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Alexander Nepote 1913-1986 Green Pool Grotto Layerist Mixed Media, 31x 48
Alexander Nepote 1913-1986
Green Pool Grotto
Layerist mixed media, 31x 48

Vincent Van Gogh Starry Night on the Rhone Thumb
10 years ago:
Van Gogh's
Starry Night on the Rhone
was in San Francisco

From Walt Disney's Cinderella Bubble Scenen
Video Clips illustrating
Joshua Meador's contributions
to Disney animation

New from
Linda Sorensen
Linda Sorensen Roundabout River Vineyards oil on linen, 30 x 40
Roundabout River Vineyards
oil on linen, 30 x 40

10 years ago ... from Paris,
10 years ago, Van Gogh's Starry Night on the Rhone was in SF
(Sep 25-Jan 18, 2011)

2010 was an incredible year. San Francisco's de Young Museum hosted two major back to back exhibitions from the Musee d'Orsay in Paris.

Before its arrival in San Francisco, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cezanne and Beyond: Post Impressionism
Masterpieces from the Musee d'Orsay
visited the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra.
This excellent video introduces the same exhibit which came to SF's de Young in September, 2010.
Many of the world's most prized paintings from French Impressionism and Post Impressionism graced the walls of the de Young's Herbst Exhibition Galleries.

In our last issue, we reported on the first of the Musee d'Orsay exhibitions to visit the de Young.

Pierre Auguste Renoir The Swing
Exhibition revisited
Ten years ago from Paris,
Birth of Impressionism

Below is a sampling of the art treasures which were part of the second of these exhibitions, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cezanne and Beyond: Post Impressionism Masterpieces from the Musee d'Orsay.

The information below each painting is based on the Musee d'Orsay's published descriptions.
Vincent Van Gogh 1853-1890, Starry Night Over the Rhone , 1888
Vincent Van Gogh 1853-1890, Starry Night Over the Rhone , 1888
Vincent Van Gogh 1853-1890, Starry Night Over the Rhone, 1888 ... In Arles,Van Gogh was fascinated with depicting "night effects". In April 1888, he wrote to his brother Theo: "I need a starry night with cypresses or maybe above a field of ripe wheat." In June, he confided to the painter Emile Bernard: "But when shall I ever paint the Starry Sky, this painting that keeps haunting me" and, in September, in a letter to his sister, he evoked the same subject: "Often it seems to me night is even more richly coloured than day". During the same month of September, he finally realized his obsessive project.

His first nocturnal sky was  Cafe Terrace on the Place du Forum, Arles. Next came this view of the Rhône in which he marvelously transcribed the colors he perceived in the dark. Blues prevail: Prussian blue, ultramarine and cobalt. The city gas lights glimmer an intense orange and are reflected in the water. The stars sparkle like gemstones.

A few months later, just after being confined to a mental institution, Van Gogh painted another version of the same subject: Starry Night which resides in the Museum of Modern Art in New York. This painting shows that the violence of his troubled psyche is fully expressed. Trees are shaped like flames while the sky and stars whirl in a cosmic vision. The Musée d'Orsay’s Starry Night is more serene, an atmosphere reinforced by the presence of a couple of lovers at the bottom of the canvas.
Paul Gauguin 1848-1903, The Yellow Christ, 1889
Paul Gauguin 1848-1903, The Yellow Christ, 1889
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec 1864-1901,  The Clowness, Cha-U_Kao at the Moulin Rouge, 1895
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec 1864-1901,
The Clowness, Cha-U-Kao at the Moulin Rouge, 1895
Paul Gauguin 1848-1903, The Yellow Christ, 1889 ... Painted on the eve of Gauguin's first trip to Tahiti, Portrait of the Artist with the Yellow Christ is a veritable manifesto. Gauguin's piercing stare expresses the burden of his problems. His wife left him with his children and went back to her native Copenhagen, and he was having trouble getting permission to settle in the French Colony of Tahiti.

Two of his paintings behind him are in conflict, one the Yellow Christ whom Gauguin painted in his own image and the Red Pot in the form of a grotesque head. Gauguin called this pot "the head of Gauguin the savage."
These background paintings expressed Gauguin's thoughts as he was about to embark on a great human and artistic adventure which would take him halfway round the world.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec 1864-1901, The Clowness, Cha-U-Kao at the Moulin Rouge, 1895 ... Cha-U-Kao's name appears to be of Japanese origin, but it is not. The "Cha" comes from a dance called the "chahut," an acrobatic version of the cancan. The "U-Kao" refers to the uproar when she came onstage. This is a scene of the Parisian night life of the late 19th century. She belonged more to the circus world than to the world of the cabaret, but both Cha-U-Kao and Toulouse-Lautrec loved the life of both worlds.
Felix Vollotton 1865-1925, Dinner by Lamplight, 1899
Felix Vallotton 1865-1925, Dinner by Lamplight, 1899
Paul Cezanne 1839-1906, Rocks above Chateau Noir, c 1904
Paul Cezanne 1839-1906, Rocks above Chateau Noir, c 1904

Felix Vallotton 1865-1925, Dinner by Lamplight, 1899 ... Up to 1899, Vallotton created bold black and white block print motifs. In 1899, he continued his explorations of dark and light in his paintings. In this painting, Vallotton's silhouette is front and center, flanked by his bride Gabrielle, his stepson Max Rodrigues and his stepdaughter Madeleine. A member of the Nabis, Valloton often painted domestic and private interiors. Valloton was influenced by Dutch genre paintings, especially those of interior scenes by Pieter de Hooch.

Paul Cezanne 1839-1906, Rocks above Chateau Noir, c 1904 ... Around the turn of the 20th century, Cezanne returned to where he was born, the harsh landscapes and marvelous light near the Mont Sainte-Victorie. In many of these landscapes, the subject becomes irrelevant. Instead, Cezanne creates a euphoria where forms and colors become one, a vibrant orchestration of frenzied marks and allusive brushstrokes. Form is split into its multiple facets. Color contributes to his lyricism; transparent blues, greens browns and mauves dance rhythmically. Cezanne's unique approach embodies some of the essential foundations of modern painting.

Vincent Van Gogh 1853-1890, Imperial Fritillaries in a Copper Vase, 1887
Vincent Van Gogh 1853-1890, Imperial Fritillaries in a Copper Vase, 1887
Alfred Sisley 1839-1899, Moret Bridge, 1893
Alfred Sisley 1839-1899, Moret Bridge, 1893

Vincent Van Gogh 1853-1890, Imperial Fritillaries in a Copper Vase, 1887 ... Imperial Fritillaries are a tulip-like bulb popular in Dutch and French gardens at the end of the 19th century. Van Gogh painted this while in Paris, when he was in close contact with Paul Signac. The background is pointillist brushwork with two complementary colors, blue and orange.

Alfred Sisley 1839-1899, Moret Bridge, 1893 ... Alfred Sisley was an English ex pat, painting most of his career in France. He was the most dedicated among the impressionists to plein air painting. His most notable paintings are of bridges in the suburbs of Paris, tranquil scenes in pale shades of green, pink purple and dusty blue. Sisley's work compares well with those of fellow impressionist Claude Monet, but Sisley's work is more subdued.
Claude Monet 1840-1926,  Study of a figure outdoors: woman with a sunshade turned to the right, 1886
Claude Monet 1840-1926,
Study of a figure outdoors: woman with a sunshade turned to the right, 1886
Claude Monet 1840-1926, Study of a figure outdoors: woman with a sunshade turned to the right, 1886 ... This is one of a pair of studies in 1886. Monet was inspired seeing Suzanne Hoschede (later his step-daughter) strolling on the Ile aux Orties near his home in Giverny. Brushstrokes create the feel of a cool bracing wind.
Vincent Van Gogh 1843-1890, Self Portrait, Saint Remy de Provence, 1889
Vincent Van Gogh 1843-1890, Self Portrait, Saint Remy de Provence, 1889
Monet avoids detail of the subject's face, rather choosing to focus on the figure within the landscape.

Vincent Van Gogh 1843-1890, Self Portrait, Saint Remy de Provence, 1889 ... This may well be Vincent Van Gogh's last self portrait, done in September of 1889 shortly before he departed from Saint-Remy-de-Provence. Over his career, he painted about 30 self portraits. In a letter to his brother Theo, Vincent wrote, "You will need to study [the picture] for a time. I hope you will notice that my facial expressions have become much calmer, although my eyes have the same insecure look as before, or so it appears to me."
Georges Seurat 1859-1891, The Circus, 1891
Georges Seurat 1859-1891, The Circus, 1891

Georges Seurat 1859-1891, The Circus, 1891 ... This painting is important as the most impressive application of Divisionist theory, a scientific approach to color requiring the eye to mix dots of pure color optically. What Seurat was hoping to create was a symbiosis between artistic creation and scientific analysis. He died of diphtheria at the age of 31 before the painting was completed. His son died two weeks later of the same disease.

Henri Rousseau 1844-1910, The Snake Charmer, 1907
Henri Rousseau 1844-1910, The Snake Charmer, 1907
Henri Rousseau 1844-1910, The Snake Charmer, 1907 ... Henri Rousseau didn't begin painting until late in life. He didn't travel much and his tropical jungle paintings originated from experiences in Paris. His jungle related paintings were based on trips to the Natural History Museum and the greenhouse in the Paris Botanical Gardens. Pablo Picasso was one of Rousseau's admirers and once remarked to Rousseau, "Basically, you do in an Egyptian style what I do in the modern style." This painting, with this fantastic world, is a forerunner of Surrealism.
Vincent Van Gogh 1853-1890, Bedroom in Arles, 1888
Vincent Van Gogh 1853-1890, Bedroom in Arles, 1888
Pierre-Auguste Renoir 1841-1919, A Dance in the Country, 1883
Pierre-Auguste Renoir 1841-1919, A Dance in the Country, 1883

Vincent Van Gogh 1853-1890, Bedroom in Arles, 1888 ... There are three versions of this painting; one is in the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, one at the Art Institute in Chicago and a third at the Musee d'Orsay.

Van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo explaining that he wanted to express the tranquillity and bring out the simplicity of his bedroom using the symbolism of colors. Van Gogh explained: "The Japanese lived in very simple interiors, and what great artists have lived in that country."

Pierre-Auguste Renoir 1841-1919, A Dance in the Country, 1883 ... This cheerful painting is done in bright light, with warm colors.

The models for the dancing figures are Paul Lhote, Renoir's friend and Aline Charigot, who later became Renoir's wife.

Paul Durand-Ruel commissioned the painting as part of a group based on the theme of "the Ball." The other paintings were Dance in the City and Dance at Bougival. Durand-Ruel kept this painting until his death in 1919.

Paul Gauguin 1848-1903, Tahitian Women on the Beach, 1891
Paul Gauguin 1848-1903, Tahitian Women on the Beach, 1891
Claude Monet 1840-1926,  London, Houses of Parliament, The Sun Shining through the Fog, 1904
Claude Monet 1840-1926,
London, Houses of Parliament, The Sun Shining through the Fog, 1904

Paul Gauguin 1848-1903, Tahitian Women on the Beach, 1891 ... In 1891, Gauguin fled Paris to get away from his money problems. He considered the French colony of Tahiti to be free of the money culture of Paris, and that he could live there in ecstasy, calmly pursuing his art. Here, large figures seem comfortable as they fill their own space. Their color and pose are both elegant and decorative. Behind them, gentle rolling waves lap the shore of a lagoon. Their restfulness contrasts with the busy staccato life Gauguin left behind in Paris.

Claude Monet 1840-1926, London, Houses of Parliament, The Sun Shining through the Fog, 1904 ... This was Claude Monet's view from his terrace room at the St. Thomas Hospital in London. Overlooking the Thames, he observed the home of the British Parliament located in the Palace of Westminster. Monet's eyesight was failing and he went to London for medical procedures and treatment. He ended up painting a series of Parliament paintings, 19 of which are known to exist today. As was Monet's practice, once back at Giverny, he would work from photographs, and apply paint onto multiple canvases of the the series simultaneously. This caused some negative reaction, but Monet's reply was that this was his means of creating a work, it was his own business and it was up to the viewer to judge the final result.

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Clips illustrating
Joshua Meador's
to Disney animation
Joshua Meador working on scene for Dos Amigos
Josh working with his magic paint brush for Saludos Amigos, 1942

Joshua Meador would have been first to state that animation is not the work of one individual artist, but the result of a collective effort of dedicated artists willing to work as a team.

Below are clips from films in which Joshua Meador made contributions. Each of these films are noted in Joshua Meador's listing on IMDB (the Internet Movie Data Base).
As Director of Animation Effects, Josh was part of many studio projects in films, TV and Disneyland. Joshua's son Philip Meador described his dad's job as this: "Josh put the fairy dust in Tinkerbell and the "Z" in Zorro." Josh never took credit for any one thing he accomplished, and he would be the first to say emphatically that making animation films is a collaborative process.

Walt loaned Josh's services twice in 1956, to MGM for their 1956 sci-fi thriller Forbidden Planet and to Cecil B. DeMille for a scene in The Ten Commandments. DeMille needed assistance for the "pillar of fire" scene, holding back Pharaoh's charging chariots.

Below are clips showing some of Meador's film contributions. Ten of these films, The Old Mill, Bambi, Dumbo, Snow White, Pinocchio, Cinderella, Fantasia, Mary Poppins, Forbidden Planet and The Ten Commandments have been included in the National Film Registry.

1937 The Old Mill

In 1937, Josh was a just new hire at Disney, 26 years old.
His specialty was water effects, animating splashes and waves.

1937 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Snow White, Josh created a water effects scene
looking up at Snow White from the bottom of a well.

1939 Fantasia

By 1939, Josh was Disney Studio's Director of Animation Effects
and created the effects for the Rite of Spring Segment.

1940 Pinocchio

Pinocchio was filled with Meador's animation effects,
water ripples and flows, flickering flames,
raindrop splashes, lightening flashes and ominous shadows.

1941 Dumbo

During a visit to Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery in 2007,
Josh's wife Libby Meador recalled her favorite of
Josh's films, Dumbo, especially the "Elephants on Parade" scene.

1942 Bambi

Bambi has only animal characters. Meador along with other
Disney animators visited the Los Angeles Zoo to sketch animal movements. For the ice scene with Bambi and Thumper, they
sketched an Ice Capades star with actress Jane Randolf.

1942 Saludos Amigos

Another of Meador's dazzling animation specialties
was his fanciful transition from one scene into another.
Its easier to observe it than it is to explain it.

1943 Victory Through Air Power

During WWII, all studios were recruited to help in the war effort.
Disney Studios did its part. Josh is in large part responsible
for the wind and rain effects in this clip.
1944 The Three Caballeros

In this scene, Josh puts his premier animation effects to use,
creating water effects, seamlessly transitioning from one scene into another, and using an animated kaleidoscope. This film also includes early examples of the mixing of live action characters with animation.

1946 Make Mine Music

During the WWII, Disney studios made films but didn't
release them. After the War, they compiled some of these "shorts"
and released them under the title, Make Mine Music. Josh was the
director of this film. It was entered at the 1946 Cannes Film Festival.
1950 Cinderella

In this scene Cinderella sings as she scrubs the floor.
Her image is reflected in bubbles as they rise.
The images in the bubbles sing harmony for Cinderella,
an innovative piece of filmmaking genius
and in its day, a wonder to animate and dub with the soundtrack.

1951 Alice In Wonderland

This is the trailer of 1951's Allice in Wonderland. It showcases
the talents of Disney Studios Art Director Mary Blair. "The Tea Party"
features voice-overs by actors Ed Wynn
and Jerry Colonna. Josh did some water effects and
his most notable contribution was the Bread and Butterflies.
1953 Peter Pan

Peter Pan brought one of the key animation effects Josh became known for, pixiedust. Beyond this film, Tinkerbell and her pixiedust became a staple for the opening sequence of Walt Disney's Wide World of Color.

1954 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
(Oscar, Animation Effects)

Joshua Meador was part of a special effects team for
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
that designed and created a special sound stage, including a removable floor and a water effects tank
to film underwater scenes and rain and wind effects.
Josh was an integral part of designing how this segment was filmed.

In 1955, Josh was coming up on his 20th anniversary with Disney Studios. He loved his job, but he wanted to spend his energies establishing his fine art painting career.

Walt was fearful of losing Josh's innovative talent, and he did not want other studios to sign Josh and have to compete against his talent. He called Josh into his office and offered him an unheard of opportunity to paint full time, but, when the Studio needed his services, Josh would remain on-call.

For this, Josh was paid his full salary, giving him the financial security to pursue his painting, yet from time to time, to continue his fantastic career in effects animation.

1956 The Ten Commandments
(Paramount) uncredited ... (Pillar of fire)

Walt loaned Joshua Meador's services to Cecil B. DeMille
who wanted assistance in animating the "pillar of fire."

1956 Forbidden Planet (MGM)
"The Monster from the Id"

Walt also loaned out Joshua Meador's services to MGM for their Sci-Fi thriller, Forbidden Planet. Although quaint by modern standards, Josh received widespread acclamation for his achievements in animating
this Sci-fi blockbuster of 1956.

1959 Sleeping Beauty

In the Disney short 4 Artists paint 1 Tree, Joshua Meador explains how
he added the fairy dust for the three fairies in Sleeping Beauty. This short film also details the contributions made by three of Josh's colleagues at Disney, Marc Davis, Eyvind Earle and Walt Peregoy.

1959 Donald in Mathmagic Land

Walt Disney was a great teacher, using his Wide World of Color introductions and narration to teach, encourage and inspire young people. Joshua Meador was a sequence director for Donald in Mathmagic Land. Josh's sequence dealt with the the mathematical properties of a pentagon, citing examples in proportion and how they exist in nature.

1959 Darby O’Gill and the Little People

Josh brought some moviola magic to this film, mixing within the same scene, the live action figures with scenes of the much smaller
leprechauns. The director of this film, Robert Stevenson,
went on to direct the Disney blockbuster Mary Poppins.
Remembering Josh's contributions to Darby O'Gill, he asked Walt to contact Josh so he could assist with the animation
of the penguins in Mary Poppins.

1961 The Absent Minded Professor

The Absent Minded Professor continued mixing live action with prerecorded live action stunts. In the technology of 1961, it added
up to a lot of never seen before visual fun. For Josh Meador,
it was the beginning of a great personal friendship with Fred MacMurray, who also became a collector of Joshua Meador oil paintings.
1961 Babes in Toyland
Babes in Toyland did not have animation, but employed “intricate mechanisms” and stop-motion photography to capture the
movement of the toys. Four soundstages were required, including the vast one necessary for “Forest of No Return.”
1964 Mary Poppins

According to Joshua Meador's friend Joe Cosgrove, "The animation was already in the can. Josh was called in to be present during the live action filming to make certain Dick Van Dyke and Julie Andrews hit their marks exactly. Then, Josh took the footage of the shoot and mixed it with the animation on his moviola, frame by frame, penquin by penquin."
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The light is visible at the end of the tunnel, but Covid restrictions are not over just yet.
Prior to visitng galleries or museums, visit their websites for the latest information.

in Bodega Bay
Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Showroom Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Showroom
by appointment only in Graton or Bodega Bay
(with masks, social distaning and hand sanitizer) | 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.
Visit Jean's site and view examples at the Healdsburg Center for the Arts / 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
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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
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(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
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... see website
de Young Museum
the de Young Open, and Frida Kahlo
Permanent Collection
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San Francisco
closed, see website
California Historical Society

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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
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San Francisco

... see website
Wayne Thiebaud: Paintings and Drawings
through March 10, 2019

SF Museum of Modern Art

Santa Rosa
see website
The Museums of Sonoma County

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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

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Mission San Francisco de Solano Museum

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

... see website
551 Broadway, Sonoma CA
(707) 939-7862
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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

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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.
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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
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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 (now part of UC-Irvine)
The Irvine Museum
El Camino del Oro, Sept 14 - Jan 11
Paintings of the California Missions era
by many of California's noted artists

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Santa Barbara
The Santa Barbara Museum of Art
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LA Area Scene Paintings from the Hilbert Collection,
A Fine Romance: Images of Love
in Classic American Illistration

through - April 18, 2020
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
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Palm Springs
Palm Springs Art Museum

Permanent Collection
American 19th century Landscape Painting

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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
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Washington D.C.
The Renwick Gallery

Permanent ... Grand Salon Paintings
from the Smithsonian American Art Museum
Renwick Gallery Washington DC Chicago, IL
Art Institute of Chicago
Permanent collection:
the Impressionists
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Cedar Rapids, IA
The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
Grant Wood: In Focus

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

Bentonville, AR
Crystal Bridges
Museum of American Art

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

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

The largest selection of works by Edward Hopper
The Whitney Museum of American Art New York 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
Canada National Gallery of Art
Denver, CO
Denver Art Museum
Denver Art Museum Exterior


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.  With appropriate masks and social distancing, you have the opportunity to view paintings in person, without crowds or pressure.  Email, text or call us.  After learning what you're interested in, we will have the paintings you wish 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.