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November 2009
Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Monthly

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Joshua Meador Rainy Day Thumbnail Joshua Meador Newport Harbor Oregon Thumbnail Visit the gallery,
in November
Joshua Meador Almond Alley Thumbnail Joshua Meador To Water Thumbnail
Joshua Meador and selected Regionalist artists of California's Film Industry
Hilton presenting Painting for Whitehouse
John W. Hilton's White House Painting Twentynine Palms Oasis resurfaces in a Private
East Coast Collection

Edwin Outwater Director Thumbnail
Edwin Outwater and the SF Symphony celebrated the opening of San Francisco's new Walt Disney Family Museum
Philip Meador
"Joshua Meador Day"
in Columbus Mississippi,
Artist's family attends honors
E H Harriman 1848-1909
100 years ago -- Artist William Keith is badgered by the SF Call for an unfinished portrait of
Mr. E. H. Harriman
Anna Althea Hills Thumbnail
Anna Althea Hills 1882-1930
part of the "Selections from
The Irvine Museum,
" Exhibition

Galileo Portrait Thumbnail
The Vatican Museums Honor
the 400th Anniversary
of Galileo Galilei and his
astronomical observatioms

The Louvre & McDonalds?
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John W. Hilton's White House Painting Twentynine Palms Oasis
Resurfaces in a Private East Coast Collection
In January of 1957, John W. Hilton presented his painting "Twenynine Palms Oasis"
to his friend and fellow painter, Dwight D. Eisenhower on the occasion of his second inaugural.
Ike kept the painting on the walls of his Oval Office.
John W. HIltons Twentynine Palms Oasis|A recent photo of John W. Hilton's Twentynine Palms Oasis

Twenty-one years later in 1978, Katherine Ainsworth in her biography of John W. Hilton entitled "The Man Who Captured Sunshine," stated in a footnote that this same painting had been donated to the Eisenhower Memorial Hospital in Palm Desert, California by Mamie Eisenhower.

But in March of 2009, based on the footnote in Katherine Ainsworth's biography, we asked the Eisenhower Hospital where the painting could be viewed. At that time, after head scratching searches, they could not locate the painting.

Now, in November 2009, the missing painting has turned up. It turns out that Katherine Ainsworth footnote written thirty-one years ago was based on inaccurate information. A source who who contacted our gallery but has chosen to remain anonymous has established that this painting is and has been in several private East Coast Collections since 1961. Collectors and interested parties, please stay tuned. We'll let you know if this former White House painting becomes available.

In two previous articles, we've written about this painting. Click on the thumbnail links to the left to access those articles.
John W Hilton Calcite Mine Photo Thumbnail
JAN '09 - John W. Hilton painting
given to Ike at the 1957 Inaugural
Hilton presenting Painting for Whitehouse
MAR '09 - John W. Hilton presenting
"Twentynine Palms Oasis" for Ike's Oval Office, 1957
Eisenhower Letter of Gratitude of Painting Given on the occasion of Ike's Innauguration in 1953
Letter of gratitude from Ike to John W. Hilton (1957) , courtesy of Kathi Hilton
John W Hilton presenting a painting for Ikes Oval Office
John W. Hilton presenting Twentynine Palms Oasis
to an Eisenhower representative in January, 1957
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Edwin Outwater and the SF Symphony
celebrated the opening of San Francisco's new
Walt Disney Family Museum

SF Symphony Logo Walt Disney Family Museum Logo
Edwin Outwater
Edwin Outwater
On Friday, October 16, The San Francisco Symphony along with guest conductor Edwin Outwater celebrated the opening of the Walt
Disney Family Museum with a concert filled with classical pieces from a number of Disney films. While greeting the audience, Edwin Outwater expressed the thought that the first time many of us were exposed to great symphonic music was in the classic animated films of Walt Disney.

Of course, there were others who have strived to make the love of orchestral music accessible for youngsters. Before Walt, there was Sergei Prokofiev and his famed Peter and the Wolf. After Walt, Leonard Bernstein televised his famed Young People's Concerts, and more recently, Wynton Marsalis along with Seiji Ozawa created a series designed to teach young people about

the structure of American jazz. But it was Walt who brought classical music to animation. Although Walt had no classical music training, he had an inborn musical sense to his animation. Early on, he strived for tight synchronization of action and music, making clever musical gags possible. In time, he added music composed for his characters, such as Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf, and Some Day My Prince Will Come.

But most striking was Disney's use of the classical music. In the first Silly Symphony, The Skeleton Dance, original music was blended with Edvard Hagerup Grieg's March of the Dwarfs, performed on a xylophone made of another skeleton's ribs. In 1935, Rossini's William Tell Overture was used, but interrupted by Donald Duck who leads the band in a quick diversion of "Turkey in the Straw." Sleeping Beauty,

Soloist Lisa Vroman

at Walt's suggestion. drew freely from Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty Suite.

But the grand achievement of mixing animation and classical music remains Fantasia. The film begins with Leopold Stokowski directing an animated silhouetted orchestra in Toccata and Fugue in D Minor by Johann Sebastian Bach, followed by animated segments, one with Mickey as the Sorcerer's Apprentice by Paul Dukas, another with changing seasons to the music of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite, and others based on Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony, Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain, and Stravinky's Rite of Spring. Today, Fantasia remains unparalleled in its use of classical music, and remains a high point in blending sound and animation.

The evening at Davies Symphony Hall drew a full house of music lovers, many of whom were children. Disney family members were acknowledged and applauded for their gift of the Walt Disney Family Museum and support of the San Francisco Symphony. Famed Broadway soloist Lisa Vroman sang several original tunes, such as A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes and Some Day My Prince Will Come. The audience gave a warm welcome for Edwin Outwater, former San Francisco Symphony Resident Conductor 2001 - 2006. Today he serves as Music Director of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony in Ontario, Canada.

Links : Edwin Outwater's Site | Lisa Vroman's Site | SF Symphony | Walt Disney Family Museum | Back to the Top

"Joshua Meador Day" in Columbus Mississippi, Artist's family attends honors
Philip Meador with 1st Cousins
Philip Meador with his "back home" first cousins (Josh Meador's nieces),
left to right, Marsha, Mary Laws, Phil, Mary Esther and Frances.

Mississippi's Governor Haley Barbour proclaimed October 16th "Joshua Meador Day," and the locals of the city of Columbus could not be more proud.

Joshua Meador's son Philip, his wife Hildur, their son Joshua Philip Meador and grandson, Jayson Michael West traveled to Columbus for the festivities. They were welcomed by the mayor, given a declaration signed by the governor, lodged in an ante-bellum mansion, and celebrated and feted wherever they went.

Philip gave a talk to a well attended event at the Mississippi University for Women Friday night, addressing Josh's work in animation and special effects and about his life as a working artist outside the studio.

Joshua Meadors son grandson and greatgrandson with Rufus Ward
Jayson, Phil, & Josh with Rufus Ward, retired attorney, historian for the Billips-Garth Archives,
a Disney fan & Joshua Meador enthusiast.
On Saturday, October 17, the celebration continued with an event at the Columbus-Loundes Library. A attractive display of some of Joshua Meador's paintings, some of his mementos of his Columbus, Mississippi days, and some Disney related materials were studied by visitors. Among items were photos of Josh's family, his days as a Columbus Eagle Scout, and some animation cells done by Josh of World War II Aircraft, a couple of which were were signed by Walt Disney. All of the cells had a sticker that said "Josh Meador, chief animator, Walt Disney Studios." Also on exhibit were sketches and pastels of his Christmas themed drawings. Included were two sketches of antebellum mansions that were next door to his Columbus home.
Phil and Hildur Meador with son and grandson
Three generations of Joshua Meador descendants
left to right: Joshua Meador's s great-grandson,
Jayson Michael West, son Philip & daughter-in-law Hildur, and grandson, Joshua Philip Meador
with the official Joshua Meador Day Proclamation

Then in another display case were the drawings from the MGM film Forbidden Planet and some others from Disney films such as Fantasia: Night on Bald Mountain, Bambi, Cinderella. Josh was loaned to MGM for the 1956 Forbidden Planet project, which was nominated for an Oscar in special effects.

There are currently plans to establish an Arts Park next to the Tennessee Williams Home in Columbus. (Tennessee Williams is another of Columbus' favorite sons.) Part of the park will include moving the garage from the Meador family home. There, along with an added structure, some copies of Josh's sketchwork will be on permanent display. The rest of the facility will function as a gallery celebrating local artists in the Columbus area.

To assist in financing the Arts Park Project, the Philip Meador family has donated a painting from their Disney Collection entitled Cloud Patterns. "Once upon a time," Walt Disney had asked Joshua Meador to do a number of paintings for his Palm Springs ranch. He gave Josh the keys and after a month of Libby and Josh's "roughing it" in Palm Springs, Josh provided Walt with a number of canvases. Years later and after both men had died, the Disney family graciously gave some of the canvases back to the Meador family to help preserve his legacy as a fine art painter, with some of the eventual proceeds dedicated to art scholarships established by Walt Disney.
Joshua Meador's Boyhood home in Columbus, Mississippi
Joshua Meador's boyhood home in
Columbus, Mississippi

You too may participate
Cloud Patterns
by Joshua Meador
is to be raffled off on NOVEMBER 7, '09
Raffle Tickets cost $50 each
Only 290 are being sold!
Tickets are available
from Columbus, MS historian Rufus Ward.

Email Rufus Ward at
Checks are to be made out to
Columbus Cultural Heritage Foundation
and mailed to
Rufus Ward
204 Travis Street
West Point, Mississippi 39773

Cloud Patterns is a stunning desert scene showing Walt Disney's Palm Springs home in the foreground against the dramatic mountain backdrop of the California Desert.

This work was one of a group of paintings done by Josh at the request of Walt Disney, and once hung in his Palm Springs home.

Cloud Shadows by Joshua Meador
Cloud Patterns 24 x 34
click on image to see an enlarged version

Hildur Meador views Walt Disney's 1958 Four Artists Paint One Tree.

To the left, Hildur Meador views Four Artists Paint One Tree, a 1958 televised film introduced and narrated by Walt Disney featuring Joshua Meador and three other Disney artists exhibiting their artistic styles.

As Josh paints in this film, he explains how he does not mix the colors thoroughly on his palette. Rather he lets them mingle on the canvas. He says it makes the paintings much more alive.

Four Artists Paint One Tree
is available on DVD.
It on the second disk of
the two-DVD Platinum Edition recent release
of the Disney Film Sleeping Beauty

from Columbus Mississippi's Commercial Dispatch | Joshua Meador Exhibit at Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery | Joshua Meador Web Page
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100 years ago -- Artist William Keith is badgered by the SF Call
for an unfinished portrait of Mr. E. H. Harriman

In the following article, the San Francisco Call badgers William Keith,
wanting to know if he would complete the painting after the death of the railroad mogul.

As he was one of the railroad "robber barons" of the late 19th century, much has been written about the life and dealings of Mr. E. H. Harriman, including perhaps the most famed fictional reference in the 1968 Paul Newman and Robert Redford film, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. wherein a loyal E.H.Harriman employee resists giving up his employer's loot to the train robbers.

But factually, he included San Francisco painter William Keith among his closest friends. At the end of his life, Mr. Harriman completed two portrait sittings for Keith, but the painting remained unfinished when Mr. Harriman died in 1909. William Keith pondered what to do, but Keith died soon afterward in 1911 and, to the best of our knowledge, the portrait remained unfinished. Does anyone know to the contrary?

William Keith 1838-1911
William Keith 1838-1911

News from the SF art world 100 years ago ...
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E. H. Harriman 1848-1909

The San Francisco Call. November 24, 1909

In Studio of Keith There Stands a Painting of E. H. Harriman Incomplete
Art Circles Curious as to What Will Be the Ultimate Fate of the Canvas

What will become of the portrait of the late E. H. Harriman begun by William Keith shortly before the great financier's death and still in an unfinished condition?

Will it be disinterred from among Keith's uncompleted canvases? Will it be taken from the shelf and worked up from memory? Or will it be dragged into the light of day and given a decent burial? These are a few of the questions which are agitating the local art world, questions to which Keith himself can give no definite answer.

When approached on the subject yesterday, Keith was noncommittal. "I haven't made up my mind what to do with it," he said. "I suppose I shall have to do something some day, and I might just as well finish it, but I can not say definitely. It is here half done on my hands. What I shall eventually do about it I don't know."

In the midst of his busy career it seems that Harriman was able to devote only two sittings altogether to the work on his portrait, which, moreover, is a breach of the profession not usually included in Keith's list of regular work. Hence, with hindrance on both sides, the work was slightly handicapped from the start. Those who have seen it as it now stands pronounce it excellent as far as It goes, and predict that if it had been completed it would have done ample justice to artist and sitter. It was not finished, however, and so the public curiosity has been aroused: as to whether Harriman's widow will come forward and claim it, whether the pride of producing a finished portrait will urge Keith on to greater efforts, or whether the matter will be no further pursued!

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Anna Althea Hills 1882-1930, part of the
Selections from The Irvine Museum, 2009

The Irvine Museum is presenting "Selections from The Irvine Museum, 2009" through February 13, and is including works by Anna Althea Hills 1882-1930, Paul DeLongpré 1855 - 1911, John Marshall Gamble 1863 - 1957, Edgar Alwin Payne 1883 - 1947, and John Hubbard Rich 1876 - 1954. After its initial exhibition at the Irvine Museum, the exhibit will visit museums throughout the state.

Anna Althea Hills was an heroic artist. During the first three decades of the twentieth century, she could often be found lecturing throughout her Orange County home locale. She championed art education and encouraged the study of the visual arts at the local public schools. For Anna, art was the center of community life. She was a founding member of the Laguna Art Association, and served as its president from 1922 to 1925 and again from 1927 to 1930. She worked endlessly raising funds for the association and later for the Laguna Art Museum, and promoting the association's member artists. She also had a reputation as an excellent painting teacher. Among her students was famed California desert painter Orpha Klinker, who is known for several series of of paintings depicting the California Missions.

Anna's impressionist and atmospheric watercolors and oils exhibited a deep reverence of nature. Often hampered by chronic spinal back pain, she would still manage to paint plein air. She accompanied painting friends on excursions - including George Brandriff and Edgar Payne. Her subjects ranged from

Anna Althea Hills
photo courtesy of Redfern Gallery, Laguna Beach

captivating studio still lifes often of flowers, to subtle studies of the rocky coastline at Laguna Beach, the historic walls of Mission San Juan Capistrano, the rough beauty of Santa Ana Canyon, or enduring energetic expeditions to paint scenes in the vast California and Arizona deserts.

Anna was born in 1882, the daughter of a clergyman in Ravenna, Ohio. She pursued her art studies at the Art Institute in Chicago, and later at Cooper Union Art School in New York City. For four years, she toured and painted in Europe, including studies at the Academie Julian in Paris. While in Europe she studied with John Noble Barlow (1861-1917).

Anna Althea Hills The Spell of the Sea
The Spell of the Sea, 1920, Oil on canvas, 30 x 40 in. Irvine Museum Collection
Anna Althea Hills Summer in the Canyon
Summer in the Canyon Oil on canvas, 18 x 26 inches
Irvine Museum Collection

During her lifetime, she received honors for her art, including the Bronze Medal at the Panama-California Exposition, San Diego, in 1915; the Bronze Medal at the California State Fair, 1919; and the Landscape Prize at the Laguna Beach Art Association, 1922, 1923. Tragically, she died young at age 48. Upon her death, a plaque was placed at the Laguna Art Museum, praising her for her dedication and promotion of the arts in the Laguna Beach Community. Forty-four years after her death, the Laguna Beach Art Association sponsored an exhibition of her work in 1974. Her paintings hang in the Laguna Art Museum and the Irvine Museum, the Fleischer Museum, and the Orange County Museum.

The Irvine Museum | Anna Althea Hills Page on our site | Back to the Top
The Vatican Museums Honor the 400th Anniversary
of Galileo Galilei and his astronomical observations

Four hundred years ago, Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) aimed his telescope toward Jupiter and its moons. His empirical observations confirmed the heliocentrism ideas of Copernicus, that the earth rotated around the sun.

In the church's interpretation, Earth was the center of the universe, and the Church was God's presence on the earth. Therefore, Galileo and his observations were a threat. In February of 1616, the Catholic Church declared heliocentrism as "false and contrary to Scripture." Galileo was consequently found suspect of heresy in 1633.

Galileo Before the Holy Office
Galileo before the Holy Office, a 19th century painting
by Joseph-Nicolas Robert-Fleury at the Luxembourg Museum

Portrait of Galileo by J. Sustermans, c. 1637.
In the Uffizi, Florence

After Galileo's forced recantation, he spent the rest of his life under house arrest.

Given this historical backdrop, this announcement by the Vatican Museums is rendered quite interesting.

The Church's early 17th Century stance set up an unnecessary hostility between the church and science for the next several centuries. Discoveries by later scientists would also be held at odds with the teachings of the Church.

In an effort to correct the hostility between science and the church, Pope John Paul II in 1992 declared that the ruling against Galileo was an error resulting from "tragic mutual incomprehension."

Early 17th century telescopes and original

Steven Hawking and Pope Benedict
Photo of Pope Benedict with physicist Stephen Hawking. Hawking was an invited guest when the Pontifical Academy of Sciences hosted a week-long gathering from October 31 to November 3, 2008, exploring the theme: "Scientific Insights into the Evolution of the Universe and of Life."

manuscripts by Galileo will be on view at the Vatican Museums as part of the exhibit commemorating the 400th anniversary of Galileo's observations. The exhibit, "Astrum 2009: Astronomy and Instruments" tells the story of astronomy through use of its tools beginning with a 3rd Century globe of the zodiac to increasingly more sophisticated telescopes of today.

Although it widely known the teachings of the Church don't change quickly, we are witnessing a change, a rethinking of bringing theology and science closer, and leaving the antagonism between science and the church in the past. When announcing the Galileo exhibition, Monsignor Gianfranco Ravasi, the Vatican's top culture official, declined to revisit the Church's 17th century condemnation of Galileo, but he did say that while it was necessary to have the courage to admit errors when they were made, "I continue to believe that it's necessary to look more to the future."

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The Louvre & McDonalds?

We don't wish to make more of this story than there is, but still, when lovers of great art first hear this news, they cringe, and one can almost almost hear a collective sigh of disappointment.

"The Louvre" and "McDonalds" seem to be at the extremes of culture, a museum filled with one-of-a kind masterpieces of world renowned high art, on the one hand, and a restaurant known for mass produced and low priced mediocrity, on the other.

But it seems not to be an erosion of western culture after all. The Louvre, in an effort to offer a wide range of services to its thousands of guests, has added McDonald's to an international food court located in its underground lobby, a popular shopping center known as the Carrousel du Louvre. It isn't such a big deal after all!

On a personal note , I must confess, that while in Paris, Linda and I visited a McDonalds. It occurred during an exhausting day walking about the city. We were near the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs-Elysees, and found ourselves standing in front of the ubiquitous golden arches. We dropped in for a large soda, sat down to rest our throbbing feet, and restored our fluids. Once refreshed, we were on our sight seeing way.

And so it may be for thousands of people, gazing their way through the Louvre's galleries, needing a moment to rest weary

Louvre exterior and famed pyramids

Posted on YouTube, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow and Kent Jones have fun with this story
feet, rehydrate and fuel up for more of the glories of the greatest art museum in the world. If the Louvre's food offerings were to match the art on its walls, no one would be able to afford it, nor afford the time required to properly enjoy it. McDonald's inclusion in the Carrousel du Louvre is but a convenience, and since many of the tourists visiting the Louvre are young students on extremely stretched budgets, we applaud the Louvre for making such quick and convenient fare available.
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Gallery Notes
  • Make note of the opening on November 1 of a new gallery of historic art in downtown Petaluma, the Calabi Gallery - see gallery listings in the next section. It joins Pierre's Antiques and Vintage Bank on that block of North Main as a shopping destination for investment grade art.
  • Booklet: Disney artist and effects director Joshua Meador 1911-1965 is the main focus of the gallery's exhibit during now extended to Thanksgiving. There is now a 2009 Meador exhibition booklet available to be mailed, or at the gallery, that was not available when the exhibit opened. We also have copies of the 2006 exhibit catalogue.
  • Continuing to mid-December, a little-publicized important exhibit of Major Western Paintings: The art gallery on the Concourse Level at the Bank of America at 555 Montgomery Street, San Francisco - open to the public during business hours - has been hosting an amazing array of paintings constituting part of its "Art of the West" loan to various museums. Included are important works by such luminaries as Maynard Dixon, E. Martin Hennings, Joseph Henry Sharp, William Herbert Dunton, Edgar Payne, Frank Tenney Johnson, Oscar Berninghaus, and Eanger Irvin Couse. It is rare to be able to view such a stellar collection.
  • Important Informational Website: CaliforniaArt.Com . If you haven't already bookmarked and made frequent visits, you should certainly check out Nancy Moure's revamped website. Not only is it a very convenient place to find the contact and location information about the art galleries that feature California's historic art, but there are also commentaries, reports of current events and opportunities of various sorts. Currently she comments on the controversial sale of some of the Orange County Museum's historic art.
  • Appropriate framing can sometimes present a challenge, particularly for mid-Century Regionalist paintings where the framing often has not withstood the test of time and didn't really complement the art. At the current exhibit, the artisan-made closed-corner arts & crafts frames of Holton Studio are featured, particularly on paintings by Josh Meador. Twelve different profiles have been on view, many of them signed into the back of the oak by the respective artisan. We trust that you will agree that these are an excellent choice for reframing these paintings, and also for Regionalist watercolors and photographic prints such as those by Edward Curtis. Holton Studio's own art show of seven Northern California Landscape painters will be held November 14 through December 19, with the artists' reception on Saturday November 14 from 4-7pm.
  • Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery is proud to be a Founding Member of the Walt Disney Family Museum. We have membership applications at the gallery. Membership is available at various levels, and provides a number of benefits. The official opening of the museum was October 1, 2009, and timed-entry tickets are now available.
  • At the gallery we have added a rack of vintage prints, unframed, such as the Ghost Town series by Clyde Forsythe, signed John W. Hilton desert prints, and Jimmy Swinnerton prints. Very old prints from the 1800's are also included such as antique prints by Corot. Some Arthur Singer bird prints from American Home Magazine of the 50's. There are also paper memorabilia such as fruit box labels and railroad items. It holds some real treasures!
  • Our current gallery exhibit features the paintings of those artists who were strongly associated with the movie industry, such as Disney artists Joshua Meador, Bennett Bradbury, Phil Dike, and Ralph Hulett. Paramount's Jon Domela and independent Charles Wesley Nicholson. Others not currently on view for lack of space include MGM's Jon Blanchette. This exhibit is presented in celebration of the opening of the new Disney Museum in The Presidio, San Francisco. It also follows upon major museum presentations of the oil paintings of these "Regionalist" painters from mid-Century at the California Heritage Museum in Santa Monica and the Irvine Museum (see museum listings below). (Also, the Huntington Library, American Paintings Collection, has most recently acquired a Thomas Hart Benton painting in this category.)
  • This year's Map of fine arts and arts & crafts galleries in Sonoma County has been issued by the Sonoma County Gallery Group, and is available at galleries, visitors centers, wineries on the Wine Road, and other locations. There are several new galleries of note, and this Map and the website is a good way to plan a tour and find out about current exhibits.
  • Booklets of several of our exhibitions are available. Pick them up at the gallery or send us your mailing address.
    - Joshua Meador 1911-1965 (September-October 2009 Exhibition; 2006 Exhibition)
    - Painters of the Desert;
    - Regionalist Watercolors;
    - 19th Century Paintings of Northern California;
    - Painters of Carmel (plus other Master Painters of the Sea).

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What's showing at Bodega Bay Galleries & Beyond?
click on their links and discover the wonder to be found in the galleries of West Sonoma County
While in Bodega Bay ...
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IN BODEGA BAY Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery
1580 Eastshore Road, PO Box 325
Bodega Bay, CA 94923, 707-875-2911
Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays, Noon until 5:00 PM
(or other times by prearranged appointment)
Current Exhibit: Joshua Meador & Regionalist Oil Painters of the Film Industry
Map & Location |

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Smith and Kirk Gallery Bodega Bay


Libby Kirk's fused glass, Susan Amalia's
multi-media works, and Gary Smith's Custom Framing.
Also offering works of the late Gail Packer.
Conveniently located next to The Ren Brown Collection
1785 A Highway One, PO Box 1116, Bodega Bay, CA 94923 | 707-875-2976
Gary Smith of Smith and Kirk Fine Art and Custom Framing
Local Color Gallery

IN BODEGA BAY Local Color Gallery
"ANIMAL HOUSE" Joanne Panizerra--photography, Nancy Winn--papier mache, John Sumner--oils, Mary Hoppert--watercolors, Tamsen Donner --oils
October 10 - November 15, Reception: Saturday October 10 1-4pm | Back to the Top

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Blue Heron Ron Sumner

Reb Brown Sign Thumbnail IN BODEGA BAY The Ren Brown Collection
Special Exhibit of Mezzotints by Mikio Watanabe
October 8 - November 15, 2009
& Paintings by Robert DeVee | Back to the Top
Ren Brown Collection
Terrapin Creek Cafe Andrew and Liya
Liya and Andrew

And while in Bodega Bay, visit Liya and Andrew at
The (increasingly popluar) Terrapin Creek Cafe "just above Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery"
Here's what Santa Rosa's Press Democrat had to say ...
"... Against all odds, this little storefront restaurant, in the space that was once the Seaweed Café,
perched on a hillside above the Bodega harbor marina, has pulled off a culinary coup.

In a Wine Country stuffed with world-renowned restaurants, it is,
in a quiet and unassuming way, among the best."
featuring paintings by Robert DeVee )

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

IN DUNCANS MILLS Christopher Queen Galleries
3 miles east of Hwy 1 on Hwy 116 on the Russian River
"Chasing the Moon" A stellar array of paintings that capture
the mystery & magic of the Moon and its many faces.
Champagne reception, Sunday, Oct 4, 1:00-3:00 PM
through November, '09 | Back to the Top

Self Portrait of Xavier Martinez
Bobbi & Ron Quercia

IN DUNCANS MILLS Quercia Gallery
a multi-media figurative exhibit by seven Sonoma County artists

Kathleen Sheridan, Maria Cornejo, Sandra Rubin, Suzanne Edminster
Noel Yates, Joe Jaqua, Isabelle Proust
Reception, Sunday, October 4

Hours: 11am-5pm, Thur - Mon (707) 865-0243 | Back to the Top

Quercia Gallery Duncans Mills
John Rizzi Glassworks Shop IN Guerneville John Rizzi Glassworks
Retail Gallery and Studio
specializing in unique glass sculpture,
beads and jewelry
http://www.JohnRizziGlasswork | Back to the Top
John Rizzi at work in studio
Annex Galleries Santa Rosa IN Santa Rosa The Annex Galleries
specializing in 19th, 20th, and 21st century
American and European fine prints
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IN CALISTOGA the Lee Youngman Gallery
Five Artists Paint their Favorite Subjects
Larry Cannon, Teresa Dong, Charles White,
Hye Seong Yoon & Stephen Sanfilippo
Artist Reception, October 3, 2009, 5:00 - 7:00 PM | Back to the Top

Paul Youngman Mustard
Paul Youngman

Jeanette Legrue and her painting Lillies Thumbnail

IN TOMALES Tomales Fine Art
Host artist Janette LeGrue

Presentlly showing new paintings in the gallery from
Timothy Horn. John Poon, Randall Sexton & Brian Mark Taylor | Back to the Top

Tomales Fine Art Gallery
QuickSilver Gallery Exterior

IN FORESTVILLE The Quicksilver Mine Co.
6671 Front St. (Hwy. 116) Downtown Forestville PHONE: 707.887.0799
October 2—November 15, 2009 DOGGONE IT, SHIT HAPPENS: New Work by John Holmes
November 20 - January 3, 2010, BOTANICAL GRAMMAR: Paintings by Gary Brewer
Artist Reception: Saturday November 21, 4—6pm
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Linda Ratzlaff

IN GRATON Graton Gallery
9048 Graton Road, Graton, California (707) 829-8912
Current Show:
“Good Dog, Bad Dog” - Oct. 27 – Dec. 6 Back to the Top

Bodega Landmark Gallery Thumb IN BODEGA Bodega Landmark Gallery Collection
regional seascape and landscape painting, fine art photography, blown glass,
etching, sculpture, ceramics, stained glass, woodwork, and jewelry by local artists.
17255 Bodega Highway Bodega, California USA 94922 Phone 707 876 3477 | | Back to the Top
West County Design Center

IN VALLEY FORD West County Design
14390 Highway One • Valley Ford, CA 94972 • 707.876.1963
(Across from the Valley Ford Hotel and Rocker Oysterfeller's Restaurant)
Craig Collins, Craig Collins Furniture / Sharon Eager, Gallery Manager / Patrick Miller, Bohemian Stoneworks | Back to the Top

Boho Gallery Freestone Thumbnail IN FREESTONE Boho Gallery
463 Bohemian Hwy, Freestone, CA 95472 Phone 707-874-9792
fine art oils, encaustics, collage, ceramics, and jewelry. You'll find romantic wine country landscapes, ocean vistas, animal portraits, and whimsical narrative collages.
Artists Jocelyn Audette Michael-Che Swisher Barbara Harvie | | Back to the Top
BBHPhoto Dennis Calabi

Calabi Gallery

Sebastopol's own famed master conservator Dennis Calabi
brings his rare knowledge and experience to present
a tasteful and eclectic array of primarily 20th century artwork.
Calabi Gallery opens its doors for the first time on Sunday, November 1, 2009
144 Petaluma Blvd. North, Petaluma, CA 94952 707-781-94952
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Vintage Bank Petaluma Thumbnail IN PETALUMA Vintage Bank Antiques
Vintage Bank Antiques is located in Historic Downtown Petaluma, corner of Western Avenue and Petaluma Blvd. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Warren Davis and the rest of the team at Vintage Bank Antiques has assembled a spectacular inventory of paintings. From the 18th Century to Contemporary Artists. We have paintings to suit every price point and collector level. If you have a painting for sale, please consider Vintage Bank Antiques. Contact Warren Davis directly at
101 Petaluma Blvd. North, Petaluma, CA 94952, ph: 707.769.3097 | Back to the Top
Petaluma Arts Council Art Center IN PETALUMA Petaluma Arts Council
"... to celebrate local artists and their contributions and involve the whole community in appreciation, involvement and recognition of art
El Día de Los Muertos Petaluma 2009
Exhibition Dates: Oct. 17-Nov. 8, 2009
Members art exhibition starts November 13
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And, while on the Big Island, visit these friends of our gallery ...
Isaacs Art Center In Waimea, Big Island, Hawaii Isaacs Art Center
visit a superb Museum and Gallery. | Back to the Top
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Links to current museum exhibits
relevant to Early California Art
The Greater Bay Area
, Southern California, & Beyond
The Greater Bay Area
Oakland Museum of California

Gallery of California Art
Transformation underway
reopens in 2010.

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de Young Museum

de Young Museum: American Painting Collection, &
"Tutankhamun and the
Golden Age of the Pharaohs"

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San Francisco
California Historical Society

Think California
September 24, 2009- February 5, 2011, an exhibition highlighting the colorful history of California through the institution’s remarkable collection of artwork.
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Legion of Honor

Very Postmortem: Mummies and Medicine
October 31, 2009 — July 4, 2010

San Francisco Legion of Honor Museum
San Francisco
ontemporary Jewish Museum

There's a Mystery There:
Sendak on Sendak
September 8, 2009 - January 19, 2010

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Hearst Art Gallery

Out of This World
The Landscapes of Our Solar System

Oct 11 - Dec 13

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Santa Rosa
Sonoma County Museum

Envisioning the World: The First Printed Maps 1472-1700
October 2 - January 17

Sonoma County Museum Thumbnail Now Open
in San Francisco's Presidio
The Walt Disney Family Museum
view site for time-entry tickets

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Santa Rosa
Charles M. Schultz Museum
Peanuts Cooks
October 14, 2009 to
February 15, 2010

Charles M Schultz Museum Santa Rosa Sonoma
Sonoma Valley Museum of Art

551 Broadway, Sonoma CA 95476
(707) 939-7862
Sonoma Valley Museum of Art Biennial 2009, A juried exhibition of forty-eight North Bay Artists, SEPT 5 - NOV 29, 2009
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Mission San Francisco de Solano

featuring the famed watercolor paintings
of the California Missions
by Christian Jorgensen
Mission San Francisco de Solano in Sonoma CA Ukiah
Grace Hudson Museum
Edward S. Curtis Refocused
through November 8, 2009
Grace Hudson Museum
Crocker Art Museum

Permanent Exhibit, plus
Treasures, Curiosities, and Secrets:
The Crockers and the Gilded Age
Opens November 6.
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Capitol Museum

Permanent Exhibits

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Monterey Museum of Art
Scenes of the Old West: The Ralph K. Davies Collection of Western Art
Through November 22: The work of Charles M. Russell and Frederic Remington

Monterey Museum of Art

San Jose
San Jose Museum of Art

Ansel Adams: Early Works
through Sunday, February 28, 2010
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Southern California
Santa Barbara
The Santa Barbara
Museum of Art
California Calling: Works from Santa Barbara Collections, 1948 - 2008
Part I: July 18 - December 27, 2009
Santa Barbara Museum of Art Thumbnail Irvine
The Irvine Museum

Selections From The Irvine Museum, 2009
including Anna Althea Hills
October 6, 2009 to February 13, 2009
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San Diego
San Diego Museum of Art

Picasso, Miró, Calder
Through December 6, 2009
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Palm Springs
Palm Springs Art Museum

Permanent Collection:
American 19th-Century Landscape Painting
& American Desert Painting

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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

Santa Monica
California Heritage Museum
Opening November 14, 2009
Evolution and Art in California

California Heritage Museum Santa Monica

Norton Simon Museum

Ingres's 'Comtesse d'Haussonville'
from The Frick Collection
October 30, 2009 - January 25, 2010
Permanent collection,European paintings

Norton Simon Museum Pasadena Los Olivos
Wilding Museum
At Altitude:
Four Views of the Southern Sierra September 23, 2009 - January 3, 2010

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& Beyond
Seattle, WA
Seattle Art Museum

Michelangelo Public and Private: Drawings for the Sistine Chapel and Other Treasures from the Casa Buonarroti
October 15, 2009–January 31, 2010

Seattle Art Museum Portland, OR
Portland Art Museum

Permanent Collection

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Washington D.C.
The Renwick Gallery
1934: A New Deal for Artists
Now through January 3, 2010
Graphic Masters II: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum

through January 10, 2010
Grand Salon Installation—Paintings from the Smithsonian American Art Museum
Renwick Gallery Washington DC Chicago, IL
Art Institute of Chicago

Permanent collection
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Washington D.C.
The National Gallery
Edouard Manet's "Ragpicker" from the Norton Simon Foundation
May 22–November 29, 2009
Tha National Gallery Washington DC Thumbnail Atlanta, GA
High Museum of Art

Leonardo da Vinci: Hand of the Genius
October 6, 2009 through February 21, 2010
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Cedar Rapids, IA
The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
Grant Wood: In Focus is an ongoing permanent collection exhibition.
Cedar Rapids Museum of Art Roanoke, VA
The Taubman Museum
19th & 20th Century Paintings
John Singer Sargent, Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, Robert Henri, Childe Hassam & others.
Permanent Exhibit
Taubman Musuem Roanoke Virginia
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