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Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Monthly
October 2016
Celebrating California Art

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(previous articles and exhibitions)
Museum Exhibitions Map to the Gallery
neighboring galleries
And, Read our Gallery Notes
Regular hours ... OPEN Wed - Sun, 12:00 - 4:00 pm
(other times, give us a call, we live close by
and, if we're available, we're happy to host an impromptu appointment)
707-875-2911 (gallery) or 510-414-9821 (cell)
1785 Coast Highway One, Bodega Bay, CA 94923 |

FINAL WEEKEND at the gallery
\Joshua Meador Boats in Monterey
Joshua Meador's
Boats in Monterey, 20 x 27

Linda Sorensen Art Trails
Linda Sorensen
Art Trails 2016
at the gallery, Oct 5-30

Art Trails 2916 Cover
Art Trails 2016
Open Studios Exhibit at
Sebastopol Center for the Arts

Joshua Meador
New Photos of Joshua Meador, taken during a visit to his Mississippi hometown

New at the gallery
Linda Sorensen Hawk Hill to Point Bonita and the Farallones
Linda Sorensen's
Hawk Hill to Pt. Bonita
and the Farallones, 24 x 30

Linda Sorensen
Linda Sorensen

Linda Sorensen, Art Trails 2016
Hi all - Welcome to my October 5 through 30 solo exhibition at the gallery, including the Art Trails 2016 weekends of October 8-9 and 15-16. 
Linda Sorensen Hawk Hill to Point  Bonita and the  Farallones
Hawk Hill to Pt. Bonita
and the Farallones

24 x 30, dated Sept. 2016
Art Trails 2016 banner Linda Sorensen Studio

I am a studio oil painter principally of landscapes -- coastal and rural Sonoma County and The Southwest and Northwest, occasionally Hawaii.  My approach blends California Impressionism and mid-Century Regionalism with a type of modernism exemplified by Iowa’s Grant Wood and Marvin Cone.

My process is not quick: pre-envisioning on site, high quality materials, a minimal pastel sketch on my canvas, and several layers of differing oil colors to enhance depth and liveliness. Plus Gamvar varnish so that my original colors are permanently presented and protected. 

I also see parallels in my style with certain contemporary Western artists whose stylized and dramatic landscapes are featured in Santa Fe and Scottsdale, some pretty "wild" by comparison. I greatly admire the styles of Maynard Dixon and also the Taos group of historic painters.

When I was a young person in the late Fifties into the early Seventies, I developed as an abstract expressionist, creating images from my imagination. This was back East and later in that center of expressionism, Berkeley, California.  For many years now I have specialized in expressive landscapes with a representational basis, using references from my photography but frequently altering compositions and combining points of view.

Linda Sorensen Trail to the Lighthouse
Trail to the Lighthouse

(Point Reyes National Seashore)

12 x 16
Moonrise Sunset Monument Valley Linda Sorensen
Moonrise Sunset, Monument Valley

now on exhibit at Corrick's in Santa Rosa
14.5 x 19

I emphasize the iconic.  I hope for "story." I am most pleased when I succeed in evoking the exhilarating vistas and moods of the natural world, and human story in that world.  In this 100-Year Celebration of our National Parks, those special places are my frequent focus of travel and painting. And as an animal lover it is not unusual for me to paint some critter, such as the ravens at the Grand Canyon.

Linda Sorensen Blue Crater  Lake  Oregon

(Crater Lake National Park, Oregon)
30 x 24
High Surf (Scotty Creek Beach)
30 x 30
Mt. Jefferson
from Mt. Hood's Timberline Lodge

12 x 12
It has been said, “All art is abstract.”  In my view there is an unchanged focus linking my landscapes back to my earlier abstracts and directing my choice of scenes. 
I was born in 1945 in Eureka, California, and lived in Chicago and Oak Lawn, Illinois, then Summit, New Jersey, and finally Elmhurst, Illinois, before the University of Wisconsin at Madison.  After college I moved to Berkeley in 1967, and then Bodega Bay in 2003. 
Shadows on the Temple of Zoroaster
(The Grand Canyon, Arizona)
24 x 36
Nature's Abstract
(The Grand Canyon, Arizona) 
30 x 30
I have been a San Francisco attorney, Boalt ’76, now consulting part-time from my home office.  I agree with the observation about me that I am an artist who happens to be an attorney, rather than vice versa.

x 24 
Left-Leaning Oak

16 x 20
Not that long from now the owner of the building where our gallery has been will establish his own gallery instead. So change is coming. Having a gallery studio that has allowed me to interact with the public on a regular basis, including with other artists, has been a great opportunity.  I am happy to share information such as the latest in varnishes or what paints I use, or to discuss historic art.  I have been privileged to share display space with deservedly famous artists of

the past, and with excellent local artists such as Jean Warren and Diane Perry.  I’m not sure what the next phase will be, but I’m looking forward to the adventure.

Art Trails is the annual county-wide "juried" open studios program sponsored by the Sebastopol Center for the Arts.  Many of you have met me because my artist studio has been the farthest back room of the gallery for the last few years since Gary Smith's framing moved out.  I look forward to seeing you and also new friends.

Art Trails rules require that no other inventory be shown except the participating artist, so my apologies in advance for any inconvenience, but if you would like to view particular other artworks on a visit here during October 5 through 30, it is best to make advance arrangements with Dan.  My "Moonrise Sunset, Monument Valley" is at Corrick's in Santa Rosa for that Art Trails exhibit, and my "Defiant (Crater Lake)" is on view at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts. Most of my paintings that will be available at the solo exhibit are displayed on my website (link below), and we try to keep it current by promptly deleting what has been sold.

Art Trails Map West
West County
Art Trails Map East
East County
Art Trails West Narrow Down
Sebastopol to the Coast
Art Trails Map Bodega Bay
With nearly 200 Open Studios, it is nearly impossible to see them all.
Of course, we suggest allocating time to West County, especially Studio 63 in Bodega Bay
Linda Sorensen, Art Trails 2016 Exhibition Page | Linda Sorensen Paintings . com | Back to the Top

Art Trails Cover

Once again, some of Sonoma County's finest artists have done dared to do battle with a blank canvas, watercolor paper, or all kinds of sculptural media. They poured in their talent, their inspirations, their frustrations ... all done to create, to express, to be about that magical moment when art is created.

Pictured here are works of art currently on exhibit at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts. This year, Art Trails includes nearly 200 Open Studios throughout the county.

Art Trails is a grand opportunity for the public to share in that creative moment. Throughout the county artists will host OPEN STUDIOS, welcoming the public into their studios, to view their artwork, observe a demo, have a gnosh and share a discussion with the artist about their artistic vision, their technique, and their deeply seated desire to create.

Wendy Brayton, Morning Shadows, Studio 48
Warren Bellows, Seascape, Studio 36

It is also your opportunity to make artists' creations your very own. Collect their art, let it speak to you in your creative space. Let that magical moment of their creation be part of your life, and an ongoing inspiration as you approach your own blank canvases, whatever they may be.

A bit about Art Trails from the collector's guide...
"Each participant has been juried into Art Trails. New artists apply by submitting an application, a description of their medium and processes, images of their work, and one original piece. A new jury is convened each year comprised of art experts and two rotating Art Trails members."

"Each studio will have a demonstration or display about the art process. Plan your studio visits with the aid of the Art Trails Collectors Guide using the maps on pages 28-31.

Susan Ball, Incoming, Studio 30
Charles Beck, Fog, Hills, River, Studio 71

"The Collectors Guide is a year-round resource, as Artists Studios are open to you all year long by appointment." Below is a link for the Art Trails 2016 site which includes a pdf version of this year's Art Trails Collectors Guide.

Peter Crompton, Nox, Studio 146

Diana Majumdar, Message Home, Studio 21
Terry Sauve, Blue Moon Over the Columbia, Studio 54
Donna DeLaBriandais, Majestic Farm, Studio 149

Stephanie Rose Long, Diamoro, Studio 16

/images/AT16_Gittens_Bill_Colors_in_the_Shade_320.jpgBill Bill Gittens, Colors in the Shade, Studio 125

Sargam Griffin, Memories, Studio 188
Sharon Eisley, Preferably Her, Studio 113

Sherri Ortegren,
Lazy Summer Afternoon, Studio 3
Linda Sorensen, Defiant, Studio 63

Carol Rae Watanabe,
Paradise Pond at Ches La Vie, Studio 53
Nicole Ours, Surf Dance, Studio 136
Teri Sloat, Strata of Life, Studio 27
Sandra Speidel, Girl Friends, Studio 12
Nancy Ray Ricciardi, Studio 52
Onomea Bay, Hawaii
Christie Marks, Dazzled, Studio 110
Char Wood, Jim Town, Studio 126
Carol Peek Winter Light
Carol Peek, Winter Light, Studio 19
James Reynolds, My Sacred Space, Studio 43
Tamra Sanchez, Muscle Man, Studio 147
Art Trails 2016 Catalog | Sebastopol Center for the Arts | Back to the Top

New Photos of Joshua Meador, taken
during a visit to his Mississippi hometown
Joshua Meador with paintings of Columbus, Mississippi
The two paintings shown show here by
Joshua Meador are of two Columbus, Mississippi
ante-bellum homes. The one he's holding
is of the Stockhard House and hangs in
Columbus' Lowndes Public Library

These photos came to us courtesy of Rufus Ward, resident historian and author of Columbus, Mississippi. They are from a 1950's Mississippi photo album.

Joshua Meador in Mississippi 1950's Joshua Meador in Mississippi 1950's
The young couple visiting with Josh are as of yet, unidentified. We hope to learn more.
Rufus Ward, with Philip Meador, Josh Meador and Jayson Meador
2009 ... Joshua Meador's son Philip, grandson
Joshua and great-grandson Jayson along with
Rufus Ward accepting the official certificate
signed by Mississippi's governor Haley Barbour
proclaiming   "Joshua Meador Day"

On several occusions during the 1950's, Joshua Meador, his wife Libby and son Philip visited their home town, Columbus, Mississippi. Josh enjoyed these trips home, visiting friends and family. He also found time to paint, sometime choosing as his subject Columbus's wonderful ante-bellum homes.

The negatives for these photos were discovered recently by the daughter of a Columbus,

Joshua Meador Stockard House
Joshua Meador's Stockhard House
Lowndes Public Library Collection 
Columbus, Mississippi

Mississippi photographer who in turn gave them to Rufus Ward.

Rufus Ward is well known in Columbus as the resident historian. He is an author and writes a historical column for the Columbus, Mississippi, Dispatch. He is quite interested in Joshua Meador, one of Columbus' honored favorite sons along with playwright Tennessee Williams and radio sports broadcaster Red Barbour. Rufus' grandfather was a friend of Joshua Meador's father, and he gave Josh his first job, delivering newspapers when Josh was a high school student.

On October 16, 2009, Rufus Ward hosted the Meador family, Joshua Meador's

son Philip, his wife Hildur, Joshua Meador's grandson who is also named Joshua Meador, and Joshua Meador's great-grandson, Jayson. The occassion was Joshua Meador Day.

Rufus was thrilled to receive the negatives and immediately had photos printed. The painting Josh is holding now hangs in the Billups-Garth Achrives at the Columbus, Mississippi Public Library. It was a given to the library by Joshua Meador's widow, Libby Meador. The painting on the floor is of Rufus Ward's uncle's house, next door to where Rufus grew up.

Rufus' current enterprise is nominating Joshua Meador to be included in the Mississippi Hallof Fame, adminstered by the Mississippi Department Archives of History.

FINAL WEEKEND ... First and Foremost: The Paintings of Joshua Meador is at the gallery through October 2!

This exhibiiton includes 51 of Joshua Meador's paintings from the Meador Family Collection, four which once belonged to Walt Disney, and paintigns from our gallery collection.

Here's the link to Joshua Meador's page on our site. ...

First and Foremost, the Paintings of Joshua Meador
Joshua Meador Page | Back to the Top

Current Exhibitions at Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery
"First and Foremost, the Impressionist Paintings of Joshua Meador"
Wednesday, August 31 - Sunday, October 2
Linda Sorensen: Art Trails 2016
Wednesday, October 5 - Sunday, October 30

Soon: a new gallery in our space. When you visit, you will already see changes. In the not too distant future and after a bit more updating the premises, Pacific Bay Gallery will open in the space currently occupied by Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery. Our gallery's departure date is not definite, but perhaps as soon as October 31, 2016. Please keep in touch with us by phone, email, our website, and our newsletters to keep up on where Linda's artist studio lands, and what new ways we may find to show and celebrate historic California art beyond the website itself. If you have been putting off arranging to visit to see particular artworks from our inventory, please consider taking advantage of this remaining period to use the convenience of the gallery space, and make arrangements with Dan.

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Bodega Bay's Newest and Coolest Places to hang out!
- down the hill from our gallery

ON THE WATER in Porto Bodega,
Gourmet Au Bay and Ginochio's Kitchen

just down Eastshore Road beyond the STOP sign and across the little bridge.
Gourmet au Bay | Ginochio's Kitchen

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

Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery
1785 Coast Highway One, Bodega Bay,
CA 94923, 707-875-2911 | Map & Location

through Sunday, Oct 2,
First and Foremost, the Impressionist Paintings of Joshua Meador
Beginning Wednesday, Oct 5 through Sunday October 30, Wed - Sun, Noon until 4:00 PM
Linda Sorensen, Art Trails 2016
( Official ART TRAILS hours ... Oct 8 & 9, 15 & 16, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Joshua Meador Composed by the Sea
"Composed by the Ocean"
Joshua Meador
Reb Brown Sign Thumbnail The Ren Brown Collection

"Celebrating Friendships, featuring the prints of
Mayumi Oda & Ryohei Tanaka | Back to the Top

Ren Brown Collection

What's showing nearby?
in Sonoma, Napa & Marin Counties
Sebastopol Center for the Arts

IN SEBASTOPOL, Sebastopol Center for the Arts
September 19 - October 16, Sonoma County Art Trails Preview Exhibition

282 S. High Street, Sebastopol, CA 95472  707.829.4797
Hours: Tue - Fri 10am - 4pm, Sat & Sun 1 - 4pm
; longer hours for Art Trails

Christopher Queen Gallery IN DUNCANS MILLS Christopher Queen Galleries
3 miles east of Hwy 1 on Hwy 116 on the Russian River

through September |707-865-1318| Back to the Top

BBHPhoto Dennis Calabi IN SANTA ROSA Calabi Gallery | 888
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
Linda Ratzlaff IN GRATON Graton Gallery

Graton Gallery | (707) 829-8912  |
9048 Graton Road, Graton CA 95444 | Open Wednesday ~ Saturday 10:30 to 6, Sunday 10:30 to 4

Bodega Landmark Gallery Thumb IN BODEGA Bodega Landmark Gallery Collection - renovated and reopened
17255 Bodega Highway Bodega, California USA 94922 Phone 707 876 3477
Fri-Mon, 10:30 - 5:30 | | Back to the Top
Hammarfriar Gallery Thumb IN Healdsburg Hammerfriar Gallery

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

john Anderson
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

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Petaluma Arts Council Art Center IN PETALUMA Petaluma Art Center
"... to celebrate local artists and their contributions and involve the whole community"
Petaluma Center for the Arts
Lee Youngman Photo Thumbnail
Lee Youngman
IN CALISTOGA the Lee Youngman Gallery
Featuring the work of contemporary painter Paul Youngman,
and the works of famed California painter, Ralph Love (1907-1992) | Back to the Top
Left ... Lee Youngman, Right ... Paul Youngman
Paul Youngman
Paul Youngman

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

-- view location on Google Maps
Now through Jan 9, 2017
Wish Upon a Star: The Art of Pinocchio
Disney Museum Exterior Thumbnail San Francisco
de Young Museum
Permanent Collection
beginning July 16 - Oct 9
Ed Ruscha and the Great American West

De Young Museum Thumbnail
San Francisco
California Historical Society

California Historical Society Thumbnail San Francisco
Legion of Honor

-Permanent European and Impressionist Paintings
-The Brothers Le Nain, Painters of 17th century France
Oct 8 - Jan 29
San Francisco Legion of Honor Museum
San Francisco
Contemporary Jewish Museum

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

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

Oakland Museum Thumbnail

San Francisco

SF Museum of Modern Art

Santa Rosa
The Museums of Sonoma County
Affordable Art Sale Exhibition
Oct 1 - Oct 8

Sonoma County Museum Thumbnail
Santa Rosa
Charles M. Schultz Museum

"Mr. Schulz Goes to Washington" through Dec 4

Charles M Schultz Museum Santa Rosa

Hearst Art Gallery

Hearst Art Gallery Thumbnail
Mission San Francisco de Solano Museum

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

551 Broadway, Sonoma CA 954
(707) 939-7862
Sonoma Museum of Art Exterior Thumb
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.
San Jose Museum of Art Thumbnail
Monterey Museum of Art

Pacific Street Reimagnined ... through Summer
Monterey Places ... through Aug 29
Ongoing exhibitions ...
S.C. Yuan from the Museums Permanent Collection
Monterey Museum of Art Palo Alto
Cantor Art Center at Stanford University
Cantor Art Center at Stanford University

Salvador Dali Museum

Salvador Dali Museum Monterey Sacramento
Crocker Art Museum
& their marvelous Permanent Collection
Capitol Museum

Governor's Portrait Gallery
Permanent Exhibits

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

-Largest exhibition of Albert Beirstadt paintings anywhere,
plus the works of Joseph Christian Leyendecker,
Norman Rockwell's mentor.
see our Newsletter article, April 2011
Haggin Museum Stockton
Southern California (and Arizona)
Los Angeles
Los Angeles Museum of Art

Art of the Americas, Level 3:
Artworks of paintings and sculptures
from the colonial period to World War II—
a survey of of art and culture
& "Levitated Mass"
Los Angeles County Museum of Art Irvine
A Summer Idyll:
Picturesque Views of California

through Oct 6
Masterpieces of California Art
Oct 15 - Jan 19
The Irvine Museum

Irvine Museum Thumbnail
Santa Barbara
The Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Santa Barbara Museum of Art Thumbnail Los Angeles
Hammer Museum (at UCLA)

Hammer Museum
San Diego
San Diego Museum of Art
Permanent Collection
San Diego Museum of Art Thumbnail

Palm Springs
Palm Springs Art Museum

Permanent Collection
American 19th century Landscape Painting

Palm Springs Art Museum Thumbnail
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
Laguna Beach
Laguna Museum of Art

-California Art and only California Art
Permanent collection includes many historic
California Artists of the Laguna Beach Art Association
Laguna Art Museum Pasadena
Pasadena Museum of California Art
Pasadena Museum of California Art Exterior thumb
Prescott, AZ
Phippen Museum
Phippen Museum Entrance Hwy 89    
& Beyond
Hololulu, HI
Honolulu Museum
(see our Newsletter article
from February, 2015)

Honolulu Museum of Art Portland, OR
Portland Art Museum

Permanent Collection: American Art
Portland Art Museum Thumbnail
Seattle, WA
Seattle Art Museum
Seattle Art Museum Chicago, IL
Art Institute of Chicago
Permanent collection:
the Impressionists

Art Institute of Chicago Thumbnail
Washington D.C.
The Renwick Gallery

Permanent ... Grand Salon Paintings
from the Smithsonian American Art Museum
Renwick Gallery Washington DC Bentonville, AR
Crystal Bridges
Museum of American Art
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Cedar Rapids, IA
The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
Grant Wood: In Focus

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

Philadelphia , PA
The Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art Thumbnail
Washington D.C.
The National Gallery

Permanent collection
American Paintings
Tha National Gallery Washington DC Thumbnail Brooklyn, NY
The Brooklyn Museum
American Art
Permanent Collection
The Brooklyn Museum Thumbnail
Philadelphia , PA
Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia Campus
Barnes Foundation Campus Philadelphia Detroit, MI
Detroit Institute of Arts
American Art
Permanent Collection
Detroit Institute of Arts
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 Ottowa, Ontario
National Gallery of Canada
Canada National Gallery of Art