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September 2011 Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Monthly
Joshua Meador working on effects for Fantasia
Joshua Meador
from Walt Disney's Sunday Evening TV show
"4 Artists Paint 1 Tree (1958)"
& "Tricks of our Trade (1954)"
John W. Hilton Recalls
his Mentors & Life-long Friends,
Jimmy Swinnerton, Maynard Dixon, Clyde Forsythe & Nicolai Fechin

SF's Legion of Honor
Dutch and Flemish Masterworks
from the Rose-Marie
and Eijk van Otterloo Collection

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Joshua Meador at work on Fantasia
Josh at work on Fantasia,
striving to animate lava bubbles.
Joshua Meador
from Walt Disney's Sunday Evening TV show
"4 Artists Paint 1 Tree (1958)"
& "Tricks of Our Trade (1954)"
Joshua Meador at work on Sleeping Beauty
Josh at work on Sleeping Beauty,
adding fairy dust

Thanks to these short films produced by Walt Disney, we can see Joshua Meador in action. First shown on Walt's Sunday night television program in 1954 and 1958, Josh demonstrates for us some of the "magic" he conjured up as an animator, and he explains his stylized technique as he paints with a palette knife.

In 1958, Josh participated in Four Artists Paint One Tree, a short film used in an episode of Walt Disney's Wide World of Color entitled An Adventure In Art.

Walt Disney narrates and teaches young viewers not to borrow established artistic styles. He begins by quoting the famed New York Ashcan painter Robert Henri. Disney explains Henri's emphasis that artists develop their own style. To illustrate this idea, he sends four of his studio's best artists "on a busman's holiday," to go out and paint a California Live Oak, each painting in his unique style.

Joshua Meador Walt Disney's Four Artists Paint One Tree 1

Joshua Meador is one of the four painters, and you can hear him explain in his own gentle Mississippi accent his basic palette knife technique. Josh explains, "Working this way, I don't thoroughly mix the colors on the palette, but let them mingle as I spread them on the canvas. It is my way of suggesting movement. Careful mixing of colors would kill all the life in it for me."

Joshua Meador Walt Disney's Four Artists Paint One Tree 2

In 1954, Walt Disney narrated Tricks of our Trade. Here, Walt teaches his young viewers some of the "tricks" used to produce animated film.

Dipping back into the studio's archive vault, Walt shows a portion of a film of Joshua Meador creating lava effects for their groundbreaking animated classic, Fantasia (1940). Josh was one of the directors of this film, responsible for the Rite of Spring section.

In this clip probably filmed sometime in 1939, Josh and a team of artists strive to capture the magic of bubbles in lava by observing bubbles exploding in a vat of red mud.

Fast forward to minute 12 and 13 to view Josh's portion of this film
. Enjoy!

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Joshua Meador's Page on our Site

John W. Hilton Recalls his mentors & life-long friends,
Jimmy Swinnerton, Maynard Dixon, Clyde Forsythe & Nicolai Fechin

How does a Salmagundi Club member and a famed desert artist achieve such a level of success? For John W. Hilton (1904-1983), there was help along the way.

Beginning as a self taught artist, his early paintings attracted and sustained the attention of famed artists Jimmy Swinnerton, Clyde Forsythe, Maynard Dixon and Nicolai Fechin. Beginning as his teachers, these renowned artists hung around and became John's life-long friends.

Courtesy of John Hilton's daughter, artist Kathi Hilton, here are some reprinted excerpts from John W. Hilton's biography, The Man Who Captured Sunshine by Katherine Ainsworth. Katie often quotes John as he recalls the early days, recounting how he met and what he learned from these more experienced painters.

The Man who Captured Sunshine Cover Art
The Man Who Captured Sunshine
by Katherine Ainsworth

Blurb from the the jacket of The Man Who Captured Sunshine. ... The Man Who Captured Sunshine is a biography of a remarkable, modern day Renaissance Man -- John W. Hilton. Though John Hilton is best known as the "Dean of American Desert Painters," he is also a distinguished botanist, gemologist and zoologist. Hilton is a noted writer and linguist, a guitarist and singer. Katherine Ainsworth makes no apology for the "lack of objectivity" in writing this book ... she has been a friend and admirer of John Hilton for over thirty years. Katie's late husband, Ed Ainsworth, was John Hilton's best friend for almost as many years. This "labor of love" has resulted in a magnificent book about a magnificent man.

John W. Hilton offering a gift to adorn President Eisenhower's Oval Office on Inauguration Day, 1957.
John W. Hilton offering a gift to adorn President Eisenhower's Oval Office on Inauguration Day, 1957.

from Chapter 19 ...

“One of the toughest mornings of my life,” said Hilton, “was when I went out and my faithful little old Ford truck refused to start. It had just given up.”

He stood looking at it in despair and then decided the only thing to do was to crawl underneath to see if he could determine the trouble.

All the engine parts were strewn on the pavement and John was cussing a skinned knuckle when he suddenly became aware of a a pair of woman’s ankles standing near him. A soft voice interrupted his swearing by saying, “Is this painting for sale?”

He crawled from under his crippled Ford and wiped some of the dust and grease from his hands and clothes.

The woman introduced herself as a Mrs. Weed. (Hilton later learned she was of the Weed Tire and Chain Company.) Finding the shop unattended she had gone in and seen an unframed 20 x 30 inch painting upon the mantle of the fireplace.

“Those were the sweetest words I ever heard,” recalled Hilton. “When she asked me how much I wanted for the picture I figured fast and hard and came up with the price of thirty dollars. That would just about cover the cost of the parts I needed to get my Ford running again.

That dear lady ripped out three of the prettiest ten dollar bills I had ever seen and said she would be back with the woman who owned the hotel where she was staying in Palm Springs. I've often wondered where that little painting is today. It would be worth about $1,500 on the present market."

“I stood ten feet tall,” Hilton later wrote for Desert Magazine in describing that first painting sale. “The beautiful desert shone around me and the sky overhead seemed a little bluer than I had ever seen it before. I was a professional artist!"

The lady Mrs. Weed mentioned turned out to be Nellie Coffman who came and brought Harriet Day. Harriet brought artists Jimmy Swinnerton and Clyde Forsythe and they in turn brought Maynard Dixon and Nicolai Fechin. “So you see,” explained Hilton, “the debt of gratitude I owe those wonderfully kind women when they brought those giants of the art world to me."

John Hilton taking a break at his calcite mine during World War II
John Hilton taking a break at his
calcite mine during World War II

Jimmy Swinnerton observing a portrait of himself, c 1930

"Actually, the desert painters as we know them today had found each other because I had a centrally located place where they could all camp in the yard and cook spaghetti, and sing at the top of their lungs,” recollected Hilton.

First to try to record the desert was a German refugee, Carl Eytel. Poverty stricken and sometimes hungry, Eytel lived in a tiny one-room shack in Tahquitz Canyon near what has since become known as Palm Springs.

Contemporary with Eytel was James Swinnerton, former syndicated cartoonist for the Hearst newspaper chain. Broken in health because of acute alcoholism and exhaustion, Jimmy left the newspaper game and wandered to the dry regions of Palm Springs seeking a cure for his tuberculosis.

Under the excellent care and superb cooking of Nellie Coffman’s Chinese cook, Jimmy soon was a robust 182 pounds.

Hilton and Swinnerton would discover each other and form a fast friendship.

They were soon joined by other artists -- a rollicking group which included Maynard Dixon, Clyde Forsythe, and Nicolai Fechin.

Forsythe had a dry, acerbic wit and gave his close friends insulting names. The more insulting his banter became, the more his friends knew just how high was his regard for them.

Clyde gave Hilton many such appellations and repeatedly told him, with great affection, that he was “number thirteen on my list of fellas I can do without.” But whenever Clyde made his frequent junkets desertward, he invariably sought out Hilton and the two would take off for a painting and camping spree.

Jimmy Swinnerton -- (1875 - 1974) a pioneer in establishing newspaper comic strips. Studied at the California Art School in SF with classmate Maynard Dixon. Worked for William Randolph Hearst papers in San Francisco and New York. Diagnosed with tuberculosis, Jimmy relocated to Palm Springs and thrived. He became Dean of the the Desert School of Painting. He maintained friendships with a wide circle, including humorist Will Rogers, and artists Maynard Dixon, John W. Hilton, and LA Times editor Ed Ainsworth.

As Forsythe poetically painted great cloud masses over scorched hills, and put the hills themselves into flowing masses across illimitable horizons against skies of his famous intense blue, he would expound upon his pet theory he called ‘dynamic symmetry.’ By this he meant the almost exact arithmetical precision in which he laid out his painting and, using a series of carefully calculated triangles drawn in charcoal, his preliminary sketches resembled architectural plans.

“I’d listen to Clyde and then secretly tried to utilize his ‘dynamic symmetry’ theories in my paintings, but it never seemed quite to jell when I did it, “ recalled Hilton.

“The landscapes Clyde did were sometimes rather tight because they fitted into his diagrams and triangles,” commented Hilton recently. “He literally built his canvases before starting to paint. He would draw these triangles in with charcoal and they looked like a modern impressionistic drawing, and he would paint and fill in each triangle."

“Lots of people today think that just because they can’t see the artist’s composition in a painting at first glance that old fashioned painters don’t know composition. Just because these paintings aren't a series of ovals and triangles in the finished painting doesn't mean they weren’t the first concept in the artist’s mind."

“While Clyde’s technique was too formal for me, I did learn balance and harmony. While maybe, I didn’t learn as much from watching Clyde paint as from other painters, I owe him an eternal debt of gratitude for his friendship and his generous introductions to artists who became my friends,” admitted Hilton. “While Swinnerton and Forsythe were comparatively gentle with me and my first painting fumbles, Dixon and Fechin really poured it on.”

Clyde Forsythe
in western wear with cigarette, c 1942

Clyde Forsythe (1885-1962) -- a renowned New York cartoonist in his early days, he shared a studio with artist friend Norman Rockwell whom he prodded into submitting his portfolio to the Saturday Evening Post. In the late 1930’s, Clyde moved to Alhambra California, living on "Artist’s Alley" where he was neighbors with Frank Tenney Johnson, Sam Hyde Harris, sculptor Eli Harvey, Jack Wilkerson Smith, and part year resident Norman Rockwell. Clyde was a frequent visitor to the home of John W. Hilton and kept close ties with Ed Ainsworth.

Maynard Dixon "at the Front Gate"

Coming to the desert, Dixon set up camp in nearby Mecca and roved this region and made it his own.

Hilton’s shop at Valerie Corners was directly across the desert on the other side of the Coachella Valley.

Dixon was a hard taskmaster. First he made Hilton throw away everything he had done during the first three years of his endeavor -- even though some of these had won prizes in minor competitions amongst artists who were even worse than John at that period.

“This taught me one thing I’ll never forget,” Hilton admitted somewhat ruefully. “Never fall in love with your own work and hug it to your bosom. If you do, you can’t get past that stage. And art is a continuing process of growth and widening vision. If you really think your stuff is good, you are stuck at that level ... so I try never to fall in love with my own paintings. Some people think it is callous to be able to part with a painting, but it is the only way to progress."

Dixon affirmed and put into words the thoughts John Hilton had long been pondering within his soul. Emblazoned upon Hilton’s memory is one of Dixon’s last aphorisms, “Success of the true artist is in knowing he has stated the truth of his vision in his own terms."

Hilton knew this and believed it with every breath he drew -- but finding just what his own artistic terms were was a problem. Within his mind’s eye all was crystal clear, but his awkward untutored hands kept failing his vision. It was Nicolai Fechin who helped him at this moment.

Maynard Dixon (1875-1946) -- a student with Jimmy Swinnerton at the California Art School in San Francisco. Early on, distinguished himself artistically and journalistically as being a student of American Indian culture and painting indian and desert subjects. As a young man, he wrote for the San Francisco Call newspaper and worked as an illustrator. He developed as a popular painter of desert scenes. He was a close friend and frequent painting partner of famed desert artist, Conrad Buff.

TO THE RIGHT ... This note from John W. Hilton's archives was written to to John by Maynard Dixon. It reads, "Dear John, Be sensitive in perception, circumspect in approach, clear in color, definite in form -- and remember always, it is not the last stroke but every stroke that counts. Yours, M.D." ( Painters of the Desert, Ed Ainsworth, 1960.)

Hilton John W Maynard Dixon Note .jpg

Nicolai Fechin, the frail Russian expatriate, shared Dixon's almost mystical devotion to the California desert and to the Indians living in New Mexico near Taos. After enduring years of almost slavery in the Royal Russian Academy of Art learning his craft, Fechin came to the United States. It was not until Nicolai found the vast, unlimited spaces of the American desert that his soul expanded with a sense of freedom.

He spoke almost entirely on canvas. The vividness of his colors, the profusion of his paint were veritably Florentine in their exuberance. Naturally, even the most promising and established American artists sought to become his pupils.

Hilton was overjoyed when he learned that Nicolai planned to spend an entire winter in Palm Springs in the studio loaned to him by his benefactor, John Burnham.

Fechin hated to drive, in fact, probably had never learned, and requested John to drive him to scenic places and to the Indians he knew so well. In exchange Fechin offered to criticize Hilton’s work.

“He was a stern task setter,” recalled Hilton. “Fechin was a small intense man with steely, penetrating blue eyes. It was as though he possessed an inner smoldering fire of creativity and those eyes looked keenly into another person’s soul and all shoddiness was burned away. With Nicolai, a person's petty meannesses and false pretenses shrank and disappeared."

“To be with Nicolai Fechin was a priceless opportunity and I dropped everything I could to be with him. The first time he went through all my stuff, and I had painted like mad after Maynard had culled out most of my poor paintings, I nearly died because there were many which were salable. I couldn’t help but protest weakly. ‘Nicolai,’ I said, ‘if I destroy all these I shall go broke.’

“He was ruthless and merely said, ‘Sell your cactus, sell your rocks, sell everything you have, but get to work on your art.’ Tough as times were, I had faith in Fechin and did as he ordered.

“Then he said to me, ‘You do not know how to draw. No one can paint unless he knows how to draw. Here,’ he said, ‘draw this.’

There was a skull on a desk. For the next three months he said, ‘Don’t paint, just draw.’

“He rigged up an electric light on a cord and hung it from the ceiling. ‘Now,’ he said, ‘light the skull from every angle and draw it. Bring your sketches to me when you think they are worth looking at.”

“I drew that damned skull from every angle and in every light. When I thought a sketch was pretty good, I'd take it up to Fechin's studio in Palm Springs. He'd take one look and usually tore the drawing up and merely said, 'Now get back to your drawings. He kept saying to me, 'Get behind the principle.'

Nicolai Fechin

Nicholai Fechin (1881-1955) -- born in Russia and at age 13 began a six year stint as a student at the Imperial Academy of Art in St. Petersburg. After the Bolshevik Revolution, he studied in Paris, loosening his style under influence of the French Impressionists and began painting with a palette knife. Very poor, he emigrated to America in 1923. In 1927, he relocated to Taos, NM. It was during his time in Taos that he visited Palm Springs and began his tutelage and friendship with John W. Hilton. After a brief return to New York in 1936, he moved to LA. He lived in the Hollywood Hills and his work was well well received. His work is highly valued today.

"For a long time I didn't quite know what he meant," confessed Hilton, "and then one day it dawned on me. He meant that a successful painting had to go 'beyond the principle; or the mere surface and penetrate down into reality -- the thing itself. Once that had penetrated my thick head, Fechin said I was ready to resume painting. For several years Nicolai Fechin was a very strong influence in my art life while at no time did I attempt to paint like Nicolai, nor even used the same subject matter. We had tremendous respect for each other and I don't believe anyone had the effect upon my life that Nicolai had."

Dutch and Flemish Masterworks from the Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Collection
at San Francisco's Legion of Honor through October
Eljk and Rose-Marie van Otterloo in their home in MassachusettsEijk and Rose-Marie van Otterloo
Image courtesy Peabody Essex Museum.

Three hundred and fifty years ago, Dutch and Flemish painters created landscapes, portraits, still lifes, and interior scenes of everyday Dutch life, all done with dazzling natural light, compelling composition, and captivating beauty.

Dutch and Flemish Masterworks from the Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Collection currently at San Francisco's Legion of Honor is an amazing testament to what is possible with paint, canvas, and imagination. As your eyes adjust to the gallery lighting, with eyes widening and jaws dropping, you know you are in the presence of extraordinary genius.

The collection is owned by Rose-Marie and Eljk van Otterloo who have been called "the most important collectors you've never heard of." She is a native of Belgium and he is a Dutch-born investor and developer who co-founded the Boston Investment firm Grantham, Mayo and Van Otterloo in 1977.

The exhibit includes paintings by Rembrandt, Frans Hals, Hendrick Avercamp, Frans van Mieris, and Gerrit Dou.

These paintings are not those valued by previous generations. They do not show classical settings and myths, or Biblical themes. As the ascendant Dutch economy took hold, the new Dutch middle class

Still Life with Glasses and Tobacco Willem Claesz Heda
Still Life with Glasses and Tobacco, 1633. Willem Claesz Heda (1594–1680), Oil on panel, 20 x 29 3/4 inches.
Dutch and Flemish masterworks from the Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo collection.
sleeping Man Having His Pockets Picked Nicolas MasesSleeping Man Having His Pockets Picked, c. 1655.
Nicolaes Maes (1634–1693), Oil on panel, 14 x 12
Dutch and Flemish masterworks from the
Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo collection.

asserted its more secular tastes.

At the dawn of the 17th century, the Dutch were emerging as as the pre-eminent military and commercial power in the world. Their tiny nation was in the midst of gaining independence from Catholic Spain, freeing itself from Spanish taxes and the Catholic oppression of Protestantism. They were a successful, proud, and tolerant people who wanted to celebrate the vibrancy of their culture through their art.

Dutch artists were painting for a new kind of market, not dominated by aristocrats but by newly empowered everyday people. By the mid 17th century the Dutch were masters of the sea, bringing spices to Europe from Asia, and goods and raw materials from the Americas and South Africa, not to mention a wealth of new ideas to a dynamically changing Europe. They saw themselves as shapers of the world, not defined by it.

Paintings with classical themes were produced at the time, but didn't do well in the booming art market. Art buyers wanted more secular themes, paintings about their society, their accomplishments, their way of life. Consequently, this exhibit offers a quintessential view of mid 17th century Dutch life, its architecture, the implements of their daily lives, their dress, their sense of style, and even their sense of humor.

Flowers on a Stone Ledge, Jan Davidsz de HeemFlowers on a Stone Ledge, Jan Davidsz. de Heem (1606–1683/84), Glass Vase with 1655–60, oil on panel
Dutch and Flemish masterworks from the
Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo collection.
Barber-Surgeon Tending a Peasant's Foot Isaack Koedjick
Barber-Surgeon Tending a Peasant's Foot, c. 1649-50
Isaack Koedijck (1617/18-1668)
Dutch and Flemish masterworks from the
Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo collection.
Young Girl in Profile Jan Lievens
Young Girl in Profile, 1631-2
Jan Lievens (1607-1674)
Dutch and Flemish masterworks from the
Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo collection.
Village Scene with a Canal Jan Brueghel the Elder
Village Scene with a Canal, 1609
Jan Brueghel the Elder (1568–1625), Oil on copper, 8 5/8 x 13 3/8 inches
Dutch and Flemish masterworks from the Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo collection.
Interior of the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam Emanuel de Witte
Interior of the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam, c. 1660-65
Emanuel de Witte (1616/18-1691/92)
Dutch and Flemish masterworks from the Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo collection.
sleeping Dog Gerrit Dou
Sleeping Dog, 1650. Gerrit Dou (1613–1675), Oil on panel, 6 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches.
Dutch and Flemish masterworks from the Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo collection.
View of the Westerkerk Amsterdam Jan van der Heyden
View of the Westerkerk, Amsterdam, ca. 1667-70
Jan van der Heyden (1637–1712), 1667–70. Oil on panel, 21 x 25 1/4 inches
Dutch and Flemish masterworks from the Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo collection.

What is most amazing is the quality of these paintings, a zenith in achieving light, perspective, composition all in secularly themed works. In studios lighted only by daylight, these artists mixed their own colors, stretched their own canvases and dedicated themselves to their art. Their technique is testament to their patience and drive to achieve the extraordinary effects.

Make plans now to see this exhibition and be dazzled! Its good to rediscover what artists long ago found possible with blank canvas, brushes, paint, talent, skill, and imagination.

River Landscape with a Sailboat Salomon van Ruysdael
River Landscape with a Sailboat, 1655.
Salomon van Ruysdael (1600/1603–1670) Oil on panel, 12 1/4 x 17 3/8 inches.
Dutch and Flemish masterworks from the Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo collection.
View of Haarlem
View of Haarlem, c. 1670-75
Dutch and Flemish masterworks from the Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo collection.
Legion of Honor's Site

Just Landed in our Gallery,
the Bodega Bay Visions of Diane Perry
Diane's Roving Eye pursuing an image
Diane's roving eye pursuing an image

We are thrilled to welcome Bodega Bay photographer Diane Perry to our gallery. Her photos of local scenes capture the magic contained in moments of time, evoking the peace, harmony and poetry of what Bodega Bay scenery is all about. Wonderfully composed and carefully crafted, her work is highly artistic. (below is just a taste of Diane's photographic magic)

Artist's statement ... I picked up a camera 30 years ago, and I'm still holding on tight! With it, I have experienced many happy adventures and wonderful discoveries.

Diane Perry Bodega Bay Dawn Highlights
Bodega Bay , "Dawn Highlights"
Diane Perry Bodega Bay Pelican and Golden Ripples
Bodega Bay, "Pelican and Golden Ripples"
Diane Perry Bodega Bay Lucas Wharf Sunrise
Bodega Bay, "Lucas Wharf Sunrise"

Beautiful images are everywhere and I enjoy taking the time to look for them. They fascinate and captivate. They can tantalize and mesmerize. They can even present a delightful element of surprise. They can tickle the heart, stir the spirit, and light up the mind, and make you want to linger for a while to breathe in the whole of the image. Enter: the camera!

Diane Perry Bodega Bay Reflections by the Dock
Bodega Bay, "Reflections by the Dock"

I use film and digital imagery. Digital was a hard sell after the eloquence of film. But digital has won a place in my world.

Welcome to my world through the lens of an SLR camera! I am happy to share it with you and give you the chance to linger for a while if you wish! -- Diane Perry

Diane Perry Bodega Bay Wild Flowers and Pinnacles
Bodega Bay, "Wild Flowers and Pinnacles"
Diane Perry Bodega Bay Calm Waters
Bodega Bay, "Calm Waters"
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News from our Gallery
  • We welcome an addition to our gallery, the photography of Bodega Bay's own Diane Perry. Her photos are available in the gallery, and there is a webpage with a sampling of her work.
  • Linda Sorensen's studio is located below the Terrapin Creek Cafe and the Local Color Gallery. Most weekends, she can be found there painting "Open Studio", but it's best to call 707-875-2911 to make certain she'll be available. You may see many of her works at Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery, or click on her website,
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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
Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Exterior
Celebrating Early California, Western and American Art
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The Ren Brown Collection
"Blue Consonant," paintings and prints by Seiko Tachibana through Oct 9
"Established in 1989 and specializes in contemporary art from both sides of the Pacific. We offer rotating exhibits throughout the year.
A major focus is modern Japanese prints. Some of the world-famous artists from Japan are SHINODA Toko, TANAKA Ryohei, NAKAYAMA Tadashi, and Daniel KELLY. These woodblock, lithograph and etching prints may be abstract or representational, and often include handmade paper." | Back to the Top

Ren Brown Collection

Local Color Gallery

Local Color Artist Gallery
"Edge of Realism"
Ken Berman and J.C. Henderson
Reception, Saturday, Sep 3, 2-4 PM / through Oct 9
Gallery Hours, daily 10 AM to 5 PM
1580 Eastshore Dr., Bodega Bay
707-875-2744 | | Back to the Top

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Ron Sumner
What's showing nearby?
in Sonoma, Napa & Marin Counties
Christopher Queen Gallery

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

Bohemian Summer
21st Annual Exhibition & Sale of Paintings By Artists of the Bohemian Club 1870’s to 1920’s
Show continues to September 25

Self Portrait of Xavier Martinez
Bobbi & Ron Quercia
IN DUNCANS MILLS Quercia Gallery
Northern California Coastal Paintings by Ron Quercia
Sculpture by Bobbi Jeanne Quercia
Reception: September 3, 4 - 7 pm / Open: September 1 - October 10, 2011
Hours: 11am-5pm, Thur - Mon (707) 865-0243 | Back to the Top
Quercia Gallery Duncans Mills
In Santa Rosa Gallery of Sea and Heaven
312 South A Street
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Phone: 707-524-6634
Fax: 707-527-1206
Out There
An exhibition of Landscape Art
by Becoming Independent and Communit Artists
through September 24
Annex Galleries Santa Rosa IN Santa Rosa The Annex Galleries
specializing in 19th, 20th, and 21st century
American and European fine prints

The Annex Galleries is a member of the International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA). | Back to the Top
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Lee Youngman

IN CALISTOGA the Lee Youngman Gallery
Featuring the work of contemporary painter Paul Youngman,
and the works of famed painter, Ralph Love (1907-1992)

New paintings alert ... works by Linda Glover Gooch and Kristine Pallas | Back to the Top

Paul Youngman

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IN TOMALES Tomales Fine Art
Host artist Janette LeGrue
Featuring local and national, award-winning artists:
Anne Blair Brown, Christin Coy, Timothy Horn, Debra Huse, Jeanette Le Grue,
John Poon, Randall Sexton, Brian Mark Taylor, and Antoinette Walker.
Located 30 seconds from the Continental Inn, 8 minutes from Nick's Cove, 20 minutes from Petaluma, 30 minutes from Point Reyes Station and Santa Rosa, 1 hour from San Francisco and the Napa Valley, 2 hours from Sacramento, 6 hours from New York, and 9 hours from Paris.
Open most weekends 12-5pm, and by appointment (707) 878-2525. | Back to the Top

Tomales Fine Art Gallery
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IN FORESTVILLE The Quicksilver Mine Co.
6671 Front St. (Hwy. 116) Downtown Forestville PHONE: 707.887.0799
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Linda Ratzlaff IN GRATON Graton Gallery
Aug 16 – Oct 2. Linda Ratzlaff & John Gruenwald "Mixed Elements"
Impressionist Floral and Landscape Oil Paintings
Figurative Paintings, Stone Lithography, Etchings
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17255 Bodega Highway Bodega, California USA 94922 Phone 707 876 3477 | | Back to the Top

West County Design Center

IN VALLEY FORD West County Design
West County Design provides an unexpected center of artistic sophistication in the charming town of Valley Ford in West Sonoma County. The business serves as a showroom for Bohemian Stoneworks, Current Carpets and Craig Collins Furniture. The gallery also showcases local artisans and quality furnishings for home and business.
Bohemian Stoneworks, Current Carpets and Craig Collins Furniture are known for collaborating closely with both business and residential clients and designers from concept to installation. The result is uniquely personal and functional pieces that reflect our clients’ personalities and needs (Across from the Valley Ford Hotel and its famed Rocker Oysterfeller's Restaurant) | Back to the Top
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Silouette of Cypress
Kai Samuel-Davis
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IN PETALUMA Calabi Gallery
Sebastopol's own famed master conservator Dennis Calabi brings his rare knowledge and experience to present a tasteful and eclectic array of primarily 20th century artwork.
Summer Selection Exhibition 2011
144 Petaluma Blvd. North, Petaluma, CA 94952 Call 707-781-94952 |Back to the Top

Yellow Eye (Protest) by
Robert Pearson McChesney, 1946, Oil on Masonit
32 1/2 x 24
Vintage Bank Petaluma Thumbnail IN PETALUMA Vintage Bank Antiques
Vintage Bank Antiques is located in Historic Downtown Petaluma, corner of Western Avenue and Petaluma Blvd. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Warren Davis and the rest of the team at Vintage Bank Antiques has assembled a spectacular inventory of paintings. From the 18th Century to Contemporary Artists. We have paintings to suit every price point and collector level.
If you have a painting for sale, please consider Vintage Bank Antiques. Contact Warren Davis directly at
101 Petaluma Blvd. North, Petaluma, CA 94952, ph: 707.769.3097 | Back to the Top
Petaluma Arts Council Art Center

IN PETALUMA Petaluma Arts Council
"... to celebrate local artists and their contributions and involve the whole community
Anonymous: 19th and 20th Century Photographs and Quilts
by Unknown Artists from the Collection of Robert Flynn Johnson

August 5 to September 18, Opening Reception – August 13 from 4pm to 7pm
El Día de Los Muertos Petaluma 2011 September 30 – November 6 | Back to the Top

Petaluma Art Center
Photo:Anita Diamondstein
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Links to current museum exhibits relevant to Early California Art
The Greater Bay Area

The Walt Disney Family Museum
tickets available online
The WDFM tells Walt's story from his early days through the creation of his famed "Mouse Factory" and the Magic Kingdom. Displays superbly present pre-computerized animation, explaining the artistic, technical, and imaginative processes, Well Worth a Visit!

Film of the Month: Sep 1-Sep 30
So Dear to My Heart
1:00pm and 4:00pm
(daily except Tuesdays, and September 17 and 24) ($)
About a boy named Jeremiah who grows up on his Grandmother's farm and trains his baby lamb, Danny, to compete in a county fair. Will Jeremiah and Danny win a prize at the fair?

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San Francisco
de Young Museum


from Musée National Picasso, Paris

Last Day ... October 10!

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San Francisco
California Historical Society
A Century of Landscapes:
Selections from the California Art Club

through October 15th
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San Francisco
Legion of Honor

Dutch and Flemish Masterworks
from the Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Collection

through October 2, 2011

San Francisco Legion of Honor Museum
San Francisco
ontemporary Jewish Museum
Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories
closes September 6, 2011

Houdini: Art and Magic

Exhibition on view October 2, 2011 – January 16, 2012

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Oakland Museum of California

May 1, 2010 - Dec 2, 2013
A Walk in the Wild:
Continuing John Muir's Journey
Aug 6, 2011 - Jan 22, 2012
Gallery of California Art

showcasing over 800 works from the OMCA's collecton

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San Francisco

The Steins Collect:
Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde

Closes September 06, 2011

San Francisco
Chinese Historical Society of America

Finding Jake Lee: The Paintings at Kan’s
Through September 16, 2011
See our April '11 newsletter article

Chinese Historical Society San Francisco

Santa Rosa
Charles M. Schultz Museum

A Change of Scene:
Schulz Sketches From Abroad —
through October 2, 2011

Charles M Schultz Museum Santa Rosa Santa Rosa
Sonoma County Museum
Gertrud Parker: An artist and Collector
Through September 11, 2011
Customized: the Art and History
of the Bicycle
Sep 24 – Feb 5, 2011

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Hearst Art Gallery

Pam Glover: A Life in Art

through September 11, 2011
The Comprehensive Keith:
100th Anniversary Celebration

Oct 2 – Dec 18 ... Opening Lecture Tickets Oct 2, 2PM
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Bedford Gallery, Lesher Center for the Arts
Sep 18- Nov 20, 2011

Lesher Ctr for the Arts Walnut Creek CA
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 95476 (707) 939-7862

Sonido Pirate
Sep 17 - Jan 1
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Grace Hudson Museum

through Sep 25

Grace Hudson Museum

Bolinas Museum

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

(thumbnail to the right ... a portion of
Elizabeth Holland McDaniel's Bolinas Embarcadero,
the green roof building on Wharf Street is the Bolinas Museum)

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Monterey Museum of Art

Gottardo Piazzoni’s Final Murals

April 27, 2011 - December 2012
Edward Weston: American Photographer
through Oct 2
The Art of California, 1880 to the Present
through Oct 23
California Artists and Portraiture
through Jan 8, 2012

Monterey Museum of Art

San Jose
San Jose Museum of Art

approximately 2,000 20th & 21st century artworks including paintings, sculptur, new media, photography, drawings, prints, and artist books.
The Bible Illuminated: R. Crumb's Book of Genesis
through September 25, 2011

Comic aficionados know Robert Crumb as the grandfather of the groundbreaking underground “commix” movement in San Francisco.

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Crocker Art Museum
Summer of Impressionism

"Transcending Vision: American Impressionism, 1870–1940"
through Sep 25
"Landscapes from the Age of Impressionism"
through Sep 18
"Gardens and Grandeur:
Porcelains and Painting by Franz A. Bischoff"

through Oct 23 Stockton
Haggin Museum

see our Newsletter article, April '11
"if you've not been here yet, you must go!"

-Largest exhibit of Albert Beirstadt paintings anywhere,
& a superb collection other California,
American and European impressionists.

-Joseph Christian Leyendecker,
(Norman Rockwell's mentor)

and trailblazing cover artist for the Saturday Evening Post
Capitol Museum

Governor's Portrait Gallery
Permanent Exhibits
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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.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
The Irvine Museum

California Rhapsody
Early Artists of the Bohemian Club

Through Nov 3
Exhibit includes works by Percy Gray (1869-1952),
William Keith (1838-1911), Xavier Martinez (1869-1943)
Granville Redmond (1871-1935), & William Ritschel (1864-1049).
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Santa Barbara
The Santa Barbara
Museum of Art

Picasso and Braque:
The Cubist Experiment, 1910–12

Sep 17, 2011 – Jan 8, 2012

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Palm Springs
Palm Springs Art Museum

Simply Masterful: Picasso and Artists of the Modern Era
Through Sept 4, McCALLUM WING
Western and Native American Art
from the Permanent Collection

Through Oct 2
Reopening with new selections October 18, 2011

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San Diego
San Diego Museum of Art

From El Greco to Dalí
through Nov 06
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Los Olivos
Wilding Museum

SCENIC VIEW AHEAD (through Sept 11, 2011)
Cover Art from the Auto Club's Westways

by a who's who of California's most notable desert and California Style Watercolorist, such as Maynard Dixon, Carl Oscar Borg, Conrad Buff, Phil Dike, Rex Brandt,
and many more. Through Sep 11
Closed Sep 14-20, Opening Sep 21, Island Encounters

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Norton Simon Museum

-Permanent collection, European paintings
Vermeer's "Woman with a Lute" on Loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Through Sep 26

- Proof: The Rise of Printmaking in Southern California
Oct 01 - Apr 02, 2012

Norton Simon Museum Pasadena 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

Museum of California Art
Clayton Brothers: Inside Out
Closes Sep 4
Love Never Fails:
The Art of Edouard and Luvena Vysekal

Sep 18 - Jan 8, 2012

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Museum of Art

METAMORPHORES: Marianela de la Hoz
July 2 - October 9, 2011

Oceanside Museum of Art Exterior

Prescott, AZ
Phippen Museum

Local Color
through October 30

Phippen Museum Entrance Hwy 89 Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Historical Museum

Treasures, Recent Gifts to the Museum
through January, 2012

Santa Barbara Historical Society
& Beyond
Seattle, WA
Seattle Art Museum

Beauty & Bounty
American Art in an Age of Exploration
Closes Sep 11
Luminous: The Art of Asia
Oct 13 –Jan 8, 2012
Seattle Art Museum

Portland, OR
Portland Art Museum

Permanent Collection: American Art

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Washington D.C.
The Renwick Gallery

To Make a World: George Ault and 1940s America
Closes– Sep 5, 2011
The Great American Hall of Wonders
3rd floor North, American Art Museum
through Jan 8, 2012

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 Washington D.C.
The National Gallery

Permanent collection
American Paintings
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Brooklyn, NY
The Brooklyn Museum

Permanent Collection
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The Whitney Museum of American Art

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

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