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Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Monthly March 2010

Still a Topic of Conversation,
New York's "Ashcan School

Jerry Dodrill's Photography
Exhibition at Bodega Bay's
Local Color Gallery

Now Showing at the Gallery
Paintings of the Parks &
The Joshua Meador Family Collection

Gallery Notes

Neighboring Galleries

Museum Exhibits:

The Greater Bay Area,
So. California & Beyond

Visit our archives page
now offering a "clickable" photo index of previous newsletter articles

Still a Topic of Conversation, New York's "Ashcan School"

Just as O' Henry's short stories elevated the dignity of the common man, members of the "Ashcan School" celebrated the life and vibrancy of early 20th Century New Yorkers, initiating an exciting and influential direction for American painting.

These daring young artists found the urban scene compelling - a story worth painting. They did not set out to indict poverty or use their art for social commentary. Rather they wanted to capture the freedom and spontaneity of life thriving all around them. They sought to tell the story of American life as it was lived, by a spirited and optimistic people in the many varied moments of daily life. They began as a loosely organized confederation of like-minded painters. Only after their work gained recognition and acceptance were they termed the "Ashcan School," but once established, they inspired other artists across the country, most notably the painters of American Regionalism and the California Watercolor Movement.

Robert Henri Thumbnail
Robert Henri
John French Sloan Thumbnail
John French Sloan
William Glackens
William Glackens
Edward Hopper
Edward Hopper
Everett Shinn
Everett Shinn
George Luks
George Luks
Snow in New York Robert Henri
Snow in New York, Robert Henri,
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Most of the Ashcan painters began their professional artistic careers as newspaper illustrators. They were skilled at drawing on the run. They would come upon an interesting scene, find the hook and then draw it. They captured the essence and honesty, the brutality and grit of New York life at the turn of the 20th Century, in paintings which today remind us of our nation's growing pains and passions.
George Bellows
George Bellows

Part Two of American Visions, Part 5 by John Hughes.
This video segment includes a section on the Ashcan School. John Hughes is a NY art critic

Robert Henri is today considered the central figure of the Ashcan painters. He said, "Art cannot be separated from life. It is the expression of the greatest need of which life is capable, and we value art not because of the skilled product, but because of its revelation of a life's experience."

Initially, he was schooled in Impressionism, but in time he would come to refer to Impressionism as an art of mere surfaces. Henri wanted his art to be like journalism. He once said he wanted "paint to be as real as mud, as the clods of horseshit and snow that froze on Broadway in the winter."

McSorleys Bar John French Smith
McSorley's Bar, John French Sloan, 26" x 32", Detroit Institute of Arts
Italo American Celebration Washington Square 1912
Italo-American Celebration, Washington Square 1912, William Glackens, Boston Museum of Fine Arts
Henri studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia and then in Paris where he came to embrace Impressionism at the Academie Julian and the Ecole des Beaux Arts. In Philadelphia, he associated with illustrators for the Philadelphia Press, William Glackens, George Luks and John French Sloan. In 1902, Henri began teaching in New York where his students included two artists who would be numbered among the Ashcan School painters, Edward Hopper and George Bellows.
Cross Streets of New York Everett Shinn
Cross Streets of New York, Everett Shinn,
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Allen Street 1905 George Luks
Allen Street 1905, George Luks, St. Louis Art Museum

John French Sloan is perhaps the most politically edged of the Ashcan painters, but he even said of his own work, "I was never interested in putting propaganda into my paintings, so it annoys me when art historians try to interpret my city life pictures as 'socially conscious.' I saw the everyday life of the people, and on the whole I picked out bits of joy in human life for my subject matter." His most prolific period was his poorest, when he lived a Bohemian life in Greenwich Village, the period when he painted his McSorley's Bar.

George Bellows' scenes show the crude chaos of working class New York - the joy and sweat of everyday living - while satirizing the upper class. His most famed works are his boxing paintings, known for their dark atmosphere, contrasted with human figures full of passion, motion and direction.

William Glackens also was a worthy participant in the Ashcan School as he wanted to tell the story of the interactions of the New York community. But he ultimately changed his direction toward Impressionism. Some of his harshest critics brand his later work as patterned after Renoir, but a more kindly criticism is to point to his interest in color to express joy.

Dempsy and Firpo 1924 George Bellows
Dempsey and Firpo 1924, George Bellows

Everett Shinn's work exhibited bold thick strokes which communicated a sense of immediacy. Often, he would present scenes of drama and violence, calling on his viewers to be moved by the cause for social change and understanding the needs urban life. He would often show the common areas of New York where the races would mix.

George Luks sought to capture a moment in time for those viewing his paintings to feel involved with his subjects. He captured expressions, gestures and background details in quick strokes, portraying the fluidity of everyday New York life. George Luks was a rebel, and considered himself to be the bad boy of American Art. He had a reputation as an artist with a big heart, often befriending his subjects who knew all too well the harshness of living on the streets of New York.

Edward Hopper, student of Robert Henri, added a different spice to the mix of Ashcan paintings. Similar to others in the Ashcan School, Hopper depicted the reality of New York streets and urban living, but within such scenes, he reduced buildings and people to their geometric form, defined by harsh light and shadow. He showed a city fraught with danger and desolate loneliness. His figures seem to be encased in a protective shells, still part of the world in which they live, yet apart from it, in self induced and sheltered isolation. To learn more about Edward Hopper, visit our article about his work in our November, 2008 issue.

New York Movie 1939 Edward Hopper
New York Movie 1939, Edward Hopper
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Jerry Dodrill's Photography Exhibition at Bodega Bay's Local Color Gallery
Jerry Dodrill Photograph
Jerry Dodrill
To listen to Jerry, you discover that he thinks of himself as a rock climber. He says, "Photography is just my way to communicate." Jerry may well have conquered the soaring challenges rock climbing, spending many a night suspended and snoozing high alongside Yosemite's cliffs including El Capitan. But Jerry's artistic sense and skill place him high among the best of those who scale the heights of the photographic art.
Jerry Dodrill Postcard for Local Color Exhibition
Jerry Dodrill Rock Climbing
Jerry relaxing

El Capitan reflected in the Merced River
El Capitan
reflected in the Merced River

Jerry Dodrill St Theresas in Bodega California Jerry Dodrill St Theresas in Bodega California
Jerry Dodrill St Theresas in Bodega California Jerry Dodrill St Theresas in Bodega California

Jerry's Film, Half Dome, Footsteps of the Past (3 min 39 sec)
St. Theresa's in Bodega, one of Jerry's favorite Sonoma County subjects
Jerry Dodrill Blind Beach
Blind Beach
Jerry Dodrill Bodega Head Sunset
Bodega Head Sunset
Jerry Dodrill Bodega Head Sea Cliffs
Sea Cliffs Bodega Head

While in college, Jerry would spend weekends climbing any vertical wall he could find. His interest in photography was a by-product of climbing, using his artistic eye to capture and record his adventures. After graduation, he worked with Berkeley based world renowned landscape photographer Galen Rowell. In time, Jerry was managing Galen's gallery and his photographic workshops, an experience Jerry refers to as "photographer's boot camp."

In time, Jerry ventured out on his own. He has won international awards for his photography and has has been featured in a long list of impressive gallery exhibitions. For a time, he maintained a gallery in Bodega, but the demands of gallery ownership ran counter to the demands of his photography. He now resides in Sebastopol, California, pursuing his photography and rock climbing. He shares his adventures and thoughts regularly on his blog, Jerry Dodrill Photography.

Jerry Dodrill Riverbeams

Jerry's show at Bodega Bay's Local Color Artist Gallery will feature his photographic work along the Coastal Range. Sonoma County and its neighboring coastal counties never looked better. Jerry is a master of composition and execution. To gaze at a variety of his work is to take a master's course in composition.

Collectors interested in Sonoma County art would do well to include a Dodrill photograph. Aside from being our Sonoma County neighbor and friend, we salute him as one of our most gifted talents, and we thank him for his extraordinary visions of Sonoma County. So drop by Local Color Artist Gallery for a treat for the eyes. His work will be on exhibit at the Local Color Artist Gallery through March 29.

Jerry Dodrill's Site Jerry Dodrill's Blog Local Color Artist Gallery   Back to the Top

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Gallery Notes


  • Plan ahead for the Bodega Bay Fish Festival, April 17-18, a good time to visit Bodega Bay and our gallery.
  • Calabi Gallery in Petaluma is featuring works by women. This month Calabi Gallery presents a new show celebrating Women’s History Month. An opening reception will be held on Sunday, March 7th, from 1 to 4 pm (one day prior to International Women’s Day). The gallery’s primary concern is to honor and give exposure to under?]appreciated artists. Women artists have historically received less attention than male artists of equivalent talent. Thus it seems appropriate to mount this exhibition. Featured artists include Genevieve Barnhart, Gail Chase Bien, Dorr Bothwell, Minerva Chapman, Holly Downing, Pamela Glasscock, April Gornik, Ynez Johnston, and others.
  • We have redone our Homepage. Give it a look and let us know how you like it. Although good comments are always welcome, if anyone finds it too slow downloading, we need to hear about it. Your comments are most welcome.
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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 ...
Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Sign

IN BODEGA BAY Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery
1580 Eastshore Road, PO Box 325
Bodega Bay, CA 94923, 707-875-2911
Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays, 11:00 AM until 5:00 PM
(or other times by prearranged appointment)
New Exhibition, January 16 - April 16, 201
Paintings of The Parks
& Joshua Meador: The Family Collection
Map & Location |

Linda and Dan Photo

Smith and Kirk Gallery Bodega Bay


Libby Kirk's fused glass, Susan Amalia, encaustic paintings
Jean Warren, watercolors, Cynthia Swann, acrylics
& Gary Smith's Custom Framing.
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
Gary Smith of Smith and Kirk Fine Art and Custom Framing
Local Color Gallery

IN BODEGA BAY Local Color Artist Gallery
Jerry Dodrill the Photographer
Captures the Coastal Range
Feb 13 - March 29 | Back to the Top

Sea Cliffs, Bodega Head

Photo Jerry Dodrill

Reb Brown Sign Thumbnail IN BODEGA BAY The Ren Brown Collection
Our Winter 2010 Exhibit:
New Year, New Artists, New Prints
& Paintings by Robert DeVee | 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 Collection of Recent Contemporary Paintings Under $2000,

Reception Sunday, March 7th, 2010 1pm to 3pm, Music by Jerry Thompson, Show Ends April 25th, Featured Artists: Ray Carpenter, Jack Cassinetto, Thomas Creed, Christine Crozier, Allen Figone, Ronald Goldfinger, Paul Kratter, Sergio Lopez, Terry Muira, Tom Rissacher, Rodolfo Rivademar, Dave Sellers, Bart Walker, Wanda Westberg & F. Michael Wood | Back to the Top

Self Portrait of Xavier Martinez
Bobbi & Ron Quercia

IN DUNCANS MILLS Quercia Gallery
10 artists, 20 - 6"x6" images, 30 days
The third of three winter exhibits ... An astounding exhibit of thirty artists
who have created their own story or theme
in the form of twenty 6" by 6" images!

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
Five Artists Paint their Favorite Subjects
Larry Cannon, Teresa Dong, Charles White,
Hye Seong Yoon & Stephen Sanfilippo | Back to the Top

Paul Youngman Mustard
Paul Youngman

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IN TOMALES Tomales Fine Art
Host artist Janette LeGrue
March 5-28, 2010 - Lasting Impressions, Still Life Show | 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
March 5—April 11, 2010 UPSTAGE, New Oil Paintings by
Kathleen Youngquist , Artist Reception: Saturday, March 6, 4—6pm
| Back to the Top

Linda Ratzlaff

IN GRATON Graton Gallery
9048 Graton Road, Graton, California (707) 829-8912
Prelude to Spring: March 2 – April 11, Reception: Saturday March 6, 2-5pm
Fine Artists Clark Mitchell and Sandra Speidel join partners Sally Baker, Susan Ball, Pam Lewis,
Janet Moore, Soo Noga, Rik Olson, Linda Ratzlaff & Mylette Welch on the walls. Back to the Top

Bodega Landmark Gallery Thumb IN BODEGA Bodega Landmark Gallery Collection
"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
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

Boho Gallery Freestone Thumbnail IN FREESTONE Boho Gallery
463 Bohemian Hwy, Freestone, CA 95472 Phone 707-874-9792
fine art oils, encaustics, collage, ceramics, and jewelry. You'll find romantic wine country landscapes, ocean vistas, animal portraits, and whimsical narrative collages.
Artists Jocelyn Audette Michael-Che Swisher Barbara Harvie | | 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.

in Celebration of Women’s History Month, Calabi Gallery presents a new show featuring artists Genevieve Barnhart, Gail Chase Bien, Dorr Bothwell, Minerva Chapman, Holly Downing, Pamela Glasscock, April Gornik, Ynez Johnston,

144 Petaluma Blvd. North, Petaluma, CA 94952 Call 707-781-94952 |Back to the Top
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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

Opening March 5:
Fine Art Photography: Beyond Digital & Portrait as Metaphor:
Photographs by Morrie Camhi,
& Shining Brightly: Tapestry Weavers West Celebrates 25 Years
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And, while on the Big Island, visit these friends of our gallery ...
Isaacs Art Center In Waimea, Big Island, Hawaii Isaacs Art Center
visit a superb Museum and Gallery. | Back to the Top
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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
See the February Events Page

Disney Museum Exterior Thumbnail San Francisco
de Young Museum

"Tutankhamun and the
Golden Age of the Pharaohs"
through March 28
"Birth of Impressionism"
paintings from Musée d’Orsay
opens May 22

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San Francisco
California Historical Society

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San Francisco
Legion of Honor

Very Postmortem:
Mummies and Medicine

October 31, 2009 — July 4, 2010
Cartier and America
December 19, 2009 — April 18, 2010

San Francisco Legion of Honor Museum
San Francisco
ontemporary Jewish Museum

“Our Struggle”: Responding to Mein Kampf
February 11, 2010 - June 8, 2010

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Oakland Museum of California

Opening in May 2010
, the new Gallery of California Art will showcase more than 800 works from the Oakland Museum of California's collection—one of the largest and most comprehensive holdings of California art in the world.

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Santa Rosa
Sonoma County Museum

Fiber Art by Adela Akers
Jan 30 - May 30
Paintings by Martha Shaw
Jan 30 - May 30
ArtQuest: A Juried Student Exhibition
Feb 5 - Mar 18

Sonoma County Museum Thumbnail Moraga
Hearst Art Gallery

Out of This World
January 17 - March 14, 2010
Ralph Borge: A Symbolic Realist
and His Circle

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Santa Rosa
Charles M. Schultz Museum

May I Have This Dance?
January 6 to May 17, 2010

Charles M Schultz Museum Santa Rosa Sonoma
Sonoma Valley Museum of Art

551 Broadway, Sonoma CA 95476
(707) 939-7862
Dec 12, 2009 - Mar 14, 2010
Life of Making Celebrates the work and workings of three acclaimed artists who explore the boundary between the act of making and the art of living. Jim Melchert, June Schwarcz, and Kay Sekimachi

Sonoma Museum of Art Exterior Thumb
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
Grace Hudson Museum
Crocker Art Museum

Permanent Exhibit, plus "
Treasures, Curiosities, and Secrets: The Crockers
and the Gilded Age through May 9, 2010
"Meadows and Mountains: The Art of
William F. Jackson" through May 9, 2010

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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
Renoir in the 20th Century
February 14, 2010–May 9, 2010

American Stories: Paintings of Everyday Life, 1765–1915 February 28, 2010–May 23, 2010

Los Angeles County Museum of Art Irvine
The Irvine Museum

El Camino de Oro
Journey Through Early California
Feb 24 - Jun 5, 2010

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Santa Barbara
The Santa Barbara
Museum of Art
California Calling: Works from the
Santa Barbara Collections, 1948 - 2008
Part I: July 18, 2009 - March 7, 2010 Extended!

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Palm Springs
Palm Springs Art Museum

Permanent Collection:
American 19th-Century Landscape Painting
& American Desert Painting

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San Diego
San Diego Museum of Art

Joaquín Torres-García: Constructing Abstraction with Wood
February 20 - May 30, 2010
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Santa Monica
California Heritage Museum
Opening November 14, 2009
Evolution and Art in California
through May 30

California Heritage Museum Santa Monica
Norton Simon Museum

The Familiar Face: Portrait Prints by Rembrandt
December 04, 2009 - March 22, 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.
Huntington Library Art Collection Pasadena
Museum of California Art
Millard Sheets: The Early Years
February 14, 2010 – May 30, 2010
Pasadena Museum of California Art Exterior thumb Los Olivos
Wilding Museum
America's Wilderness in Art:
A Growing Collection
January 13 through March 21, 2010

coming up, Milford Zornes Exhibition
March 31 through June 6
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Prescott, AZ
Phippen Museum

All Aboard! The Life and Work of Marjorie Reed
March 6 to June 11, 2010

Preview and reception, March 5. Exhibit explores the career of painter Marjorie Reed. Best known for her depictions of the Butterfield-Overland Stage, Marjorie Reed made her living as a free lance artist for over 65 years. Her life was as colorful as her art!

Phippen Museum Entrance Hwy 89
& 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

Permanent collection :
Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle: Always After
(The Glass House)
January 21–May 31, 2010
Gallery 186

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

Tha National Gallery Washington DC Thumbnail Atlanta, GA
High Museum of Art

The American collection ... paintings by William Merritt Chase, Henry Ossawa Tanner, John Twachtman and Childe Hassam. It includes landscapes by Hudson River School artists, figure paintings by Henry Inman and John Singer Sargent, and still-life paintings by John Frederick Peto, William Michael Harnett
and William Mason Brown.

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Cedar Rapids, IA
The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
Grant Wood: In Focus
is an ongoing permanent collection exhibition.

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