desert's distinctive flora and fauna, a respect for its awesome immensity. They shared a familiarity and deep respect for the native people of the desert, their customs, lore and history.

At the time of this 1964 exhibition, the Palm Springs region was far different than it is today. Back then the region had a population of only about 11,000. Today, Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert and Indian Wells and surrounding regions number close to half a million people. Much of the surrounding desert is now covered with sprawling luxury resorts with golf courses, wide boulevards, and square miles of desert mansions.
In 1964 and earlier, Hilton, Rishell, Love and Zornes could reach the real desert with just a quick jeep or horseback ride. For these artists, the desert itself was the attraction -- the only attraction. The Mojave's seemingly endless vistas, its tenacious wild beauty combined with its colorful history, culture and tall tale stories all called these artists to the California desert.
John W. Hilton 1904 - 1983
John W. Hilton, La Mananita
John W. Hilton, La Mananita
John W. Hilton, Photo with Pipe
John W. Hitlon 1904-1983
John W. Hilton had an amazing life. He humbly described his painting skills as self-taught, but that's not exactly true. In the Great Depression years, John had fled Los Angeles and his career as a jewelry designer for Hollywood stars, escaping to the desert. He opened a gem shop across from Valerie Jean's Date Shop in Thermal, California. His daughter Kathi Hilton loved to tell the story of how John's landlord Russell Nicoll rented John some roadside retail space with the agreement that John could sell whatever he wanted so long as he did not compete with Russell's specialty, date shakes. John agreed, and filled his shop with gems, desert related items and his early paintings.

One day in the early 1930's a visitor dropped in. He was James Swinnerton, no ordinary tourist visitor. He was an artist who trained in San Francisco, was a member of Northern California's Bohemian Club, a pioneering cartoonist in San Francisco and New York for William Randolph Hearst's newspapers, and Dean of the California Desert Painters (also known as The Smoketree School).
Jimmy saw promise in John's paintings and the two quickly began a friendship that lasted a lifetime. Soon, the backroom of John's gem shop became an intensive private art school with John Hilton as its only student. There John received instruction and tips from Swinnerton, and in short order, Swinnerton's good friends including Maynard Dixon, Clyde Forsythe and others. As John became more accomplished, he even studied with the great Nicolai Fechin, a famous Russian portraitist who escaped the Russian Revolution and who came to Sante Fe / Taos and Southern California, fascinated by native cultures and painting portraits of native people.

In time, Hilton knew all the California Desert Painters, and with his out-sized personality, became a center of their activities. His art education from his artist friends and collaborators would be the envy of any well reputed art school. He also was a close friend of a long list of non-painter notables such as LA Times editor Ed Ainsworth, General George Patton whom Hilton befriended early in World War II, industrialist Howard Hughes, actor/neighbor/painting partner, James Cagney, and even President Dwight. D. Eisernhower who was a hobbyist painter while president (while in Palm Springs for golfing trips, he would sneak past his security detail to steal some painting time with Hilton). In January 1957, Hilton traveled to Washington to give a painting commemorating Eisenhower's second inaugural.

Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery began acquiring John W. Hilton paintings about 15 years ago. Along with his daughter, Kathi Hilton, we helped arrange for exhibitions of her father's paintings with the Historical Society of Palm Desert. Our web page for John W. Hilton includes the Hilton paintings we currently offer, his biography and links to all the newsletter articles we have published about John Hilton over the years.
John W. Hilton, Fall in the Canyon
John W. Hilton, Fall in the Canyon
John W. Hilton, A Morning in Spring
John W. Hilton, A Morning in Spring
(originally owned by Leo Fender, founder of
Fender electric guitars, and it was hung in his office)
Robert Rishell 1917-1976

Robert Rishell, Trail of the Giants
Robert Rishell, Trail of the Giants (a scene done at the Bohemian Grove campground in Monte Rio, near the Russian River.)

Artist Robert Rishell was a Bay Area artist who loved to paint in the desert. He had several exhibitions at the Desert Southwest Art Gallery, and painted in the Palm Springs area many times in the early 1960's. On our Robert Rishell page,we have a link to a radio interview done for KGO radio in 1969 by Bob Avery conducted in the Desert Southwest Art Gallery during one of Robert Rishell's solo exhibitions.

In Robert's own words, he explained why he uses a high degree of contrast in his paintings, "You need dark to show light." During his visits to the California Desert, his daughter Lynn Rishell Spickard recalls the fun she had playing in John W. Hilton's Olympic sized thermally heated swimming pool. Rishell and Hilton discussed their common interests in painting and Hilton advised Rishell about painting locales.

Back in the Bay Area, Robert Rishell was instrumental in helping establisc the Oakland Museum. He often was a juror for many local art exhibitions and competitions, and he was a member of San Francisco's Bohemian Club. He especially enjoyed the Bohemian Club camp outs among the Monte Rio redwoods along the Russian River. Lynn Rishell Spickard recalls how her father enjoyed the company of his annual tent mates, ventriloquist Edgar Bergen and novelist Herman Wouk.
Artist Robert Rishell with a Rishell painting in the background.
Robert Rishell 1917-1976
In 1974, Robert received a high honor. He was requested to paint the official portrait of California Governor Ronald Reagan. The portrait was done outside Sacramento's Capitol building with Ronald Reagan's back to the sun. With the governor backlit given Rishell's skill at contrasting light and shadow, the portrait is quite stunning. It hangs in the stairwell of the Capitol building along with the official portraits of all of California's governors.
Robert Rishell, Guardian,
Robert Rishell, Guardian
Robert Rishell, California Desert Scene
Robert Rishell, California Desert Scene, 1951
Ralph Love 1907-1992
Ralph Love, Monument Valley
Ralph Love , Monument Valley
Ralph Love 1907-1992
Ralph Love 1907-1992
Ralph Love was mostly a self-taught artist, but did train for a brief period with Sam Hyde Harris. He is best known for his paintings of the Grand Canyon and Monument Valley. The center of Ralph's creative world was his Art Shack in Temecula, CA. There, Ralph would listen to classical music, and sometimes would put down his paint brush and pick up his violin, awaiting the next wave of creative inspiration to roll in.

Ralph's work had quite a following. His paintings were reprinted in Arizona Highways Magazine, and his paintings were collected by Senator Barry Goldwater and author Erle Stanley Gardner. Goldwater said of Love's paintings, "He is the finest living American artist I know, and I could look at his work all day long."

Ralph's daughter Lee Youngman is the owner of the Lee Youngman Gallery in Calistoga (Napa County, California). She has been a good friend of Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery. Her gallery offers a selection of Ralph Love's paintings along with paintings by Lee's husband, Paul Youngman (among others).
Ralph Love, Song of Bodie
Ralph Love, Song of Bodie
Ralph Love, Desert Hills
Ralph Love, Desert Hills
Milford Zornes 1908-2008

Milford Zorens, Ghosts, 1960
Milford Zornes, Ghosts, 1960

Milford Zornes was a life-long artist, and he had a long life. He died in 2008, a month after his 100th birthday party at the Pasadena Museum of Art where he told many of his former students, friends and fans about his plans for his next projects. In the 1920's he studied at the Otis Art Institute and Scripps College, most notably with Millard Sheets.

By the 1930's, Milford was receiving awards for his "WPA" watercolors. He was given a one man show at Washington D.C.'s Corcoran Gallery. One of his paintings was chosen by Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt to hang in the White House. In WW II, Milford was drafted and became an artist for the military in China, India and Burma.
Milford Zornes, Photo with flathat
Milford Zornes, 1908-2008
After the war, he established his home studio in Claremont, California, spending his time painting and teaching. He took his classroom on the road. With an entourage of students, Milford painted and taught in many exotic travel destinations as well as relatively closer locales in the American West. In 1963, Milford purchased the former home and studio of Maynard Dixon in Mount Carmel, Utah to use as a location for regular watercolor workshops.

Milford Zornes’ paintings are easily identifiable. Peering across any museum collection, Zornes' paintings almost jump off the wall with their familiar broad brush strokes and his use of unpainted areas of white to help define forms.

His works are displayed in many museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the San Diego Museum of Art, the Laguna Museum of Art, and they were shown at Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. until its closing in 2014. His works are also included in the collection of the Hilbert Museum in Orange, California, a museum founded and dedicated to California Scene Painting.

Milford Zornes' daughter Maria and her husband Hal live in Sacramento and have been good friends of our gallery. They were key to curating a remarkable exhibition of Milford Zornes paintings at the Grace Hudson Museum in Ukiah, California in 2013.

Milford Zornes, Mt. Sanantonio, 1989
Milford Zornes, Mt. San Antonio (Mt. Baldy), 1989
Milford Zorens, North Ligurian Coast (Italian Riviera), 1987
Milford Zornes, North Ligurian Coast (Italian Riviera), 1987
John W. Hilton | Robert Rishell | Ralph Love | Milford Zornes | Back to the Top


SEE ARTICLE AT TOP OF NEWSLETTER. Linda Sorensen will participate in Art @ the Source 2022 with 6 other artists at Atelier One, 2860 Bowen Street, Graton. Two other Graton studios will be open nearby. Linda has been busy creating new work and will be there to welcome you. The dates are June 4-5 and June 11-12, 10am to 5pm. The main preview exhibit is at Sebastopol Center for the Arts from May 22 to June 12. Also at Corrick's in Santa Rosa and Gallery One in Petaluma. If you don't receive the catalog in the mail you can request one or find them at visitors centers, etc., or check it out online at

During AATS in June, The small Linda Sorensen paintings that would usually be in her shop on, will instead be available in person at her studio. Her shop focuses on giftable small original paintings, and a few giclee prints on canvas of some of her favorite larger paintings. The two pictured here are among her 6" by 6" "mini"s, framed as shown on the Etsy site. Etsy's platform provides an easy-purchase, fast-shipping option as an alternative to contacting Linda or our fine art gallery (which are of course equally welcome).
Link: Linda's Etsy Shop

Linda Sorensen, Roadside Raven 6 x 6 Linda Sorensen, Caves above Duncans Cove 6 x 6
Linda's ETSY Shop | Linda's website

in Bodega Bay
Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Showroom Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Showroom
Art @ the Source 2022
Linda Sorensen's OPEN STUDIO
Sat & Sun, June 4-5, 10-5
Sat & Sun, June 11-12, 10-5
open other timese by appointment in Graton or Bodega Bay | Call or Text 707-875-2911

Joshua Meador Mendocino Coast
"Mendocino Coast"
Joshua Meador
Ren Brown
Ren Brown
The Ren Brown Collection
1781 Coast Highway One, Bodega Bay, 94923
707-875-2922 | | Back to the Top
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Linda Sorensen Peak, south of Hopland, CA

Linda Sorensen Paintings

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

Linda Sorensen at her easel, photo by John Hershey
\Jean Warren Sand Harbor
Bodega Bay's Jean Warren Watercolors
Bodega Bay resident Jean Warren says her paintings are reflections
of the places she has lived and traveled.
Jean is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society,
California Watercolor Association and full member of Society of Layerists in Multi-Media. / 707-875-9240

Jean Warren Watercolor

What's nearby?
in Sonoma, Napa & Marin Counties
Sebastopol Center for the Arts IN SEBASTOPOL - Sebastopol Center for the Arts
... see website for on-line activities
home of Sonoma County's Art @ the Source and Art Trails
282 S. High Street, Sebastopol, CA 95472  707.829.4797
Hours when able to reopen: Tue - Fri 10am - 4pm, Sat & Sun 1 - 4pm
Corricks Kevin Brown
Corrick's Keven Brown
Corrick's Art Trails Gallery |
637 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95401 | Contact::

Corrick's has been a Santa Rosa Treasure since 1915,
a downtown stationery store serving the community's "cultural hub."
Corrick's has long supported local artists with its impressive "ART TRAILS GALLERY,"
including paintings by Linda Sorensen.
Corricks offers a number of originals by famed Santa Rosa artist, Maurice Lapp ... (see our August 2017 article)

located on Fourth Street, steps away from Santa Rosa's revitalized town square
and Fourth Street's Russian River Brewery
BBHPhoto Dennis Calabi
Dennis Calabi
IN SANTA ROSA- Calabi Gallery |

We are located at 456 Tenth Street in Santa Rosa.
Contact us with any questions at (707) 781-7070 or
456 Tenth Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95401 | email: | 707-781-7070
Famed master conservator Dennis Calabi brings his rare knowledge and experience
to present a tasteful and eclectic array of primarily 20th century artwork. | Back to the Top
Easton Crustacean Dancing Dream 144
Easton, Crustacean Dancing Dream, American Alabaster
Annex Galleries Santa Rosa IN Santa Rosa - The Annex Galleries
specializing in 19th, 20th, and 21st century American and European fine prints
The Annex Galleries is a member of the International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA). | Back to the Top
Rik Olson

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

Christopher Queen Gallery IN DUNCANS MILLS - Christopher Queen Galleries
3 miles east of Hwy 1 on Hwy 116 on the Russian River |707-865-1318| Back to the Top
Paul Mahder Gallery Thumbnail IN Healdsburg - Paul Mahder Gallery

(707) 473-9150 |
222 Mill Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg, CA 95448 | check for hours
Petaluma Arts Council Art Center

IN PETALUMA - Petaluma Arts Center
"... to celebrate local artists and their contributions and involve the whole community"

Petaluma Center for the Arts

Links to current museum exhibits relevant to Early California Art
The Greater Bay Area
The Walt Disney Family Museum
-- see website for details
This museum tells Walt's story from the early days.
(on the Parade Grounds) 104 Montgomery Street,
The Presidio of San Francisco, CA 94129

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

California Historical Society Thumbnail San Francisco
Legion of Honor

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

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

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

San Francisco

... see website

SF Museum of Modern Art

Santa Rosa
see website
The Museums of Sonoma County

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

Charles M Schultz Museum Santa Rosa

... see website
St Mary's College Museum of Art
Hearst Art Gallery

Hearst Art Gallery Thumbnail
Mission San Francisco de Solano Museum

featuring the famed watercolor paintings
of the California Missions
by Christian Jorgensen
Mission San Francisco de Solano in Sonoma CA Sonoma
Sonoma Valley Museum of Art

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

... see website
Grace Hudson Museum

Bolinas Museum

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

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

... see website
approximately 2,000 20th & 21st
century artworks including paintings, sculpture,
new media, photography, drawings, prints, and artist books.
San Jose Museum of Art Thumbnail
Monterey Museum of Art

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

Salvador Dali Museum

prepurchased tickets required, ... see website

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

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

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

... see website
-Largest exhibition of Albert Beirstadt paintings anywhere,
plus the works of Joseph Christian Leyendecker,
Norman Rockwell's mentor.
see our Newsletter article, April 2011
Haggin Museum Stockton
Southern California (and Arizona) (for all museums below, see website for hours and protocols.
Los Angeles
Los Angeles Museum of Art

Art of the Americas, Level 3:
Artworks of paintings and sculptures
from the colonial period to World War II—
a survey of of art and culture
& "Levitated Mass"
Los Angeles County Museum of Art Irvine
(University of California, Irvine
Institute and Museum of California Art)

(formerly The Irvine Museum)

The Resonant Surface:
Movement, Image and Sound
in California Painting
... through Feb 19, 2022
Irvine Museum Thumbnail
Santa Barbara
The Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Santa Barbara Museum of Art Thumbnail Orange
Our Golden State:
Landscape Paintings
from the Hilbert Collection
November 9 - April 18, 2022

Hilbert Museum, Chapman University

Hilbert Museum Chapman University Orange CA
Norton Simon Museum
-an Impressive Permanent collection,
European impressionist and post impressionist paintings
See our newsletter from March 2014
Norton Simon Museum Pasadena San Marino (near Pasadena)
The Huntington Library

American Art Collection
Paintings by John Singer Sargent,
Edward Hopper, Robert Henri,
Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Moran,
William Keith, Mary Cassatt,
Thomas Hart Benton and many more.

Huntington Library Art Collection Pasadena
San Diego
San Diego Museum of Art
Permanent Collection
San Diego Museum of Art Thumbnail

Palm Springs
Palm Springs Art Museum

Permanent Collection
American 19th century Landscape Painting

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

California African American Art Museum
& Beyond
Honolulu, HI
Honolulu Museum
(see our Newsletter article
from February, 2015)

Honolulu Museum of Art Kamuela, HI (Big Island)
Issacs Art Center
65-1268 Kawaihae Road
Kamuela, HI  96743
(See our Dec '16 article "Hawaii's Paul Gauguin," 
modernist Madge Tennent, 1889-1972)

Isaacs Art Center
Seattle, WA
Seattle Art Museum
( see our article Mar 2018
French and American Paintings )
Seattle Art Museum Portland, OR
Portland Art Museum

Permanent Collection: American Art
Portland Art Museum Thumbnail
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
Art Institute of Chicago Thumbnail
Cedar Rapids, IA
The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
Grant Wood: In Focus

is an ongoing permanent collection exhibition.
Cedar Rapids Museum of Art

Bentonville, AR
Crystal Bridges
Museum of American Art

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Washington D.C.
The National Gallery

Permanent collection
American Paintings
Tha National Gallery Washington DC Thumbnail Philadelphia , PA
The Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia Museum of Art Thumbnail
Philadelphia , PA
Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia Campus
Barnes Foundation Campus Philadelphia Brooklyn, NY
The Brooklyn Museum
American Art
Permanent Collection
The Brooklyn Museum Thumbnail
New York , NY
The Whitney Museum of American Art

The largest selection of works by Edward Hopper
The Whitney Museum of American Art New York New York , NY
Metropolitan Museum of Art

Its extensive collection of American Art
Metropolitan Museum New York
Detroit, MI
Detroit Institute of Arts
American Art
Permanent Collection
Detroit Institute of Arts Ottawa, Ontario
National Gallery of Canada
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Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery is mostly online. We maintain a gallery showroom (by appointment only) at the Atelier One artist studios building in Graton, California, sharing space with Linda Sorensen's artist studio.

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

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

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

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

Visit our gallery showroom in GRATON, CA ...

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

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

Our Gallery Showroom and Linda Sorensen's Studio in Graton

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

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

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

At present, we are acquiring few paintings. We are interested in considering works by Joshua Meador, or exceptional paintings by a few other Historic California artists. We do not do miscellaneous consignments but do represent artist estates. We do not provide appraisal services.

DO NOT CALL AND EXPECT A THOUGHTFUL ANSWER REGARDING YOUR PAINTING (especially, do not leave a voicemail message requiring us to phone you), ... INSTEAD, Please EMAIL US ( along with a high resolution jpeg image of your painting. Include the name of the artist, its title, dimensions and condition. Please include any history or provenance. Rather than responding off the cuff, in a timely fashion we will read your note, do our homework, and write back and let you know if we wish to acquire your painting or we may give you our our ideas on how best to market your painting through other resources.