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Our Monthly Newsletter - May 2024
NOW OPEN, Thur - Sun Noon 'til 5:00, well-listed California artists of the late 19th through 20th centuries
For inquiries, appointments or sales,
Visit us, call, text or email
Linda Sorensen
available for sale
at Sebastopol Center for the Arts
Linda Sorensen, Half Dome, Up Vallery, Yosemite
Half Dome Upvalley Yosemite

Linda and Dan ...Bodega Bay
Heritage Gallery Notes

Millard Sheets, at the Hilbert Museum,
one of the founding fathers of
California Scene Painting
Painting of the Month
available for sale at the gallery
Joshua Meador, Inner Harbor, Bodega Bay
Inner Harbor, Bodega Bay
Joshua Meador 1911-1965
oil on linen, 18 x 24

Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery ... Gallery Notes
  • May is the beginning of our second month. Local visitors are pleased to have a new gallery in Local Color's old space. The spirits of the Local Color artists inspire us to continue the love of art in this location.

  • Our good neighbor is Roadhouse Coffee. After visiting Roadhouse, beverages are welcome in the gallery.

  • Our very first gallery visitor was not a human. He was an unaccompanied inquisitive Welsh Corgi who confidently walked in, headed for the back room, sat down and looked at the art. His owner showed up all too soon as I was already getting the urge to adopt. We took this visit as an omen. We now proudly declare our gallery to be a pet-friendly business. We welcome all well-behaved non-human visitors. (Humans must be well behaved too.)

  • Linda Sorensen is busy in the back room preparing for this year's Art at the Source. Her OPEN STUDIO will be at Atelier One, Studio #5 in Graton, June 1 & 2, and 8 & 9. Our June newsletter will have details.

  • This year's Fisherman's Festival is May 4-5. Proceeds from the festival fund a number of Bodega Bay charities and causes. There's music, seafood, art, animals, boats, events and much more. Visiting the festival is a great way to salute our fishermen and our fishing industry.

A new book, "Rings of Fire" by Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery's friend Larry Hughes tells the story of Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery artist John W. Hilton 1904-1983 and his calcite mine during WWII. The book is now available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

John W. Hilton had a magnetic personality with many friends, including some notable celebrities such as President Dwight Eisenhower, Industrialist Howard Hughes, General George S. Patton and a host of painters including Maynard Dixon, Nicolai Fechin, Jimmy Swinnerton, Robert Rishell and Clyde Forsythe.

Rings of Fire by Larry J. Hughes tells the incredible story of how a desert artist came to help win the War. Having long been a desert rockhound, John W. Hilton mined optical grade calcite crystals during WWII. They were used in Polaroid's optical ring anti-aircraft gunsight which radically improved the accuracy of anti-aircraft guns on U.S. bombers. They were responsible for saving many air crew's lives and radically improving our bombers' effectiveness.

Great News for Bodega Bay, Rocker Oysterfeller's Seaside
is coming soon to the location of the former Lucas Wharf Restaurant.
Thank you Brandon and Shona! We're looking forward to enjoying Rocker's with barking sea lions.
Below is a podcast interview with Rocker's Brandon Guenther on KSRO Radio.

Shona and Brandon
in front of what soon will be
Rocker Oysterfeller's Seaside

Millard Sheets, Pleasures Along the Beach, is a 16' x 40' glass tile mosaic now adorning the entrance to the Hilbert Museum.
Millard Sheets created it in 1969 for a Home Savings & Loans building at Wilshire and 26th Street
Millard Sheets at the Hilbert Museum of California Art,
a founding father of California Scene Painting
Millard Sheets in his home studio
Millard Sheets at his easel in his home studio in Anchor Bay, CA
Mark and Janet Hilbert, The Hilbert Museum
Mark and Janet Hilbert,
founders of the Hilbert Museum of California Art

As they collected paintings, the Hilberts learned more and more. In time, they wanted to share their collection and their passion and built
California's newest art museum, dedicated to California Art.
California Scene Painting does not have a single founding father, but if an election were held, Millard Sheets would be among the very few who would be thought worthy of such an honor. Millard Sheets was a highly influential artist and teacher, and he helped define the California Scene Painting Movement. Beyond his many watercolors, he is also fondly remembered for his large-scale building-mounted mosaics from the mid-20th century.
Millard Sheets, 1907-1989, San Dimas Train Station, 1933
Millard Sheets 1907-1989, San Dimas Train Station, 1933, The Hilbert Collection
Just months before the San Dimas Train Station burned to the ground, Millard Sheets painted this historic train station. It had been built in the 1880's by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway anticipating San Dimas growing into a large agricultural based suburb of Los Angeles. Sheets had grown up a few miles away. He had seen this train station many times from the train as he traveled to and from his home.
This article contains photo images from the Millard Sheets paintings currently on exhibit at the Hilbert Museum of California Art in Orange County. The museum contains a large collection of California Scene Painting including many by Millard Sheets. The information underneath each photo is from the museum placards.

Some of the images pictured here were taken with my cell phone while in the museum, and my ghostly reflected image is reflected from the glass. Please do your best to ignore my reflection and focus on Sheets' composition and colors. Better yet, visit the exhibit in person.
Millard Sheets, 1907-1989, California Cotton Pickers, 1929
Millard Sheets 1907-1989, California Cotton Pickers, 1929, The Hilbert Collection
In 1929, cotton was an important crop in California and remains so today. For a brief time beginning in the 1920's, black field hands were brought to California from the American South to pick cotton. The effort at importing cheap labor failed, as the workers quickly found less labor intensive and better paying jobs. Hence, the practice of importing black laborers from the south was abandoned. California Cotton Pickers is an impressionist painting utilizing loose thick brushwork. Sheets, like many artists in Europe and America, focused on the lives of poor people doing menial jobs.
Millard Sheets, 1907-1989, One Sunday Morning, Chavez Ravine, c1929
Millard Sheets 1907-1989, One Sunday Morning, Chavez Ravine, c1929, gift of the Hilbert Collection
In 1929, Chavez Ravine was a hilly area just north of downtown Los Angeles, and was home to a number of low-income Hispanic families. Artists such as Millard Sheets, Milford Zornes, Orpha Klinker and Sam Hyde Harris painted scenes here recording the beauty of these closely knit ethnic neighborhoods. Sheets' One Sunday Morning (Chavez Ravine) is one such scene. Later in the 1950's, a big controversy ended with much of the Chavez Ravine area being sold to make room for a new stadium for the LA Dodgers.
Millard Sheets, 1907-1989, Circus Ponies, 1935
Millard Sheets 1907-1989, Circus Ponies, 1935, The Hilbert Collection
Circus Ponies is yet another of the many paintings by Millard Sheets expressing his lifelong love of horses. The reference to the circus is not known. This painting was once owned by one of the Marx Brothers, Zeppo.
Millard Sheets was born in 1907 in Pomona, CA, about 35 miles east of Los Angeles. His mother died just a few days after his birth and he was raised by his grandparents on a ranch near Pomona. Growing up on a ranch, he had a lifelong love of horses. As a young child, his talents and love of art was apparent. At age 14, he took private art lessons and while still a teenager, his watercolors were exhibited in the annual California Water Color Society Show. After graduation from Pomona High School, he was given a scholarship to Los Angeles' Chouinard Art Institute. Nelbertina Chouinard, founder of the Chouinard Art Institute, recognized Millard's talent and hired him to teach watercolor even before he graduated.
Millard Sheets, 1907-1989, The Hale and Norcross Mine, 1939
Millard Sheets 1907-1989, The Hale and Norcross Mine, 1939, The Hilbert Collection
The Hale and Norcross Mine was founded in 1859, a silver and gold mine in Nevada's rich Comstock mining district centered in Virginia City, Nevada. In 1895, the owners and managers of the mine were found guilty of diverting millions of dollars for their own benefit. One of the investors who lost a fortune was Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain.
Millard Sheets, 1907-1989, At the Mission Gate, 1929
Millard Sheets 1907-1989, At the Mission Gate, 1929, The Hilbert Collection
At the Mission Gate is an oil painting on board, with exceptional contrasts in color, character suggestion, and flow of composition. 1929 was an exceptional year for Millard Sheets. Although he had not yet finished his studies at the Chouinard Art Institute, he was given a solo show at the prestigious Newhouse Galleries in Los Angeles. Also in 1929, he won the Edgar B. Davis prize in Texas, which came with a cash award large enough to enable Millard to travel to South America, Central America and Europe for nearly a year. In Paris, he studied lithography and painted at the Salon d'Automne, the premier exhibition locale for French Modern Art.
Millard Sheets, 1907-1989, The Gleaners 2, 1939
Millard Sheets 1907-1989, The Gleaners 2, 1939, The Hilbert Collection
The Gleaners, California shows an ancient practice at work in the 20th century. Gleaners gather up the small amount left after the harvest has been completed. The silhouetted figures in the foreground are the nameless, faceless gatherers living on the margins in a lush and productive farmland.
In 1929 at age 22, Millard won a cash prize in Texas enabling him to travel for a year, spending time in Central and South America and then on to Europe. In 1930, Sheets returned to Los Angeles and quickly rose to become a dynamic member of the LA art community. Also in 1930, he married Mary Baskerville. In 1932, he taught art at Claremont College. He was also an adept architect.
Millard Sheets, 1907-1989, Beer for Prosperity, 1933
Millard Sheets 1907-1989, Beer for Prosperity, 1933, Crain Collection
in 1933, the 21st Amendment ended Prohibition. Beer and alcohol production, sales and consumption was once again legal. The brightly lit bar in Beer for Prosperity shows off patrons who have come out of the shadows, now willing to drink in the light. Speakeasies were no longer necessary.
Millard Sheets, 1907-1989, Grocery Interior, 1930's
Millard Sheets 1907-1989, Grocery Interior, 1930's, gift of the Hilbert Collection
Long before our modern large grocery stores with shopping carts, aisle after aisle of endless choices, and check-out lanes with scanners and credit card charging stations, Grocery Interior shows a humble small grocery store with the owner/clerk serving a single customer. At the door, the next customer is about to enter. When it was painted, no one thought this was quaint, just the way it was.
Millard Sheets, 1907-1989, Tending Goats, 1928
Millard Sheets 1907-1989, Tending Goats, 1928, The Hilbert Collection
Done in 1928 when Millard Sheets was 21 years old, Tending Goats was done while he was still a student and a watercolor teacher at LA's renowned Chouinard Art Institute. Already at a young age, Sheets demonstrates a mastery of watercolor. This scene was probably done at a local farm in Pomona.
During World War II, Millard Sheets, along with fellow watercolorist Milford Zornes, was an artist-correspondent for Life Magazine and the United States Army Air Forces in India and Burma. He witnessed horrors of war and recorded scenes of famine and death. This wartime experience informed his post-war art, which for a number of years was expressed with dark hues and depressing subjects. In the 1950's his work returned toward brighter colors as he traveled worldwide.
Millard Sheets, 1907-1989, Pulling Cable, Camp Roberts, 1944
Millard Sheets 1907-1989, Pulling Cable, Camp Roberts, 1944, The Hilbert Collection
Pulling Cable, Camp Roberts shows a busy scene at this U.S. Army training camp during WW II. The camp was opened in 1940 and became one of the busiest training facilities during the war. Located near Paso Robles, the camp also was home to a large Army Hospital and was the location of prison camps for captured German and Italian soldiers.
Millard Sheets, 1907-1989, Migratory Camp Near Nipomo, 1938
Millard Sheets 1907-1989, Migratory Camp Near Nipomo, 1938, The Hilbert Collection
Nipomo is a small town in San Luis Obispo County. It was here that Great Depression photographer Dorothea Lange took her famous photo called Migrant Mother. Like Dorothea Lange and so many WPA artists of the era, Millard Sheets showed great respect for poor people, how they lived and worked. He strived to call attention to their plight without losing sight of their inherent dignity.
Millard Sheets, 1907-1989, Beneath the Neon Glow, 1935
Millard Sheets 1907-1989, Beneath the Neon Glow, 1935, The Hilbert Collection
Beneath the Neon Glow is a night scene in the Westlake Park District of LA. In the background is a partial view of the neon sign atop the William Penn Hotel. This scene is just steps away from the location of the Chouinard Art Institute where Sheets received a scholarship and was also teaching a class in watercolor. Sheets painted this watercolor scene while standing at the entrance to Chouinard.
In the 1950's through to the end of his life he influenced thousands of artists. As a teacher at the Chouinard Art Institute, the Otis Art Institute and Scripps College, and through his work directing the art exhibition at the Los Angeles County Fair for many years, he brought world class art to Southern California
Millard Sheets, 1907-1989, Hawaiian Waterfall, c1950
Millard Sheets 1907-1989, Hawaiian Waterfall, c1950, The Hilbert Collection

Hawaiian Waterfall shows a scene aimed at mainlanders, advertising Hawaii. In 1950, United Airlines hired Millard Sheets to teach art at the University of Hawaii and to create Island scenes for their advertising posters. Sheets moved his family to the Kona Coast where he rented a home and was in residence for an entire year.

Millard Sheets, The Old Canal at Hermosillo
Millard Sheets 1907-1989, The Old Canal at Hermosillo, 1952, The Hilbert Collection
In The Old Canal at Hermosillo, Millard Sheets uses a pointillist technique showing a pleasant scene of a vivid day in Hermosillo in the center of the Mexican state of Sonora. Several scenic palm tress, although graceful and beautiful, offer little shade for several figures trying to keep cool on the shadier side of the street.
Millard Sheets, 1907-1989, Symphony Under the Stars, 1956
Millard Sheets 1907-1989, Symphony Under the Stars, 1956, The Hilbert Collection
The Hollywood Bowl first opened in 1921 and became the most attended musical event venue in LA. In 1956, Sheets created this watercolor to be used as a Bowl program cover. In Symphony Under the Stars, the klieg lights beaming skyward, the rounded orchestra shell, the throngs of music lovers and blue reflecting pool all combine to make the Hollywood Bowl to be a happening scene.
In 1954, Millard Sheets was contracted to design more than 160 Home Savings and Loan buildings throughout California and other states. Each of his designed buildings had a magnificent mosaic mural. One of these murals has now found a home on the west facade of the Hilbert Museum. Previously, his Pleasures Along the Beach mural was located at the Home Savings in Santa Monica.
 Millard Sheets, 1907-1989, Women of Mali Africa, 1970
Millard Sheets 1907-1989, acrylic on canvas, Women of Mali Africa, 1970, Laguna Art Museum
In the later years of his career, Millard Sheets turned to using acrylic as a paint medium to steer clear of the toxic chemicals associated with oil paint. This masterful composition shows graceful women doing the heavy labor of carrying water uphill with jugs of water balanced on their heads.
Millard Sheets, 1907-1989, Old House Tahiti, 1973
Millard Sheets 1907-1989, Old House Tahiti, 1973, The Hilbert Collection
Since Paul Gauguin first arrived in Tahiti in 1890, artists have been drawn to these jewels in the South Pacific. In Old House, Tahiti Sheets paints a brilliantly colored scene with two Tahitian women in native clothing.
 Millard Sheets, 1907-1989, Japanese Farmhouse, 1970's
Millard Sheets 1907-1989, Japanese Farmhouse, 1970's, The Hilbert Collection
Japanese Farmhouse is a marvelously colorful watercolor, done during one of Sheets' several visits to Japan. The colored geometric shapes of the fields give this painting an appealing composition with a harmony of colors.

In 1960, Millard Sheets built his dream home on the cliffs above the Pacific just south of Anchor Bay in Mendocino County. In his last years, he was wheelchair bound. He died on March 31, 1989 at his seaside home.

Millard Sheets, 1907-1989, Fishermen of Mazatlan, 1978
Millard Sheets 1907-1989, Fishermen of Mazatlan, 1978, The Hilbert Collection
Fishermen of Mazatlan shows fishermen heading out in their pangas. Before Mazatlan became known as a major tourist destination, Mazatlan was known for its rich harvests of seafood, especially shrimp (camarones).
Millard Sheets, 1907-1989, Rocks of Lobos, 1980
Millard Sheets 1907-1989, Rocks of Lobos, 1980,The Hilbert collection
Rocks of Lobos shows a scene from Point Lobos State Park, the jewel of the California Coast. Sheets dazzles the viewer with a multitude of colors accompanied by a flock of gulls.
Millard Sheets, 1907-1989, Mendocino Coastline, 1978
Millard Sheets 1907-1989, Mendocino Coastline, 1978, The Hilbert Collection
Mendocino Coast shows "Barking Rocks" a small rocky island just off the cliffs near Millard Sheets' home in Anchor Bay, California, just north of Gualala. Millard and Mary Sheets bought their oceanfront property in 1960. Due to visits from a number of sea lions, Mary named the islet "Barking Rocks."
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... in and around Bodega Bay
Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery -- Bodega Bay
1580 Eastshore Road
Between the Terrapin Creek Cafe and Roadhouse Coffee
open Thurs-Sun, Noon 'till 5 -- other times by chance or appointment

an exceptional collection of late 19th and early 20th century paintings by well listed California artists

http://www.BodegaBayHeritageGallery.com | Call or Text 707-875-2911
email: Art@BodegaBayHeritageGallery.com

Joshua Meador Mendocino Coast
"Mendocino Coast"
Joshua Meador
Ren Brown
Ren Brown
The Ren Brown Collection
Just steps away from Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery

A sumptuous gallery experience ...
Contemporary Japanese Prints, Handmade Ceramics & Jewelry,
Japanese Antiques, California Artists & Sculptors

1781 Coast Highway One, Bodega Bay, 94923
707-875-2922 |  rbc4art@renbrown.com
http://www.renbrown.com | Back to the Top

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Linda Sorensen Peak, south of Hopland, CA

Linda Sorensen Paintings

You may meet Linda and view her paintings at Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery,
Thurs - Sun, 12:00- 5:00pm or at her studio in Graton by appointment.

Linda's Art at the Source OPEN STUDIO will be in her Graton Studio
June 1 & 2, and June 8 & 9, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Check her website for details.

Linda paints colorful and imaginative/transcendental-influenced
landscapes emphasizing design, abstraction and Post-Impressionism.

LindaSorensenPaintings.com | 707-875-2911

Linda Sorensen at her easel, photo by John Hershey
Dodrill Gallery, Bodega, CA In the nearby town of Bodega ... Dodrill Gallery
17175 Bodega Highway, Bodega CA 94922
Famed photographer, world adventurer and rock climber
Jerry Dodrill exhibits and sells and his exceptional landscape photographs
... https://jerrydodrill.photoshelter.com/p/page2 | 707-377-4732
Photo@JerryDodrill.com| Back to the Top
Jerry Dodrill, Dodrill Gallery, Bodega, CA
In the nearby town of Bodega ... Artisans' Co-op
featuring the talents of local artists ... photography, paintings, textiles, jewelry, ceramic and wood art
17175 Bodega Highway, Bodega CA 94922
... http://www.artisansco-op.com| 707-876-9830
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Bodega Gallery, Bodega, CA Bodega Gallery
in the historic town of Bodega
We are located in the town's original blacksmith shop from the 1850's
and it has been an art gallery since the 1960's. We showcase jewelry, toys, paintings,
kinetic art, and decorative and functional ceramics, vintage ships, art, and antiques.

https://bodegaartgallery.com | 415-515-4665
Bodega Gallery, Bodega, CA
Bodega Bay's John Hershey Photography
Bodega Bay resident photographer John Hershey displays his scenic shoreline and sea life images locally in restaurants, visitor venues and art shows. His 50 year career has encompassed multimedia production, commercial and personal photography, environmental portraiture, and community photojournalism.
John recently added interpretive infrared photography to his portfolio. 
John Hershey Photography Portfolio ... http://www.jhersheyphoto.com
John Hershey Photography Sales ... https://j-hershey-media.square.site

\Jean Warren Sand Harbor
Bodega Bay's Jean Warren Watercolors
Bodega Bay resident Jean Warren says her paintings are reflections
of the places she has lived and traveled.
Jean is a Signature member of the National Watercolor Society,
California Watercolor Association and full member of Society of Layerists in Multi-Media.
http://www.JeanWarren.com / 707-875-9240

Jean Warren Watercolor

What's nearby in Sonoma County?
Sebastopol Center for the Arts

IN SEBASTOPOL - Sebastopol Center for the Arts
... see website for on-line activities sebarts.org
home of Sonoma County's Art @ the Source and Art Trails
282 S. High Street, Sebastopol, CA 95472  707.829.4797
hursdays through Sundays 10:00am to 4:00pm

Corricks Kevin Brown
Corrick's Keven Brown
Corrick's Art Trails Gallery | http://www.corricks.com/arttrailsgallery
637 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95401 | Contact:: http://www.corricks.com/contact-us

Corrick's has been a Santa Rosa Treasure since 1915,
a downtown stationery store serving as the community's "cultural hub."
Corrick's has long supported local artists with its impressive "ART TRAILS GALLERY,"
including paintings by Linda Sorensen.
Corricks offers a number of originals by famed Santa Rosa artist, Maurice Lapp ... (see our August 2017 article)

located on Fourth Street, steps away from Santa Rosa's revitalized town square
and Fourth Street's Russian River Brewery
Linda Sorensen's White Barn 1880, currently available at Corricks
Linda Sorensen's
White Barn circa 1880,
Sea Ranch

currently available at
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BBHPhoto Dennis Calabi
Dennis Calabi
IN SANTA ROSA- Calabi Gallery | http://www.calabigallery.com

456 Tenth Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95401 | email: info@calabigallery.com | 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.

http://www.calabigallery.com | 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).
http://www.AnnexGalleries.com | Back to the Top
Rik Olson

IN GRATON - Graton Gallery
home of many of Sonoma County's best artists
Sally Baker, Tim Hayworth, Bruce K. Hopkins,
Rik Olson, Susan Proehl, Sandra Rubin, Tamra Sanchez, Mylette Welch
Graton Gallery | (707) 829-8912  | artshow@gratongallery.com
9048 Graton Road, Graton CA 95444 | Open Saturday and Sunday check website

Christopher Queen Gallery IN DUNCANS MILLS - Christopher Queen Galleries
3 miles east of Hwy 1 on Hwy 116 on the Russian River
http://www.christopherqueengallery.com |707-865-1318| Back to the Top
Paul Mahder Gallery Thumbnail IN Healdsburg - Paul Mahder Gallery

(707) 473-9150 | Info@paulmahdergallery.com
222 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg, CA 95448 | check for hours
Petaluma Arts Council Art Center

IN PETALUMA - Petaluma Arts Center
"... to celebrate local artists and their contributions and involve the whole community"

Petaluma Center for the Arts

Links to current museum exhibits relevant to Early California Art
The Greater Bay Area
The Walt Disney Family Museum
-- see website for details
This museum tells Walt's story from the early days.
(on the Parade Grounds) 104 Montgomery Street,
The Presidio of San Francisco, CA 94129

-- view location on Google Maps
Disney Museum Exterior Thumbnail San Francisco
... see website
de Young Museum
Permanent Collection
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San Francisco
closed, see website
California Historical Society
California Historical Society Thumbnail San Francisco
Legion of Honor

... see website
-Permanent European and Impressionist Paintings
San Francisco Legion of Honor Museum
San Francisco
open, see website for details
Contemporary Jewish Museum

San Francisco's Contemporary Jewish Museum Thumbnail Oakland
... see website
Oakland Museum of California

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


SF Museum of Modern Art

Santa Rosa
see website
The Museums of Sonoma County

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Santa Rosa
... see website
Charles M. Schultz Museum

Charles M Schultz Museum Santa Rosa

... see website
St Mary's College Museum of Art
Hearst Art Gallery

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Mission San Francisco de Solano Museum

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

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

... see website
Grace Hudson Museum

Bolinas Museum

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

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

... see website
approximately 2,000 20th & 21st
century artworks including paintings, sculpture,
new media, photography, drawings, prints, and artist books.
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Monterey Museum of Art

... see website
Ongoing exhibitions ...
Museums Permanent Collection
including William Ritschel, Armin Hansen
and E. Charlton Fortune

Monterey Museum of Art Palo Alto
... see website
Cantor Art Center at Stanford University
Cantor Art Center at Stanford University

Salvador Dali Museum

prepurchased tickets required, ... see website

Salvador Dali Museum Monterey Sacramento
Crocker Art Museum
... see websites
Capitol Museum

... see website
Governor's Portrait Gallery
Permanent Exhibits

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

... see website
-Largest exhibition of Albert Bierstadt paintings anywhere, plus the works of Joseph Christian Leyendecker, Norman Rockwell's mentor.
see our Newsletter article, April 2011
Haggin Museum Stockton
Southern California (and Arizona) (for all museums below, see websites for hours and protocols.
Los Angeles
Los Angeles Museum of Art

Art of the Americas, Level 3:
Artworks of paintings and sculptures
from the colonial period to World War II—
a survey of of art and culture
& "Levitated Mass"
(University of California, Irvine
Institute and Museum of California Art)

(formerly The Irvine Museum)

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Santa Barbara
The Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Santa Barbara Museum of Art Thumbnail Orange

Hilbert Museum, Chapman University

Hilbert Museum Chapman University Orange CA
San Diego
San Diego Museum of Art
Permanent Collection

San Diego Museum of Art Thumbnail Pasadena
Norton Simon Museum
-an Impressive Permanent collection,
European impressionist
and post impressionist paintings
See our newsletter from March 2014
Norton Simon Museum Pasadena
Los Angeles
California African American Art Museum
adjacent to the LA Coliseum
(see our newsletter articleof their
Ernie Barnes Exhibition September 2019)
California African American Art Museum 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
Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix Art Museum
an excellent sampling of
Artists of the American West
Phoenix Art Museum

Palm Springs
Palm Springs Art Museum

Permanent Collection
American 19th century Landscape Painting

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& Beyond
Honolulu, HI
Honolulu Museum
(see our Newsletter article
from February, 2015)

Honolulu Museum of Art Kamuela, HI (Big Island)
Issacs Art Center
65-1268 Kawaihae Road
Kamuela, HI  96743
(See our Dec '16 article "Hawaii's Paul Gauguin," 
modernist Madge Tennent, 1889-1972)

Isaacs Art Center
Seattle, WA
Seattle Art Museum
( see our article Mar 2018
French and American Paintings )
Seattle Art Museum Portland, OR
Portland Art Museum

Permanent Collection: American Art
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Washington D.C.
The Renwick Gallery

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

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

Bentonville, AR
Crystal Bridges
Museum of American Art

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Washington D.C.
The National Gallery
Permanent collection
American Paintings
Tha National Gallery Washington DC Thumbnail Philadelphia , PA
The Philadelphia Museum of Art
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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 New York, NY
Metropolitan Museum of Art

Its extensive collection of American Art
Metropolitan Museum New York
Detroit, MI
Detroit Institute of Arts
American Art
Permanent Collection
Detroit Institute of Arts Ottawa, Ontario
National Gallery of Canada
Canada National Gallery of Art
Denver, CO
Denver Art Museum
Denver Art Museum Exterior

Boston, MA
Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Our Gallery Showroom and Linda Sorensen's Studio in Graton

Linda Sorensen's artist studio is open by appointment.  Linda's Art at the Source OPEN STUDIO will be held here, June 1 & 2 and * 7 9. To contact Linda, email, text or call. LindaSorensen@Earthlink.net / 707-875-2911.  

Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery and Linda Sorensen's studio
Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery .com / Linda Sorensen Paintings . com
Art@BodegaBayHeritageGallery.com / LindaSorensen@Earthlink.net  707-875-2911
Atelier One, Studio 5, 2860 Bowen St, Graton, CA 95444 (not a mailing address)

If you wish to sell a painting to us ...

At present, we are acquiring few paintings. We are interested in considering works by Joshua Meador, or exceptional paintings by a few other Historic California artists. We do not do miscellaneous consignments but do represent artist estates. We do not provide appraisal services.

DO NOT CALL AND EXPECT A THOUGHTFUL ANSWER REGARDING YOUR PAINTING (especially, do not leave a voicemail message requiring us to phone you), ... INSTEAD, Please EMAIL US (Art@BodegaBayHeritageGallery.com) 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.