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Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Monthly
October 2018
an on-line fine art gallery based in Bodega Bay, California
celebrating Historic California painting

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Joshua Meador Carmel Coast Large Thumb
Joshua Meador, Carmel Coast
Oil on linen, 20 x 27

Vincent Van Gogh self portrat at the Musee D'Orsay
From Paris,
Vincent Van Gogh
at the Musee d'Orsay

Atelier One Building Thumb
Atelier One, Graton
Hands On Art Open Studios September Exhibition

Art Trails 2018 Preview
A glimpse of the
Art Trails 2018 Exhibition,
Sebastopl Center for the Arts

Now available
at Corrick's Art Trails Gallery
Linda Sorensen The Green and the Gold
The Green and Gold
Sonoma County vineyards and rolling grasslands

From Paris,
Vincent Van Gogh
at the Musee d'Orsay
Musee D'Orsay, Paris
The Musee d'Orsay's current collection of Van Gogh paintings are from the last three years of his life. These tortured days under the strains of mental illness were unceasingly burdensome. But Van Gogh found found solace through his painting, engaging in the most creative period in his life. Looking back, critics agree it was one of the most creative periods of any artist in any time.

In February of 1888, he moved to Arles in the South of France and wanted to establish an art school. He invited Paul Gauguin to join him. His mental problems intensified.

In December of 1888, he cut a off a portion of his ear, and committed himself to a mental asylum in Saint Remy. In the same month, he ended his friendship with Gauguin.

After nearly a year and a half at Saint Remy, he left in May of 1890. That same month after consultations with his brother Theo, he moved to suburban Paris. Under the recommendation of his friend Camille Pissarro, Van Gogh submitted to the care of Dr. Paul Gachet in Auvers-sur-Oise. But less than three months later, Van Gogh was dead resulting from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on July 29, 1890.

While living through these three tortured years, Vincent Van Gogh painted his Self Portrait with a Straw Hat (1887), Starry Night Over the Rhone (Sept. 1888), The Café Terrace on the Place du Forum, Arles, at Night (Sept. 1888), Vincent's Bedroom in Arles (Oct. 1888), Irises (May 1889), Starry Night (June 1889), Almond Blossom (Feb 1890) and much more.

Below are the Van Gogh paintings currently on display at the Musee d'Orsay.
Information for each painting is drawn from the museum's accompanying placards and the Musee d'Orsay's website.

Imperial Fritillaries in a Copper Vase, 1887 Fritillaries are bulbs like tulips which bloom in spring. The Imperial fritillary was common in French and Dutch gardens at the

Vincent Van Gogh, The Restaurant de la Sirene at Asnieres, 1887
Vincent Van Gogh,
Imperial Fritillaries in a Copper Vase, 1887

close of the 19th century. Van Gogh painted this still life in Paris while in close contact with Paul Signac. Van Gogh used Neo-impressionist principles in the background, contrasting blue and orange. But overall, neo-impressionist influences are limited, used only to define a solid surface.

The Restaurant de la Sirene at Asnieres, 1887 In 1888, Van Gogh lived with his brother Theo on the north side of Paris. Unlike other artists of greater means who went to the countryside in the summer, Vincent remained in the city. In Asnieres, on the banks of the Seine not far from Paris, he painted bridges and this restaurant. Like Renoir, Vincent tried to capture the convivial pleasures enjoyed inside the restaurant while painting its exterior. Here Van Gogh used multiple colors in his parallel hatching, a technique he increasingly used to great effect.

Vincent Van Gogh, Bedroom in Arles, 1888
Vincent Van Gogh, Portrait of Madame Ginoux, 1888

Bedroom in Arles, 1889 is the third version of this painting. The first was from October 1888 and is in the collection of the

Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. The second, done in September 1889, is in the Art Institute of Chicago, and the third resides in the Musee d'Orsay. The paintings are not identical. Portraits pictured in the painting are changed and the intensity of color changes. The third painting is smaller, among a group of smaller paintings Van Gogh made for his mother and sister Wil.

Portrait of Madame Ginoux, 1888 Madame Ginoux owned the Cafe de la Gare in Arles where she often served Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin. Van Gogh painted this portrait when he lodged at her house when he first arrived in Arles. She remained a close friend with Vincent throughout his stay, because she too suffered from "nervous attacks."

Vincent Van Gogh, Encampment of Gypsies near Arles, 1888

Encampment of Gypsies near Arles 1888 Vincent van Gogh down played the narrative aspect of this painting, focusing instead on the application of his thick layers of pigment to the canvas. This had become central to

Vincent Van Gogh, Self Portrait, 1889

Van Gogh's paintings, giving his work expressive significance. But, for a poor painter, the process required more paint, requiring Vincent to repeatedly ask his brother Theo for extra money to buy art supplies.

Vincent Van Gogh, Self Portrait, 1889 Van Gogh painted 43 self portraits over ten years. This is not just an artistic exercise; Vincent was questioning himself to the point of an identity crisis. He wrote to his sister: "I am looking for a deeper likeness than that obtained by a photographer." And later to his brother: "People say, and I am willing to believe it, that it is hard to know yourself. But it is not easy to paint yourself, either. The portraits painted by Rembrandt are more than a view of nature, they are more like a revelation." The painting's focus is Vincent's face, hard, emaciated, with green rimmed eyes seemingly intransigent and anxious. His still and fixed posture contrasts with the undulating hairs of his orange beard and the hallucinatory arabesques of the background.

Starry Night Over the Rhone 1888 Van Gogh was intrigued with the night sky as soon as he arrived in Arles. He

wrote his brother Theo saying, "I need a starry night with cypresses or maybe above a field of ripe wheat."

In a letter to fellow artist Emile Bernard Vincent said, "But when shall I ever paint the Starry Sky, this painting that keeps haunting me."

In September 1888, he wrote his sister, "Often it seems to me night is even more richly colored than day."

After a few months at the mental institution, he created a second version of Starry Night, this time exhibiting evidence of his troubled psyche with trees shaped like flame throwers and stars in swirled motion. This later version is the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Vincent Van Gogh, Starry Night, 1888
/images/MDO_Van_Gogh_Vincent_The_Siesta_640.jpgVincent Van Gogh,The Siesta (after Millet), 1889-1890
Vincent Van Gogh, Eugene Boch / The Poet ,1888

The Siesta, 1889-1890 While still a patient at Saint-Remy, Vincent painted a scene from four drawings by the Barbizon painter Jean-Francois Millet (1814-1875). Vincent often copied the works of Millet whom he considered more modern than Edouard Manet. Justifying the painting to his brother Theo, Vincent wrote, "I am using another language, that of colors, to translate the impressions of light and dark into black and white." This restful scene done by Millet of rural France from the 1860's is transformed by Van Gogh's unique artistic intensity, and his chromatic construction based on contrasting complimentary colors, blue-violet and yellow-orange.

Eugene Boch / The Poet 1888 Van Gogh met Eugene Boch (1855-1941), a Belgian painter in Arles in June of 1888. Around 8 July, Vincent mentioned Boch in a letter to his brother Théo: "I very much like the looks of this young man with his distinctive face, like a razor blade, and his green eyes". In late August, Vincent painted Boch's portrait. Vincent wrote of the experience, "Well, thanks to him (Boch) I have at last the first sketch of this painting that I have dreamt of for so long – The Poet. He sat for me. His fine head with his green eyes stands out in my portrait against a starry sky of deep ultramarine; he wears a short, yellow jacket, a collar of unbleached linen and a colorful tie." Although Vincent considered the painting to be only a sketch, he hung it for a a time on the wall of his bedroom, and it is visible in his first painting of his bedroom, now at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

Vincent Van Gogh, Mademoiselle Gachet in her Garden in Auvers-sur-Oise, 1890

Mademoiselle Gachet in her Garden in Auvers-sur-Aise, 1890 When Vincent returned to Paris after his release from the asylum at Saint Remy,

Vincent Van Gogh, Portrait of Dr. Paul Gachet, 1890

Vincent Van Gogh, Doctor Paul Gachet's Garden, 1890

Theo and artist Camille Pissaro wrote a letter of introduction for Vincent to present to Dr. Paul Gachet, a homeopathic physician who lived in Auvers. The Gachet house was set into a hillside above the Oise Valley, its garden frequented by stray cats, chickens and a featherless rooster. This painting shows Marguerite Gachet in a country girl pose. A few days later, he painted her in a pink dress while playing the piano. Marguerite was 21 at the time, and when Dr. Gachet heard of her posing, the doctor was apprehensive and he asked Vincent to end pursuing any relationship.

Portrait of Dr. Paul Gachet 1890 Van Gogh was deeply entwined with Dr. Gachet the last two months of his life. A homeopathic doctor interested in chiromancy (palm reading), he had a passion for the arts. He was an accomplished engraver, and had associations with Manet, Monet, Renoir, Pissarro and Cezanne. It was Theo and Camille Pissarro who recommended Gachet to Vincent, thinking the doctor's company and care would help Vincent make the transition from his stay at Saint-Remy back into normal life. In this portrait, Dr. Gachet appears melancholic. He may have been overwhelmed caring for and listening to Vincent. His dark blue jacket contrasts with the bright red table. The pale unexpressive face is propped up by his right hand. On the table is a clipping of foxglove, the plant used to make the heart drug digitalis.

Doctor Paul Gachet's Garden, 1890 This version without Marguerite of the Dr. Gachet's garden is darker, intensely colored with shorter and straighter strokes while the one with Marguerite is lighter colored, softer, with gentle curved strokes.

The Church at Auvers 1890 Upon release from the psychiatric hospital in Saint-Remy, Vincent settled in Auvers-sur-Oise, a village outside of Paris, near Dr. Gachet, recommended by his brother, Theo. Vincent arrived in Auvers-sur-Oise on May 21, and he died a little over two months later on July 29. In those two months, Vincent produced about 70 paintings, about one per day, not to mention a large number of drawings. Van Gogh approached this painting of the 13th century church in Auvers in a very different manner from the impressionists who tried to capture the play of light in a moment. Van Gogh paints the church as if it

Vincent Van Gogh, The Church at Auvers, 1890
Vincent Van Gogh
Japanese Vase with Roses and Anemones, 1890

were as alive as the woman walking on the path below its stained glass windows. He seems to release the church from its firm 400-plus-year-old foundation, allowing it to move and flow like torrents of lava.

Japanese Vase with Roses and Anemones 1890 This work was painted soon after Vincent's arrival in Auvers. In his writings, Vincent suggested that this painting was done in Dr. Gachet's house with flowers cut from his garden and using one of his vases. Initially, Vincent was happy with his move north and stimulated by his friendship with Dr. Gachet. Vincent had done a number of floral still lifes while still in Saint-Remy, and continued the practice when he moved north.

Vincent Van Gogh, Thatched Cottages at Cordeville, 1890

Thatched Cottages at Cordeville 1890 Although these cottages existed and Van Gogh painted them plein air, this painting does not seek to capture the peacefulness of the scene. Rather, Van Gogh transforms the scene, projecting his own psychic torment onto the canvas, with the thatched roofs

Vincent Van Gogh, Two Young Girls, 1890

undulating and distant trees spiraling up into a swirling sky. With peaks and troughs of waves of impasto, Vincent creates waves moving through the picture like a disturbed surface of a reflective pond. Van Gogh did not have the slightest hint that the waves of paint he was creating would splash upon the eyes of millions of Van Gogh admirers a century later.

Two Young Girls 1890 Painted in early June 1890, Vincent portrays these two young girls against a wavy background of curvy green rows of a field, with blue houses or farm buildings behind, complicated with the blues of their clothing. The painting doesn't seem to be about the girls or the moving environs in which they live, but rather that the two girls are a part of the scene, taking an impatient moment stolen from their play to briefly pose for a kind red bearded artist.

From a 2010 TV fantasy, the time traveling Dr. Who escorts Vincent Van Gogh from 1890 Auvers-sur-Oise
near Paris to modern times in an effort to give Vincent
a sneak a peek at what will become of his paintings.
The Tardis takes Vincent to the Musee d'Orsay. There, Vincent sees his paintings displayed and overhears
an art critic praising him as one of the greatest artists of all time. The scene includes actors
Matt Smith, Karen Gilllan and Bill Nighy with Vincent played by Tony Curran.

Today, Van Gogh is a cultural icon. His name ranks among the the most well-known painters of all time. His dashing stokes, waves and swirls are recognizable and loved by the wide population, not just a few connoisseurs inside the art world.

But Vincent Van Gogh never knew his name would live beyond his poor, tortured and brief life. He never knew his paintings would be known the world over.

A 2010 episode of Dr. Who examines this reality, while offering a fanciful remedy, as Dr. Who visits the Musee d'Orsay in modern times.

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Atelier One, Graton -- Open Studios September Exhibition

Atelier One's Open House, 2018

Graton is home to something special, an old apple warehouse filled with working artist's studios.

Each year, the building hosts an open studios event, along with local food, wine and music. Locals anticipate the opportunity to visit artists in their creative space.

Below are photos from each studio, links to each artist's webpage and excerpts of their artist statements.

Linda Sorensen's Studio
Linda Sorensen's Studio

Linda's Artist Statement ( ... "I was born an artist, but at a time when women were not wanted in the New York City art world. Although I was a serious artist, to support myself I headed to law school at Berkeley in 1973 for one of the first classes to admit women in significant numbers; and I have been a San Francisco business litigation attorney for over 40 years, now semi-retired. For me, it makes a good combination of pursuits.

"I was an abstract expressionist in Berkeley starting in the 60’s, but now my art is closer to representational, inspired by “living in a painting” in Sonoma County. My approach is personal, expressive. I discovered kindred spirits in the Post-Impressionist “symbolist”/“synthetist” painters (Paul Gauguin, Henry Moret, Odilon Redon, etc.) of Brittany, who emphasized strong colors, emphatic line, and altered and mixed perspectives. There are differences such as my depth of scene instead of flat pattern.

"Galleries that carry my paintings are the Art Trails Gallery at Corrick’s in Santa Rosa, Bodega Landmark in inland Bodega, and the “Red Shoes” studio gallery at the 6th Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa."

Susan Proehl's Studio
Susan Proehl's Studio

Susan's Artist Statement ( ... "I begin my paintings or collage work by painting out the white of the canvas … with the color orange. Orange is a favorite color and has a way of shining through the various layers. I then create marks or lines using oil pastel, pencil or chalk to give direction. This background grounds me.

"I work intuitively responding to the color, texture and space of the canvas. I experiment with layers of acrylic paint and glazes. Exposing and re-exposing these layers, using various tools and methods to apply and scrape the paint onto the canvas, leads me onto a journey, a story ….

"When working on a collage I incorporate found objects, ephemera and various types of paper into the piece. Often times it seems as though the brush is leading me … that the painting already exists and wants to me follow the course …to listen. My paintings are colorful abstracts. The work is my statement. The interpretation is yours!"

The Amazing world and Studio of Monty Monty

From Monty Monty's Website ( "I assemble to create a theme. Discrete items of interest and vintage collectibles are sculpted into a whole and unified form. I take antiques, curios, cast-off objects, and sometimes family heirlooms and breathe new life into them, rendering new ways to look at old things. My approach is to create a natural look to the assembled work by using creative methods. I do not weld. I take great care in the restoration of each component and attempt to create a vintage quality within the work. I enjoy sharing stories about each new piece I create and include an itemized list of components with information that accompanies the work."

The Susan Stover's Studio and classroom

From Susan's Website ( ... "My paintings and sculptures often recall an ethnic sensibility and geometric organization. I am interested in the objects made by non-Western cultures and how they are tied to identity, status, religious beliefs, and mythologies. Adapting processes that are traditionally used in the production of textiles, I use materials and techniques that refer to a collective history with the completed painting and forms revealing themselves in the making.

"Pattern and repetition are an integral part of the work as I dye fabric, melt wax, embed fibers, and construct surfaces. I am intrigued with how repetitive labor, such as stamping, stitching and constructing, can be transformational and meditative. I choose these methods because it connects me to people in other cultures who work in the same way. Because of these interests, I continually explore my own ties to history, culture, and the arena of contemporary painting and sculpture."

Elizabeth Peyton's Studio

From Elizabeth's website ( Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating. It is either good or bad." Salvador Dali ... "I've been drawing as long as I can remember ... In recent years, my work has been shown at Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Berkeley Botanical Gardens, Filoli, Transition Art, West County Design Ctr., Pelican Art, Helen Crocker Russell Library at San Francisco Botanical Garden, Local Color Gallery, Bodega Bay, Graton Gallery, Finley Center, and more. I also participate in Open Studio programs- Art at the Source, Art Trails (sabbatical for 2016) , and the Atelier One . My studio in Graton is always open by appointment."

Marylu Downing's Studio, (Marylu is on the right visitng with friend Diane Burl)

From Marylu's website ( ... "Most of my life I've made art. For many years I created more functional art: dolls, puppets, painted boxes, original games and wearable art clothing. After completing a large order of hand-painted scarves for Nordstrom, I longed to leave production art and just paint, and I did that in 1993.

"I often work from the imagination but also use references. I create commissioned work from a meeting with the person, or family and continue from photographs. I've shown at many galleries and created the 1999 Sebastopol Apple Blossom Festival poster, won the 2001 KJZY CD cover competition, created art for Watershed Day and for the Virginia Wolfe Conference at Sonoma State. I have done covers for many books and enjoy these projects very much. I also participate in the open studio events Art at the Source in June and Sonoma County Art Trails in October. Check the Art Shows section for upcoming events information. My art is in collections worldwide and I like to think that I am making a connection through paintings. I hope you find something in my art that makes you smile, or perhaps the colors match your sofa!"

Cindy Cleary's Studio

From Cindy's website ( ... "My art is an intimate act of remembrance, that embodies the silence of our innate knowing. Making art from the interconnectedness of life, consciousness and the natural world, I explore the emotional landscapes of memory, place and time in both two and three-dimensional forms.

"I work with soil, earth and plant pigments, sea water and other organic materials. The stories held by these elements guide my exploration of the ephemeral, the transitory, the natural circle of birth, death and regeneration, and the transformative power of disintegration and loss."

Charles Becker's Studio

From Charles' website ( ... "Light and how it effects things is a prominent element in Becker's work. Motivated by the desire to make a personal connection with the viewer through his paintings, he uses light and color to infuse each object with as much feeling and nuance as he can (which is where Becker's work goes beyond photo realism, which he finds static and uninteresting). In that sense, rather than paint a simple apple, he paints a portrait of that apple with colors that make it seem more than real; rather than paint a simple plum, he gives it a little more curve and cleavage so it has a sensual energy all its own.

"He starts with careful sketches--most of which end up under the painting itself. While he usually has a finished concept in mind, he allows plenty of room for the painting to evolve. As he works, he adds balancing points -- touches that make it more comfortable, warm, or tense, or elements of interest that push and pull at the edge of realism to capture someone's eye from across the room and draw them closer where the painting, rather than falling apart, reveals new, sometimes surprising, dimensions."

Lisa Beernsten's Studio

From Lisa's website ( ... "Lisa Beerntsen lives and paints in Graton, California. She and her husband, fellow artist Tony Speirs, moved to Sonoma County from the East Bay in 2002.

"Lisa has been an adjunct art instructor at the Santa Rosa Junior College for over 10 years, where she teaches classes in color, painting & drawing. She has previously taught courses at the San Francisco Art Institute, California State University, Stanislaus, & the Universities of Maine & Massachusetts.

"One of her recent bodies of work is characterized by underlying abstract forms, color, and movement, overlaid with patterns culled from diverse cultures (Islamic, Celtic, Tibetan, American quilters ...), & images of plant and flower forms. Some paintings also include collage, from a variety of sources; many of the recurrent designs are from stamp blocks she carves herself. An avid gardener, she is much inspired by the changing colors & light of nature. She moves easily between different modes of painting, from realistic to abstract. Lisa also recently collaborated with Tony Speirs and the collective of artists 'Art Farm Motel' on several very large scale painting-installation projects for the Burning Man Art Festival."

Maureen Lomasney and Funeria's Showroom

From Funeria's website ( ... "FUNERIA is a unique international arts agency that has been leading the emerging genre for original, contemporary, thoughtfully conceived and superbly crafted funerary urns and vessels for people and our beloved animals since 2001.

"Each original artist-made and artist-designed personal memorial artwork we offer, through retail channels worldwide, stands on its beauty alone and is as unique as the individual it will serve. Each embodies the creative spirit that produced it, and holds the promise of reminding us of a life we've loved. All are intended to contain the shell-like particles and dust of cremated individuals, at least for a time. Whether kept at home, buried, placed in a glass-fronted columbarium niche or private mausoleum, or used to scatter their contents in a place of special significance, artist-made and artist-designed urns, vessels and personal memorial objects honor the life of their recipient and they honor the gifts of the artist."

Britta Kathmeyer's Studio

From Britta's website ( ... "Britta Kathmeyer (born in Bremen, Germany, 1963) received a diploma in Textile Design from the College of Art and Design, Hannover, in 1988. She continued her studies in the U.S. on a Fulbright scholarship and graduated from the California College of the Arts, Oakland, with an MFA with high distinction in 1991.

"For many years Britta worked as a textile designer in the Bay Area and at the same time exhibited her artwork in galleries in both Germany and the U.S. She has collaborated on various projects with artists and non-artists alike, including a public art project funded by the San Francisco Arts Commission. Since 2012 her focus has shifted to drawing and painting primarily using ink, coffee, matches and acrylics. Her intention is to create art that moves between ambiguity and revelation, and inspires contemplation and curiosity. Her work is influenced and guided by Eastern philosophy, the observation of nature, and often the inherent characteristics of the materials themselves. She lives in Sonoma County."

Robin Eschner's Studio

From Erickson Fine Art Gallery's website (Erickson Fine Art Gallery) ... "Robin Eschner grew up in a family that explored the natural world. Her father is a geologist whose enthusiasm for the local terrain is legendary. At an early age, Eschner understood the connection to and responsibility for plants, animals and the landscape. She was educated at the University of California at Davis, Graduating with a combination B.S. degree in Botany and Fine Art. As a painter, she has spent nearly 25 years exploring those relationships in nature. Eschner has exhibited at significant galleries throughout the US and in l990 she began a collabortion with Barry Lopez on a book titled "Apologia", a non-fiction environmental and ecological statement, combining his writing and her art."

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Art Trails 2018 Preview A glimpse of the Art Trails 2018 Exhibition,
Sebastopol Center for the Arts
Two weekends, October 13 & 14 / 20 - 21
It's October, and time for Sonoma County's celebration of local art. Art Trails, a program of OPEN STUDIOS for Sonoma County artists returns this year with 18 new and 126 returning artists.

Studios will be open 10 - 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday the weekends of October 13 & 14 and 20 & 21. Maps to all studio events are contained in the Art Trails Collector's Guide, available at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts and throughout the county, and is AVAILABLE ONLINE.

Last year, all the hard work and preparations for Art Trails went smoothly until the week before the opening weekend when Santa Rosa and Sonoma County experienced the fire storms of 2017. Along with many county residents, some participating artists lost their homes and studios. It was one of those times when it was all hands on deck. The county, communities and individual citizens strained to meet the needs of our displaced neighbors, stretching resources and creating new ways to help.
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Marylu Downing, Plums by River, 22 x 34
Studio # 111, Atelier One Building
2860 Bowen St, Graton

In that extraordinary moment of urgency and need, Art Trails was a pretty small concern. But the artists discussed and debated what to do. A controversial decision was made to not cancel Art Trails, but to postpone it one week. This decision, painful at the time, proved to provide a much needed respite from the trauma of the fires. After the fires, people came out to Art Trails open studios, and with the backdrop of artists and their art, people talked about their experiences and listened as others told their stories.

Art Trails 2018 Preview
Mylette Welch, Summer in Sebastopol
20 x 36, Studio 72
22 Pitt Ave, Sebastopol
Art Trails 2018 Preview

A year later, Art Trails artists are again ready. The preparations have been made. But no one forgets the trauma of last year.

The artist community responded well, donating art to those who lost homes, assisting artists who lost their studios, and continuing to see the value of art and artistic expression in rebuilding broken lives and spirits. Art is life, and part of our healing and paths toward recovery can be encouraged and fortified with art.

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Elizabeth Peyton, Broadway Babies, 26 x 17 1/2
Studio 110, Atelier One Building
2860 Bowen St, Graton
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All the paintings on display there are available for sale, and each painting is just a sample of each artist's work. More is to be found at their Open Studio. At this exhibition, you can decide on which artists appeal your individual tastes, and then you can use the Art Trails guide to map out the studios you wish to visit. Of course, as you drive around the county, you will discover the Art Trails blue signs, and make serendipitous discoveries of artists you would not have otherwise encountered.

Left: Rik Olsen, The Watchers, 25 x 17, Studio 100 12869 Occidental Road, Sebastopol
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Sally Baker, Persimmons with Kimono #5, 18 x 24
Studio #113, 5990 Vine Hill School Road

Its an adventure, two wonderful weekends offering a unique opportunity to see art and meet the artists who created that art in their creative space. Enjoy!

Art Trails 2018 Preview
Judy Butler, Landmark Winery Vineyards, 8 x 8
Studio #35 ... Due to circumstances,
Judy regrets to announce
her Open Studio won't be open.
You may contact her and view her art work at
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Carlole Watanabe, A Walk in Autumn, 30 x 34
Studio 75, 755 Ragle Road,
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Bill Gittins, On The Beach, 8 x 10
Studio 120, 1200 River Road, Studio B-5
Fulton, CA

Kinetic Wind Sculpture by Zach Fresco, Studio 69, 366 Laguna Vista Road, Santa Rosa
Art Trails 2018 Website
(Online catalog and maps)
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Notes ... Linda Sorensen's studio and Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Showroom
At the Landmark Gallery
in Bodega
Linda Sorensen Cypress Over Highway One
Linda Sorensen's
Cypress over Highway One
9 x 12

Linda Sorensen's paintings are also currently showing at:

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 (vacant) 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 reopened Town Square.

6th Street Playhouse, The Studio Gallery
6th Street Playhouse, The Studio Gallery,
52 W. 6th Street, Santa Rosa.

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 at Easel at Monte Rio Redwood Cabin Studio
Linda Sorensen at her easel
Linda Sorensen's Studio is now open in Graton.

In Graton, visits are by appointment only,
except for events such as Atelier One HANDS ON ART
Note that the gate/doors are generally locked on weekends
We must make arrangements with you for entry.
or email Linda at


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
at Linda Sorensen's studio and Bodega Bay Hertage Gallery's showroom
... Fri, Sat, & Sun, Aug 31, Sep 1 & 2, Noon-5:00.
See article above.
otherwise, by appointment in Graton or Bodega Bay | Call or Text 707-875-2911

Joshua Meador Composed by the Sea
"Composed by Ocean"
Joshua Meador
Ren Brown
Ren Brown
The Ren Brown Collection
1781 Coast Highway One, Bodega Bay, 94923

Sarah Brayer Exhibition - through Sept 30

707-875-2922 | | Back to the Top
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Pacific Bay Gallery

Pacific Bay Gallery
1785 Coast Highway One, Bodega Bay, 94923
Noki and Ron Jones, proprietors, featuring the etchings of Guillaume Azoulay
707-875-8925 | | Back to the Top

Pacific Bay Gallery Azoulay
Bodega Bay's Jean Warren Watercolors
Bodega Bay resident Jean Warren says her paintings are reflections of the places she has lived and traveled.
Jean is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society,
California Watercolor Association and full member of Society of Layerists in Multi-Media.
Visit Jean's site and view examples at the Healdsburg Center for the Arts

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
home of Sonoma County's Art @ the Source and Art Trails

Art Trails Exhibition ... through Oct 21
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::

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.
And currently has a number of originals by Maurice Lapp ... (see our August 2017 article)

located on Fourth Street, steps away from Santa Rosa's revitalized town square
and Fourth Street's Russian River Brewery

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Dennis Calabi
IN SANTA ROSA Calabi Gallery |
-- Migrations, Art of Iva Hladis ... through Jul 28 Aug 4

--The art of Alejandro Salazar
-AFTER THE FIRE EXHIBITION is now extended though December 2
Photography of Penny Wolin ... 10% of sales go to the UndocuFund
benefiting undocumented families impacted by the fires
-WINTER SOLSTICE PARTY, Thur, Dec 21, 5-8 pm

We are located at 456 Tenth Street in Santa Rosa.
Contact us with any questions at (707) 781-7070 or

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

Famed master conservator Dennis Calabi brings his rare knowledge and experience
to present a tasteful and eclectic array of primarily 20th century artwork. | Back to the Top
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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 |707-865-1318| Back to the Top
Paul Mahder Gallery Thumbnail IN Healdsburg Paul Mahder Gallery

 (707) 473-9150 |
222 Mill Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg, CA 95448 | 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
Petaluma Arts Council Art Center

IN PETALUMA Petaluma Arts Center
"... to celebrate local artists and their contributions and involve the whole community"

Petaluma Center for the Arts

Links to current 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
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de Young Museum
upcoming ... Gauguin: A Spiritual Journey
Nov 17 - Apr 7
Permanent Collection

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San Francisco
California Historical Society

California Historical Society Thumbnail San Francisco
Legion of Honor

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

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

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San Francisco

Rene Magritte: The Fifth Season thru Oct 28

SF Museum of Modern Art

Santa Rosa
The Museums of Sonoma County

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Santa Rosa
Charles M. Schultz Museum

Charles M Schultz Museum Santa Rosa

St Mary's College Museum of Art

Hearst Art Gallery

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Mission San Francisco de Solano Museum

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

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

Bolinas Museum

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

Elizabeth Holland McDaniel Bolinas Embarcadero thumbnail
Walnut Creek
The Bedford Gallery, Lesher
Center for the Arts
Lesher Ctr for the Arts Walnut Creek CA San Jose
San Jose Museum of Art

approximately 2,000 20th & 21st
century artworks including paintings, sculpture,
new media, photography, drawings, prints, and artist books.
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Monterey Museum of Art

Ongoing exhibitions ...
Museums Permanent Collection
including William Ritschel, Armin Hansen
and E. Charlton Fortune
Monterey Museum of Art Palo Alto
Cantor Art Center at Stanford University
Cantor Art Center at Stanford University

Salvador Dali Museum

Salvador Dali Museum Monterey Sacramento
Crocker Art Museum
Nature's Gifts
Early California Paintings
from the Wendy Willrich Collection

Opening April 22, 2018
& 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 (now part of UC-Irvine)
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 many 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
Palm Springs Art Museum Thumbnail Laguna Beach
Laguna Museum of Art
Art Colony: The Laguna Beach Art Association, 1918-1935
Jun 24 - Jan 13
-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
( see our article Mar 2018
French and American Paintings )
Seattle Art Museum Portland, OR
Portland Art Museum

Permanent Collection: American Art
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Washington D.C.
The Renwick Gallery

Permanent ... Grand Salon Paintings
from the Smithsonian American Art Museum
Renwick Gallery Washington DC Chicago, IL
Art Institute of Chicago
-John Singer Sargent and Chicago's Gilded Age
through Sep 30
-Permanent collection:
the Impressionists
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Cedar Rapids, IA
The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
Grant Wood: In Focus

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

Bentonville, AR
Crystal Bridges
Museum of American Art

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Washington D.C.
The National Gallery

Permanent collection
American Paintings
Tha National Gallery Washington DC Thumbnail Philadelphia , PA
The Philadelphia Museum of Art
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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    

By appointment only or online ... email or call ... / 707-875-2911

... IN GRATON, CA ...
Linda Sorensen's studio and Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery's showroom is now is located in Atelier One, Graton. You may view all paintings in Linda Sorensen's or Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery's online offerings. Call or email for an appointment.

... IN YOUR HOME ... Call or email for a an appointment. For a fee, we'll bring the art to you (up to 200 miles from Bodega Bay). Sales above $5,000, the travel fee is refunded.

... ON LINE ... Call or email about pieces which interest you. We offer FedEx shipping (included in price) in the U.S for major purchases.

At present, we are acquiring few paintings. We are interested in considering works by Joshua Meador, or exceptional paintings by a few other Historic California artists. We do not do miscellaneous consignments but do represent artist estates. We do not provide appraisal services.

DO NOT CALL AND EXPECT A THOUGHTFUL ANSWER REGARDING YOUR PAINTING, ... INSTEAD, Please EMAIL US ( along with a high resolution jpeg image of your painting. Include the name of the artist, its title, dimensions and condition. Please include any history or provenance. Rather than responding off the cuff, in a timely fashion, we will read your note, do our homework, and write back and let you know if we wish to acquire your painting or we may give you our our ideas on how best to market your painting through other resources.