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John W. Hilton
& General George S. Patton
an exerpt from
The Man Who Captured Sunshine by Katherine Ainsworth

James Whistler Portrait of the Artists Mother Thumbnail
SF's de Young presents
Birth of Impressionism:
Masterpieces from the
Musée d’Orsay
, May 22 - Sep 6, 2010
©Milford Zornes, Morning, High Desert, 1990, McClelland Collection
Milford Zornes Exhibition
Not to be missed ...
at the Wilding Museum,
Los Olivos, CA near Solvang

Gallery Exhibit, April 17
Alexander and Alexander II Dzigurski
& John W. and Kathi Hilton

John W. Hilton & General George S. Patton:
an exerpt from The Man Who Captured Sunshine by Katherine Ainsworth

In the days after the attack on Pearl Harbor, John W. Hilton was introduced to a group of Army officers meeting in the Indio Hotel Restaurant. The officers asked John about the best locations to train tank crews for General George Patton. John willingly shared his best advice and drew a circle on the officer's map. Soon afterward, military materiel flooded into the desert, and Camp Young was born. In short order, General Patton invited John for dinner where the general thanked John for his map, and enlisted his participation in several reconnoitering trips, where John and the general surveyed the California and Arizona deserts.

John W Hilton at Calcite Mine during WW II

Following is an excerpt from a biography of John W. Hilton by Katherine Ainsworth which retells the tale of John and his first meeting with General George S. Patton.

Chapter Twenty-Five
News of war came to John Hilton in Hidden Springs, a remote camping site where Zane Grey spent many hours writing. Hilton was camped with Randall Henderson, publisher of the Desert Magazine, and other members of the Sierra Club. Hilton had entertained the group at the campfire the previous night. Suddenly young Randy dashed into the camp dodging rocks and palm trees as he shouted, “Japan has bombed Pearl Harbor.”

“Randy volunteered for service the next day and I never saw him again,” recalled Hilton. “News that America was again involved in a war shattered the tranquility of our desert and shook us up as it did everyone in the nation. Pretty soon rumors were being spread about as to the role the desert was to play in the war effort. Some folks said there was to be a training camp installed somewhere, but I didn’t pay any attention.”

One night shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, John Hilton and his neighbor Russ Nicoll were having dinner at the Indio Hotel. He noticed that at a nearby table a group of army officers were studying some maps and talking intently to the owner of the hotel. In a few minutes, the proprietor came over to Hilton’s table and said, “These men are on General Patton’s staff. They are trying to locate a good place for a training camp and want to meet someone who knows the desert. I told them nobody knew more about it than John Hilton. Can you come over and suggest a suitable place?”

John went and after being introduced to the men, sat down at their table and looked at the map before them. It was an ordinary map put out by the Automobile Club of Southern California. John listened as they outlined their requirements and then studied the map for a few moments. He picked up a pencil and drew a large circle near Mecca, east of Indio.

He told them that he thought they would find what they were seeking in that general area. The land was reasonably level and well-drained, there was an adequate water supply available from the L.A. aqueduct, and the highways were nearby. The men thanked him and left. Hilton thought no more of the matter until government surveyors came down to the desert and were quickly followed by large tractors and other earth-moving equipment. Within months Camp Young was established and General Patton and his tanks and army recruits arrived to train for the North African campaign of the war. When the camp was well established, General Patton called upon John’s knowledge and familiarity with the desert terrain.

Hilton was invited to dinner out at Camp Young and General Patton presented his special guest with a map. It was the same map on which John had drawn the circle that night at the Indio Hotel. On it the engineers had drawn a small rectangle which was about the shape of the camp, which fitted inside the circle. On the map, Patton had written, “Thanks, John, you saved us a lot of trouble.”

A limited number of copies are available
through our gallery for $35.00. Contact us
Cover Art The Man Who Captured Sunshine by Katherine Ainsworth painting by John W Hilton
Katherine Ainsworth recounts many and varied tales from the extraordinary life of John W. Hilton.

This map Hilton still cherishes as much as he would a Presidential Citation.

It was a matter of great satisfaction to John that this great general valued his knowledge of the desert enough to call upon him for advice. Patton wanted him to accept a job with the army, but Hilton’s long years of childhood indoctrination with the loving pacifistic teachings of his church would not permit him to yield on this persuasion. Then, too, he wanted to remain free of any obligations and entanglements with the governmental red tape. He decided that whatever information he possessed which could be helpful he would gladly give, but when the demands increased, his painting time was pushed aside.

Troop train enroute to Camp Young in India CA
Troop train enroute to Camp Young in Indio

These phone calls for advice became more and more frequent. Usually when he arrived, he would find Patton studying a map on a table and the general would ask, “What is this terrain like? Is there any cholla or barrel cactus in this area?"

If Hilton said “No,” then Patton would say, “Good then we can use this area for night maneuvers.”

Then he would go on to explain, “I want my men to take just as rough a beating as I can give them in as near the situation they will have in North Africa, but there isn’t any cactus in North Africa so I don’t want them wasting time pulling cactus spines from each other’s ass.”

From time to time John went on exploration trips with the General, or “Old Man” as he was affectionately beginning to refer to him in his mind as did most of the soldiers.

“I think I got to know the Old Man pretty well, if anyone ever did, on those trips,” Hilton said. “One time we went out across the Colorado River into Arizona, inspecting the area. We were traveling in two Jeeps -- two officers and myself and the General and two drivers. We stopped on a mesa and the Old Man said, ‘Lets stop right here on this level place for the night.’"

“I said, ‘General in my opinion this is not a good place to camp. This is the time of year for sidewinders and this spot is between two deep washes full of ironwood trees and a lot of brush, and its just close enough that sidewinders would be possibly crawling from one was to another, and coming through the camp.’

Lines of Tents at Camp Young in India CA
Tents at Camp Young in Indio
Tank Crew Member with his canteen, Camp Young India, CA
Camp Young Tank crew member and his canteen
During training, canteen water was rationed to help the men adapt to the conditions they would find in North Africa.

The General just snorted, ‘Oh bosh, I don’t see any sidewinders.’

Well, who was I to argue with a general, so we set up camp,” continued Hilton in recalling his experiences with Patton.

“We soon had a roaring ironwood fire going and all of a sudden one of the drivers got a strange look on his face and I followed his eyes. There, coming out of the darkness right toward us, was a sidewinder. There’s a thing about campfires and sidewinders -- they are attracted by the light. It fascinates them like it does to a moth.

Well, that little old sidewinder came twisting from side to side right in and I saw that by now the General was watching, too. Just as that sidewinder got fairly close to the campfire, the Old Man pulled out one of his famous pearl-handled revolvers he always wore and let him have it.

That night the two drivers slept in one of the Jeeps. I looked kind of longingly at them but the Major, the General, and I slept on the ground in sleeping bags. After Patton stood in that famous stance of his, legs spread apart and hands on hips glaring off into the darkness, and roared out, ‘Those damned snakes won’t crawl into a sleeping bag!’ We meekly had followed his action and timidly slipped into our bags.

Sure enough, the snakes didn’t bother us. Guess even sidewinders knew better than to defy "Old Blood and Guts" Patton. But the next night he said sort of casually, ‘Hell, John, you pick the camping place.’”

Postscript ... from Chapter Twenty nine

The story of John Hilton's friendship with General George S. Patton Jr. cannot come to a close without further note.

Hilton's story becomes, in a quiet way, an important sidelight to the record of this vital and complex man of such historical greatness in his country's military history.

When Patton left for combat, Hilton never expected to see him again. Their paths, he realized, were too divergent. But he followed with avid interest newspaper and radio accounts of his hero's exploits through the first action in the African campaign. There Patton led his troops, so well trained in the California desert, through the triumphant conquest of Tunisia. Hilton roared with laughter as the Old Man, raging and cussing, with his two pearl-handled six shooters swinging from his hips, led his men victoriously through Sicily and then on into the mainland of Europe.

When the Germans signed the unconditional surrender May 7, 1945 at 2:41 A.M., at the Rheims Headquarters, Patton was able to have a brief furlough. He returned to his home in San Marino, CA. The people, out of gratitude, staged a great parade and a hero's welcome.

The opening footage of this newsreel shows the post-war Los Angeles Parade (sixty-five years ago) in honor of General Patton and General Dolittle

John Hilton and his young son stood among the thousands lining the streets of Los Angeles to catch a glimpse of the great war hero.

"It never occurred to me to do anything but just stand unobtrusively among all those people. All we hoped for at the most was just to see him go by, because this was his greatest moment -- the return victorious.

We were just standing waiting when finally the parade came and there was the car with General Patton standing up in it and he was waving his helmet, bowing this way and that. Suddenly he leaned forward and tapped the driver of the car on the shoulder and said something. The car pulled out of line, right up beside my boy and me, and in his high squeaky voice Patton called out, 'Hello there, John. Are you coming to the program tonight?'

I told him we didn't have tickets and after he shook hands with my son and me he said, 'You'll get some. Just stay right where you are until you do.'

As the car pulled ahead into the line of parade, the Old Man turned around and, cupping his hands to his mouth, yelled back, 'I'm coming down to the desert and we're going quail hunting as soon as the mopping up mess is over in Europe.'

"That was the last time I ever saw or spoke to him. A corporal brought those tickets, just as the General had promised, and we went to the Coliseum. We enjoyed every bit of the program. The most famous people of Hollywood and politics were there, but to us, Patton's speech made everything else on the program seem flat."

reprinted with the permission of Kathi Hilton
About the author ... Katherine Ainsworth was married to Ed Ainsworth, famed columnist and newsman of the L.A. Times. John W. Hilton was among their closest friends and neighbors. In January and February of 2008, Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery hosted an exhibition entitled "Painters of the Desert" based on Ed Ainsworth's book, Painters of the Desert which is full of biographical sketches and photos of many of his desert artist friends. Katherine served as a children's librarian for the Los Angeles Public Library (1928-35), school librarian for Los Angeles public schools (1949-51), and head librarian for Monrovia Public Library (1953-67). She was also a regular reviewer for the Los Angeles Times and the Monrovia News Post. Among her writings are The Man Who Captured Sunshine (1978): a biography of the desert artist John W. Hilton and The McCallum Saga: the Story of the Founding of Palm Springs.
Below are links to our previous Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Painters of the Desert Gallery Exhibition and links to newsletter articles relating to John W. Hilton.
Gallery Exhibition Jan-Feb '08
Photo Ed Ainsworth LA Times Columnist and Author, Painters of the Desert
Ed Ainsworth
Painters of the Desert
Newsletter / Jan '08
Optical Sight Ring made from calcite from John Hilton's mine
Author Larry Hughes previews his upcoming book
discussing John W. Hilton's Calcite Mine during WW II
Newsletter / Aug '08
Jennie Kelly at Dos Palmas
John W. Hilton's Home
Has Historical Site Status
Newsletter / Jan '09
John W Hilton Calcite Mine Photo Thumbnail
John W. Hilton painting
given to Ike at the 1957 Inaugural
Newsletter / Mar '09
Hilton presenting Painting for Whitehouse
John W. Hilton presenting
"Twentynine Palms Oasis" for Ike's Oval Office, 1957
Newsletter / Nov '09
Hilton presenting Painting for Whitehouse
John W. Hilton's White House Painting Twentynine Palms Oasis resurfaces in a Private
East Coast Collection | our John W. Hilton Page | our Kathi Hilton Page | Back to the Top

Musee D'Orsay Interior
Interior of Paris' Musee D'Orsay
SF's de Young presents
Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay, May 22 - Sep 6, 2010

Art lovers, make your plans now! You will be visiting the de Young Museum this summer and again this fall!

While a 14-month-long restoration at Paris' Musée d’Orsay progresses, the famed museum's collection of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings will be visiting the world, including two major exhibitions at San Francisco's de Young Museum. Exhibitions will also be presented Tokyo, Madrid, Nashville, and Canberra, Australia.

And while the de Young hosts the Musée d’Orsay paintings, San Francisco's Legion of Honor is offering a concurrent opportunity; Impressionist Paris: City of Light June 5, 2010 — September 26, 2010. Each ticket for the de Young exhibit includes a same-day admission for "Impressionist Paris: City of Light," at the Legion of Honor which features 150 prints, drawings, photographs, paintings, and illustrated books from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and several private collections.
Claude Monet Saint Lazare Station
Claude Monet:Saint Lazare Station

At the Legion of Honor
Jun 5 - Sep 26, 2010

Impressionist Paris:
City of Light
Edgar Degas Portraits at the Stock Exchange
Edgar Degas: Portraits at the Stock Exchange
Adolphe Bouguereau The Birth of Venus
Adolphe Bouguereau:
The Birth of Venus
Berthe Morisot The Cradle
Berthe Morisot: The Cradle
James Whistler Portrait of the Artists Mother
James Whistler: Arrangement in Grey and Black: The Artist's Mother

The Musée d’Orsay is located on the left bank of the Seine, and was the former railway station, the Gare d'Orsay. The structure was opened in time for the 1900 Exposition Universelle and served as the terminus for the railways of southwestern France until events of World War II caused the station to cease operations in 1939. It's original design in earlier times was becoming obsolete as its platforms weren't long enough to accomodate the length of more modern trains. During the war, the depot was used for a postal facility, and afterward as a center to assist returning

Edgar Degas The Dance Lesson
Edgar Degas: The Dance Lesson
Edouard Manet The Fife Player
Edouard Manet:
The Fife Player
Claude Monet The Rue Montorgueil Paris June 30 1878Claude Monet:
The Rue Montorgueil Paris
June 30 1878
Frederick Bazille Family ReunionFrederick Bazille: Family Reunion

prisoners of war. Since WW II, it was used as a realistic location for films, including Kafka's The Trial adapted by Orson Welles. In 1973, the facility was closed. In 1977 the French Government decided to convert the station to a museum. The building underwent massive conversion from 1980 to 1986, creating 20,000 square meters of new floorspace on four floors. The new museum was opened by President François Mitterrand on December 1, 1986.

The Musée d’Orsay will remain open while it restores its upper-floor galleries and east pavilion. When complete, the museum will have added 20,000 square feet of exhibition space along with more modern security measures.

It has since become a major attraction in the art world. Among its massive collection are 32 paintings by Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, 86 by Claude Monet, 81 by Pierre-Auguste Renoir , 43 by Edgar Degas, 56 by Paul Cézanne and includes multiple paintings by a long list of other world class painters.

Pierre Auguste Renoir The Swing
Pierre Auguste Renoir: The Swing
Edgar Degas Racehorses Before the Stands
Edgar Degas:
Racehorses Before the Stands

To help pay for the current renovations, some of the museum's collection has been pressed into service, given the double task as serving as ambassador for the museum and for France, and to send home some welcomed funds to help pay the restoration's expenses. San Francisco is quite fortunate to host these back to back exhibitions, allowing art lovers here to have a taste of the artistic treasures. The NY Times reports that when John E. Buchannan, director of the Fine Arts Museums

of San Francisco, learned of the Musée d’Orsay’s planned restorations, he "leapt at the opportunity to bring these paintings to San Francisco." The de Young is the only museum to host both the impressionist and post-impressionists exhibitions.

Although not quite as exciting as a future trip to Paris to see these paintings in the newly renovated Musée d’Orsay, the opportunity to view them in Golden Gate Park at our own de Young is not to be missed.

de Young Museum Legion of Honor Musée d’Orsay NY Times Article Back to the Top

Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery exhibition beginning April 17, 2010

Alexander Dzigurski

and his son
Alexander Dzigurski II

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

John W. Hilton
and his daughter
Kathi Hilton

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

As a young Slovenian artist striving hard to establish himself Alexander Dzigurski's efforts were diverted by World War II. Like others his age, he joined the Slovenian military. After Slovenia was rolled over by the Nazi War machine, Alexander and his wife and daughter were scheduled for transfer to a prison camp. The young family managed to escape to Vienna where they hid among the Slovenian expatriot community, and Alexander hid in the open as a house painter. They remained in Vienna through the end of the war, when they made their way to Italy, and then on to the U.S. After arriving in America, Alexander painted icons in orthodox churches in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Wisconsin. In time, he made a trip west and thrilled at the sight of the Rockies, the Sierra, and the Pacific Coast. He used his European training and his newly discovered love of American freedom by interpreting the grandeur of the American landscape in his art. He said his paintings of the American landscape was his way of celebrating American freedom.

John W. Hilton had a fascinating life. He was born in China, the son of American missionaries, and had made the voyage across the Pacific several times while growing up. As a young man, he apprenticed as a jeweler in Hollywood, and among his clients were film stars from the silent film industry. At first, he began his treks into the desert, seeking gems in the hills east of San Diego. In time, he established a gem shop east of Palm Springs near Indio, CA, and while there, he began painting, selling his first efforts at painting in his gem shop. His small shop attracted other desert artists who began giving John some painting tutilage, and many became his life long friends. Among his early visitors and teachers were Maynard Dixon, Jimmy Swinnerton, Clyde Forsythe, and Fred Chisnall. Over the years, he added a long list of notable artists and othe famous persons among his circle of friends and painting partners; including Nicolai Fechin, Orpha Klinker, Bill Bender, Sam Hyde Harris, Conrad Buff, Robert Rishell, Ralph Love, Paul Lauritz, President Dwight D. Eisenhower, and legendary actor, James Cagney.

Apart from painting, Hilton assisted General George S. Patton as discussed above. During the war, he operated a calcite mine on the eastern shores of the Salton Sea providing an optical grade of calcite used for an optical sight for American bombers to be able to shoot down enemy fighters. As a keen student of the desert, he found time to collect animal and plant specimens for universities, some of which bear his name. He wrote several books and numerous magazine articles of desert life and history. He was a student of native Americans, and counted many among his closest friends. Howard Hughes once flew out to his gem shop to visit his friend John, landing his plane in front on the highway and bringing lobster for his daughter Kathi's birthday.

At Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery, we are pleased to offer historic paintings of Alexander Dzigurski and John W. Hilton, and we are privileged and thrilled to represent the works of Alexander Dzigurski II and and Kathi Hilton. Alex maintains his studio in Mountain View, CA, and Kathi resides and paints in Roosevelt, Utah. Back to the Top

Special Museum Exhibition...
Shreveport, Louisiana's
Norton Art Gallery and Museum presents
Alex Dzigurski: Poet of the Land and Sea
April 27 - August 01, 2010

Milford Zornes Promo Milford Zornes Exhibition
Not to be missed ... at the Wilding Museum,
Los Olivos, CA near Solvang

Milford Zornes: An American Artist runs March 28 through June 6, 2010. The exhibit was opened by a lecture by Gordon McClelland.

Milford Zornes is quite significant as a watercolor artist and teacher. He passed away a couple of years ago at the age of 100. He is one of the founding members of the California Style of watercolor painting, a style which employed large sheets of rag paper, expansive and expressive brushstrokes, bold colors, and even using the color of the paper as a color value in the painting. He began his painting career in the midst of the Great Depression. Watercolorists had some advantage over oil painters in that they could transport their materials outdoors more easily. But the quick drying nature of watercolor demanded precision and planning, and there was no room for error. But Zornes mastered the form, and has left behind a dazzling array of interpretations of the American landscape.

The exhibition was curated by Alizza J. Anderson with the assistance of Gordon McClelland.

Images above include ©Milford Zornes, Mt. San Jacinto, 1959, Mason Molki Collection and ©Milford Zornes, Morning, High Desert, 1990, McClelland Collection

The Wilding Museum Exterior
The Wilding Museum | Milford Zornes page on our site | Back to the Top

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Gallery Notes
  • During our "Generations" Gallery exhibition, we have accompanying materials for each artist for sale at the gallery courtesy of the artists' respective families. Please email us for information to arrange for purchase if you cannot do so in person.

    For Alexander Dzigurski, we have The Art of Alexander Dzigurski by Phyllis Barton, a coffee table sized book with many color photos illustrating both the artist's ecclesiastical and landscape paintings, plus his compelling history of survival during WW II. The book is priced at $55.00. We also have a film on DVD, The Palette and the Symphony, with Alexander Dzigurski painting in various landscape settings set to music, priced at $20.00. Bodega Bay sales tax is 9%.

    For John W. Hilton, we have his biography, The Man Who Captured Sunshine (excerpt above) by Katherine Ainsworth, priced at $35.00, recounting the many of the adventures and associations of this fascinating man's life, including his meeting and artistic relationship with with Dwight Eisenhower. The book contains photos from Hilton's life and several color pages of his paintings.
  • The Oakland Museum reopens May 1st after a long renovation. We will be visiting during May and will report on it in the June issue. Check their website for more details. Oakland Museum Link
  • Time to head to Ukiah for a visit to the Grace Hudson Museum and its Special Exhibit Space, Silence, Spirit: Maynard Dixon's West February 28 through June 20, 2010.
  • At the Grand Canyon National Park there is the Kolb Gallery which will be featuring paintings by John Hilton, James Swinnerton, Gunnar Widforss, Edgar Payne, W. R. Leigh, Conrad Buff, and many more.
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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)
Now showing through June 2010
The Paintings of Alexander Dzigurkski and his son, Alex II
& John W. Hilton and his daughter, Kathi

Map & Location |

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Smith and Kirk Gallery Bodega Bay


Featured artist Jean Warren / Reception Saturday, May 1st 1-4 PM
"Watercolors by Design". May 1st to June 20th.

Also offering works of the late Gail Packer.
Conveniently located next to The Ren Brown Collection
1785 A Highway One, PO Box 1116, Bodega Bay, CA 94923 | 707-875-2976
Smith and Kirk Gallery's Jean Warren
Local Color Gallery

IN BODEGA BAY Local Color Artist Gallery

"Susan Ball ~ Back on the Coast Again"
An extraordinary showing of plein air landscapes and still life oil paintings by well known artist, Susan Ball. Included in the show are whimsical abstract paintings by Lisa Beernsten and etchings, drawings and mixed media works of Joyce Libeu.

April 3rd ~ May 16th | Back to the Top

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

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

And nearby, in Sonoma, Napa & Marin Counties
Christopher Queen Gallery

IN DUNCANS MILLS Christopher Queen Galleries
3 miles east of Hwy 1 on Hwy 116 on the Russian River
A Show & Sale Of Paintings Depicting Fish, Fishing, Fishing Holes & Fishermen May 2, 2010 12:00 – 4:00 Pm
A Show & Sale Of Paintings -- A 1½ Hour Quick Draw Painting By Participating Artists
Auction Of Quick Draw Paintings -- Fly Tying Demonstration, Fly Casting Demonstration
Champagne, Music And Fun! |707-865-1318| Back to the Top

Self Portrait of Xavier Martinez
Bobbi & Ron Quercia

IN DUNCANS MILLS Quercia Gallery
May Show
May 1 - May 31 Jacques Levy, "Beyond Time", acrylic on paper
Reception: Sunday, May 2, 3-6pm
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
25th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, June 5, 2010, 5:00 - 7:00 PM

25th Anniversay Celebration
Saturday, June 5, 2010
5:00 - 7:00 PM | Back to the Top

Paul Youngman Mustard
Paul Youngman

Jeanette Legrue and her painting Lillies Thumbnail

IN TOMALES Tomales Fine Art
Host artist Janette LeGrue

April 2-30, 2010 - Presenting Two New Artists in the Gallery:
Anne Blair Brown & Debra Huse | 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
April 16—May 23, 2010 THERE IS A FIELD, MEET ME THERE
Paintings, Pastels, Pen & Ink Drawings by Christian Quintin
Artist Reception: Saturday, April 17, 4—6pm
May 28—July 4, 2010 ALL THE PIECES MATTER
Kirk Hinshaw: Artist Reception: Saturday, May 29, 4—6pm
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Linda Ratzlaff IN GRATON Graton Gallery
9048 Graton Road, Graton, California (707) 829-8912
"It's for the Birds" April 13 – May 23 Four talented artists delight the viewer with their unique expressions of a favorite theme. Sally Baker: Brilliant sharp-focus watercolor paintings with a touch of whimsy, Lynda Nugent: Multi media paintings inspired by nature. Nancy Lorenz: Fine detailed needle-felted wool sculptures, & Carla Marie Bratt: Exquisitely crafted fine art gourds

"Up on the Farm" :: May 25 - July 4 Paintings, drawings, and block prints by Pam Lewis, Rik Olson and Hester Zoutendijk Reception: Sunday May 30, 3-6pm Back to the Top
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
Bohemian Stoneworks produces cast concrete of exceptional beauty
for applications such as kitchen counters and sinks, fireplace surrounds and furniture.
Craig Collins Furniture has specialized in designing and building custom furniture, fine woods, clean lines.

14390 Highway One • Valley Ford, CA 94972 • 707.876.1963

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

BBHPhoto Dennis Calabi

IN PETALUMA Calabi Gallery
Sebastopol's own famed master conservator Dennis Calabi brings his rare knowledge and experience to present a tasteful and eclectic array of primarily 20th century artwork.

Calabi Gallery proudly presents a new Spring Exhibition -
artists include Genevieve Barnhart, Paul Beattie, Warren Bellows, Easton, Pamela Glasscock, John Langley Howard, Joyce Trtel Hulbert, Walter E. Kuhlman, Xavier Martinez, Marv Fuller McChesney, Robert P. McChesney, Perham Nahl, and Granville Redmond among others.

An opening reception will be held on Sunday, May 9, from 2 to 4 pm. We will also be participating in the Petaluma Art Walk on Saturday, May 8 from 4 to 7 144 Petaluma Blvd. North, Petaluma, CA 94952 Call 707-781-94952 |Back to the Top

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Sun and Moon Warren Bellows
Vintage Bank Petaluma Thumbnail IN PETALUMA Vintage Bank Antiques
Vintage Bank Antiques is located in Historic Downtown Petaluma, corner of Western Avenue and Petaluma Blvd. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Warren Davis and the rest of the team at Vintage Bank Antiques has assembled a spectacular inventory of paintings. From the 18th Century to Contemporary Artists. We have paintings to suit every price point and collector level. If you have a painting for sale, please consider Vintage Bank Antiques. Contact Warren Davis directly at
101 Petaluma Blvd. North, Petaluma, CA 94952, ph: 707.769.3097 | Back to the Top
Petaluma Arts Council Art Center IN PETALUMA Petaluma Arts Council
"... to celebrate local artists and their contributions
and involve the whole community
in appreciation, involvement and recognition of art

March 5 - April 25, 2010:
Fine Art Photography: Beyond Digital
Portrait as Metaphor: Photographs by Morrie Camhi | Back to the Top

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

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

Make plans now ...
coming soon from Musée d’Orsay
"Birth of Impressionism"
opens May 22 - Sep 6

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San Francisco
California Historical Society

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San Francisco
Legion of Honor

Impressionist Paris: City of Light
Jun 5 - Sep 26, 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

After renovations, Reopening May 1, 2010

The new Gallery of California Art
showcases more than 800 works
"... one of the largest and most
comprehensive holdings of California art

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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

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Hearst Art Gallery

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

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Santa Rosa
Charles M. Schultz Museum

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

551 Broadway, Sonoma CA 95476
(707) 939-7862
Silence, Exile, and Cunning
May 1 - July 25
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Mission San Francisco de Solano

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

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

February 28 through June 20, 2010
Grace Hudson Museum

Crocker Art Museum

Permanent Exhibit, plus
Art Auction 2010
May 22 - June 5, 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

-Land & Sea: Paintings and Photographs of Monterey and Beyond.
Through October 24
Featuring paintings, photographs, watercolors and etchings, Land & Sea will offer visitors a unique look at how Monterey’s natural and urban landscape has influenced the many artists who lived and worked in Monterey and abroad.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art Irvine
The Irvine Museum

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
Delacroix to Monet: Masterpieces of 19th-Century Painting from the Walters Art Museum, through May 30

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Palm Springs
Palm Springs Art Museum

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

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San Diego
San Diego Museum of Art

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

Divine Demons: Wrathful Deities of Buddhist Art
August 14, 2009 - June 28, 2010
Permanent collection,European paintings
Norton Simon Museum Pasadena Pasadena
The Huntington Library
American Art Collection

Paintings by John Singer Sargent,
Edward Hopper, Robert Henri, Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Moran, William Keith, Mary Cassatt, Thomas Hart Benton and many more.
Huntington Library Art Collection Pasadena
Museum of California Art
Millard Sheets: The Early Years
February 14, 2010 – May 30, 2010
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Wilding Museum

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!

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& Beyond
Seattle, WA
Seattle Art Museum

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

Seattle Art Museum Portland, OR
Portland Art Museum

Permanent Collection

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

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

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

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

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High Museum of Art

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

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

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