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Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Monthly
May 2018
an online fine art gallery based in Bodega Bay, California
celebrating Historic California painting

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Hal Reed Portrait with Cigar
Portrait with Cigar

Hal Reed 1921- 2003
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Linda Sorensen Duncans Landing Explosion
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Visitors to the Tate Britain with JMW Turner Self Portrait
J. M. W. Turner,
English landscape paintings
at London's Tate Britain
Paul Cezanne Self Portrait with Bowler
Paul Cezanne portraits
at the National Gallery of Art
Washington, D.C.
Ruth Miller Kempster The Housewife
Ruth Miller Kempster,
1904-1978, an amazing Southern California artist

Tate Britain Museum
The Tate Britain, on the Thames in London
J. M. W. Turner, His English Landscapes
at London's Tate Britain

Turner is considered to be a root of abstract modern art, an artist way ahead of his time. Visitors to exhibitions of JMW Turner's paintings often use terms like "abstract," "atmospherics", and "luminosity" to express what they're viewing.

While his contemporaries would paint recognizable subjects in discernible forms,Turner transformed his subjects into fantastic splashes of color, eliciting an emotional and subconscious response. I like to think he didn't paint to entertain the eye, but painted boldly to challenge the soul.

JMW Turner Self Portrait
Self Portrait by JMW Turner, age 22, c 1799

He was born in 1775, a year before the American Revolution, and he died ten years before the Civil War. For timeline perspective, Turner was 21 years older than Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, and Claude Monet was an eleven year old boy when Turner died. Picasso was born thirty years after Turner died. Turner's art was uninformed by any of those great artists who followed him. No one forged his path.

Today, art lovers appreciate how Turner was ahead of his time, but in his time, art aficionados did not hold him in quite such high regard. His contemporary audience was used to neoclassical pictures. The accolades he received were hard earned. Consequently, although he made a living from his art, he never achieved great fame or or widespread acceptance in his lifetime.

Part of his "problem" was Turner's trait of avoiding any appearance of success. He was of lower-middle class origins, and he was proud of his background. He retained his Cockney accent throughout his life. He lectured for twenty years at the Royal Academy of Art, but was viewed as profoundly inarticulate.

As he aged, he became more morose. He neglected his London Gallery which fell into disrepair, and his last years were spent in near poverty. He is buried in the crypt below St. Paul's Cathedral in London. He left behind 2,000 paintings and 19,000 drawings. His paintings are on the walls of many museums throughout the UK, Europe and the United States.

The largest collection resides in the Tate Britain. Turner's favored subjects were landscapes of England, maritime scenes, European paintings, most notably from two trips to Italy, and finally Biblical, historical or mythologically themed paintings. Below are many of the Tate Britain's Turner collection of his English Landscapes. Over the next three issues, we will write about the Tate's JMW Turner Maritime, Mythological and European paintings.

JMW Turner Peace Burial at Sea
JMW Turner's Maritime
Paintings at the Tate Britain

Trailer for Mr Turner, a film on the life of JMW Turner, available on Amazon.
Mr. Turner received four Academy Award nominations,
and Timothy Spall received the Best Actor award at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival

Vistors to the Tate Britain and JMW Turner's Self Portrait
Visitors to the Tate Britain
admiring JMW Turner's Self Portrait,
age 22, c 1799
British Landscapes, JMW Turner at the Tate Britain
Morning Amongst the Coniston Fells Cumberland JMW Turner
Morning Amongst the Coniston Fells,
, exhibited 1798
JMW Turner Willows Beside a Stream
Willows beside a Stream, 1805
JMW Turner AbingtonAbington, 1806
JMW Turner Ploughing Up Turnips near Slough Windsor 1809
Ploughing Up Turnips near Slough Windsor, 1809
JMW Turner Sketch of a Bank wiht Gypsies
Sketch of a Bank with Gipsies, 1809

Morning Amongst the Coniston Fells, Cumberland, exhibited 1798 ... Turner first visited this region in 1797. He often introduced paintings for the Royal Academy catalogue. For this work, Turner chose lines from Milton's Paradise Lost, "noting the mists and exhalations of the atmosphere at Sunrise."

Willows Beside a Stream, 1805 ... When painting scenes of the Thames, Turner sometimes worked aboard a boat, painting from a roll of prepared canvas which he unfurled as needed, tacking down a section as needed, fitted to a size regularly used for exhibitions.

Abington, 1806 ... Downstream from Oxford on the Thames lies the market town of Abington. This work marks a contemporary scene, with the delivery of building materials for the town's new prison.

Ploughing Up Turnips near Slough Windsor, 1809
... Although this painting's golden lighting appears idyllic, it really shows the hard physical labor necessary to raise food during the Napoleonic Wars. King George III allowed the cultivation of turnips on royal land to help make the island nation self-sufficient. The workers endure difficulties ... a woman nurses while working the fields and a man mends a broken plough.

Sketch of a Bank with Gipsies, 1809 ... This small painting depicts a rough and untidy landscape, most noticeably topped by two cattle silhouetted against the blue sky.

Windsor Castle from Salt Hill JMW Turner
Windsor Castle from Salt Hill, 1805-10

Windsor Castle from Salt Hill, 1805-10 ... This painting is done on mahogany veneer in wide format, not Turner's usual practice. Although he did not do this painting outdoors, it is an example of the closest he ever came to making exacting studies of nature like his contemporaries did, especially John Constable.

JMW Turner The Quiet Ruin Cattle in Water
The Quiet Ruin, Cattle in Water, 1809
JMW Turner St Mawes atthe Pilchard season
St. Mawes at the Pilchard Season, 1812
JMW Turner England's Richmond Hill on the Prince Regent's Birthday
England Richmond Hill
on the Prince Regent's Birthday
, 1819

The Quiet Ruin, Cattle in Water, exhibited 1809 ... During the Napoleonic Wars, scenes of rural life in Britain touched a patriotic nerve and were appealing to many buyers. Ruins and rough hillsides gave audiences a "pleasure of roughness."

St. Mawes at the Pilchard Season, exhibited 1812 .... In 1811, Turner visited the West Country, creating a series of engraved views of the South Coast, showing the region's scenery, industry and defensive role in the Napoleonic Wars. The Fishing Village of St. Mawes was a key industry of the region. Pilchard is a name given to various small oily fish related to herring.

England Richmond Hill on the Prince Regent's Birthday, 1819 ... This is a large painting and hung for years on the end wall of Turner's Gallery. Turner's birthday was April 23, the same as the Prince Regent, and it is thought to have also been the birthday of William Shakespeare.

JMW Turner George IV at St Giles Edinburgh
George IV at St. Giles, Edinburgh, 1822
JMW Turner George IV at the Provosts Banquet in the Parliament House in Edinburgh
George IV at the Provost's Banquet
in the Parliament House, Edinburgh
, 1822
JMW Turner River Scene with Cattle
River Scene with Cattle, 1808

George IV at St. Giles, Edinburgh, 1822 ... This painting shows a service held at St. Giles Cathedral on August 25, 1822, in honor of the King's state visit to Scotland. This painting is Turner's nod to fellow artist the Scotsman David Wilkie, whose style of genre painting is emulated here.

George IV at the Provost's Banquet in the Parliament House, Edinburgh, 1822 ... George's visit to Scotland was the first since the Act of Union in 1707, over a hundred years earlier. In this scene, George IV is presented with a silver bowl of rose water to wash his hands. The Scottish writer Walter Scott, wearing a brown coat, can be seen at the head of the long Table.

River Scene with Cattle, c 1808 ... Mellow lighting and pinkish clouds recall the 17th century Dutch painter Aelbert Cuyp. This painting was recorded to have hung at the Picture Gallery at Tabley House, Cheshire, in the home of Turner's patron, Sir John Leicester. Later, it must have been returned to Turner.

JMW Turner Breakers on a Flat Beach
Breakers on a Flat Beach, 1835-40
JMW Turner Interior of a Great House East Cowes Castle 1830
Interior of a Great House, East Cowes Castle, 1830
JMW Turner Sunrise a Castle on a BAy Solitude
Sunrise of a Castle on a Bay Solitude, 1840-45

Breakers on a Flat Beach, 1835-40 ... It is not known if Turner painted this scene in Margate or in his London studio. Margate is located at the eastern tip of the County of Kent. He enjoyed getting out of London, and often traveled to Margate by steam boat, a trip of several hours. He loved the coastal light, and claimed the skies over the Isle of Thanet were the most beautiful in Europe.

Interior of a Great House, The Drawing Room, East Cowes Castle, c 1830 ... East Cowes Castle was located on the Isle of Wight and was the home of the architect John Nash. The drawing room's subdued light is disrupted by a burst of sunlight from the adjacent conservatory. Turner achieved the effect of the contrasting lighting by erratically building up his dazzling light with palette knife and other improvised processes.

Sunrise of a Castle on a Bay Solitude, 1840-45 ... This oil painting is one of several images he reworked from a set of mezzotints known as the Liber Studiorum 1807-19. This deliberately reworked piece was done as a tribute to Claude Lorrain's paintings.

JMW Turner Waves Breakijg on a Lee Shore at Margate
Waves Breaking on a Lee Shore at Margate, 1840
JMW Turner Norham Castle as Sunrise
Norham Castle, Sunrise, 1845
Waves Breaking on a Lee Shore at Margate, 1840 ...

In his later years Turner spent much of his time at Margate with his companion, Mrs. Booth. He studied the coast at different times of day and in various weather conditions, creating dozens of works in oil or watercolor in which the sea itself was the main subject.

This picture looks across the sands to Margate’s harbour wall and lighthouse. The rough waves crash against the shore and create white plumes of spray depicted with thick impasto paint. Although the sky at the right is grey, above Margate it is golden and bright.

Norham Castle Sunrise, 1845 ... Norham Castle is on the Tweed River, on the border between Scotland and England in Northumberland. This work is unfinished and unexhibited in Turner's lifetime. Here he uses pure colors rather than contrasting tones, expressing the blazing light as the historic building and the landscape merge.

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Paul Cezanne Self Portrait with a Bowler Hat, 1892Paul Cezanne, Self Portrait in a Bowler Hat, 1892
Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen, Denmark
Paul Cezanne (1839-1906), Portraits at the
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Surprisingly, over the years Cezanne's portraits have received little attention. This exhibition is the first dedicated to his portraits. Currently this exhibition is showing at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. through July 1. Previously, the exhibition visited the National Portrait Gallery in London and the Musee D'Orsay in Paris.

Cezanne's approach to portraiture was unconventional and played a part in his radical style and method. Cezanne did not accept commissions for portraits. For him, portraits were an ongoing experiment, an exploration, a pictorial language, a way to capture his intense perceptions of the world around him.

His subjects were, for the most part, people he knew well, including a number of self portraits.

Subjects included his family, friends, art world admirers and members of the hard laboring working class of Aix-en-Provence whom he liked and admired.

The exhibition includes over 60 portraits drawn from museum and private collections around the world. Several paintings are from the National Gallery of Art's collection, while many have never been exhibited in the United States before.

The exhibition points out the influence cast by Paul Cezanne. London's The Guardian points out that modernism has too many fathers already, but says the exhibition goes out of its way to quote both Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso who reverently referred to Cezanne as "the Father of us all."

British art critic Alastair Sooke
goes behind the scenes of this exhibition of Cezanne's portraits
when it was being shown at the National Portrait Gallery in London
Paul Cezanne Archille Emperaire 1866-67
Achille Emperaire
, 1866-67
Musee d' Orsay
Paul Cezanne The Artist's Father Reading L'Evenement, 1866
The Artist's Father Reading L'Evenement, 1866
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Paul Cezanne Uncle Dominique in Smock and Blue Cap, 1866
Uncle Dominique in Smock and Blue Cap, 1866
Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena

Achille Emperaire, 1866-67 ... Achille Emperaire was an artist, ten years older than Cezanne. The two met in the early 1860's at Charles Suisse's Paris studio and remained friends for ten years.

Cezanne praised Emperaire's artistic talents saying "He's a very talented boy and nothing in the art of the Venetians has been lost on him." Success eluded him though, and only a small number of his works remain. This painting's title is a pun, the sickly and deformed body of Emperaire as he sits on a throne. The pun, "Emperaire", seated on a majestic throne, recalling "Emperor" Napoleon.

The Artist's Father Reading L'Evenement, 1866 ... This painting is a declaration of Cezanne's independence. His father was a banker, and Cezanne's relationship with him was emotionally charged. Cezanne rejected his father's world, and his dreams for him to pursue a career in law or banking. The newspaper being read by his father in this portrait contains an article about Emile Zola, a childhood friend of Cezanne who encouraged Cezanne to study art in Paris. Later, Zola became an art critic for L'Evenement.

Uncle Dominique in Smock and Blue Cap, 1866 ... In 1866, 27 year old Cezanne lived at his family's home near Aix-en-Provence. He did a series of his mother's brother, Dominique Aubert, wearing different costumes. His uncle must have been a willing and able model. A friend reported that for a period of time, "Every day there appears a new portrait of him." Cezanne did these portraits with palette knife directly on coarsely woven canvas, giving them a "gutsy" character.

Paul Cezanne Victor Chocquet 1875-77
Victor Chocquet
, 1875-77
Private Collection
Paul Cezanne Self Portrait 1875
Paul Cezanne, Self Portrait, 1875
Musee d' Orsay, Paris
Paul Cezanne Madame Cezanne 1877
Madame Cezanne in a Red Armchair, 1877
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Victor Chocquet, 1875-77 ... Chocquet was a customs official of means who avidly collected art. He supported Cezanne during his early career, and gave him his first commission. He also had keen interest in the works of Delacroix and Renoir. Renoir introduced Chocquet to Cezanne. Chocquet became an impressionist addict. After his death, his large art collection was sold at the Hotel Drouot, including 32 works by Cezanne, 11 by Renoir, 11 by Monet, as well as works by Pissarro, Sisley, Corot, Courbet and Daumier.

Paul Cezanne, Self Portrait, 1875 ... This self portrait was probably done in the studio of his friend Armand Guillaumin. Cezanne is seated in front of a reversed view of one of Guillaumin's paintings, View of the Seine, Paris done in 1871. Here, Cezanne's unkempt hair and bushy beard makes it appear as if Cezanne was creating an image for himself as a primitive provincial, contrasting his appearance with other artists he socialized with. Cezanne is famous for having refused to shake the hand of Edouard Manet, claiming he had not washed his hands for eight days.

Madame Cezanne in a Red Armchair, 1877 ... Hortense Fiquet was a frequent model for Cezanne and became his wife. Cezanne painted with a slow pace, demanding patient models. Cezanne purposefully creates small blocks of color, locking them into an harmonious whole. Cezanne said, "I want to make of Impressionism an art as solid as that of the museums.”

Paul Cezanne Self Portrait 1880-81
Paul Cezanne, Self Portrait, 1880-81
National Gallery, London
Paul Cezanne Boy in a Red Waistcoat 1888
Boy in a Red Waistcoat, 1888
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Paul Cezanne Madame Cezanne in a Yellow Chair 1888
Madame Cezanne in a Yellow Chair, 1888
Art Institute of Chicago

Paul Cezanne, Self Portrait 1880-81 ... By the early 1880's, Cezanne began distancing himself from his fellow impressionists. His beard now is neatly trimmed, and he introduces a stylistic development known as his "constructive brushstroke" technique. In this technique, he used similarly sized parallel brushstrokes to create a sense of volume. In this portrait, Cezanne seems to take great enjoyment modeling his egg-like head.

Boy in a Red Waistcoat, 1888 ... Cezanne both admired and felt connected with the past. This very modern painting is influenced by Cezanne's study of 16th century portraits, retaining their sense of elegance. But it also owes much to its composition of shapes and colors. The angles and arcs of the background make the painting difficult to read, dividing rather than defining the space. In a way, this is a bridge painting, spanning a reverence for old pictures with beautiful subjects and abstract painting, moving with a harmony of color.

Madame Cezanne in a Yellow Chair, 1888 ... This is one of four portraits done of Cezanne's wife Hortense as she modeled in this red dress. Her posture is central to the painting, tilting in a spatially complex composition. The portrait was done in an apartment rented by Cezanne at 15 quai d'Anjou in Paris between 1888 and 1890.

Paul Cezanne Gustave Geffroy, 1885
Gustave Geffroy, 1895
Musee d' Orsay, Paris
Paul Cezanne Woman with a Coffeepot 1895
Woman with a Coffeepot, 1895
Musee d' Orsay, Paris
Paul Cezanne Man in a Blue Smock, 1896-97
Man in a Blue Smock, 1896-97
Kimbell Art Museum, Ft. Worth, TX

Gustave Geffroy, 1885 ... Geffroy was a French novelist and art critic, and one of the earliest historians of Impressionism. He wrote a sympathetic article in Le Journal praising Cezanne, who at the time was receiving little praise anywhere else. Monet introduced Cezanne to Geffroy. This portrait was done in Geffroy's home study over three months. Cezanne was not pleased with the final painting and never finished it. After Cezanne's death, Cubists were interested in its geometrical style, noting the geometrical dimensions of the bookcase ad the perspective of the large table at which Geffroy is seated. They were impressed with the contrasting angles of the books both in the case and upon the table, giving the painting movement.

Woman with a Coffeepot, 1895 ... The model for this painting probably worked at Jas de Bouffan. Cezanne seldom used professional models because he painted so deliberately and slowly. This painting is not about the woman or the coffeepot, but rather a study in forms. Cezanne stresses the geometry of his composition, emphasizing volumes, the slant of the table. It seems to announce the coming of Cubism. At this point in his career, Cezanne said he wanted "to treat nature through cylinders, spheres and cones." Yet, Cezanne shows sympathy for the simple life, showing his model's dignified face and rough working hands.

Man in a Blue Smock, 1896-97 ... Around 1900, Cezanne began recruiting workers from his family's estate to pose for his paintings. The worker in Man in a Blue Smock appears also in Cezanne's famous "Cardplayers" paintings. For the remainder of Cezanne's career, he maintained his interest in portraits of rural workers.

Paul Cezanne Man with Crossed Arms 1899
Man with Crossed Arms
, 1899
Guggenheim, New York
Paul Cezanne Ambroise Vollard, 1899
Ambroise Vollard, 1899
Musee des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris
Paul Cezanne The Gardener, Vallier, 1906
The Gardener, Vallier, 1906
The National Gallery of Art, London

Man with Crossed Arms, 1899 ... The bulk of this anonymous subject is accentuated by the layers of his clothing. The uneven tilt of the wainscotting and his gaze up and to his right is accentuated by the slightly different angles of the line between his eyes, his moustache and his lips. The man's face seems to be viewed at different angles simultaneously, almost anticipating the work of Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso which was just over the artistic horizon.

Ambroise Vollard, 1899 ... was one of the most important contemporary art dealers during the early years of the twentieth century. He helped establish and offered emotional support to numerous unknown artists, among them Cezanne, Renoir, Picasso, Gauguin, and Van Gogh. Cezanne worked the equivalent of two weeks on this portrait, and never declared it finished. Photographers and painters often go out of their way to help their subjects be at ease. But here, Vollard sits with pursed lips, eyes almost in shadow, nearly clenched hands and crossed legs. Vollard's business mantra was "buy low, sell high." His clients included Albert C. Barnes and Gertrude and Leo Stein.

The Gardener, Vallier, 1906 ...
Vallier was a gardener and handyman at Cezanne's house in Aix-en-provence. Cezanne painted six portraits of him, all not too long prior to Cezanne's death in October of 1906. Throughout his career, he increasingly used a vivid palette applied with sensitive brushstrokes, creating challenging compositions with planes and angles and color tones blending with energy, alive and gripping. His work did pave the way for Cubism and abstract painting.

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Ruth Miller Kempster The Housewife
Ruth Miller Kempster, The Housewife
Ruth Miller Kempster, 1904-1978,
an Amazing South California Artist by Daniel Rohlfing

Ruth's art is captivating. It communicates sharply with stunning visualizations addressing social realities of her time. It has both beauty and purpose.

Ruth was born to a rather well-off family in Pasadena in 1904. Her parents had high plans for her future. They wanted her to attend Vassar, but she insisted on going to art school.

Beginning with a correspondence course with the Kansas City Art Institute, she followed with studies at Los Angeles's Stickney Memorial School and the Otis Art Institute, followed by work in New York at the Art Students League and studies in Paris at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. With a Bohemian spirit, she followed her time in Paris with mural and fresco studies in Florence.

As a single young woman in Paris, Ruth was limited in what she could do, and Ruth did not like being limited. The Ecole des Beaux-Arts did not allow unmarried young women to work from a nude model, although Ruth had done just that while a student at the Art Students League. So, while in Paris, she improved her oil painting techniques and visited museums studying, especially the Dutch and Flemish masters.

"Adventurous" and "independent" are certainly two adjectives which describe Ruth well. Unwilling to be bound by the restrictions of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, she and a companion went to Italy, studying mural and fresco techniques at the Florence Academy. There, she met a young Italian artist and moved with him to Rome.

But in 1928, her parents came to Italy with urgency, squelching Ruth's independence. With their daughter securely recaptured, they returned to her home in Pasadena, without Ruth's Italian artist husband.

Back in Pasadena, Ruth lived with her parents. We can't help but assume she felt humiliated and defeated. She found some freedom as she used a spare bedroom as her studio. But given her experiences in New York, Paris, and Florence, the living arrangements back in Pasadena must have felt confining and prison-like. In 1931, she married Henry Fracker, an electrical engineer from Pasadena's California Institute of Technology. The marriage ended in divorce, and Ruth may have entered into this marriage as a ticket out of her family's home.

Her family's values were politically conservative and staunchly Republican, but one can easily see from Ruth's art, that she was empathetic with social concerns.

Maurine St Gaudens Emerging from the Shadows Vol II Cover, featuring Ruth Miller Kempster's The Housewife
Cover of Emerging from the Shadows, Vol II
by Maurine St. Gaudens

She was not shy to use her artistic talents to express her daring views. In The Housewife, she shows a woman enslaved and held captive by wifely duties while serving an inattentive husband. The woman's blank stare, eyes which seem to be speaking volumes, as if stating, "I didn't sign up for this."

Ruth Miller Kempster The Working Stiff
Working Stiff
, Ruth Miller Kempster, 1934
newly acquired by Sacramento's Crocker Museum
Ruth Miller Kempster the Struggle
The Struggle
, Ruth Miller Kempster, 1932
Winner of the Silver Medal, Los Angeles Olympics, 1932

In Working Stiff, Ruth clearly depicts the hopelessness and despair of a young jobless man during the Great Depression. Although appearing quite able, the young man seems void of prospects. He falls limp, draped over a stairway, a red kerchief seemingly representing his life's blood draining from him.

In The Struggle, done for an art competition at Los Angeles' 1932 Olympics, is an artistic double entendre. In one sense, it clearly depicts the athleticism and beauty of two wrestlers' straining muscles as they compete with fierceness, a fitting subject for the Olympics. But in another sense, the racial elements of this painting cannot be dismissed. Done four years before Jessie Owens' gold medal victories in Berlin and five years before Joe Lewis won the Heavyweight Championship, this painting is a daring statement of a struggling black athlete. With agony on his face, he strains against a white opponent. This painting, especially with the black athlete appearing to have the advantage, was a daringly radical image in 1932 America.

Ruth's artistic career enjoyed many exhibitions and awards, but critical acclaim seems to have not been Ruth's goal. In 1953, she was given a solo exhibition at the Pasadena Art Institute, but she did not attend. She left on a six week volunteer tour to Korea where she and a small group of artists, including some from Walt Disney Studios, entertained soldiers in hospitals and rehab centers, drawing and giving portraits to the injured.

In 1959, she met and married an LA lawyer. Ruth was 56 at the time and the couple moved to Ojai, CA. She continued to paint, but did not show her work. In 1970, Ruth was found to have breast cancer and had a radical mastectomy. She recovered for a time, but the disease returned. She passed away in 1978 at the age of 74.

Judging from her work, she would have gotten along well with other Depression era artists. Who knows how her career would have gone had she been in the company of Maynard Dixon and Dorothea Lange or had benefited from the tutelage of Thomas Hart Benton or Diego Rivera? From her paintings, Ruth seems to be straining for freedom, enlightenment, reaching for the light, seeking a release from all the forces which bound her.

Gratitude to Maurine St. Gaudins assistance in preparing this article ... Maurine St. Gaudens Emerging from the Shadows page | Back to the Top

At the Landmark Gallery
in Bodega
Linda Sorensen Cypress Over Highway One
Linda Sorensen's
Cypress over Highway One
9 x 12

Linda Sorensen's paintings currently showing at:

Bodega Landmark Gallery Collection,
located inland in the town of Bodega, west end of town a half block from the Casino, and just across from the General Store and the Bodega Volunteer Fire Department.

Corrick's "Art Trails Gallery,"
located in downtown Santa Rosa on 4th Street, just steps from Santa Rosa's reopened Town Square.

At Corrick's in Santa Rosa
"Art Trails Gallery"

Linda Sorensen Hawks Hill to Point Bonita
Linda Sorensen's
Hawk Hill to Point Bonita
24 x 30
AT LAST!  Linda has a new artist studio in Graton, the "California Artists Community," and BODEGA BAY HERITAGE GALLERY will also operate there only BY APPOINTMENT. 

Linda has moved into STUDIO #5 in the Atelier One Building, 2860 Bowen St. (cross street Donald St., parking lot on that corner), Graton.  This is a unique artist studios building of about 20 artists including architect Lamont Langworthy.

The studios are open only by appointment except for open houses such as Art At The Source in June and Art Trails in October, plus the Atelier One open house in September. 

Photos will follow when all is set up. It's a short walk to Graton Gallery and fine restaurants and tasting rooms.  Visit us there during Art @ The Source June 2-3 and 9-10, 2018 - four other artists are participating at Atelier One. And visit Linda at Lillian Lehman's sculpture studio in coastal Salmon Creek north of Bodega Bay.  Follow the yellow signs.
Linda Sorensen at Easel at Monte Rio Redwood Cabin Studio
Linda Sorensen at her easel
on Dutch Bill Creek in Monte Rio
Coming Soon ... Linda Sorensen's Studio will soon open in Graton.

With fondness, Linda says goodbye to her cabin in the Redwoods
along Dutch Bill Creek in Monte Rio. She will miss the redwoods, the mallards and mergansers.

Her new studio in Graton will be her home for ART TRAILS this coming October.
Linda Sorensen's Redwood Cabin Studio
Linda's redwoods
cabin studio
Art AT The Soruce 2018

What's showing in Bodega Bay?
Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Sign

Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery
featuring Joshua Meador and Linda Sorensen
and Historic Paintings of California

online only (and by arrangement) | Voicemail and Text 707-875-2911

Joshua Meador Composed by the Sea
"Composed by Ocean"
Joshua Meador
Ren Brown
Ren Brown
The Ren Brown Collection
1781 Coast Highway One, Bodega Bay, 94923

Fanciful Figures: Then and Now, through Jun 3

707-875-2922 | |
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Reb Brown Sign Thumbnail
Pacific Bay Gallery

Pacific Bay Gallery
1785 Coast Highway One, Bodega Bay, 94923
Noki and Ron Jones, proprietors
707-875-8925 | | Back to the Top

Pacific Bay Gallery Azoulay
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

Jean Warren Watercolor

What's showing nearby?
in Sonoma, Napa & Marin Counties
Lorenzo de Santis
Landmark Gallery's
Lorenzo de Santis
IN BODEGA Bodega Landmark Gallery Collection
including paintings by Linda Sorensen
17255 Bodega Highway Bodega, California USA 94922 Phone 707 876 3477
Fri-Mon, 10:30 - 5:30 | | Back to the Top
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Sebastopol Center for the Arts

IN SEBASTOPOL, Sebastopol Center for the Arts
home of Sonoma County's Art @ the Source and Art Trails

"Past and Future Connections to Pottery Pond Exhibit" ... Mar 30 - May6
282 S. High Street, Sebastopol, CA 95472  707.829.4797
Hours: Tue - Fri 10am - 4pm, Sat & Sun 1 - 4pm

Corricks Kevin Brown
Corrick's Keven Brown

IN SANTA ROSA 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.

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 |
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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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
Christopher Queen Gallery IN DUNCANS MILLS Christopher Queen Galleries
3 miles east of Hwy 1 on Hwy 116 on the Russian River
"The Finishing Touoch," May 2018
See their wonderful old California gallery upstairs. |707-865-1318| Back to the Top
Paul Mahder Gallery Thumbnail IN Healdsburg Paul Mahder Gallery

 (707) 473-9150 |
222 Mill Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg, CA 95448 | Open Weds - Mon, 10-6, Sundays, 10-5
Hammarfriar Gallery Thumb IN Healdsburg Hammerfriar Gallery

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

john Anderson
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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. Vintage Bank Antiques has assembled a spectacular inventory of paintings. From the 18th Century to Contemporary Artists. Paintings to suit every price point and collector level.
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

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
Cult of the Machine, Mar 24 - Aug 12
Permanent Collection

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San Francisco
California Historical Society

California Historical Society Thumbnail San Francisco
Legion of Honor

Cassanova The Seduction of Europe, Feb 10 - May 28
-Permanent European and Impressionist Paintings
San Francisco Legion of Honor Museum
San Francisco
Contemporary Jewish Museum

San Francisco's Contemporary Jewish Museum Thumbnail Oakland
Oakland Museum of California

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

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San Francisco

SF Museum of Modern Art

Santa Rosa
The Museums of Sonoma County

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Santa Rosa
downstairs through Sep 16 ...
My favorite Peanuts: Reflections of Family & Friends
upstairs tthrough Aug 5 ...
50 Years of Franlkin
Charles M. Schultz Museum

Charles M Schultz Museum Santa Rosa

St Mary's College Museum of Art
Darker Shades of Red:
Soviet Propaganda Posters
Cold War Era
... through May 20
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

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

California Wildflowers and Climate Change
Feb 10- Jun 3
Grace Hudson Museum

Bolinas Museum

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

Elizabeth Holland McDaniel Bolinas Embarcadero thumbnail
Walnut Creek
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

E.. Charlton Fortune: The Colorful Spirit

Opens May 24 - August 27

(See our March 2018 article)

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

Salvador Dali Museum

Salvador Dali Museum Monterey Sacramento
Crocker Art Museum

Nature's Gifts
Early California Paintings
from the Wendy Willrich Collection

Opening April 22, 2018
& their marvelous Permanent Collection
Capitol Museum

Governor's Portrait Gallery
Permanent Exhibits

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

-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 (now part of UC-Irvine)
The Irvine Museum
"Harmony of Light, Spring in California"
through Jun 21

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Santa Barbara
The Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Santa Barbara Museum of Art Thumbnail Orange
Hilbert Museum, Chapman University
The Hilbert Collection focuses
on California Scene Painting,
including most well known
20th century California watercolor artists

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 Pasadena
Pasadena Museum of California Art

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San Diego
San Diego Museum of Art
Permanent Collection
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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
Palm Springs
Palm Springs Art Museum

Permanent Collection
American 19th century Landscape Painting
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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
Prescott, AZ
Phippen Museum
Phippen Museum Entrance Hwy 89 Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix Art Museum
an excellent sampling of
Artists of the American West
Phoenix 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
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
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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 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    

Serving our Clients several different ways ...
in Bodega Bay, in your home, or on-line.

Voicemail and Text: 707-875-2911 | Email:


... Using Voicemail, TEXT or Email, leave a call back time and number. Once we arrange a time and place, come to Bodega Bay and view the art which interests you and take a treasure home. email or text is better to inform us about your interests and to avoid messages that we have difficulty deciphering.


... Using Voicemail, Text, or Email, request an pre-arranged in-home appointment. We will discuss which artists and paintings interest you, and make appropriate arrangements. After you make your choices, we will bring the art to you.


... Voicemail, Text, or Email us about pieces which interest you. We will answer your questions and process your purchase over the phone. We offer included FedEx shipping in the U.S for major purchases.

Pop-Up Galleries

... On occasion, when temporary opportunities fit, we will take Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery on the road.

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, ... 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.