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October 2010 Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Monthly

Jean-François Raffaëlli's
The Absinthe Drinkers
now at SF's Legion of Hono

Artist Varnetta Honeywood Thumbnail
In Memoriam ...
Artist Varnette Honeywood
1950 - 2010

Walt Disney Family Museum
The Walt Disney Family Museum
is celebrating its 1st Anniversary
October 1 – 3
Gallery Notes Neighboring Galleries Museum Exhibits:
The Bay Area, So. CA & Beyond
Visit our archives page
featuring a "clickable" photo index

Jean-François Raffaëlli's The Absinthe Drinkers now at San Francisco's Legion of Honor
Jean Francois Raffaelli The Absenthe Drinkers
Jean-François Raffaëlli's The Absinthe Drinkers
Legion of Honor, San Francisco

At the entrance to the de Young's recent "Birth of Impressionism," exhibition, visitors were given a preview of the Legion of Honor's newest acquisition, Jean François Raffaëlli's "The Absinthe Drinkers."

In 1881, Edgar Degas wanted to increase the number of figural painters at the sixth Impressionist Group Show, and invited Raffaëlli to exhibit his painting, The Absinthe Drinkers. So even then, this painting was exhibited with the impressionists. Now this new San Francisco treasure resides in the Legion of Honor's Gallery 19.

Albert Malgnan's La Muse Verte 1895Albert Maignan’s La Muse Verte 1895
location: Musée de Picardie d'Amiens, France
L'Absinthe by Edgar Degas
L’Absinthe by Edgar Degas
Musée d'Orsay, Paris

But why such a fascination with absinthe, especially among so many of the late 19th century French painters?

In the 1840's, absinthe was given to French troops in northern Africa as a malaria treatment. The troops brought their taste for their "medication" back home, and in a short time, absinthe grew in popularity in bars, bistros, cafes and cabarets.

By the 1860's, the French version of "Happy Hour" was called "The Green Hour." Absinthe was embraced by all social classes, from the bourgeoisie down to the poor artists and the working class. By the 1880's absinthe had become core to the French life style and grew steadily in popularity. In 1910, France was consuming 36 million liters of absinthe a year.

Absinthe had successfully overtaken France, and was celebrated by its artists. They seemed drawn to the its air of danger and most eager to succumb to its seduction. They had nicknames for it, "The Green Fairy, and the Green Muse." They believed the magic elixir to possess psychoactive properties which could enhance their creative process. Painters, playwrights and authors included absinthe in their works, and the openness to absinthe matched well with the daring and free spiritedness of their bohemian lifestyles. And to some degree, perhaps many celebrated absinthe because of the growing campaign against its use.

Edouard Manet The Absinthe Drinker
Edouard Manet, The Absinthe Drinker
Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Kopenhagen
Some attribute Van Gogh's use of pale green in his palette to his excessive use of absinthe. In time, those using absinthe received a backlash from a wide chorus of those resenting such behavior. Movements to ban the drink rose up in Europe and America, and for nearly a century, the ban has held firm.
SF Gate Green Terror Headline Magazine Section Jan 20 1901 Vincent Van Goph The Drinkers
Vincent Van Goph, The Drinkers
Art Institute of Chicago
In the January 20th, 1901 edition of the San Francisco Call, absinthe is called the "Green Terror," something to be feared and banned in order to protect the younger generation. Here's some of what the SF Call had to say almost 110 years ago.
SF Gate Green Terror Headline Magazine Section Jan 20 1901

"Is San Francisco in the grip of the Green Terror?

Society is all agog over the recent discovery that a coterie of girls in the fashionable uptown boarding school have been caught tippling absinthe. The absinthe habit has existed for some time in certain stratas of society, but this is the first intimation that the insidious green terror is demoralizing the young. To say that society is shocked is putting it mildly.

Every effort has been made to hush the scandal, but it has leaked out. Just how the girls succumbed to the green terror is not known, but they probably tasted it

Viktor Oliva The Absinthe Drinker
The Absinthe Drinker by Viktor Oliva
Café Slavia, Prague
“just for fun" at a midnight feast. It exhilarated them and polished their wits. The next lark was not complete without absinthe. Then they found that it stimulated their faculties before an “ex” and then covertly partook of it. In a short time the green terror had them secure in its fangs.

Now one of the girls, whose nervous system has become completely shattered, is in a sanitarium fighting to escape from the destroying grip of the green terror. Two of the other girls are home threatened with nervous prostration, for their racked nerves are at the mercy of the terrible dreams pictured by their lively and overwrought imaginations. ...

... France has just entered upon a national crusade against the green terror. No other country on earth is such a victim to this insidious monster. Imagine a nation the size of France that annually
Henri de Toulouse Lautrec Monsieur Boleau in a Cafe
Henri De Toulouse-Lautrec
Monsieur Boleau in a Cafe
The Cleveland Museum of Art
consumes 10,060,000 quarts of absinthe. A man does not have to be an Emile Zola with a mind to picture the horrors of absinthe drinking as set forth in “L’Assocmoir” to know that a dreadful situation this sums up. It amounts to one quart of absinthe to each three inhabitants, including men, women and children. The reports of the Minister of Finance show that there is an absinthe seller to every three buildings in Paris. That means more absinthe shops than there are whisky mills on our notorious Barbary coast. ... "

The article goes on and on, but you get the thrust of it. In a similar tone, the irrational abhorrence of the perceived evil of absinthe persisted in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, espoused by the inspired ranks of temperance crusaders on both sides of the Atlantic. In time, they got their way, and the Green Fairy was legally eradicated.

But recently, the Green Fairy has been resurrected. She now is legally available, and many are making its acquaintance. But now, after the drugs, free love and rock and roll of the 1960's and beyond, the magic appeal of the Green Fairy seems to have waned, and no one seems to claim it as "the green muse" any longer.
Vincent Van Gogh Glass of Absinthe and a Carafe
Vincent Van Gogh Glass Of Absinthe and a Carafe
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
But for those of us who enjoy the artistry of the Bohemian artists, the lively cafe life of 19th century Paris, the inspirations of the Impressionist and Post Impressionist era, the style of absinthe drinking writers such as Edgar Allen Poe or Ernest Hemingway, the era of The Absinthe Drinker is one which deserves to be cherished and celebrated. The times may have changed, but their art endures. You may well want to make plans to visit to this new San Francisco treasure, The Absinthe Drinkers now in Gallery 19 at the Legion of Honor.
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James Cagney Portrait dedicated to John and Barbara Hilton The story of James Cagney
& his artist friend, John W. Hilton

James Cagney loved all kinds of art and all kinds of artists, writers, actors, dancers, painters, or the thousands of artists throughout his career who plied their talents behind his star on the screen. Cagney loved and appreciated them all.

In a famous speech accepting the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award in 1974, he gives glowing comments to art and artists everywhere.

to the left:
a signed portrait
of James Cagney, dedicated to Barbara & John Hilton,

"To John and Barbara, two of my favorite people, All that's good, James Cagney"

Excerpt of the 1974 AFI (American Film Institute)
Life Time Achievement Award to James Cagney
(9 min)

After his career in film, the retired James Cagney had time to dedicate to his passion for painting. In his autobiography, he says he may have been happier (even though he would have been poorer) if he had been a painter rather than a movie star. He studied with Sergei Bongart in Santa Monica, and enjoyed the friendship and comradery of painting with artist John W. Hilton while visiting his vacation home in Twentynine Palms.

James Cagney and John W. Hilton Painting and Sketching
John W. Hilton painting while James Cagney sketches

To listen to John W. Hilton's daughter, artist Kathi Hilton, tell it, there isn't too much to tell. Kathy attended high school with Casey Cagney, James Cagney's daughter. Kathi was invited to a school related party held on Cagney's yacht docked in Newport Harbor, and somewhere along the line, Kathi's artist father, John W. Hilton became fast friends with James Cagney. Cagney owned a second home in Twentynine Palms and regularly visited his Twentynine Palms neighbor John Hilton, often spending hours just visiting, swimming, painting and sketching.

Perhaps what drew Cagney to Hilton in part was that Hilton did not treat him as a celebrity, but as a friend. Throughout his life, Hilton loved chumming around with artists, and he enjoyed numerous associations with artists and accomplished people in other fields.

From her youth, Kathi Hilton recalls a flood of fascinating stories of her father's friends frequently visiting her house, many who enjoying her mother's enchiladas, and painting with her dad. Kathi's favorite visitors were artists Maynard Dixon and Jimmy Swinnerton, whom she credits as her earliest inspirations to become a painter. And there were other visiting friends such as Howard Hughes who would fly his airplane out from Los Angeles and land on the highway in front of Hilton's Gem Shop and Gallery, bringing lobster for dinner. In 1941, Hilton hosted General George Patton in his home, and in the 1950's, President Eisenhower would visit Hilton and paint with him.

James Cagney Self Portrait Sketch
James Cagney, Self Portrait sketch
drawn in John W. Hilton's studio, Collection of Kathi Hilton

James Cagney and Bob Hope Tap Dancing (3 1/2 min)

James Cagney pursued his painting for the joy of it. During one of his visits at the Hilton home, Kathi shared her concern with him that her paintings were too much like her father's. Cagney responded to Kathi enthusiastically saying, "Katy my dear, don't you worry about it. Just paint what's in your heart." Cagney never sold his work except on one occasion, selling a painting to Johnny Carson for a charity event. He always considered himself an amateur, but painting allowed him an avenue and opportunity to live artistically, a philosophy we all can ascribe to.

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In Memoriam ...
Artist Varnette Honeywood
1950 - 2010
Varnette Honeywood Caregiver
As an artist, she created from her heart what she knew best, her African American heritage, filled with love, hope, and life. Just as the images of other American regionalists such as Grant Wood and Thomas Hart Benton spoke to the idyllic interpretations and hard working ideals of their times, Varnette's striking images speak to the deeply rooted faith of her culture, a people filled with the joys of community and confidence for the future.

Varnette's big break came when her paintings were chosen to help decorate the set of The Cosby Show. Bill Cosby once said of Varnette's paintings as fitting the walls of the

home of the fictional Huxtable family "like a slice of pie on a plate." In a recent article with the LA Times, Bill Cosby went on to describe Varnette's work saying, "She truly captured the feel of family love. Her work had depth and storytelling. She just knocked it out of the ballpark every time."

She was born in Los Angeles in December of 1950. As a teen, she studied art at the famed Chouinard Art Institute and attended college in Atlanta at Spelman College where she majored in Art. She later earned a Masters Degree in Education from USC in Los Angeles.

Her work was influenced by her life experience. Her childhood visits with family in the deep South, her experiences at Spelman College in Atlanta, and an eye opening visit to Nigeria all were inspirations for later works.

Varnette Honeywood Gettin Down
Gettin' Down
Varnette Honeywood Generation of Creative Genius
Generation of Creative Genius
Varnette Honeywood St Saphire
St. Saphire

The basic thrust of Varnette's work speaks to the vibrancy and vitality of African American culture, overcoming the racial oppression it had endured. Her striking colors against the contrasting backdrop of historical oppression is striking and memorable.

After graduation from Spelman College, she returned to LA where she worked in a Joint Educational Project teaching art to minority students. This included a challenging aspect, as she taught art at the central LA Juvenile Hall, an experience she said was highly difficult. But these experiences only gave backbone to her desire to create positive images for black children.

Varnette Honeywood Jesus Loves Me
Jesus Loves Me

Varnette was thrilled to have visited Nigeria in 1977. She later reflected on how her African travels influenced her work, giving her an emotional linkage to her own ancestors, and reinforcing her belief that African Americans must look to Africa as a source of their independent identity, pride, and creativity.

Varnette leaves behind a body of artistic work which speaks to the ages. She used art as a way to not only picture a culture, but to inspire it, drenched in a tasteful vibrancy of a rainbow of color, she manages to weave themes of confidence, family, faith, love, and aspiring hope.

Varnette died in Los Angeles on September of 2010 of cancer at the young age of 59. She leaves for all of us the legacy of her spirit and her art.

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The Walt Disney Family Museum
is celebrating its first anniversary
October 1 – 3

The 1st Anniversary of the Walt Disney Family Museum occurs this weekend, Oct 1 - 3. This world class museum fits well in its prime historical setting of San Francisco's Presidio and tells the tale of how the art of animated film was born, nurtured and advanced by the talented artists and visionaries assembled by Walt Disney.

In our September Newsletter, we reported on the Pixar 25th Anniversary exhibition at the Oakland Museum, a celebration of Pixar's contributions to the art of computerized animation. Pixar has gone to great lengths to explain that 75% of the work done on any animation feature is completed before they even touch a computer, and that they employ many of the same steps, methods and techniques used by the animation pioneers at Disney.

So grab your hat, and visit The Walt Disney Family Museum this weekend.

Admission is half off for the Saturday Night Soiree--think music with a live DJ and cash bar!--which will keep the Museum open until 9PM!

Richard Benefield, founding executive director of the Museum says “It’s hard to believe that a year has passed since we opened our doors in the Presidio. Our efforts to present the life and achievements of Walt Disney in an interactive and imaginative way are ongoing and we’re pleased to see families, teens, and seniors all enjoying different elements of the Museum.”

Weekend highlights include: Live Music throughout the weekend. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, bring a picnic lunch for the front lawn and they’ll serenade you with ragtime jazz.

The Saturday Night Soiree features HALF-PRICE Museum Admission tickets, a cash bar from 6:00 to 9:00 pm, and DJ music.

The “Where’s Walt?” Treasure Hunt Contest – Grand Prize is a Private Screening of a Disney classic for you and up to 50 of your closest friends in our Theater.

Museum staff gallery talks will share details about the visually dramatic “Steamboat Willie” Wall and the special Pinocchio Animator’s desk.

A 25-minute “Best of” Video in WDFM'S theater will feature special guests who appeared this past year, including Disney Legends, executives, animators, and stars.

The Museum's ONE YEAR Anniversary Video Contest!
Monday, September 27, 2010 at 12:30PM

Walt Disney said it best: "I can never stand still. I must explore and experiment." And while it's true that Walt was pushing the envelope long before YouTube, we think it's a good way to launch WDFM's FIRST ANNIVERSARY VIDEO CONTEST! So pick up your cameras and get the creative juices flowing because it's time for YOU to explore and experiment!

The instructional video below will fill you in on the details, but here's the bottom line: Create a promotional video for The Walt Disney Family Museum for your chance to win one of THREE awesome prizes--including a personalized video-editing class in our Digital Media Studio, a personal tour (for four) of the Museum, autographed copies of WDFM's book, and so much more! The contest starts today, September 27, and will run for 6 weeks through November 15!

A Radio Disney Road Crew on Saturday from 1:00pm– 3:00 pm with games, contests, and music for the whole family.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will be shown on the Big Screen at 1:00pm and 4:00pm (Free on a first-come-first-served bases with Museum Admission).

Create your own moviola in WDFM'S Learning Center. New Drop-in Craft activities Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11:00am to 4:00pm.

Click here for the complete schedule of events.

A 1937 Disney Studios short film detailing how Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was made
previously from our newsletter, articles regarding the Walt Disney Family Museum and animation
September '10
Pixar's Entry Emeryville Thumbnail
25 Years
of Animation

now at the Oakland Museum
through January 9
April '10
Walt Disney
Walt Disney loved artists.
The Walt Disney Family Museum
Displays Paintings from
the family Collection
November '09
Edwin Outwater Director Thumbnail
Edwin Outwater and the
SF Symphony celebrated the
opening of San Francisco's
new Walt Disney Family Museum
September '09
Walt Disney Family Museum Exterior with GG Bridge Thumbnail
Diane Disney Miller
soon realizes a dream,
The October 1 opening of
the Walt Disney Family Museum
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Gallery Notes

Joshua Meador, Inner Harbor

Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery - new space.
Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery now has a satellite gallery.

Bodega Bay's Smith & Kirk Contemporary Art and Custom Framing on Hwy 1, next to the Ren Brown Collection has provided an opportunity to feature other paintings besides the exhibits in the main gallery nearby on Eastshore Road. Your framing needs are attended to by Gary Smith of Smith & Kirk.

Smith & Kirk is open Wednesdays through Sundays. A selection of BHGallery's paintings by Nels Hagerup, Joshua Meador, Alexander Dzigurski and his son Alex II, and John W. Hilton's daughter Kathi are currently featured. Linda Sorensen's oil paintings are also shown by Smith & Kirk.

Joshua Meador working with Colored Splashing Water at Disney StudiosJosh creating splash effects with
Walt Disney and Jack Boyd looking on

Newly discovered photos of
Walt Disney special effects animator Joshua Meador

Visit our Joshua Meador's page. We've posted two new photos of Josh going about his duties of special effects at the Disney studios, one with Walt Disney looking on. Keep watching his page. We are preparing some stunning, never before seen paintings from the family collection.

photos were discovered and sent to us courtesy of Andrea Atchinson, daughter of Disney special effects artist, Jack Boyd

Joshua Meador working with blowing leaves at Walt Disney Studios
Josh creating blowing leaf effects

Linda Sorensen's Paintings
now at Smith and Kirk Gallery in Bodega Bay

Yes, "L.L. Sorensen" is Linda of
Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery.
Stop at Smith & Kirk and take a look at her work.
You can also keep up with her new works online at
and on

Linda Sorensen PaintingL.L. Sorensen,
Vineyard Carousel

Gray Whales
are wowing
visitors to Bodega Head

They're still here. Visitors are flocking to Bodega Head to view our group of juvenile gray whales who have chosen to spend the summer with us. Our ocean is filled with krill and the whales chose to stay rather than head to their historic feeding grounds in Alaska. Come this winter, they will join the migration south to Mexico, and we won't see them until the migration north next Spring. So plan a trip to the coast soon, and enjoy our local giants of the sea.

Vincent Van Gogh Starry Night Over the Rhone
Vincent Van Goph
Starry Night Over the Rhone

Round Two at SF's de Young ...

Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne and Beyond:
Post-Impressionist Masterpieces
from the Musée d’Orsay

Sept 25, 2010 - Jan 18, 2011

Paul Gauguin Tahitian Women on a Beach
Paul Gauguin
Tahitian Women on a Beach
Flatland River Wayne Thiebaud SFMOMA
Flatland River 1997
Wayne Theibaud, SFMOMA

Sacramento's Crocker Museum


Wayne Thiebaud: Homecoming
to Inaugurate
New Galleries at the Expanded Crocker Art Museum
This exhibition celebrates Sacramento’s most famous artist, Wayne Thiebaud, as he begins his 90th year. It is, for both the artist and the Crocker Art Museum, a homecoming. Nearly 60 years ago, in 1951, Thiebaud held his first one-artist exhibition, Influences on a Young Painter, at the Crocker. This new exhibition, featuring approximately 75 paintings and drawings, spans his entire career, from the artist’s early works to paintings fresh from his easel

Wayne Theibaud Urban Square Oakland Museum
Urban Square,
Wayne Theibaud, Oakland Museum
Lesher Center for the Arts Walnut Creek
Bedford Gallery
Lesher Center for the Arts

Walnut Creek's Bedford Gallery, Lesher Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek, CA, (925) 295-1417
The American Scene , New Deal Art, 1935-1943
October 3 - December 19, 2010

This exhibition was submitted by one of our readers. Thanks ... In 1935, the WPA was the largest New Deal agency, employing millions to work on public works projects. The Federal Art Project (FAP) put thousands of artists to work creating more than 200,000 separate works, including posters, murals, and paintings.

To celebrate the WPA anniversary, the Bedford Gallery presents The American Scene: New Deal Art, 1935-1943. bringing together works by more than 65 artists who found work with the FAP, some of whom lived in the Bay Area during the Great Depression.
Pablo Picasso The Reader Thumbnail
Pablo Picasso
Reading 1932

Are you visiting Seattle?
Picasso, Masterpieces from the
Musée National Picasso, Paris

October 8 - January 17
Seattle Art Museum | See the Art Slide show

Wednesday–Sunday: 10 am–5 pm Thursday & Friday: 10 am–9 pm Monday & Tuesday: closed
The works in this exhibition come from Picasso’s personal collection
works of art the highly self-aware artist kept for himself with the intent of shaping his own artistic legacy. Drawn from the collection of the Musée National Picasso in Paris—the largest and most important repository of the artist’s work in the world—the exhibition will feature work representing every major period from the artist’s prolific output over eight decades.

Pablo Picasso Jaquiline with Crossed Hands ThumbnailPablo Picasso Jaquiline with Crossed Hands 1954

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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 ...
Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Sign

IN BODEGA BAY Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery |
1580 Eastshore Road, Bodega Bay, CA 94923, 707-875-2911 | Map & Location
Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays, 11:00 AM until 5:00 PM
(or by prearranged appointment)
Now showing ... Influenced by French Impressionism,
California and American Impressionist Paintings from our gallery collection

Linda and Dan Photo

Smith and Kirk Gallery Bodega Bay

New to Smith and Kirk Gallery : the paintings of Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery
and the Sonoma landscape paintings of L.L. Sorensen
Also offering works of the late Gail Packer, fused glass art, paintings, jewelry, and creative pottery and sculpture.
Conveniently located next to The Ren Brown Collection
1785 A Highway One, PO Box 1116, Bodega Bay, CA 94923 | 707-875-2976
LL Sorensen Kirby Cove Thumbnail
"Kirby Cove" LL Sorensen
Local Color Gallery

IN BODEGA BAY Local Color Artist Gallery
California Hills
plein aire landscape paintings by Ron Sumner and James Reynolds
Reception: Oct 2, 1 to 4
707-875-2744 | | Back to the Top

Boega School House Ron SumnerBodega School House
Ron Sumner

Reb Brown Sign Thumbnail IN BODEGA BAY The Ren Brown Collection
Spring 2010 Exhibit:
MYTHOS: Sun and Moon
Recent work by Sarah Brayer
Now extended through Labor Day. | Back to the Top
Ren Brown Collection
Terrapin Creek Cafe Andrew and Liya
Liya and Andrew
And while visiting galleries in Bodega Bay, dine at
The 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."

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
Don Ealy, A Passionate Painter
Grand Exhibition and Sale
Book Signing and Reception, Sunday, Oct 3, 12 - 4 pm |707-865-1318| Back to the Top

Self Portrait of Xavier Martinez
Bobbi & Ron Quercia IN DUNCANS MILLS Quercia Gallery
Quercia Gallery presents
"Shadow Boxing" New Paintings 2010 by D.A. Bishop
Plan a visit for Soup & Song Night
Maya / Kounde - West Meets West, With Book Signing by D.A. BISHOP
Friday October 1, 6-8 pm

Gallery Hours: 11am-5pm, Thur - Mon (707) 865-0243 | Back to the Top
Quercia Gallery Duncans Mills
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
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IN CALISTOGA the Lee Youngman Gallery
Sunday, Oct 9 Gala Opening 3 - 5 PM
"Paint the Forests 2010 Exhibit"

A juried exhibition of theNational Winners in both the phto and art divisions. Major artists nationally participated in this year's event, which depicts the plight and beauty of our woodlands in each of the U.S. Forsest Regions with a special competition for art focusing on the Northern California Redwood Region. Net proceeds from the Exhibition support the Redwood Forest Foundation,
for info ... please call 707-942-0585 | 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
Receptioin: October 16, 2010, 5-7pm
Fall Show & Artist Reception,
featuring: JEANETTE LE GRUE | 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 1—November 14, 2010
Monty Monty: Artist Reception: Saturday October 2, 4—6pm
Gallery Talk: M & M’s in the Gallery: Tall tales and short stories with Monty Thursday, October 21, 7pm
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Linda Ratzlaff IN GRATON Graton Gallery
9048 Graton Road, Graton, California (707) 829-8912

ARTrails Preview Show
September 28 - October 24, 2010 at Graton Gallery
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Bodega Landmark Gallery Thumb IN BODEGA Bodega Landmark Gallery Collection
"The Coast, the Hills and the Vines"
A group exhibition celebrating the beauty of the Northcoast
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
Join us for our 4th Anniversary Celebration, "Looking West" -- Landscapes by Wendy Goldberg, Kai Samuels-Davis, Darryl Vance -- , Show continues through August 22, 2010
West County Design, 14390 Highway One, Valley Ford, CA 94972, 707-876-1963
Craig Collins, Craig Collins Furniture, Sharon Eager, West County Design,
Patrick Miller, Bohemian Stoneworks
(Across from the Valley Ford Hotel and its famed Rocker Oysterfeller's Restaurant) | Back to the Top
Sillouette of Cypress Kai Samuel-Davis Thumbnail
Silouette of Cypress
Kai Samuel-Davis
BBHPhoto Dennis Calabi
IN PETALUMA 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.
Beginning October 9 "Art with Attitude"
strong content regarding politics, religion, war, myth, & the human condition

political coartoons of Honore Daumier and Thomas Nast, mid-century and contemporary works by Ed Corbett, Francis DeErdely, Evelyn Glaubman, Oswaldo Guayasamin, Joseph Hirsch, Tyler Hoare, Jim Spitzer, and others.
Reception, Sunday, Oct 10, 1 to 4 | Petaluma Art Walk Saturday, Oct 9, 4 to 7
144 Petaluma Blvd. North, Petaluma, CA 94952 Call 707-781-94952 |Back to the Top

Yellow Eye (Protest) by
Robert Pearson McChesney, 1946, Oil on Masonit
32 1/2 x 24
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

Oct. 1 - Nov. 7: El Día de Los Muertos Petaluma
Festivities include artists' receptions, foods of El Día de Los Muertos,
sugar skull and altar-making, music, poetry, dance and more. | Back to the Top

Petaluma Art Center
Photo:Anita Diamondstein
And, while on the Big Island, visit these friends of our gallery ...
Isaacs Art Center In Waimea, Big Island, Hawaii Isaacs Art Center
Well worth the effort ... while on the Big Island, visit its best Museum and Gallery,
with some impressive and historic Hawaiian art. | Back to the Top
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Kilauea by Moonlight
Jules Taverier c 1890
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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

The Walt Disney Family Museum
tickets available online

Film of the Month Treasure Island (1950)
1:00 and 4:00 pm (daily except for Tuesdays, October 1-3, and October 9) tickets available online. A tangled friendship between a young adventurer and a pirate searching for buried treasure, this swashbuckling film will keep you on the edge of your seat.

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San Francisco de Young Museum
Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne
and Beyond: Post-Impressionist Masterpieces from
the Musée d’Orsay

September 25, 2010 - January 18, 2011

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San Francisco
California Historical Society
Think California
September 24, 2009- February 5, 2011

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San Francisco
Legion of Honor

Very Postmortem:
Mummies and Medicine

October 31, 2009 - October 31, 2010
Japanesque: The Japanese Print
in the Era of Impressionism

October 16, 2010 - January 9, 2011

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San Francisco
ontemporary Jewish Museum

Maira Kalman: Various Illuminations
(of a Crazy World)
July 1, 2010 - October 26, 2010
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Oakland Museum of California

PIXAR: 25 Years of Animation
drawings, paintings, & sculptures
from Ratatouille, WALL-E,
UP, and Toy Story.
- The new Gallery of California Art showcases more than 800 works"... one of the largest and most comprehensive holdings of California art"

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San Francisco

Prints by Paul Klee (1946)
August 07, 2010 - January 16, 2011

Santa Rosa
Sonoma County Museum

Sandow Birk: The Depravities of War
September 18 - November 7, 2010
Members Preview: Friday, September 17, 5-7pm
The Depravities of War is a series of 15 large scale woodblock prints inspired by the series of etchings by Jacques Callot called "The Miseries of War" in the seventeenth century

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Santa Rosa
Charles M. Schultz Museum

Peanuts . . . Naturally
August 28, 2010 through January 23, 2011

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Hearst Art Gallery

Gifted hands: the fine art of craft
Oct 10 - Dec 12
Features 90 works by 15 contemporary Bay Area artists, and is on view beginning at 11:0 a.m., Sunday, October 10.
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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 Walnut Creek
Bedford Gallery, Lesher Ctr for the Arts
The American Scene,
New Deal Art, 1935-1943

October 3 - December 19, 2010

Lesher Ctr for the Arts Walnut Creek CA
Grace Hudson Museum

Seaweed, Salmon, and Manzanita Cider,
A California Indian Feast

through Nov 4

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Sonoma Valley Museum of Art

551 Broadway, Sonoma CA 95476
(707) 939-7862
Visions of Paradise:
Art & The Power of Faith
Aug. 21 – Nov. 7, 2010
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Monterey Museum of Art
Land & Sea,
Paintings and Photographs of
Monterey and Beyond

January 30-October 24, 2010
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Monterey Museum of Art

San Jose
San Jose Museum of Art

approximately 2,000
20th– and 21st–century artworks including paintings, sculpture, installation, new media, photography,
drawings, prints, and artist books.

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Crocker Art Museum

Grand Opening: October 10
Tomorrow’s Legacies:
Gifts Celebrating the Next 125 Years

OCTOBER 10, 2010 – JANUARY 9, 2011
Wayne Thiebaud: Homecoming
OCTOBER 10 – NOVEMBER 28, 2010

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Capitol Museum

Permanent Exhibits

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Southern California (and Arizona)
Los Angeles
Los Angeles Museum of Art

-Land & Sea: Paintings and Photographs of Monterey and Beyond.
Through October 24
Featuring paintings, photographs, watercolors and etchings, Land & Sea will offer visitors a unique look at how Monterey’s natural and urban landscape has influenced the many artists who lived and worked in Monterey and abroad.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Irvine The Irvine Museum
"Saving Paradise"
Over a hundred years ago, many artists were fascinated with the splendor of California, which compelled them to paint the scenic beauty of California. Although the great romantic image of Old California remains, the unique landscape has changed dramatically. For our time, we are fortunate to be able to view some of these rare paintings and are able to briefly return to a time long ago when California was an unspoiled paradise.
Through Oct 23

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Santa Barbara
The Santa Barbara
Museum of Art
Stranger Than Fiction: Narrative in Works by Selected Contemporary Artists
September 18, 2010 - January 2, 2011
Chasing Moby-Dick:
Selected Works by Tony de los Reyes

September 18, 2010 - January 2, 2011

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Palm Springs
Palm Springs Art Museum

Photographing the American West: Selections from the Permanent Collection
06.12.10 - 02.27.11

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San Diego
San Diego Museum of Art

Toulouse-Lautrec's Paris
Selections from the Baldwin M. Baldwin Collection
Through December 12, 2010
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Los Olivos
Wilding Museum

Birds in Art
October, 2010 through January 2, 2011

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Norton Simon Museum

Hiroshige: Visions of Japan
June 04, 2010 - January 17, 2011
Permanent collection,European paintings
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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.
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Museum of California Art
Main Gallery:
California Design Biennial: Action/Reaction
July 18, 2010 – October 31, 2010

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Museum of Art

Painting WW II:
The California Watercolor Artists
through Oct 3
beginning Sept 25

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Prescott, AZ
Phippen Museum

Portraits of the West:
The Kenneth M. Freeman Legacy Exhibition
"Rembrandt of the Rodeo"
June 26 through October 24, 2010

Working the West: Selections from the Phippen Collection, November 6, 2010 to February 20, 2011

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& Beyond
Seattle, WA
Seattle Art Museum

Masterpieces from
the Musée National Picasso, Paris
October 8, 2010–January 17, 2011

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Portland Art Museum

Permanent Collection

Thomas Moran at Shoshone Falls
OCT 23, 2010 – JAN 16, 2011

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Washington D.C.
The Renwick Gallery
Telling Stories: Norman Rockwell
from the Collections of
George Lucas and Steven Spielberg

1st floor West, American Art Museum
Now through January 2, 2011

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Art Institute of Chicago

Permenant collection:
the Impressionists
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Nashville, TN
Frist Center for the Visual Arts
The Birth of Impressionism
Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay

October 15, 2010–January 23, 2011

Frist Center for the Visual Arts Nashville TN Atlanta, GA
High Museum of Art

The American collection ... paintings by William Merritt Chase, Henry Ossawa Tanner, John Twachtman and Childe Hassam. It includes landscapes by Hudson River School artists, figure paintings by Henry Inman and John Singer Sargent, and still-life paintings by John Frederick Peto, William Michael Harnett
and William Mason Brown.
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Cedar Rapids, IA
The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
Grant Wood: In Focus
is an ongoing permanent collection exhibition.
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The National Gallery
Permanent collection
American Paintings

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  Roanoke, VA
The Taubman Museum
19th & 20th Century Paintings
John Singer Sargent, Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, Robert Henri, Childe Hassam & others.
Permanent Exhibit
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