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Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery
newsletter, November 2021

an online gallery located in Bodega Bay, California, with our showroom in Graton, CA
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Linda Sorensen ...
Linda Sorensen, West County Curves, 18 x 36
West County Curves
18 x 36, maple float frame

at Sacramento's Crocker
Monet to Matisse, paintings from
the Dixon Gallery in Memphis

Kathi Hilton, 1939-2021
In Memorium
Kathi Hilton 1939-2021

Sam Hyde Harris, Lakeside, Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery
Coming Up ...
"Sam Hyde Harris,
Seeing the Unusual"
Casa Romantica, San Clemente, CA, Nov. 19, 2021 - Feb. 27, 2022

Claude Monet 1840-1926, Port of Dieppe, Evening, 1882
Claude Monet 1840-1926, Port of Dieppe, Evening, 1882
at Sacramento's Crocker Museum
Monet to Matisse
paintings from the Dixon Gallery in Memphis
Monet to Matisse Exhibition, Crocker Museum, Sacramento Pan Photo
"Monet to Matisse: Masterworks of French Impressionism from the Dixon Gallery" explores the evolution of French Impressionism from its beginnings to the dawn of Modernism.
Crocker Art Museum, Monet to Matisse Exhibition Placard

The exhibition features works from Claude Monet, Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Alfred Sisley, and Gustave Courbet to later works by Paul Gauguin, Paul Cezzane and Henri Matisse.

As you may gather from the panoramic photograph above, the more-than-spacious exhibit presentation is impressive. On the room divider to the left sparkles a wonderful Monet. In the center of the wall to the right is a monumental and gorgeous street scene with horses. At the far left, in the distance, is a monumental fireworks scene. An in-person visit is undeniably worthwhile. The works in this collection are lesser known, yet are quite pleasing and together offer an appreciation of the explosively creative Impressionist and Post-Impressionist era.

The Dixon Gallery is located in Memphis, Tennessee. It was founded by Hugo and Margert Oates Dixon who made their fortune in cotton. Married in 1926, Hugo and his wife Margaret moved to Memphis in 1939 and became philanthropists in the Memphis area.

Their Georgean-style mansion surrounded by French and Italian gardens was cause for collecting art. They focused on late 19th and early 20th century Impressionist and Post Impressionist paintings. Hugo and Margeret Oates Dixon both died in 1974, but through their foundation, their philanthropy continues. Today their home and their art is the Dixon Gallery and Gardens.

Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis Tennessee
Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis, Tennessee
Below are some paintings from this exhibition, with info from the exhibition's placards.
Claude Monet 1840-1926, Village Street, c1870
Claude Monet 1840-1926, Village Street, c1870
Jean Baptist-Camille Corot 1796-1875,  The Paver of the Chailly Road, Fontainbleau, 1830-35
Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot 1796-1875,
The Paver of the Chailly Road, Fontainbleau, 1830-35
Claude Monet 1840-1926, Port of Dieppe, Evening, 1882 (top of the article) ... the star of this exhibition. It was was done by Monet when he was 42 years old while on a trip to Le Havre on the Coast of Normandy. The painting's dazzling oranges, pinks, blues and purples are striking from across the room, a dance of color and light, shadow and reflection. Monet wrote a letter to Alice Hoshede in Paris that he was pleased "to have found here superb sunlight."

At the time of this painting, Monet was a widower. Three years earlier in 1879, his first wife Camille died after a lengthy illness. Claude and Camille Monet lived with the Hoshedes in Paris, where Alice cared for the ailing Camille. Nearly ten years later, Alice's husband Ernest had died in 1891. Claude asked Alice to marry him in 1882.

Claude Monet 1840-1926, Village Street, 1870 ... Monet painted Village Street when he was 30 years old while he and his first wife Camille Doncieux were visiting Normandy. This painting shows Monet's tendency to forego what he considered unessential detail in favor of emphasizing his broad, generalizing impression of the scene. The late afternoon sun casts deep shadows on the main street through Trouville, with the English Channel off in the background. The house to the right is not far from the Hotel des Roches Noires which Monet painted the following summer.

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot 1796-1875, The Paver of the Chailly Road, Fontainebleau c1830-35 ... In the early 1830's, Corot and a number of other artists gathered often in the village of Barbizon in the Fontainebleau forest just outside Paris. The innovation of paint being able to be stored in lead tubes allowed artists to get out of their studios and paint outdoors. Here, Corot paints a paver as he lays stones opening up the Fontainebleau Forest for Parisians. Corot uses rapid brushwork, a technique painters developed to capture the quickly changing light while painting outdoors. Monet had great respect for Corot, later stating, "Compared to Corot, we are all nothing, nothing."
Edgar Degas 1834-1917, Ballet Scene, circa 1870's, reworked 1890's
Edgar Degas 1834-1917, Ballet Scene, circa 1870's, reworked 1890's
Victor-Edouard Lepine Stanislas 1835-1892, The Island of Grand Jatte in Summer, c1877-1882
Victor-Edouard Stanislas Lepine 1835-1892,
The Island of Grand Jatte in Summer, c1877-1882
Edgar Degas 1834-1917, Ballet Scene, circa 1870's, reworked 1890's ... Degas loved painting scenes of the French Ballet. This scene is dramatized as the dancer completes a demi-plie while in dramatic or eerie shadow. The painting is a blur of color and very short on detail with great movement and mystery. The face of the dancer is half in shadow and the oval shaped area of orange appears to be the back of the head of an audience member.

Victor-Edouard Stanislas Lepine 1835-1892,
The Island of Grand Jatte in Summer, c1877-1882 ... Stanislas Lepine was 42 when he created The Island of Grand Jatte in Summer. As a young artist, he, like Claude Monet, studied with Eugene Boudin and Camille Corot. He embraced the value of painting outdoors, directly from nature. Parisians, eager to escape the city, enjoyed visiting the Island of Grand Jatte, a great place to picnic on the island's banks of the Seine. In a scene near this one in 1886, Post-Impressionist Georges Seurat would create his well known pointillist masterpiece A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.
Jean-Francois Raffaelli 1850-1924, The Place D'Italie after the Rain, 1877
Jean-Francois Raffaelli 1850-1924, The Place D'Italie after the Rain, 1877
Jean-Francois Raffaelli 1850-1924, The Place D'Italie after the Rain, 1877 ... Raffaelli created this painting 25 years after Napoleon appointed Georges Haussmann to modernize Paris. As a result of Haussmann's efforts, Paris became less segregated and the social order of Paris began changing. Impressionists wanted to capture what they saw as radical social change, an era of hope and modernity that they wanted to embrace. The convergence of paved boulevards seems to be an echo of the endless sky, while the views down two of these boulevards show interesting perspective.
John Singer Sargent 1856-1925, Ramon Subercaseaux in a Gondola, 1880
John Singer Sargent 1856-1925, Ramon Subercaseaux in a Gondola, 1880
Gustave Courbet 1819-1877, Lac Leman, 1877
Gustave Courbet 1819-1877, Lac Leman, 1877

John Singer Sargent 1856-1925, Ramon Subercaseaux in a Gondola, 1880 ... American artist John Singer Sargent was only 24. At this young age, he had already become a successful painter doing commissioned portraits for wealthy clients. He was friends with another young Parisian artist, Ramon Subercaseaux, who was also a Chilean diplomat stationed in Paris. In 1880, Sargent and Subercaseaux toured through Europe, painting as they went. Here, Sargent paints Subercaseaux seated in a Venetian gondoloa while Subercaseaux appears to be drawing Sargent as he painted.

Gustave Courbet 1819-1877, Lac Leman, 1877 ... Switzerland's Lake Geneva was previously known as Lac Leman, and it still is called Lac Leman in the French language. Impressionist Gustave Courbet had participated in the destruction of the Vendome Column during the Paris Commune of 1871. He was exiled to Switzerland in 1873 where he remained until his death in 1877 at the age of 58. He found solace in painting scenes of Lake Geneva. Here he focused on the rocky shore against a wide expanse of sky filled with puffy clouds. The contrast of the small sailboats in the distance gives a feel of the scene's immensity..

Alfred Sisley 1839-1899, The Loing at Saint-Mammes, c1880
Alfred Sisley 1839-1899, The Loing at Saint-Mammes, c1880

Edmond Georges Grandjean 1844-1908, A Coach Stop on the Place De Passy, 1882Edmond Georges Grandjean 1844-1908,
A Coach Stop on the Place De Passy, 1882

Alfred Sisley 1839-1899, The Loing at Saint-Mammes, c1880 ... Afred Sisley was born and raised in Paris to English parents. After having seen the work of English landscape painters John Constable and J.M.W. Turner, he decided to study art. In short order, he met fellow young artists Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Sisley never wavered from an impressionist style, but he struggled to find buyers. Early in his career, his work showed delicate brushwork, but this painting shows rapid brushstrokes capturing the energy of barge traffic where the Loing River meets the Seine.

Edmond Georges Grandjean 1844-1908, A Coach Stop on the Place De Passy, 1882 ... A Coach Stop on the Place De Passy was shown at the Paris Salon of 1882. This painting's placement in this exhibition is in stark contrast to the Impressionists. Initially, the Paris art market was not kind to the Impressionists. This is why they established their own exhibition after having been rejected by the Paris Salon. Edmond Grandjean was a contemporary of Monet, Renoir, Sisley and the other impressionists, but he held true to more acceptable ideas of painting. He believed an artist should, with meticulous observation, paint what he saw in front of him with an almost photographic realism.

Georges Seurat 1859-1891, The Picnic, c1885
Georges Seurat 1859-1891, The Picnic, c1885
Pierre-Auguste Renoir 1841-1919, The Picture Book, c1892
Pierre-Auguste Renoir 1841-1919, The Picture Book, c1892
Georges Seurat 1859-1891, The Picnic, c1885 ... As a result of impressionism and its study of light, artists soon began investigating the scientific nature of light. Georges Seurat is credited for devising techniques of chromoluminarism and pointillism. Chromoluminarism is using the arrangement of color so that the eye reconstructs or interprets the color as shape. Pointillism uses dots of pure color positioned near other colors to create a third color.

Seurat painted this scene of three figures seated on the grass of La Grande Jatte in the Seine.
This painting may have well been an oil sketch used by Seurat as he was prepariing to paint A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. If it was a preliminary sketch, the three seated children were not among the figures Seurat used in his final masterpiece.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir 1841-1919, The Picture Book, c1892 ... Renoir was 51 years old when he painted The Picture Book. He had become successful in part doing portraits of other people's children. As he became more successful, he used his own children as models, This rosy cheeked girl appears to be lost in her own sense of wonder, free from the responsibilities of the adult world. Renoir seems to have been captured by her wonder as he painted her. His fluid brushwork sacrifices detail while drawing attention to the girl's warmness and wonder.
Henri Stanislas Rouart 1833-1913, Woman Playing the Guitar, c1885-90
Henri Stanislas Rouart 1833-1913, Woman Playing the Guitar, c1885-90 ...

Berthe Morisot 1841-1895, Peasant Girl among Tulips, 1890
Berthe Morisot 1841-1895, Peasant Girl among Tulips, 1890

Henri Stanislas Rouart 1833-1913, Woman Playing the Guitar, c1885-90 ... Rouart was a lifelong friend of Edgar Degas. During the siege of Paris, part of the Franco-Prussian War, Degas was a volunteer serving under Lieutenant Henri Rouart. After the war, Rouart worked as an industrial engineer, pioneering new systems of refrigeration and made his fortune.

He had always been interested in art, and painted some on his own. He was also a patron and personal friend of the Impressionists. He was inspired mostly by Degas, but his painting shows the influence of other impressionists. He contibuted his paintings to seven of the eight Impressionist exhibitions. The model in Woman Playing the Guitar is unknown, but it was done in Rouart's house, with some of his collected paintings appearing in the background.

Berthe Morisot 1841-1895, Peasant Girl among Tulips, 1890 ...
Like Henri Rouart, Berthe Morisot participated in seven of the eight Impressionist exhibitions, Berthe Morisot painted Peasant Girl Among the Tulips in 1890, when she was 49. Morisot and her ailing husband Eugene Manet (younger brother of Edouard Manet) eased their family's financial anxiety by moving out of Paris. They rented a house in the village of Mezy-sur-Seine, northwest of Paris. While there, Morisot cared for her husband and painted some. She used her daugher, her niece and a neighborhood girlfriend as models. Gabrielle Dufour was the friend and is the model for Peasant Girl Among the Tulips. Although Gabrielle had a local reputation as a wild girl, Morisot saw in her a beauty and fragility, similar to the tulips surrounding her.

Henry Ossawa Tanner 1859-1937,  View of the Seine, Looking toward Notre Dame, 1896
Henry Ossawa Tanner 1859-1937,
View of the Seine, Looking toward Notre Dame, 1896

Henri Matisse 1869-1954, Le Palais, Belle Ile, c1896-97
Henri Matisse 1869-1954, Le Palais, Belle Ile, c1896-97

Henry Ossawa Tanner 1859-1937, View of the Seine, Looking toward Notre Dame, 1896 ... African American painter Henry Ossawa Tanner was the son of a former slave and a preacher. He always strived to relate a sense of spirituality in all his paintings. After achieving success in Philadelphia and New York, Tanner settled in Paris, freeing him of the racisim in America. He studied at the Academie Julian and exhibited at the Paris Salon for twenty-one years, 1894 through 1914. His nocturne, View of the Seine, Looking toward Notre Dame shows the placid waters of the Seine with a gleaming Notre Dame in the background. The composition shows the influence of another expatriate American, James McNeill Whistler, whose former Paris studio was now occupied by Tanner. Whistler had since relocated to London.

Henri Matisse 1869-1954, Le Palais, Belle Ile, c1896-97 ... In 1895, Matisse was 25 years old and had never seen the ocean. He and his friend Emile Wery visited the Belle-Ile-en-Mer off the coast of Brittany. The following year, Matisse returned for a three month long stay. Le Palais, Belle Ile was one of the most colorful paintings Matisse he had done to this point, and shows his anticipation of Fauvism. His work appears to be changing before our eyes. With the flattened view of the harbor, the citadel on the hill appears flattened while the foreground is awash in innovative color. Soon, he would become known as the most daring colorist of the early twentieth century.
Maximilien Luce 1858-1941,  The Church of Gisors, View of the Ramparts, 1898
Maximilien Luce 1858-1941,
The Church of Gisors, View of the Ramparts, 1898
Gaston La Touche 1854-1913, The Joyous Festival, c1906
Gaston La Touche 1854-1913, The Joyous Festival, c1906

Maximilien Luce 1858-1941, The Church of Gisors, View of the Ramparts, 1898 ... Maximilien Luce was eighteen years younger than Claude Monet. He was born into a working class family in the Montparnasse district, a section of the city populated by more than its share of artists. He identified himself with the Neo-Impressionists lead by Georges Seurat and Paul Signac. Like his friend Camille Pissarro, Luce held somewhat radical left political beliefs and was active in the anarchist movements in Paris in the 1880's, even serving some time in prison in 1894. His oeuvre is mixed, showing paintings of hard-pressed urban laborers in some while painting benign and complacent views of Gothic churches in others. In The Church of Gisors, View of the Ramparts, Luce creates a lively pointillist look at the centuries old building, giving it a glowing colorfulness in the golden light of sunset.

Gaston La Touche 1854-1913, The Joyous Festival, c1906
... This painting is important in this exhibition because it draws attention to the gulf between the established art market in Paris and the Impressionists. While La Touche looked back to the old ways, the Impressionists embraced modernity. In Paris of the 1890's and 1900's, there was a Rococo Revival in Paris. La Touche was all too happy to produce paintings for this market. Although La Touche was a gifted painter and good friends with many of the Impressionists, his art was going in a completely different direction.

Overall, this was a fun exhibition, covering work by a variety of Impressionist and Post Impressionist painters of a marvelously creative and inventive period in the history of painting. It is worthy of your time and effort to plan an excursion to Sacramento to see it. It is at the Crocker Museum in Sacramento through January 30, 2022. The Museum is open Wednesdays through Sundays, 10 to 5. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors. Masks are required.

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Kathi Hilton, recent photo
Kathi Hilton, 1939-2021
In Memoriam
Kathi Hilton 1939-2021

Kathi Hilton was a great friend to our gallery and she will be missed. She was a fascinating desert painter in her own right, and she held a treasure trove of personal memories of the California Desert Painters and many legendary giants of the California Desert.

Kathi grew up in Thermal, California, a place as hot as its name located southeast of Palm Springs and north of the Salton Sea. She was the daughter of John W. and Eunice Hilton. John Hilton ran a small gem shop and art gallery just across the road from Valerie Jean's Date Shop. Her father eventually became the famous desert painter John W. Hilton. John was renaissance man with an oversized magnetic personality. He was a self-taught geologist, gemologist, botanist, zoologist, jewelry maker, rock hound, writer, musician, and today is best known as a California Desert Painter.

Her father was friend to many of California's greatest desert painters and a host of notorious people from other walks of life. They all found John to be an affable and worthy friend.

Many of Kathi's dad's friends were her adopted aunts and uncles. They included desert painters James Swinnerton, Maynard Dixon, Clyde Forsythe, Carl Hoerman, Agnes Pelton, Nicolai Fechin, Bill Bender and Marjory Reed. Marjory Reed often served as Kathi's favorite babysitter.

Other of her dad's friends that Kathi remembered were industrialist Howard Hughes, General George S. Patton, humorist Will Rogers, novelist Zane Grey, LA Times editor Ed Ainsworth, and Hollywood actor James Cagney. Often with a fond chuckle, she would tell tales of her encounters with these people, showing her appreciation for having known them.
Kathi Hilton, Before the Storm, Blooming Ocotillo with Mountain background
Kathi Hilton's Before the Storm, 12 x 16
Blooming Ocotillos with Mountains, sold by our gallery in 2010
Of Maynard Dixon, Kathi said, "I loved his soft voice." Of Clyde Forsythe, she recalls he always had peppermint candy. A memory of Howard Hughes was a favorite story Kathi enjoyed telling. On several occasions. Howard flew his plane out from Los Angeles to visit John, landing on the highway in front of their gem shop and art gallery. On one of these visits in 1942, Hughes brought fresh Maine Lobster for little Kathi's 3rd birthday. Kathi later told and me most emphatically that lobster remained her favorite dish ever since.
Kathi Hilton at the Twentynine Palms Art Gallery in 2012
Kathi at an exhibition of her work at the Twentynine Palms Art Gallery in 2012

Kathi at her first exhibition just outside of the
Twentynine Palms Gallery 43 years earlier in 1970

Not all was rosy for Kathi during her formative years. in 1951 when Kathi was 12 years old, her mother Eunice divorced John. Kathi and Eunice moved to Sherman Oaks. There, Kathi spent her high school years and began taking classes at UCLA. Among her close high school girlfriends was Caty Cagney, the daughter of famous screen actor James Cagney. She once attended a birthday party for Caty aboard James Cagney's famous three masted yacht, a birthday party Kathi said she'd never forget.

Over 4 years later, Kathi went to visit with her father who was now living in Twentynine Palms, California. By this time, he had married his second wife, Barbara, whom Kathi later said was the love of John's life. Kathi went on to explain that Barbara was good for her father, supportive of his art and helped manage his career.

On her reconnecting visit with her father, she met Barbara and found John in his studio painting with his neighbor and friend, James Cagney. What a surprise! Finding Caty Cagney's famous dad painting with her father seemed beyond coincidence. Katy soon learned Cagney visited Hilton often, enjoying painting sessions in John's studio and enjoying John's olympic sized thermal-spring-heated pool. From that time on, "Uncle Jimmy" was a lifelong friend.

Kathi once told Uncle Jimmy that her feelings had been hurt by a critic who said her paintings were too much like her dad's. Cagney comforted her, and with his arm around Kathi's shoulder he told her, "Don't you worry about that Kati, you just paint what's in your heart." Kathi loved her Uncle Jimmy and later said, "That is the best advice I ever received."

What draws people to Kathi's paintings is their brightness. "Luminosity" is the adjective many use to describe her work. And for those who knew Kathi, her smile, her twinkling eyes, and her generous spirit, "luminosity" is the adjective often used to describe her.

Since 2007, Linda and I enjoyed a 14-year-long association with Kathi. I will miss those calls to inform her we sold one of her paintings. She was always so appreciative and supportive of our gallery.

John W. Hilton and his daughter Kathi
at one of their Father / Daughter exhibitions

Palm Springs writer Ann Japenga
You may read more of Ann's writings at

I also enjoyed calling Kathi to ask her questions about other California Desert painters. She was a most helpful, willing primary eye-witness to a special time in the California Desert.

In 2012, I flew down to Twentynine Palms for Kathi Hilton's one-woman show at the Twentynine Palms Art Gallery. I had arranged to meet Ann Japenga there, a freelance journalist living in Palm Springs who writes about the history of Palm Springs and the surrounding desert with keen instrests in California Desert painters. Ann wanted to meet Kathi and view her paintings.

Over dinner with Kathi and Ann at the Twentynine Palms Inn, Kathi told story after story while enjoyed a prime rib dinner (a local specialty she remembered from the old days). Afterward, the three of us piled into Ann Japenga's Subaru for an after-dark adventure. With Kathi and Ann in front and me in the back, we discovered the Mojave Desert doesn't have street lights. It seemed to us to be the darkest of moonless nights.

Our goal was to seek out John W. Hilton's old house. The dark dusty desert roads with illegible street signs, if they existed at all, made the task nearly impossible. With persistence, we found the home. Ann tells the story far better than I can. Here's Ann's article of the search in the dark desert.

On my own journey through life, I'm coming to appreciate just how briefly the lights of others shine in our lives. Its best to bask in their rays all you can. Thank you for your life Kathi, your optimisim, your art, your spirit, your character and your eye-twinkling luminosity.

The Desert Artistry of John and Kathi Hilton by Ann Japenga | Kathi Hilton's page on our site | Kathi's obituary
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Coming Up ...
"Sam Hyde Harris, Seeing the Unusual"
Casa Romantica, San Clemente, CA, Nov. 19, 2021 - Feb. 27, 2022
Casa Romantica, San Clemente, California, scene of the entrance with a fountain.
Casa Romantica, entrance with fountain

Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens is a destination in itself.

Casa Romantica's Spanish Colonial Revival architecture rests on a bluff overlooking the Pacific. Its hosts a variety of educational programs, many focusing on musical, dance and graphic arts. They are also open as a venue for weddings, meetings, and gatherings.

Sam Hyde Harris, Lakeside
Sam Hyde Harris, Lakeside, 12 x 16
one of several Sam Hyde Harris paintings
available from Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery
Beginning November 19 and running through February 27, Casa Romantica will host Sam Hyde Harris, Seeing the Unusual. The exhibition is curated by Maurine St. Gaudens and Joseph Morsman.

Sam Hyde Harris was both successful in commercial art and fine art painting. He is most remembered for his commercial work promoting the Santa Fe and Southern Pacific Railroads.

But Sam was a fine art painter too. In this exhibition are paintings of the early days of Chavez Ravine when it was home to several small but thriving Hispanic communities. But in the 1950's these communities were destroyed to make way for improvements, most notably the construction of Dodger Stadium. After their move to LA, the Dodgers played their first seasons in the LA Coliseum, and they were looking for a more spacious and permanent home.
Sam Hyde Harris had many associations with other artists and the Hollywood / LA social scene of the 1920's and 30's. One such artist was Orpha Klinker. To the right is a painting by Orpha of Chavez Ravine which may well have been done on a joint painting excursion with Sam Hyde Harris, or may have been done on a recommendation by Sam.

In his fine art painting, Sam was known for his majestic depictions of towering eucalyptus trees, laying down the color first with wide brushstrokes and then scraping away paint to expose the trunks to impressive effect.

Later in Sam's career, at the behest of his friend, California Desert Painting legend Jimmy Swinnerton, Sam painted scenes near Palm Springs and the surrounding California Desert.
Sam Hyde Harris, Chavez Ravine, Orpha Kinker
Orpha Kinker, Chavez Ravine, 14 x 19
Sold by Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery

Casa Romanica is located about 30 miles south of the Irvine Museum and about 17 miles north of Mission San Juan Capistrano. It is located in a residential area somewhat distant from I-5, so it is best to use Google Maps to select your route.

Casa Romantica Press Release for Sam Hyde Harris: Seeing the Unusual

Sam Hyde Harris: 1889-1977, a Retrospective edited by Maurine St Gaudens, available through Schiffer Publishing Ltd.
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in Bodega Bay
Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Showroom

Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Showroom
by appointment only in Graton or Bodega Bay
(with masks, social distancing and hand sanitizer)

Although Linda Sorensen's paintings can usually be viewed in Graton, the art inventory of Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery is extensive. Therefore necessary to pre-arrange for transport and display
of what selected artwork(s) potential visitors desire to see
. | Call or Text 707-875-2911

Joshua Meador Mendocino Coast
"Mendocino Coast"
Joshua Meador
Ren Brown
Ren Brown
The Ren Brown Collection
1781 Coast Highway One, Bodega Bay, 94923
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Linda Sorensen Peak, south of Hopland, CA

Linda Sorensen Paintings
You may meet Linda and view her paintings at her studio in Graton by appointment,
or arrange to see specific paintings at other locations. Linda paints colorful and imaginative
landscapes emphasizing design and influenced by abstraction and Post-Impressionism. | 707-875-2911

Linda Sorensen at her easel, photo by John Hershey
\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.
Visit Jean's site and view examples at the Healdsburg Center for the Arts / 707-875-9240

Jean Warren Watercolor

What's nearby?
in Sonoma, Napa & Marin Counties
Sebastopol Center for the Arts IN SEBASTOPOL - Sebastopol Center for the Arts
... see website for on-line activities
home of Sonoma County's Art @ the Source and Art Trails
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
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.
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
BBHPhoto Dennis Calabi
Dennis Calabi
IN SANTA ROSA- Calabi Gallery |

We are located at 456 Tenth Street in Santa Rosa.
Contact us with any questions at (707) 781-7070 or
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
Easton Crustacean Dancing Dream 144
Easton, Crustacean Dancing Dream, American Alabaster
Annex Galleries Santa Rosa IN Santa Rosa - The Annex Galleries
specializing in 19th, 20th, and 21st century American and European fine prints
The Annex Galleries is a member of the International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA). | Back to the Top
Rik Olson

IN GRATON - Graton Gallery
OPEN Weekends, see website for up to date information
home of many of Sonoma County's best artists
Sally Baker, Tim Hayworth, Bruce K. Hopkins,
Rik Olson, Susan Proehl, Sandra Rubin, Mylette Welch
Graton Gallery | (707) 829-8912  |
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 |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 | 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 museums 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
California Historical Society

California Historical Society Thumbnail San Francisco
Legion of Honor

-Permanent European and Impressionist Paintings
San Francisco Legion of Honor Museum
San Francisco
Contemporary Jewish Museum

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Oakland Museum of California

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

SF Museum of Modern Art

Santa Rosa
The Museums of Sonoma County

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Santa Rosa
Charles M. Schultz Museum

Charles M Schultz Museum Santa Rosa

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

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

Bolinas Museum

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

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

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

prepurchased tickets required

Salvador Dali Museum Monterey Sacramento
Crocker Art Museum
Monet to Matisse: paintings from
the Dixon Gallery in Memphis
, TN

Now through Jan 30, 2022
Open Thurs - Sun, 10-5, masks, ... see website
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) (for all museums below, see website 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"
Los Angeles County Museum of Art Irvine
(University of California, Irvine
Institute and Museum of California Art)

(formerly The Irvine Museum)

The Resonant Surface:
Movement, Image and Sound
in California Painting
... through Feb 19, 2022
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Santa Barbara
The Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Santa Barbara Museum of Art Thumbnail Orange
Our Golden State:
Landscape Paintings
from the Hilbert Collection

November 9 - April 18, 2022

Hilbert Museum, Chapman University

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

Permanent Collection
American 19th century Landscape Painting

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Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix Art Museum
an excellent sampling of
Artists of the American West
Phoenix Art Museum
Los Angeles
California African American Art Museum
adjacent to the LA Coliseum
(see our newsletter articleof their
Ernie Barne's Exhibition September 2019)

California African American 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
( 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
Philadelphia Museum of Art Thumbnail
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


Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery is mostly online. We maintain a gallery showroom (by appointment only) at the Atelier One artist studios building in Graton, California, sharing space with Linda Sorensen's artist studio.

Our newsletter includes reports/articles about artists, museum exhibits, and other arts subjects, often with videos and links.

For the duration of the pandemic, we will observe safe mask wearing and social distance protocols. We do not transact financial business or collect data via our website. All client contact/information is via phone, text, email or in person by appointment.

Daniel Rohlfing
Daniel Rohlfing
For an appointment, email or call ... / 707-875-2911

To view and purchas paintings from us, you may ...

Visit our gallery showroom in GRATON, CA ...

Have us pring selected works to your home ...
Call or email for a an appointment. (up to 200 miles from Bodega Bay).

Or, purchase from our website.
We offer FedEx shipping (included in price) in the U.S. for major purchases. 707-875-2911.

Our Gallery Showroom and Linda Sorensen's Studio in Graton

Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery specializes in Historic California Paintings 1850-1950 and the contemporary art of Linda Sorensen.  Our gallery showroom and Linda's artist studio are open by appointment.  We ask visitors wear masks and practice social distancing. Email, text or call us for an appointment.  As our collection is larger than what we have on display at any one time, we want to learn your interests and preferences. After listing to your wishes, we will have the paintings you want to view ready for your visit.

Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery and Linda Sorensen's studio
Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery .com / Linda Sorensen Paintings . com /  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 ( 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.