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Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Monthly
May 2016
Celebrating California Art

OPEN Wed - Sun, 12:00 - 4:00 pm (or, give us a call, we're close by
and, if we're available, we're happy to host an impromptu appointment)

Paul Lauritz Passing Storm
Now at the Gallery
Famed California Painter and Teacher, Paul Lauritz 1889-1975,
Passing Storm, Carmel, 23 x 36
Part of our "Jewels from our Collection" Exhibition
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Now at the Gallery
Joshua Meador Bay Frontage

Joshua Meador's
Bay Frontage
oil on linen, 18 x 24

Anna Hills Photo
Artist Anna Hills 1882-1930
California Impressionist
and advocate for the arts

Robert Henri Photo Portrait Thumbnail
Robert Henri ... "
The Most Destructive Threat to Art
is the Prize"

John W and Kathi Hilton
From our archives, Dec 2012
The Desert Art Dynasty of
John and Kathi Hilton

by Ann Japenga

New at the Gallery
Linsa Sorensen Moonrise Sunset Thumbnail
Linda Sorensen's
Moonrise Sunset,
Monument Valley

Oil on linen, 14 1/2 x 19

Anna Hills, 1882-1930
California Impressionist, and Tireless Advocate for the Arts
by Daniel Rohlfing
Anna Hills Home Studio 1919
Anna Hills in her home studio, 1919
Photograph by her friend and fellow Laguna Art Association artist, photographer George E. Hurrell

Anna Althea Hills (1882-1930) was an exceptional California impressionist, well trained at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Cooper Union in New York, and the Academie Julian in Paris. She was a daring and able painter, and valued member of the Laguna Beach Art Association.

Anna Hills Wooded Stream and Sheep
In a Barbizon style,
Wooded Stream and Sheep, 1924
Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Collection

Her early landscapes were done in the darker atmospheric Barbizon tradition, but once in California's light and landscape and after getting to know the incredible array of her Southern California contemporaries such as Edgar Payne and George Brandriff, she embraced brighter joyous colors, increasingly abandoning her brushes for her palette knife.

A tireless art teacher and an advocate for the arts, she helped establish the Laguna Beach Art

Anna Hills White Roses
White Daffodils 1904 

Watercolor, 17 1/2 x 14 
Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Collection

Association, the Laguna Museum of Arts, and could often be observed holding painting classes along Laguna Beach cliffs. She also administered art education for the Orange County schools by organizing traveling exhibitions of students' work

Anna Hills Red Roses
Red Roses 

Watercolor, 14 x 19
Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Collection
Anna Hills Yellow Daffodils
Yellow Daffodils

Watercolor, 15 1/8 x 19 3/4
Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Collection

After her studies in Chicago and New York, she moved to Paris in 1908 and remained in Europe four years. During her stay, she attended the Julian Academy and painted landscapes throughout France, Holland, and the South of England.

In 1912, she moved to Southern California, and a year later, settled in Laguna Beach. According to Ruth Westphal (author of Plein Air Painters of California), Anna Hills became "a prominent figure in the art history of Southern California." Her favored locales were in and around Laguna Beach, Mission San Juan Capistrano, the California Coast as far north as Carmel, and she often spent the winter months in nearby Banning and Hemet from where she enjoyed painting excursions into the California and Arizona deserts.

Anna Hills Photo by George Hurrell
Anna Althea Hills,
Photo Portrait 1929
Silver gelatin photograph by George Hurrell,
fellow artist of the Laguna Beach Art Association
Anna Hills By the Roadside Near El Toro California
By the Roadside near El Toro, 1919
Private Collection, shown by the Irvine Museum
In addition to her intensive artistic output, she found time to teach and the drive to serve as a founding member of the Laguna Art Association, serving as its President for six terms. In the year before her death, she masterminded the campaign to establish what is now the Laguna Museum of Art.
Anna Hills Spell of the Sea
The Spell of the Sea
Irvine Museum Collection

Anna Hills Summer in the Canyon
Summer in the Canyon
Irvine Museum Collection

Throughout her teaching and Art Association activities, Anna sought to expand the public's awareness of art and the beauty of the Southern California landscape.

Tragically for the California Art World (according to the Fleischer Museum website), Anna Hills died of a heart attack at the age of 48. One can't help but wonder what her painting career could have produced if she had several more decades of life.

Anna exhibited widely, including exhibiting with the San Francisco Art Association, the California Art Club, the Panama Pacific Exhibition in San Diego, the Laguna Beach Art Association, the California State Fair in Sacramento. She had one-person shows at the Kanst Galleries in Los Angeles. the Los Angeles Museum, and California State University, Long Beach. Her works are often featured in shows offered by the Irvine Museum.
Anna Hills Sunshine and Shadow Orange Park California
Sunshine & Shadow,
Oil on board, 7 x 10
Orange Co. Park, California, 1915
Private Collection
Anna Hills Apple Blossoms
Springtime, Banning, California
Oil on paperboard, 10 x 14
Private Collection, shown by the Irvine Museum
Maurine St. Gaudens, author of Emerging from the Shadows, A Survey of Women Artists Working in California, 1860-1960 assisted in preparing this article.
Anna Hills page on our Site | Back to the Top

Robert Henri ...
"The Most Destructive Threat
to Art is the Prize"

YouTube posting, Robert Henri and the Art Spirit,
a biographical sketch of his early life

Have you ever wondered why so many artists with talent never make it big, while others without much talent at all find great success? There sure seems to be a disconnect between talent and success. Robert Henri was quite aware of this, and often expressed his empassioned thoughts regarding this question.
Henri despised awards or commercial success as an accurate measure of the value of a piece of art. He said, "The most destructive threat to art was the prize. ... The pernicious influence of the prize and medal given in art is so great that it should be stopped. History proves that juries in art have been generally wrong." ...

Robert Hughes discusses Robert Henri and the Ashcan School

"The only reason for the survival of the award system is purely commercial."

Rather than competing for awards or creating paintings designed for commercial success, Henri believed artists should be introspective. He said, "The real artist's work is to surprise himself. ... Art is, after all, only a trace – like a footprint which shows that one has walked bravely and in great happiness. ... When the artist is alive in any person... he becomes an inventive, searching, daring, self-expressing creature. He becomes interesting to other people. He disturbs, upsets, enlightens, and he opens ways for better understanding."
Robert Henri, Photo Portrait, 1897
Robert Henri, Photo Portrait, 1897
Robert Henri, Self Portrait
Robert Henri, Self Portrait
Robert Henri's portrait of fellow Ashcan Painter, George Wesley Bellows, 1911
Robert Henri's portrait of fellow
Ashcan Painter George Wesley Bellows, 1911
Henri valued art lovers who approached a piece of art with an active and inquisitive mind. The true art lover is not attracted to a particular painting by awards won or a big price tag, but because the piece of art connects with them. He said, "The man who has honesty, integrity, the love of inquiry, the desire to see beyond, is ready to appreciate good art. He needs no one to give him an 'Art Education'; he is already qualified. He needs but to see pictures with his active mind, look into them for the things that belong to him, and he will find soon enough in himself an art connoisseur and an art lover of the first order."
Robert Henri Cafe du Domeaga  On the Boulevard Montparnasse, 1890
Cafe du Domeaga
On the Boulevard Montparnasse
, 1890
Robert Henri In the Garden of theLuxembourg, 1988
In the Garden of the Luxembourg, 1988
Robert Henri Ice Floe, 1902
Ice Floe, 1902
Robert Henri Snow in New York, 1902
Snow in New York, 1902

Beyond his fame as a painter, Henri is known as a great art teacher. His classes were quite popular at the Art Students League of New York, teaching there between 1915 to 1927. He didn't teach style so much as an attitude toward art, an approach. Among his students during these years were George Bellows, Edward Hopper, and Rockwell Kent.
Robert Henri Night on the Boardwalk, Atlantic City, 1898
Night on the Boardwalk,
Atlantic City, 1898
Robert Henri Misty Effects, Paris 1890
Misty Effects, Paris 1890
In his younger days, Robert Henri worked for the Philadelphia Press where he and fellow illustrators William Glackens, George Luks, Everett Shinn and John Sloan forged a friendship, calling their group "The Charcoal Club." The Club was known for its raucous socializing, and readings and discussions of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walt Whitman, Emile Zola and Henry David Thoreau.
Robert Henri Mary Agnes, 1924
Mary Agnes, 1924

Robert Henri Isolina Maldonado, Spanish Dancer, 1921 Allentown Art Msueum
Isolina Maldonado, Spanish Dancer, 1921
Allentown Art Museum
Robert Henri Portrait of Mrs. Robert Henri, 1914 San Diego Museum of Art
Portrait of Mrs. Robert Henri, 1914
San Diego Museum of Art
Robert Henri My Friend Brien
My Friend Brien, 1913
Mint Art Museum, Charlotte, NC
Robert Henri Salome, 1909 Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL
Salome, 1909
Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL
Robert Henri The Blue Kimono, 1909 New Orleans Museum of Art
The Blue Kimono, 1909
New Orleans Museum of Art
At this time, Henri believed the time was right for American artists to reject traditional subjects and embrace the thriving and throbbing scenes of American city life.
Art critic Robert Hughes declared, "Henri wanted art to be akin to journalism. He wanted paint to be as real as mud, as the clods of horse-shit and snow, that froze on Broadway in the winter, as real a human product as sweat, carrying the unsuppressed smell of human life." The paintings of New York life done by Henri, Glackens, Luks, Shinn and Sloan became quite popular, and in time the group was dubbed the Ashcan School.

And regardless whether you are an artist or art lover, Henri says you are part of "the brotherhood. "The student is not an isolated force. He belongs to the great
The Reader in the Forest, 1918
The Reader in the Forest, 1918
brotherhood, and bears great kinship to his kind. He takes and he gives. He benefits by taking and he benefits by giving."

... The Brotherhood is powerful. It has many members. They are of all places and of all times. The members do not die. One is member to the degree that he can be member, no more, no less. And that part of him that is of the Brotherhood does not die."
Robert Henri West Coast of Ireland 1913
West Coast of Ireland, 1913
Walt Disney introduces 4 Artists Paint 1 Tree in 1958

Walt Disney admired Robert Henri, and in 1958, he quoted from Henri's book, The Art Spirit as he introduced his well known short film, 4 Artists Paint 1 Tree. While seated at his famous office desk, Walt quotee Henri, "The best advice I have ever given to students who have studied under me has been just this, 'Educate yourself, do not let me educate you.'"

Disney produced 4 Artists Paint 1 Tree to assist young artists who were confused over how to develop their style, whether to imitate others or strive for something else. Walt encouraged his young viewers to listen to Robert Henri's advice, "Don't imitate anyone." Then, with the flip of a page and a twinkle in his eye, Walt gave another Henri gem, "Go forward with what you have to say, expressing things as you see them." Summarizing Henri, Disney encourages young artists to "Be yourself."

Walt then proceeds to introduce four of his studio's "top flight" artists, Marc Davis, Joshua Meador, Eyvind Earle and Walt Peregoy. Walt explains that the four artists are taking a "busman's holiday" to demonstrate four different ways to paint an oak tree, with each artist explaining their technique as they paint. You may view this famous film via a link from our Joshua Meador page.
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The Desert Art Dynasty of John and Kathi Hilton
by Ann Japenga (originally published in our December Issue, 2012)

Below, Ann Japenga relates a tale of a nighttime desert exploration.

John Hilton at the Death Valley Visitors Center Kathi Hilton at the Death Valley Visitors Center
John W. Hilton and Kathi Hilton Paintings, side by side at the Death Valley Visitor's Center
Journalist Ann Japenga
Ann Japenga is an independent journalist living in Palm Springs and her website is California Desert Art . com. Click her photo to view her latest issue.

Ann Japenga's article, originally published in: California Desert Art .com

"The painter Kathi Hilton Garvin, art dealer Dan Rohlfing and I had just finished dinner at the 29 Palms Inn. The sky was turning pink then blue, like a Technicolor Hilton painting, when Dan suggested that we try to find John Hilton’s old 29 Palms homestead, playhouse to movie stars and desert artists.

As we crammed into my Subaru, I wasn’t so sure about this plan. It was getting dark and no one really knew where we were going except that it was out in nowhere. Dan, co-owner of Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery on the Sonoma Coast, had never been to 29 Palms and Kathi—a former resident–hadn’t been back for 30 years.

We turned off Amboy Road onto a dirt track; the lights of the old five-acre

homesteads were far between. The street signs were sandblasted and unreadable, even when I aimed the headlights directly at them–and Kathi didn’t remember the street names anyway.

We blundered along for awhile, until a dark structure loomed ahead on a hillside. Kathi said: “Pull in here by this row of trees.” A strange orange moon was rising over “the loneliest little house on a hill,” as John Hilton once described it. The place now looked like a scary tweakers’ den with shredded toys and junk strewn everywhere.

Kathi pointed and said: Here was my dad’s garden. Here was the mineral water pool where James Cagney came to swim; here was the studio where I painted when I lived here. Sometimes my dad’s friends flew in and there were two Lear jets parked on the landing strip out back.

Kathi Hilton Enchanted Desert
Kathi's "Enchanted Desert"

Oil on canvas, 24 x 36
Kathi Hilton Touched by his Grace
Kathi's "Touched by His Grace"

Oil on canvas, 24 x 30

The three of us sat in silence. I made a U-turn on the old airstrip and drove back to town, awed by this glimpse into the mythic life of the first family of desert painters. Kathi—who now lives in Roosevelt, Utah–deserves to be written about without mention of her dad on occasion. She has an art career all her own.

John W and Kathi Hilton
John and Kathi at their first joint exhibition

At Dan’s Bodega Bay gallery, co-owned by his wife Linda Sorensen, customers often prefer Kathi’s pastoral paintings over the work of John Hilton. Still, you can hardly talk about one without the other.

Kathi Hilton and Tricycle
Young Kathi and her prized tricycle

The Hiltons shared a devotion to the palette knife, a love of pink skies and a heaping of family lore and myth. Names like Agnes Pelton, Clyde Forsythe, Maynard Dixon, Nicolai Fechin and Bill Bender weave in and out of John’s life and Kathi’s childhood memories.

Like many stories of dads and daughters, this one has its share of sorrows. While John Hilton gave Kathi a calling and a name, he also abandoned the family when she was young and did not always encourage her art. When she entered a poster contest as a young woman he remarked: “It’s good, Kathi, but you really can’t draw.”

This sometimes-difficult dad also happens to be the best-known of the desert artists, not just for his paintings but also for his shtick. Hilton’s early years spent in China with missionary parents infused him with a love of the exotic, and he later mined the themes of old souls, reincarnation, and the occult to win audiences.

The man mined calcite in Borrego, captured Gila monsters in Baja, sang in Cahuilla and had a poltergeist named Felica. (“Felica was my friend too,” says Kathi.)

Hilton's Gem Shop Business Card

His story is told by Katherine Ainsworth in The Man Who Captured Sunshine with the tall tales left unchallenged.

One such tale: Hilton was friends with Cathedral City’s Agnes Pelton, but he was no fan of abstraction in art. To make his point, he once painted a gag Pelton, slapped on the title Cosmic Metamorphosis, and sold it instantly for $350 (or so he said.)

In another bit of stock showmanship, Hilton held a ceremony each year in which he burned his rejected paintings in a big bonfire in Box Canyon. The bonfire routine was not unique to Hilton but was practiced by other theatrical painters such as Tucson’s Ted de Grazia.

Party at Hilton's Gem Shop circa early 1940's
John Hilton with guitar, Eunice Hilton
(with dark hair) seated on the bed
at the Thermal art and gem shop. (early 1940's)
That's Maynard Dixon in the dark hat.

Born in North Dakota, Hilton first came to Valerie Jean corner in Thermal in 1931. Valerie Jean’s was the famous date shop where old Route 86 meets Ave. 66. Hilton opened his gem and art shop across the street. The ruins of the gemshop were leveled a few years ago; the date shop building still stands.

Hilton’s first wife was Eunice, a nurse. The couple’s daughter Kathi, named after Katherine Ainsworth, Hilton’s biographer and wife of newspaperman Ed Ainsworth, was born in a Mecca doctor’s office in 1939 and spent her early years in the art and gem shop amidst Chuckwallas, geodes and magnetic rocks.

Kathi Hilton with her Grandmother Hilton
Kathi and her grandmother Hilton in 29 Palms

Her brother, John Philip Hilton, also an artist, died as a young man. Kathi was born into a perpetual party. An early photo taken at the Thermal home and gem shop shows her mom and dad seated on the bed and presiding over an artists’ party. Is that Maynard Dixon in the corner with the black hat? Kathi says she doesn’t know. Dixon was on the scene at the time, but she was just a kid and often hid under the bed while famous painters sang along to John’s guitar.

Of her father’s friend Maynard Dixon all she remembers is: “I loved his voice.” She remembers Clyde Forsythe as the man who brought her peppermint candy. Marjorie Reed was her sometimes-baby sitter. And, yes, for all you desert art gossips, her dad did have a fling with the legendary stagecoach painter.

The PT Barnum of California art, John palled around with guys like Zane Grey, President Dwight Eisenhower (a fellow painter) and General George Patton and was always going off hunting mummies or on other adventures with LA Times reporter Ed Ainsworth.

Hilton’s career was helped along by Ainsworth, author of the classic on the Smoketree School, Painters of the Desert. Hilton supplied the stories Ainsworth needed and in turn Ainsworth gave Hilton and friends ink.

Hilton was also championed by Harriet Day, the influential director of the Desert Inn art gallery and later the Desert Magazine gallery in Palm Desert. (A neighbor of Agnes Pelton, Day also once ran a curio shop and sold Carl Eytel sketches in Palm Springs’ Indian Canyons.)

Hilton moved out of the family home when Kathi was nine; he and Eunice divorced when Kathi was twelve. She didn’t see her father for four years until she showed up unannounced at a show he had at the Palm Springs Museum. His absence had to hurt, but Kathi was stoic as she told the story over dinner in 29 Palms.

Hilton moved to 29 Palms in 1951 after the divorce, choosing the remote town as a place to regroup. He met and married Barbara Hollinger, and became the founding president of the 29 Palms Art Guild and a founder of the 29 Palms Gallery.

Meanwhile Kathi’s youth was itinerant. She went to school briefly in Alamos, Mexico; her dad wrote about those years in his Sonora Sketchbook. She attended the bohemian Desert Sun School in Idyllwild, then a private school in Sherman Oaks, made a foray into modeling in Beverly Hills and took classes at UCLA.

John’s party life continued. There was always revelry going on at the new house in 29 Palms, and though Kathi became friendly with Barbara, she was on the periphery of the scene.

Early photo of the Twentynine Palms Art Gallery Building
The 29 Palms Gallery building,
courtesy of the 29 Palms Historical Society

Only after moving to 29 Palms did Kathi finally become a painter herself, despite her dad’s initial discouragement. She was 30 years old at the time and recent spinal surgery had left her immobile and dispirited. Her friend Uta Mark encouraged her to paint

Lee Lukes Pickering–author of Colorful Illusion, a valuable history of the 29 Palms art guild–helped her with colors and convinced her to change her name to Kathi with an “I”. “There’s a lot of Kathy’s out there,” Pickering advised.

When she began painting Kathi found mixing colors came easily to her, a genetic gift.  Her paintings, made with palette knife, oils and fossil wax, looked remarkably like her father’s. “We found out we had the same mind’s eye,” she says proudly.

Kathi Hilton unloading for a show at the Twentynine Palms Art Gallery 1970
Kathi Hilton, center, with Uta Mark,
left and Mary Jane Binge, in 29 Palms, 1970.

Kathi’s very first show was at the 29 Palms Gallery in 1970. Her father sent orchids and anthuriums from Maui, where he was living at the time. While initially the senior Hilton had not welcomed her foray into art, he now began to appear in father-daughter shows with her. They even sometimes worked on the same canvas together: a Hilton-Hilton.

After Barbara died in 1976, Hilton charmed a waitress named Janna. Kathi recalls her dad carried gemstones from his gem-collecting days in his pocket and used them to woo women. Yet Janna, Hilton’s new wife, was an unfortunate choice. “She didn’t understand who he was,” says Kathi. When Hilton died in 1983, she discarded his files, photos and letters, a complete history of the Smoketree School of desert art.

Bill Bender, a respected desert artist who lives in Victorville [died 2015], has mixed memories of John Hilton. He sometimes annoyed his friends with his swagger and tendency to hog the spotlight. Yet he brought the impoverished painters needed attention. Painting landscapes is not inherently newsworthy so the desert artists needed a promoter. Hilton was it.

When Bender invited John to Manila and Guam as part of the US Air Force artists program, John took credit for the trip. “As long as he was on stage he was happy,” Bender says. “Still we remained friends right down to the bitter end.”

Kathi Hilton moved to northwestern Utah in the late 1970s and moved into a geodesic dome with her husband, Boyce Garvin. She showed her work widely in the West, exhibiting with the Death Valley 49ers and the Women Artists of the West, among others. Boyce died in 2007; Kathi still lives and paints in the dome.

Kathi Hilton Twentynine Palms Art Gallery Labor Day 2012
Kathi Hilton at a reception in 29 Palms,
Labor Day, 2012

When Kathi returned to 29 Palms recently after decades away, it was like the reunion scene from the Wizard of Oz.  She held court in the adobe gallery–scene of her very first show–surrounded by her small bronzes of yucca and palms, her own paintings, and a few of John’s. The walls were lush with images of verbena, dunes and smoke trees glowing nearly white.

A parade of indistinct faces approached Kathi. Her smiles dawned slowly as she recognized people from the past. In a greeting typical of others, 29 Palms historian Pat Rimmington said to the artist: “I haven’t seen you for 100 years!”

Along with people from the early days, there were many new devotees who hold the name “Hilton” in near-reverence. Gary Cardiff of Palm Desert asked Kathi to sign his books on the early painters, and also purchased three of her paintings. He told her his grandmother, Pearl “Mona” Stuart, worked in the Desert Magazine gallery, one of the places John Hilton got his start.

As Kathi greeted well-wishers in the crowded room, her father was never far from anyone’s mind. There are photos and a bust of her dad, done by Cyria Henderson of Palm Desert, in the gallery hallway. Even John’s remains are here. When Hilton died Kathi flew her dad’s ashes back home and placed them in a compartment under the bust.

It took many years for Kathi to comes to grips with a disjointed childhood and the overpowering influence of the Man who Captured Sunshine, but in the end the sunshine on display in 29 Palms belonged to her alone. As Desert Magazine said in 1978: “Kathi creates a luminosity of her own.”

Kathi Hilton Well Earned Adulation
Kathi posing at the reception for her work at the Twentyine Palms Art Gallery in September
Ann Japenga's Website
View Kathi's Show (Winter and Spring, 2013)
at Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery
Kathi's webpage


Bodega Bay Hereitage Gallery will host "Women Artists from our Collection"
including artists listed in "Emerging from the Shadows,"
the new 4 volume reference set of California's Women Artists, 1860-1960
by Pasadena Art Curator and Writer, Maurine St. Gaudens
Emerging from the Shadows

Newly Published ... Emerging from the Shadows
by Maurine St. Gaudens
a four-volume survey of Women Artists Working in California 1860-1960

Author Maurine St. Gaudens is the granddaughter of noted San Francisco jeweler, Maurice Saint-Gaudens, and the third-cousin of the esteemed sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Her artistic background led to her career as a respected Fine Arts conservator and the establishment of the Maurine St. Gaudens Studio in Pasadena, California. Maurine has been a good friend of our gallery. Our gallery exhibition will include some of our gallery's artists and paintings published in this book.

This four-volume set presents 320 women artists who lived and worked in California as well as throughout the United States, Mexico and Europe. This work encompasses a range of styles—from the realism of the 19th century to the modernism of the 20th.

Read more from the Emerging from the Shadows website.
Order your copy from Schiffer Publishing.

Emerging from the Shadows Emerging from the Shadows Emerging from the Shadows Emerging from the Shadows
Linda Sorensen Round Midnight
Linda Sorensen, Round Midnight -- Oils
Jean Warren Blue Mind Fascination
Jean Warren,
Blue Mind Fascination -- Watercolors

Salmon Creek Art Walk
Sat & Sun, May 14 &  15, 10 - 5

Salmon Creek Village is 1 mile north of Bodega Bay on Hwy 1
Visit their Open Studios
and enjoy an Artful Day at the Beach!
* * * * *
Our gallery will be the scene of
JUNE 4th and 5th
& JUNE 11th and 12th
plus Wednesday evening June 8
featuring Three Women Artists
Linda Sorensen, Jean Warren & Molly Lipsher

* * * * *
beginning Jun 15, gallery exhibition ...
"Linda, Jean & Josh"
Featuring Paintings
by Linda Sorensen, Jean Warren and Josua Meador

* * * * *
Beginning June 29
An Exhibition & Sale
of California Women Painters from our collection

Molly Lipsher Bay at  the Moon
Molly Lipsher, Bay at the Moon -- Pastels

What's showing in Bodega Bay?
Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Sign Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery
1785 Coast Highway One, Bodega Bay,
CA 94923, 707-875-2911 | Map & Location
Celebrating Early California Art
Current Exhibition - Jewels from our Collection
- original paintings by famous artists of the past - and local artists
Joshua Meador Composed by the Sea
"Composed by the Ocean"
Joshua Meador
Reb Brown Sign Thumbnail and next door to us ...
The Ren Brown Collection

The Magic of Fire ... An Exhibition of Wood Fired Ceramics
Curated by Khysie Horn -- through July 4
Meet the Artist and hear a talk on firing by Bill Geisinger, Sat May 7, 2-4 pm | Back to the Top

Ren Brown Collection

What's showing nearby?
in Sonoma, Napa & Marin Counties
Sebastopol Center for the Arts

IN SEBASTOPOL, Sebastopol Center for the Arts

Upcoming ... The Art of the Book, juried by Betsy Davids
June 17-July 27

  282 S. High Street, Sebastopol, CA 95472  707.829.4797
Hours: Tue - Fri 10am - 4pm, Sat & Sun 1 - 4pm

Christopher Queen Gallery IN DUNCANS MILLS Christopher Queen Galleries
3 miles east of Hwy 1 on Hwy 116 on the Russian River

“THE Magic Hour” through July 10
featuring Jack Cassinetto, Tammy Callens, Don Ealy, Allen Figone, Ronald Goldfinger, Paul Kratter,
Sergio Lopez, Kyle Paliotto, Dave Sellers, Bart Walker, Wanda Westberg and F. Michael Wood |707-865-1318| Back to the Top

BBHPhoto Dennis Calabi IN SANTA ROSA Calabi Gallery | 888
456 Tenth Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95401 | email: | 707-781-7070

James Ford Grant at Calabi Gallery
Reception May 7, 4-7 pm
Exhibition May 7 through July 2

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

Read about 1st Friday Artwalks, first Fri of the month
Easton Crustacean Dancing Dream 144
Easton, Crustacean Dancing Dream, American Alabaster
Annex Galleries Santa Rosa IN Santa Rosa The Annex Galleries
specializing in 19th, 20th, and 21st century American and European fine prints
The Annex Galleries is a member of the International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA). | Back to the Top
Linda Ratzlaff IN GRATON Graton Gallery

Graton Gallery | (707) 829-8912  |
9048 Graton Road, Graton CA 95444 | Open Wednesday ~ Saturday 10:30 to 6, Sunday 10:30 to 4

Bodega Landmark Gallery Thumb IN BODEGA Bodega Landmark Gallery Collection - renovated and reopened
17255 Bodega Highway Bodega, California USA 94922 Phone 707 876 3477
Fri-Mon, 10:30 - 5:30 | | Back to the Top
Hammarfriar Gallery Thumb IN Healdsburg Hammerfriar Gallery
"Grace" by Elisabeth Sunday
Photography Exhibit -- through June 25

 (707) 473-9600  |
132 Mill Street, Healdsburg, CA 95448 | Open Tues - Fri 10 to 6, Sat 10 - 5, Sun 12 - 4

john Anderson
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

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Petaluma Arts Council Art Center IN PETALUMA Petaluma Art Center
"... to celebrate local artists and their contributions and involve the whole community"
Petaluma Center for the Arts
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Lee Youngman
IN CALISTOGA the Lee Youngman Gallery
Featuring the work of contemporary painter Paul Youngman,
and the works of famed California painter, Ralph Love (1907-1992) | Back to the Top
Left ... Lee Youngman, Right ... Paul Youngman
Paul Youngman
Paul Youngman

Links to current museum exhibits relevant to Early California Art
The Greater Bay Area
The Walt Disney Family Museum
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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de Young Museum
Oscar de la Renta: The Retrospective
through May 30

Permanent Collection
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San Francisco
California Historical Society

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Legion of Honor

-Pierre Bonnard: Painting Arcaadia
through May 15
-Permanent European
and Impressionist Paintings
San Francisco Legion of Honor Museum
San Francisco
Contemporary Jewish Museum

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Oakland Museum of California

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

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San Francisco

Getting close ... OPENS May 14

SF Museum of Modern Art

Santa Rosa
The Museums of Sonoma County
Tom Holland: Five Decades of Art
through July 24

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Santa Rosa
Charles M. Schultz Museum

"Mr. Schulz Goes to Washington" through Dec 4

Charles M Schultz Museum Santa Rosa

Hearst Art Gallery

David Hodge, Brother Cornelius and William Keith
through May 1

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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

551 Broadway, Sonoma CA 954
(707) 939-7862
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Grace Hudson Museum
Grace Hudson Museum

Bolinas Museum

featuring their permanent collection,
including Ludmilla and Thadeus Welch,
Arthur William Best, Jack Wisby,
Russell Chatham, Alfred Farnsworth;
current exhibit of Tom Killion block prints

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Walnut Creek
The Bedford Gallery, Lesher
Center for the Arts
Lesher Ctr for the Arts Walnut Creek CA San Jose
San Jose Museum of Art

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

Pacific Street Reimagnined ... through Summer
Monterey Places ... through Aug 29
Ongoing exhibitions ...
S.C. Yuan from the Museums Permanent Collection
Monterey Museum of Art Palo Alto
Cantor Art Center at Stanford University
Cantor Art Center at Stanford University

Crocker Art Museum
& their marvelous Permanent Collection Sacramento
Capitol Museum

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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Stockton's Treasure!
The Haggin Museum!

-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)
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
The Nature of Water,
Our Most Precious Resource

through Jun 16
The Irvine Museum

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Santa Barbara
The Santa Barbara Museum of Art
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Hammer Museum (at UCLA)

Hammer Museum
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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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
Laguna Beach
Laguna Museum of Art

-California Art and only California Art
Permanent collection includes many historic
California Artists of the Laguna Beach Art Association
Laguna Art Museum Pasadena
Pasadena Museum of California Art
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Prescott, AZ
Phippen Museum
Phippen Museum Entrance Hwy 89    
& Beyond
Hololulu, HI
Honolulu Museum
(see our Newsletter article
from February, 2015)

Honolulu Museum of Art Portland, OR
Portland Art Museum

Permanent Collection: American Art
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Seattle, WA
Seattle Art Museum
Seattle Art Museum Chicago, IL
Art Institute of Chicago
Permanent collection:
the Impressionists

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Washington D.C.
The Renwick Gallery

Permanent ... Grand Salon Paintings
from the Smithsonian American Art Museum
Renwick Gallery Washington DC Bentonville, AR
Crystal Bridges
Museum of American Art
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Cedar Rapids, IA
The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
Grant Wood: In Focus

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

Philadelphia , PA
The Philadelphia Museum of Art

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Washington D.C.
The National Gallery

Permanent collection
American Paintings
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The Brooklyn Museum
American Art
Permanent Collection
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Philadelphia , PA
Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia Campus
Barnes Foundation Campus Philadelphia Detroit, MI
Detroit Institute of Arts
American Art
Permanent Collection
Detroit Institute of Arts
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 Ottowa, Ontario
National Gallery of Canada
Canada National Gallery of Art