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Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Monthly
October, 2017
an Online Gallery based in Bodega Bay, California
celebrating Historic California painting

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(previous articles and exhibitions)
Museum Exhibitions Gallery Notes
Sonoma County Galleries

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Joshua Meador Captain Vallejo's Casa
Captain Vallejo's Casa
22 x 30

Joshua Meador

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Now Available (click photo)
at Sebastopol Center for the Arts

Linda Sorensen Beautiful Day Drakes Bay
Beautiful Day, Drakes Bay
(Point Reyes National Seashore)
Linda Sorensen

London's Courtauld Gallery:
French Impressionism
& Post-Impressionism
Art Trails 2017
ART TRAILS 2017 -- at
Sebastopol Center for the Arts
and at Santa Rosa's Corricks
Linda Sorensen Slip Slidin Away
Due to Sonoma Couty Fires,
has been Postponed one week

London's Courtauld Gallery:
French Impressionism & Post-Impressionism

by Daniel Rohlfing

The Courtyard of Somerset House London
This is not London's most famous or largest museum, but it is a "must see." Its impressive collection is small, 530 paintings and some 26,000 drawings. Major works by French painters include Paul Cezanne, Edgar Degas, Paul Gauguin, Edouard Manet, Camille Pissarro, Claude Monet, Georges Seurat, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Chaim Soutine.
London's neoclassical Somerset House, Home of the Courtauld Gallery,

Dr. Ernst Vegelin, Head of the Courtauld Gallery
offers this video introduction.

British industrialist and philanthropist Samuel Courtauld founded the Courtauld Institute in 1932. His European art collection, especially French Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, draws art loving visitors from all over the world.

In 1989, the Courtauld Gallery has called London's Somerset House its home, an impressive neoclassical palace designed 1776. Its buildings have been been used as backdrops for James Bond's Tomorrow Never Dies and GoldenEye, Shanghai Knights with Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson, and The Duchess starring Keira Knightly and Ralph Fiennes and others.

Here is a sampling of some of the Courtauld's incredible collection. The accompanying information has been collected from gallery plaques next to each painting.

The gallery's two marquee paintings are Eduard Manet's A Bar at the Follies Bergere, 1881, and Vincent Van Gogh's Self Portrait with a Bandaged Ear, 1889.
Edouard Manet A Bar at the Follies-Bergere, 1881
Edouard Manet, 1832-1883, A Bar at the Folies-Bergere, 1881
Edouard Manet, 1832-1883
Banks of the Seine at Argenteuil, 1874

The Folies-Bergere was Paris' first music hall, notorious for gentlemen visitors picking up prostitutes. The poet Maupassant said, "The barmaids were vendors of drink and love." Manet knew the Folies-Bergere well and made sketches there, but painted A Bar at the Folies-Bergere in his studio.

He set up a bar and had Suzon, a barmaid from the Folies, serve as his model. The loosely painted background crowd seems to be in movement, sketched quickly, while the barmaid seems detached and marooned behind the bar, wishing she were someplace else. It is a surprisingly large painting.

British art historian Fran Herrick discusses Manet's A Bar at the Follies Bergere
Vincent Van Gogh, 1853-1990
Self Portrait with a Bandaged Ear, 1889

The displaced reflection to the painting's right shows a reflection of the barmaid serving a shadowy customer. Might the figure be Manet himself taking in the scene, or is Manet suggesting we are viewing the scene standing in the customer's shoes?

In November of 1888, Vincent Van Gogh was joined by his friend Paul Gauguin in Arles. Their goal was to create a studio of the south, meant to create paintings influenced by the compositional and color qualities found in Japanese prints. Soon after Gauguin's arrival though, the friends began to quarrel.

Self Portrait with a Bandaged Ear was painted soon after the incident. At the time, Van Gogh believed the act of painting would help him recover his mental equilibrium.

The painting seems to be an expression of loss for Van Gogh. His empty easel and the borrowed Japanese print behind him are testament of his unfulfilled dream of creating a Studio of the South dedicated to paintings inspired by Japanese prints. Van Gogh colorfully featured his bandaged ear which has overshadowed the dream.

In the place of the dream of a triumphing Van Gogh - Gaugiun partnership, Van Gogh pictures himself alone, introspective, a self portrait with his heavily bandaged ear as if to say, "Now, what's next?" His bright green cloak suggests a forced sense of optimism, evidence of his struggle to get beyond.

The Courtauld Gallery includes several works by Claude Monet. His Vase of Flowers was a difficult painting for him. He wrestled with the tightly packed bouquet of wild flowers, so much so that he set the painting aside and kept it in his studio

Jessye Bloomfield, arts author, producer and lecturer discusses
Van Gogh's Self Portrait with a Bandaged Ear
Claude Monet, 1840-1926
Vase of Flowers, 1881

for nearly 40 years. Near the end of his career, he picked it up again and finished it. His reworked leaves and petals are clearly visible.

Autumn Effect at Argenteuil seems a rather boring composition, a blue river bounded right and left by vegetation and a distant town reflected in the waters.

Claude Monet, 1840-1926
Autumn Effect at Argenteuil, 1873
Claude Monet, 1840-1926
Antibes, 1888

But Monet isn't as interested in the scene as he is in capturing the light and atmosphere of the changing colors of autumn. He was fascinated with the reflections on the water and the array of colors found in the trees, orange and pink to purple and green, all part of Monet's keen sense of observation of fleeting moments.

Pierre Auguste Renoir, 1841-1919
La Loge, 1874
Monet truly enjoyed a painting excursion he made to the south coast of France in the Spring of 1888. In Antibes, the ever changing weather conditions were problematic, but he persisted in an effort to portray the extraordinary Mediterranean color and the effects of light and wind. He wrote, "What I bring back from here will be sweetness itself, white, pink and blue, all enveloped in magical air."
Pierre Auguste Renoir, 1841-1919
Woman Tying her Shoes, 1918

Renoir's brother posed for La Loge along with a model, Nini Lopez, who's nickname was "Fish-Face" and who was known for being punctual. Renoir used Nini's modeling services at least 14 times. This painting is of a well dressed couple seated in the theater. The gentleman through opera glasses observes others while the woman seems to be posing, knowing she is being observed. Offered at the Salon of 1874, the painting received mixed criticisms.

Edgar Degas Two Dancers on Stage
Edgar Degas, 1834-1917
Two Dancers on Stage, 1874
Woman Tying her Shoes was done late in Renoir's career. He had become disillusioned with modern Parisian subjects and preferred painting idealized images of women, often washing or dressing themselves.

Edgar Degas' Two Dancers on Stage is from an angle above and off to the side as though the viewer has a box seat. The angle captivates, demanding attention as the performance below proceeds. As for the dancers, they appear to be working class dancers, not the stars, which is a subject which interested Degas.

Camille Pissarro studied with Gustave Courbet and Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot and in turn, was an influential teacher for Georges Seurat, Paul Cezanne, Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin. Cezanne said of Pissarro, "He was a father for me. A man to consult and a little like the good Lord." Art historian John Rewald called Pissarro the "dean of the Impressionist painters", not only because he was the oldest of the group, but also "by virtue of his wisdom and his balanced, kind, and warmhearted personality".

Fleeing the impact of the Franco-Prussian War, Camille Pissarro lived in London

for over a year. He painted scenes near his London home, including this view of Lordship Lane Station, Dulwich. The station, now demolished, catered to the growing suburb south of central London. While standing on a footbridge, Pissarro paints the scene of a train departing the station and new row houses behind. Originally, he included a figure of a man mowing the grassy slope, but then decided to paint him out.

About twenty miles outside of Paris is the town of Pontoise. Pissarro lived there on and off between 1866 and 1883. L'Hermitage shows a cluster of houses
Camille Pissarro, 1830-1903
Lordship Lane Station, Dulwich, 1871
Camille Pissarro, 1830-1903
Festival at L'Hermitage, 1876
Camille Pissarro, 1830-1903
Boulevard Montmartre Spring Morning, 1897
on the outskirts of town, filled with temporary tented stalls as if for an art fair. The finely dressed figures among the crowd suggests these are visitors from Paris.

Pissarro painted Boulevard Montmartre, Spring Morning from the window of the Grand Hotel de Russie, showing one of the longest avenues in Paris. Like other impressionists, Pissarro was fascinated by the pace of Paris life.
The Courtauld Gallery has many paintings by Georges Seurat.

The Bridge of Courbevoie is of a scene near the industrial suburb of Courbevoie near Paris. The scene is painted from an island called the Grand Jatte, and is painted using the pointillist technique created by Seurat. Pointillism relies on juxtaposing small dots of color rather than mixing them together.
Georges Seurat, 1859-1891
Study for Le Chahut, 1889
Georges Seurat, 1859-1891
The Bridge at Courbevoie, 1886
The mood in this painting is unusually sombre and silent. The figures seem disembodied, adding to a sense of melancholy.

In Study for Le Chahut, Seurat creates a shimmering effect using pointillism, relying on the viewer's eye to blend colors. This technique was popular in his day. The finished painting, La Chahut is on display at the Kroller-Mueller Museum outside Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

Paul Cezanne is recognized as a bridge between late 19th century impressionism and 20th century cubism. Both Matisse and Picasso regarded Cezanne as "the father of us all." Using short brush strokes, he created planes of color, building up complex fields.

Paul Cezanne, 1839-1906
Man with a Pipe, 1892
The Card Players was a subject which intrigued Cezanne in the Fall of 1890 when he completed five such paintings. He used farm workers from his estate at the Jas de Bouffan in the South of France to serve as models.

Man with a Pipe is one of several peasant pictures painted in the 1890's. Cezanne wrote, "I love above all the appearance of people who have grown old without breaking customs." The model for this painting is also a farm worker from his estate.
Paul Cezane The Card Players
Paul Cezanne, 1839-1906
The Card Players, 1892
Paul Gauguin, 1848-1903
The Haystacks, 1889

Like Cezanne, Paul Gauguin was highly influential on 20th century artists Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso. He used a synthesis style which was distinct from impressionism. Today, his work is categorized by the chapters in his life, his life in France, his trip to Martinique, his time with Van Gogh, his first trip to Tahiti, his return to Paris and his second trip to Tahiti and the Marquesas.

The Haystacks was painted in 1889 in Brittany. He wanted to retreat from the the urban pressures of Paris, and was attracted by customs and

Paul Gauguin, 1848-1903
Te Rerioa (The Dream) , 1897
costumes provided by peasant workers, providing what he thought to be "a wildness and primitiveness."
Paul Gauguin, 1848-1903
Nevermore, 1897
Te Rerioa (the Dream) was painted during Gauguin's second trip to Tahiti. The two women watch over a sleeping child in a room decorated elaborately with wood reliefs. The women are not interacting in any way, adding a sense of mystery. Gauguin meant the subject to be unclear, like a dream. He wrote, "Everything is a dream in this canvas; is it the child? is it the mother" is it the horseman on the path? or is it the dream of the painter!!!"

Lucian Freud Girl with Roses
Lucian Freud, 1922-2011
Girl with Roses, 1947

Chaim Soutine, 1893-1943
Young Woman in a White Blouse, 1923
Nevermore is most interesting. In the background are two women and a bird (raven) who seem to be conspiring against the reclining woman. She lies awake, aware she is being watched. The title evokes Edgar Allen Poe's The Raven, in which the poet, driven mad by the loss of his love, has a raven repeating endlessly, "Nevermore." Gauguin is suggesting the loss of innocence in this painting. By the time of his second visit, he found Tahiti's society to be corrupted, and not the tropical primitive paradise he had imagined.

The Courtauld Gallery's collection ranges from long before and after Impressionism and Post Impressionism. Here are three 20th century examples.
Lucian Freud was a British figurative artist and was one of the foremost 20th century portraitists. Girl with Roses is one of Lucian Freud's most important early works. He is known to have worked from "maximum observation" of his subjects. His linear precision and thin washes of color give this painting focus and clarity. The model is Kitty Garman, whom Freud married in 1948. Freud pictures her as being disquieted, with a sense of nervous energy. She seems on edge with widened eyes as she grips the prickly rose.

Chaim Soutine was a Belorussian Jewish artist from Smilavichy near Minsk. He emigrated to Paris where he became friends with fellow artists Amedeo Modigliani and Pablo Picasso. During the war, he tried to hide from the Nazis, but came out of hiding in 1943. He died at age 50 of a perforated ulcer. He was poor his entire life. Young Woman in a White Blouse is typical of his work. He often distorted his subject to convey a heightened sense of emotional and psychological tension. Her white blouse represents purity and innocence and is set against the world-weary appearance and melancholy of her eyes.

Amedieo Modigliani was an Italian Jewish artist living in Paris. He had a short and troubled life, but along the way was associated with Chaim Soutine and Pablo Picasso. He is known for his elongated figures and portraits. He was not well accepted during his lifetime. Female Nude is an example of how Modigliani was influenced by his love for Egyptian, African and Oceanic sculpture which Modigliani studied at the ethnographic museum in Paris.
Amedeo Modigliani, 1884-1920
Female nude, 1916
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Sally Baker, Studio 86
Sunflowers with Asian Vase
Art Trails 2017, Sebastopol Center for the Arts
through October 22
Sonoma County artists, each juried into Art Trails, will hold OPEN STUDIOS during the weekends of Oct 14 & 15, and Oct 21-22.
Sebastopol Center for the ARts

Maps to each artist's location are listed here, or can be accessed through a pdf link below, or are printed in the Art Trails Collectors Guide catalog, available at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts and many retail locations and visitors centers throughout the county.

Art Trails Map, PDF link
Besides the artists' open studios, an artwork by each artist is on display at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts.

Mini Preview Exhibits of some of the artist's work can be seen at Corrick's in Santa Rosa, Gallery One in Petaluma, Stones Throw in Cotati and the Healdsburg Center for the Arts. Links to these locations are at the end of this article.

Art Trails is an opportunity to meet local artists, to observe their creative work environments and learn directly from them about their backgrounds, their methods, their philosophy and their passion for art. Each studio will have a demonstration or display. Enjoy the art, talk, enjoy a refreshment, and if so moved, take an art treasure home.
Here's a sampling
of what's now on view at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts
Sally Cataldo, Studio 64
Carol Peek, Studio 134
Resting Holstein
Linda Sorensen Beautiful Day Drakes Bay
Linda Sorensen, Studio 91
Beautiful Day, Drakes Bay
Wendy Franklin, Studio 129
Along the Petaluma River
Warren Bellows, Studio 122
Sunset Sketch

Dana Hawley, Studio 41
Pruning Day
Teri Sloat, Studio 117
Laguna Light
Deborah Butterfield, Studio 60
Wendy Brayton, Studio 111
Pengrove Pub
Evan Garber, Studio 6
Diana Majumdar, Studio 132
Bits and Pieces
Camille Przewodek, Studio 149
On Golden Marsh
Bill Gittens, Studio 28
Above Alexander Valley
Cynthia Jackson-Hein, Studio 78
No More Drought
Phyillis Calvin Thomas, Studio 144
Vintage Sonoma
Char Wood, Studio 31
West Side Hay Bales
Sherri Ortegren, Studio 147
The Breakfast Club
Mylette Welch, Studio 110
Crab Shack
Donna Schaffer, Studio 42
Painted Lady on my Zenia
Susan Sohl, Studio 23
Singing the Blues
Donna DeLaBriandais, Studio 67
Atmospheric Poetry
Martha Mellinger, Studio 1
Crossing the River
Lisa Skelly, Studio 71
Key to the Universe
Sandra Speidel, Studio 138
Looking Forward, Looking Back
Carolyn Wilson, Studio 118
Joyful Spirit
Terry Sauve, Studio 105
Moonrise at Oceansong

Linda Barretta, Studio 45
Twilight Time

Carole Rae Watanabe, Studio 180
Blooming Luminous

Marsha Connell, Studio 24
Iris and Lemon Tree
Monica Schwalbenberg-Pena, Studio 68
Wolf House
Tamara Sanchez, Studio 70
Turning Basin
Sandra Rubin, Studio 103
Pair of Chairs

Christie Marks, Studio 75
Blue Motel

Willow LaLand-Yielding, Studio 37
His and Hers
these works are now on view at the Mini Exhibition at Corrick's in Santa Rosa
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Barbara Tocher
Nigerian Pedestal Relief, Studio 126
Caryn Fried, Sudio 16
Bunnies in My Garden
Robert McFarland, Studio 151
Skimmer Dragonfly
Rik Olson, Studio 97
Ponte Vecchio
Sandra Rubin, Studio 103
Tree Shapes
Tamara Sanchez, Studio 70
Heading Out
Sally Baker, Studio 85
Sunflowers 2
Linda Sorensen, Studio 91
Duncans Cove
Marsha Connell, Studio 24
Alma Jane and Tara Dawn
Dee Andreini, Studio 96
High Meadow
Kathleen Truax, Studio 7
Austin Sky
Teri Sloat, Studio 17
Bolinas Birds
Helen Nicholas, Studio 86
Martin Ray Water Tower
Sherrie Lovier, Studio 49
Mylette Welch, Studio 110
Ralph Broussard, Studio 62
Vase with Image Transfers
Donna Schaffer, Studio 42
Ready for Harvest
Char Wood, Studio 31
Old Highway Bridge
Susan Sohl, Studio 23
Outside the Walls, Corfona, Tuscany
Carole Watanabe, Studio 108
Etched into Life
Nina Bonos, Studfio 59
Tahoma Meadows
Susandra Spicer, Studio 112
Balance of Time
Rene Dayan-Whitehead, Studio 120
Inner Flight
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At the Landmark Gallery
in the town of Bodega
Linda Sorensen Inverness and Mt Vision

Linda Sorensen's
Inverness and Mt. Vision,
Tomales Bay 12 x 12

Linda Sorensen's paintings currently showing:

Bodega Landmark Gallery Collection,
located inland in the town of Bodega, west end of town a half block from the Casino, and just across from the General Store and the Bodega Volunteer Fire Department.

Corrick's "Art Trails Gallery,"
located in downtown Santa Rosa on 4th Street, just steps from Santa Rosa's newly reopened town Square.

At Corrick's in Santa Rosa
"Art Trails Gallery"
Linda Sorensen Hawks Hill to Point Bonita
Linda Sorensen's
Hawk Hill to Point Bonita
24 x 30
Linda Sorensen's Cabin Stuido
Linda Sorensen's cabin studio
on Dutch Bill Creek in Monte Rio

Linda Sorensen now rents an artist's cabin/studio, located near Monte Rio, overlooking Dutch Bill Creek among redwoods -- near the Russian River. She reports plenty of company from the mallards and mergansers on the Creek. This is where her Art Trails open studio will be.

Linda Sorensen Open Studio #91...
Rescheduled dates ... Oct 21 & 22 and Oct 28 & 29
9448 Bohemian Highway
Monte Rio, CA

Art Trails Postponement
Linda Sorensen Art Trails Map Linda Sorensen Art Trails Post Card

Joshua Meador self portrait

Zip-a-Dee Doo-Dah ...

San Francisco's Walt Disney Family Museum's blog
just published an article I wrote
about Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery's
featured artist, Joshua Meador.
-- Daniel Rohlfing --

click the link below

Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery is taking a break from conducting a "brick and mortar" storefront gallery, but continues as an online gallery. You may make arrangements to view specific artworks by emailing or calling us. Contact us by by phone 707-875-2911 or email us at We continue to host our website and Linda's site,, and publish our online newsletter every month.

Pacific Bay Gallery is Bodega Bay's newest gallery featuring the works of Noki Jones. It is located next to The Ren Brown Collection in Bodega Bay. You may remember it as our most recent storefront location ... easily identifiable by Bodega Bay's newest and tallest palm tree.

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

Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery
featuring Joshua Meador and Linda Sorensen
and Historic Paintings of California

online only (and by arrangement) | Voicemail and Text 707-875-2911

Joshua Meador Composed by the Sea
"Composed by the Ocean"
Joshua Meador
Ren Brown
Ren Brown
The Ren Brown Collection
"Close to Nature"
1781 Coast Highway One, Bodega Bay, 94923
707-875-2922 | |
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Pacific Bay Gallery

Pacific Bay Gallery
"California Coast in Acrylic" Noki Jones
1785 Coast Highway One, Bodega Bay, 94923
Noki and Ron Jones, proprietors
707-875-8925 | | Back to the Top

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

Jean Warren Watercolor

What's showing nearby?
in Sonoma, Napa & Marin Counties
Lorenzo de Santis
Landmark Gallery's
Lorenzo de Santis
IN BODEGA Bodega Landmark Gallery Collection
including paintings by Linda Sorensen
17255 Bodega Highway Bodega, California USA 94922 Phone 707 876 3477
Fri-Mon, 10:30 - 5:30 | | Back to the Top
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Sebastopol Center for the Arts

IN SEBASTOPOL, Sebastopol Center for the Arts
"2017 Art Trails Exhibition"
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

IN SANTA ROSA Corrick's Art Trails Gallery |
637 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95401 | Contact::

Now on Exhibit ... Art Trails 2017 Mini Exhibition

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.

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 |
456 Tenth Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95401 | email: | 707-781-7070

"Gallery Group Show 2017"

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
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Easton, Crustacean Dancing Dream, American Alabaster
Annex Galleries Santa Rosa IN Santa Rosa The Annex Galleries
specializing in 19th, 20th, and 21st century American and European fine prints
The Annex Galleries is a member of the International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA). | 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
Christopher Queen Gallery IN DUNCANS MILLS Christopher Queen Galleries
3 miles east of Hwy 1 on Hwy 116 on the Russian River
"Bohemian Legacy" celebrating our 27th Annual Early Artists of the Bohemian Club Exhibition and Sale |707-865-1318| Back to the Top
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 (707) 473-9150 |
222 Mill Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg, CA 95448 | Open Weds - Mon, 10-6, Sundays, 10-5
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
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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

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

Special Exhibition ... "Awaking Beauty,
The Art of Eyvind Earle ... through Jan 8, 2018
-- view location on Google Maps
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de Young Museum
"Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire"
through Feb 11

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
"Klimpt and Rodin" An Artistic Encounter"
Oct 14-Jan 28
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

Ends Oct 9 ...
"Edvard Munch, Between the Clock and the Bed"

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 954
(707) 939-7862
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Grace Hudson Museum

"Callifornia's Wild Edge"Jul 8 - Oct 8
Grace Hudson Museum

Bolinas Museum

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

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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 and Armin Hansen
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
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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 (NOW part of UC-Irvine)
The Irvine Museum
"Moods of California"
through Feb 8

The Irvine Museum

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Santa Barbara
The Santa Barbara Museum of Art
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Hilbert Museum, Chapman University
The Hilbert Collection focuses
on California Scene Painting,
including most well known
20th century California watercolor artists

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 Pasadena
Pasadena Museum of California Art

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

Permanent Collection
American 19th century Landscape Painting
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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
Prescott, AZ
Phippen Museum
Phippen Museum Entrance Hwy 89 Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix Art Museum
an excellent sampling of
Artists of the American West
Phoenix 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
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
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The Philadelphia Museum of Art
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Philadelphia , PA
Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia Campus
Barnes Foundation Campus Philadelphia Brooklyn, NY
The Brooklyn Museum
American Art
Permanent Collection
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New York , NY
The Whitney Museum of American Art

The largest selection of works by Edward Hopper
The Whitney Museum of American Art New York 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    

Serving our Clients several different ways ...
in Bodega Bay, in your home, or on-line.

Voicemail and Text: 707-875-2911 | Email:


... Using Voicemail, TEXT or Email, leave a call back time and number. Once we arrange a time and place, come to Bodega Bay and view the art which interests you and take a treasure home. email or text is better to inform us about your interests and to avoid messages that we have difficulty deciphering.


... Using Voicemail, Text, or Email, request an pre-arranged in-home appointment. We will discuss which artists and paintings interest you, and make appropriate arrangements. After you make your choices, we will bring the art to you.


... Voicemail, Text, or Email us about pieces which interest you. We will answer your questions and process your purchase over the phone. We offer included FedEx shipping in the U.S for major purchases.

Pop-Up Galleries

... On occasion, when temporary opportunities fit, we will take Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery on the road.

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.

DO NOT CALL TO ASK FOR OUR ASSISTANCE WITH YOUR ART COLLECTION... 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. 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 to sell your painting through other resources. We do not provide appraisal services.