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Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Monthly
September 2017
an online fine art gallery based in Bodega Bay, California
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Edvard Munch Self Portrait
Edvard Munch 1863-1944:
Between the Clock and the Bed
Ralph Hulett Out of the Tunnel Thumb
Orange, California's
Hilbert Museum of California Art
at Chapman University

SFMOMA's Edvard Munch (1863-1944): Between the Clock and the Bed
Exhibit on view through Oct 9, by Daniel Rohlfing
His paintings were not meant to be beautiful. They were not meant to be tutorials in composition or color technique, nor were they meant to decorate rich people's parlors. Munch didn't paint what he saw, he painted what he felt. Edvard Munch painted his inner human experience.
Edvard Munch, Self Portrait, 1886, The National
Museum of Art, Architecture and Design,

Edvard Munch, Self Portrait Under the Mask
of a Woman, 1893, Munch Museum, Oslo

Edvard Munch, Self Portrait with a Cigarette, 1895
The National Museum of Art, Architecture
and Design, Oslo
Edvard Munch, Self Portrait with Brushes, 1904
Munch Museum, Oslo

He created nearly 70 self portraits. Why? Perhaps that was the most direct path to his source of inspiration, his own inner workings. He wasn't trying to paint accurate images of himself. These self portraits are meant to be seen with more than a viewer's eyes.

Edvard Munch, Self Portrait with a Bottle of Wine, 1906, Munch Museum, Oslo
Edvard Munch, Self Portrait in Hell, 1903
Munch Museum, Oslo

Edvard Munch, Self Portrait, Hand Under Cheek, 1911
Munch Museum, Oslo

Self Portrait with the Spanish Flu, 1919
Munch Museum, Oslo

His own struggles with the loss of his mother at a very young age, his use of alcohol, his despair, his difficulty in achieving intimacy, his feelings dealing with sickness and death -- all of this is the raw material Munch drew on to create his paintings.

Because he dared to use his art as a means to explore his inner self, his work is appealing to people today. Whether he intentionally wanted to help others or not, Munch is a guide. He art invites us on the inward journey, a journey to our deepest inner selves. It's a journey Munch felt he could not avoid, and perhaps we cannot avoid it either.

I felt the most striking self portrait in this exhibition was The Night Wanderer.

Edvard Munch, Self Portrait,
Sleepless Night in Inner Turmoil, 1920
Munch Museum, Oslo
Edvard Munch, Self Portrait,
The Night Wanderer, 1923-1924
Munch Museum, Oslo
Edvard Munch, Self Portrait with Bottles, 1938
Munch Museum, Oslo
Edvard Munch, Self Portrait,
Between the Clock and the Bed, 1940-1943
Munch Museum, Oslo

In this painting, Munch suffers insomnia, a consequence of his frequent depressions. His shadowed eye sockets are an attempt to conceal his pain, but in the very attempt at concealment, they reveal his inner turmoil.

Edvard Munch, Self Portrait by the Window, 1940
Munch Museum, Oslo

This exhibition takes its name from Munch's last significant self portrait, Between the Clock and the Bed. In April of 1940, the Nazis occupied Norway. To preserve his art art beyond the war, Munch gifted over a thousand paintings, 18,000 prints and nearly 8,000 drawings to the city of Oslo. In this self portrait, Munch is standing between a grandfather clock and his bed. The clock, without numbers and hands, and the made up bed ready for him to recline, help Munch picture himself beyond time, as a man running out of time and fast approaching death.

Edvard Munch, Puberty, 1894
Munch Museum, Oslo
Edvard Munch, Madonna, 1895
Collection of Catherine Woodard and Nelson Blitz Jr.
Edvard Munch, The Death of Marat, 1907
Munch Museum, Oslo

Munch's paintings of nudes aren't at all revealing. His models seem as introspective as Munch himself. It's as if he is projecting onto them his feelings of detachment and depression.

The models appear almost armored, fearful, apprehensive, withdrawn. There are no bright eyes or alluring smiles. There are no inviting seductive gestures or any sense of openness, sexiness or interest in intimacy.

Puberty has an introspective girl at the moment of budding self-awareness. With hands crossed between her knees and shoulders curved inward, along with her austere gaze, it gives a sense of foreboding as her shadow lingers over her.

Munch's Madonna daringly shows both sexual desire with religious piety. Munch captures this contradiction. She's beyond reach, yet she appears as a corporeal woman expecting a lover. Her softness promises new life, but she also carries the threat of death.

The Death of Marat
tells the story of the murder of a French Revolutionary leader named Jean-Paul Marat, murdered by Charlotte Corday, a political enemy of Marat. Corday was later executed for her crime. Over one-hundred years earlier, this story was first the subject of a French neo-classical painter Jacques-Louis David in 1793. Munch's portrayal of Corday, standing nude over her murdered lover, points out that the act of love does not reveal murderous intent or insulate from unexpected death.

In The Artist and his model, 1919, Munch is formally dressed while his model Annie Fjeldbu wears a nightgown and open robe. Tension appears in Annie's face while the disheveled bed reveals a less-than-satisfying encounter.

Edvard Munch, The Artist and His Model, 1919
Munch Museum, Oslo

This theme was revisited by Munch in a painting of the same title between 1919 and 1921. The space between Munch and his model exposes his anxiety.

Some critics speculate that Munch was attempting to repress his own homosexuality. If this was the case, it may provide insight into why he chose to depict women as dangerous, or even vampiric.

Edvard Munch, The Artist and His Model, 1919-1921
Munch Museum, Oslo
Edvard Munch, Female Nude, Anna, 1920
Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation, Houston

Weeping Nude features model Ingeborg Kaurin. She also served as Munch's housekeeper from 1911 to 1915. Munch does not depict her as an individual, but as the embodiment of devastation.

Edvard Munch, Model by a Wicker Chair, 1919
Munch Museum, Oslo

The intense color and luminous abstraction blurs any sense of context, but focuses instead on her state of heightened emotion.

Although Munch seemed incapable of experiencing love, romance was a subject which always fascinated him.

Edvard Munch, Weeping Nude, 1913
Munch Museum, Oslo
Edvard Munch, Eye in Eye, 1899
Munch Museum, Oslo
Edvard Munch, The Kiss, 1897
Munch Museum, Oslo

For Munch, the complicated mechanics of romantic attraction and the intensity of falling in love were equally balanced by the rage and envy which accompanies romantic failure.

Each time Munch made a positive connection between two people, there seems to be a negative. Love always has its love lost, each sense of togetherness promises emptiness and loneliness. In Jealousy. Munch reveals there are lonely people left on the outside.

Ashes explores romantic love. Set in a forest, a voluptuous woman stands juxtaposed with a melancholic male.

Edvard Munch, The Dance of Life, 1925
Munch Museum, Oslo

Edvard Munch, Ashes, 1925, Munch Museum, Oslo
Edvard Munch, Jealousy, 1907
Munch Museum, Oslo
Edvard Munch, On the Veranda Stairs, 1922-1924
Munch Museum, Oslo

Edvard Munch, Lady in Black Olga Buhre, 1891
Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen

Munch liked painting nocturnes. Low light helped him create a dreamy atmosphere. For him, the transition from light to dark is an opportunity to heighten sensitivity, yet increase uncertain expectation.

Edvard Munch, Moonlight, 1893, The National
Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo

Munch was a master an conjuring mood shifts with illumination and tonality.. In both Moonlight and Lady in Black, both figures are facing the light, which in turn makes them sources of light, the focal point of each painting.

Edvard Munch, Starry Night, 1922-1924
Munch Museum, Oslo

Edvard Munch, Night in Saint Cloud, 1893
Private Collection
Edvard Munch, The Storm, 1893
Museum of Modern Art, New York

Night in Saint-Cloud was done in Berlin, but reflects a scene when Munch was studying in France. Saint-Cloud is a town west of Paris on the Seine. In this painting, Munch pictures himself nearly indistinguishable from the shadows as he looks out over the Seine River. Munch moved to Paris after his father's death, and in this scene, seems lost in a moment of grief. Saint-Cloud is where he penned his "Saint-Cloud Manifesto," his declaration against naturalism and his statement of resolve to paint "living people who breathe and feel and suffer and love."

Munch's The Scream is an example of his hallucination paintings. In these works, Munch seeks to tell the whole story of reality, both its seen and unseen states. These works appear otherworldly, combining concrete observation with unseen emotional and mental states.

Red Virginia Creeper is an autumn scene. But with the ghostly figure in the foreground, the red building and surrounding landscaping appears as a conflagration. There are two concurrent elements of this painting, one physical and the other psychological. In Munch's The Scream, the figure lets out a paralyzing cry, but his companions are not aware of it. Although not screaming, the figure in Red Virginia Creeper seems terrorized, but otherwise has no effect on his surroundings.

Both Sick Mood at Sunset and Despair are similar to Munch's The Scream. The bowed figures seem lost in an internal struggle while they seem invisible to the cosmopolitan figures in top hats behind them.

Edvard Munch, Red Virginia Creeper, 1898-1900, Munch Museum, Oslo
Edvard Munch, Sick Mood at Sunset, 1892
Thielska Galleriet, Stockholm

Edvard Munch, Despair, 1894
Munch Museum, Oslo
Edvard Munch, Man with Bronchitis, 1920
Munch Museum, Oslo

Munch's Man with Bronchitis was done in 1920. The Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918-1920 was probably what caused this affliction. Munch suffered bronchitis for long periods during his life

Edvard Munch, Death Struggle, 1915
Munch Museum, Oslo

Edvard Munch, At the Deathbed, 1895
KODE Art Museums of Bergen, Norway

Sickness and death was always a present reality for Munch. His mother died of pneumonia when he was a child. His sister Sophie died when he was a teenager. Although painted over a period of twenty years, Munch looked back at Sophie's death, and created Death in the Sick Room (1893), At the Deathbed, (1995) and Death Struggle (1915).

In Inheritance, Munch explores how inheritance can be good or bad. The mother has given life, but the child also inherited illness. The infant lying in the mother's lap recalls the Christ and the grieving Virgin Mary. Munch also referred to this canvas as "The Syphilitic Child."

Edvard Munch, Death in the Sick Room, 1893, Munch Museum, Oslo
Edvard Munch, Inheritance, 1897
Munch Museum, Oslo

Edvard Munch, The Smell of Death, 1895
Munch Museum, Oslo

Edvard Munch, The Sick Child, 1896
Gothenburg Museum of Art, Goteborg, Sweden

Edvard Munch, The Sick Child, 1907
Tate, London

Munch first created his composition The Sick Child in 1885-86. Over the next 40 years, he created six paintings with this title. This exhibit has the second and fourth paintings of this series, done in 1896 and 1907. The painting was well received among avant-garde circles. Munch said of it, "It was a breakthrough in my art. Most of what I later did was born in that painting."

To the right is a video documentary of the life and career of Edvard Munch. This is a must see exhibition. The exhibition runs through October 9.

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Orange California's
Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University
Golden Dreams: The Immigrant Vision of California | Out of the West | Disney Production Art
through Sept 23, 2017 ... by Daniel Rohlfing
Janet and Mark Hilbert
Janet & Mark Hilbert

In the early 1990's, Janet and Mark Hilbert wanted to decorate their new Palm Springs home with original art. A local consignment shop shop owner showed Mark some old California style watercolors. Mark says, "It was love at first sight." Since then, Janet and Mark's appreciation and knowledge of California scene painting has steadily increased along with the size of their collection.

Now Mark and Janet are benefactors of the Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University. Their hope is to share their collection and their enthusiasm for California Scene Painting with the California public, and to make this art available to inspire California art students and local artists.

Students of the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts and Chapman University's Art Department now have easy access. Since many of the California scene painters were art teachers, they would be pleased to know their work was receiving critical study from artists of tomorrow.

Hilbert Museum of California Art, Chapman University, Orange, CA
Hilbert Museum of California Art, Chapman University, Orange, CA

Mark Hilbert speaks of MIlford Zornes paintings on exhibit at the Hilbert Museum through Sept. 23

In early August, Linda Sorensen and I were in Orange and made our first visit to the Hilbert Museum. The museum's current exhibition includes many paintings by some of California's Scene Painting all-stars, with emphasis on the works of some of our favorites, Milford Zornes, Ralph Hulett and Millard Sheets.

To the left, Mark Hilbert offers a video introduction to several of these paintings by Milford Zornes. Below are some of the paintings on exhibit which runs through September 23.

Milford Zornes 1908 - 2008
Milford Zornes (1908-2008), The Canyon, 1935

In 1935, Gloria and Milford Zornes traveled through New York on their way to a Honeymoon. Milford did some watercolor painting in the city, including works of Wall Street and the Brooklyn Bridge. Back in California, Milford used his watercolor of Wall Street to create the oil pictured to the left. Later, this painting was exhibited in museums across America with a traveling show of WPA art.

As a young artist, Milford once hitch-hiked across America, worked on the docks in New York City and visited Europe. He made Los Angeles his home, studying and later teaching at the Otis Art Institute with his friend, Millard Sheets. By 1933, he was receiving awards for his watercolors. He was honored with a one-man show at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington D.C. The Canyon was chosen by Eleanor Roosevelt to be included in the White House Collection.

Milford Zornes (1908-2008), Summer Evening, 1935
Milford Zornes (1908-2008), Gazebo at Manzanillo, 1981

Zornes became involved in the California Watercolor Movement, and served as President of the California Watercolor Society. During WW II, he was the Army's official artist in China, India and Burma. Most of what he produced at this time was turned over to the Pentagon.

Milford Zornes (1908-2008), Carmel Cliffs, UT, 1989
Milford Zornes (1908-2008),The River, 1940

Milford Zornes (1908-2008), The Master Bridge, 1936

From his home studio in Claremont, California, Milford spent his time painting and teaching, often taking his traveling classroom to exotic travel destinations. At age 55 in 1963, he purchased the former Utah home and studio of California painting giant, Maynard Dixon. Maynard loved the solitude of the place, but had art friends come to visit, including his good friend Conrad Buff.

On January 26, 2008, Milford attended his 100th birthday party at the Pasadena Museum of Art, a celebration attended by many of his students and fans. Less than a month later, Milford passed away on February 24.

The interview to the left was done in November of 2007, just weeks before his 100th birthday. At the time, he was looking forward, planning his next project.

The last decade of Milford's life, Milford developed macular degeneration. Although this depressed him initially, he chose to continue painting and proved to be an inspiration to many who were facing difficulties. He inspired people to not let hardships keep them from their dreams.

Without central vision, Milford taught himself to use binoculars until he understood shapes. Then, he would reduce a scene to its most basic shapes. Since he couldn't see nuances of color, he used intensity to create depth and dimension. He said of his lack of vision, "Actually, I think I'm a better painter now." He was still fascinated with the painting process and still strived to achieve "the perfect painting."

Milford believed art was for everyone. He purposefully kept his prices low while being quite prolific. He wanted everyone to be able to afford one of his original paintings.

Excerpt of a Milford Zornes Interview
November 1, 2007, part of the Otis Art Institute Legacy Project

Milford Zornes attended Otis in 1927. He became a famous California water colorist. Milford was interviewed by Otis students in November 2007.
He passed away four months later in late February, 2008.
Milford Zornes (1908-2008),
Along the Sacramento River
, 1970
Milford Zornes (1908-2008), Ship Yard, 1935
Milford Zornes (1908-2008), Circus Ponies, 1935
Ralph Hulett 1915-1974
Ralph Hulett (1915-1974), Crest of the Hill, 1957

In the early 1950's, Los Angeles was growing and changing at an unimaginable pace. Entire hills and the neighborhoods built on them were disappearing.

Ralph Hulett, a background watercolor artist at Disney Studios, was keenly aware of these changes and strived to capture some of this LA scenery before it disappeared.

Ralph Hulett (1915-1974), Last Look Back, 1960's
Ralph Hulett (1915-1974), Bunker Hill, 1948
Ralph Hulett Out of the Tunnel 1950
Ralph Hulett (1915-1974), Out of the Tunnel, 1950

Many of these hills were built up with turn of the century frame houses. Tunnels had been bored through the hills for easier movement.

Ralph Hulett (1915-1974),
Abandoned Bunker Hill, 1960's
Ralph Hulett (1915-1974), Near Bishop, 1950's
Ralph Hulett (1915-1974), Malibu, 1960's
Ralph Hulett (1915-1974), Burning Leaves, 1950

It may be difficult to appreciate how the Angelenos of the early 1950's felt about their freeways. But, judging through the artistic eyes of Ralph Hulett, we can assume Angelenos considered these ribbons of intertwined concrete to be modern, curvaceous and spacious means of congestion-free fast transit. Artistically, Ralph enjoyed painting these large arching curves against the LA landscape.

At Disney Studios, Ralph created watercolor backgrounds for animation. Ralph made many friends among the Disney artists, and an especially close friendship with Joshua Meador. According to Ralph's sons, their family accompanied the Meador family on painting vacations to the Eastern Sierra and north along the California Coast.

Ralph Hulett (1915-1974), Diversion, 1960's
Millard Sheets 1907-1989
Millard Sheets (1907-1989),
One Sunday Morning, 1929

In 1929, Millard Sheets graduated from the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles. Artistically, he was an architect, mural designer, maker of tapestries and mosaics, but is best known for his California scene painting of both urban and

Millard Sheets (1907-1989), San Dimas Station, 1933

rural scenes. He said he would accept being called a "Regionalist," but that definition would have to include a very large region.

He taught at Chouinard, and his colleagues and students included Phil Dike, Lee Blair, Hardie Gramatky, Barse Miller, Phil Paradise. Paul Sample, Milford Zornes and Ralph Hulett.

Abandoned is a well known and widely exhibited large oil painting created from an earlier Sheets watercolor entitled Mountain Storm. The scene is in the Chino Hills where Sheets rode horses as a teenager. Prior to the Prado Dam, the area was prone to flooding. When this ranch was abandoned, Sheets painted Mountain Storm. In 1934, he looked at his watercolor, moved elements to improve its design, added trees and horses.

MIllard Sheets (1907-1989), Abandoned, 1934
Millard Sheets (1907-1989), Coast Big Sur, 1933

Like fellow California artist Milford Zornes, Millard Sheets served in the Army Air Corps as an artist serving in Asia, with duties in India and Burma.

Millard Sheets (1907-1989),
Two Ladies with Fruit Baskets, 1930's
Millard Sheets (1907-1989), Windy Day Hawaii, 1935

Today, Millard Sheets is recognized for his lasting influence on generations of California scene painters. His style is at the forefront of the American watercolor movement and the California Regionalist School. He used to tell his students, "Your painting is a measure of your mind." He also said, “I believe that art . . . has always existed at the very core of life, as necessary and as nourishing as food, as natural as love.”

Also on Exhibit ...
Emil Kosa Jr. (1903-1968), San Francisco, 1942
Emil Kosa Jr. (1903-1968), Sunday Morning, 1940's

This exhibition is graced with works by a large number of California scene painting's greatest painters.

Emil Kosa Jr. studied in Paris as well as the Chouinard and Otis Art Institutes. He won an Oscar for special effects for Cleopatra and also created murals for theaters and churches.

George Post was Northern California's most well known watercolorist. He taught art at Stanford and San Jose State.

During World War II, Post was a cargo storage planner for military ships. He drew detailed charts showing where food, ammunition, and other supplies would be stored on board. Once loaded, these ships headed out to points all over the Pacific. While on the job, during quiet moments, he painted watercolors of the ships and harbor.

George Post (1906-1997), Menlo Station, 1955
George Post (1906-1997), Rincon Hill, 1950's

He is best known for his scenes of San Francisco. Famed art critic Arthur Frankenstein of the SF Chronicle said of him, "San Francisco is a beautiful city and George Post is one of the people who has helped us to realize it."

Sam Hyde Harris (1889-1977), Hidden Valley 1930's

Sam Hyde Harris was highly successful as both a commercial artist and a fine art painter. Over his fifty-year long career, he won countless awards and exhibitions.

Conrad Buff (1886-1975), Orange Grove, 1930's

Conrad Buff left Switzerland because of his overbearing father and fled to America. He made his way to California where as a young artist, he helped create murals for artist Edgar Payne. Later, he developed an angular and modernist style of landscape painting. In the 1920's he developed a close friendship with modernist Maynard Dixon.

Suong Yangchareon (1952-), City Rain, 2016

Suong Yangchareon grew up watching American movies in his father's movie theater in Thailand. He loved America, including the music of Hank Williams. He had a special interest in the work of California artist Richard Diebenkorn. He came to LA in 1974 on a one way ticket, lived with his sister and studied art at the Woodbury Institute. He is known for his vividly clean crisp scenes of the mid-twentieth century landscape, diners, theaters, highways and gas stations.

Suong Yangchareon (1951-), Eagle Rock Winter, 2014

Sueo Serisawa (1910-2004) Los Angeles Train Yard, 1930
Sueo Serisawa (1910-2004)
Los Angeles Train Yard, 1930

Sueo Serisawa was born in Yokohama. His family moved to Seattle in 1918 and later to Long Beach. Sueo studied at the Otis Art Institute, Scripps College and the Kahn Art Institute. His first major museum exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum opened on December 7, 1941. To avoid the internment of Japanese Californians, he spent the war years in Colorado, Chicago where he attended the Art Institute, and New York. He returned to Los Angeles after the war in 1947. As an interesting sidelight, Sueo was a private art teacher for legendary actor Edward G. Robinson.

Franz Bischoff (1864-1929), A Bouquet of Roses, 1910
Franz Bischoff (1864-1929), A Bouquet of Roses, 1910

William Wendt (1865-1946), Fields Lie Fallow, 1931
William Wendt (1865-1946), Fields Lie Fallow, 1931

Franz Bischoff was born in Austria and studied in Vienna. He arrived in New York in 1885. In 1900, he arrived in California. After some success, he established his home and studio along the Arroyo Seca in South Pasadena. He is known as the "King of the Rose Painters."

William Wendt established California impressionism and was the founder of the California Art Club.

Ben Norris worked in a WPA style for a time, and then moved on to abstract and surrealist styles. Best selling are his California landscapes of the 1930's and 1940's. His Quakerism informs his art, as he strived to treat his subjects non-judgmentally.

Hardie Gramatky is best known for his "Little Toot" children's books. A Chouinard graduate, he worked for Disney Studios and worked as a magazine illustrator.

Ben Norris (1910-2006), Discouraged Workers, 1936
Hardie Gramatky (1907-1979), A New Dress, 1930
Lee Blair (1911-1993), Mary by the Sea, 1934

Joseph Weisman (1907-1994),
Pasadena Laundry, 1933

Don David (1906-2006),
The Carriage House, Los Angeles Alley, 1945

Lee Blair was a leader in film animation and production. He studied at the Chouinard Art Institute and later taught there. He served as a two term president of the California Watercolor Society. He married Mary Robinson, who gained fame as one of Walt Disney's most treasured artists, widely known today as Mary Blair. Lee also worked at Disney, teaching life drawing. He worked on both Pinocchio and Bambi.

Joe Weisman worked as a matte artist for MGM, Twentieth Century Fox and Warner Brothers. He studied at the Chouinard Art Institute, studying with Barse Miller and Millard Sheets. He is known for his paintings of old LA, broken down buildings and back alleyways.

Don David's work was popular during his lifetime. He was exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Art, the Oakland Art Gallery, and featured by the Glendale and Laguna Beach Art Associations. In the 1930's, he studied with Barse Miller at the Chouinard Art Institute.

Dong Kingman (1911-2000), Dockside, 1950's

Dong Kingman received far too many awards and is included in too many museums to list, but they include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the de Young Museum and the Art Institute in Chicago. He was able to create memorable images with his unique style, composition and movement. His film work includes paintings for 55 Days at Peking, The Sand Pebbles and Flower Drum Song.

Jade Fon Woo (1911-1983), Overpass View, 1960's

Barse Miller (1904-1973), Walnut Tree, 1938

Jade Fon Woo, also known as Jade Fon, is known for his watercolors and was a well beloved art teacher at Diablo Valley College. He worked in the film industry, including doing backgrounds for Gone With the Wind. He enjoyed painting urban scenes, especially of San Francisco, and rural wildlife.

Barse Miller studied in New York and Paris, and taught at the Chouinard Art Institute. During WW II, he was an art correspondent for Life Magazine attached to General MacArthur's Pacific headquarters where he served as chief of the Combat Art Section. As a teacher, he is best remembered for his technique of wet into wet washes, having a huge impact on his students.

Rex Brandt (1914-2000), Corral by the Sea, 1960's
Rex Brandt (1914-2000),
On the Road to San Jacinto
, 1938

Rex Brandt is known for his broad splashy cubist watercolors. He began is studies at the Chouinard Art Institute at age 13. In 1947, he opened a summer school of painting at Corona de Mar, California with fellow artist, Phil Dike. That year, he also married Joan Irving, another accomplished California style watercolorist. Together, they taught art at USC, the University of Vermont and the Chouinard Art Institute.

Lenard Kester is one of the Southland's outstanding artists. After high school, he worked for Fleischer Cartoon Studios in New York. Later he worked for Disney Studios in the 1940's.

Colin Campbell is a well known Toronto artist, but received his MFA from Southern California's Claremont Graduate School.

Lenard Kester (1917-1987), Sea Breeze, 1960's
Colin Campbell (20th century), Los Angels Plaza, 1948
Martin Fletcher (1904-1979), Lad from the Fleet, 1938

Martin Fletcher was self taught and is known for his genre painting. He's best known for his Western works and sports related paintings. He worked as a lumberjack and was a professional boxer for a time. He taught at Mill's College, the Otis Art Institute and Claremont College.

Norton Crandall (1920-), Snacks, 1960

Norton Crandall studied with Milford Zornes. He specialized in transparent watercolor and loved painting architectural subjects.

Phil Paradise (1905-1997), Beryl, 1938

Phil Paradise and is recognized as a leading California regionalist painter. He worked for the Paramount Studios as a production designer, and taught at the Chouinard Art Institute and Scripps College. His works were exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. He made his home and studio in Cambria, California.

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And our gallery pages for artists ... MIlford Zornes | Ralph Hulett | Jade Fon | Sam Hyde Harris | Conrad Buff | Joshua Meador

At the Landmark Gallery
in the town of Bodega
Linda Sorensen Squabble of Seagulls
Linda Sorensen's
Squabble of Seagulls,
Tomales Bay 12 x 16

Linda Sorensen's paintings now on view at these locations:

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

Linda's Open Studio ... Oct 14-15 / Oct 21-22
2017 Art Trails Studio # 91 -- 2448 Bohemian Hwy, Monte Rio
To contact Linda ... ... 707-875-2911
Linda is participating in three preview exhibitions.
1. Corrick's, September 1 5-7pm and October 6, 5-7pm;
2. Healdsburg Center for the Arts, September 23, 5-7pm;
3. Sebstopol Center for the Arts, September 28, 6-8pm.
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
Corrick's Art Trails '17 Postcard
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 LINDA'S ART TRAILS OPEN STUDIO #91 WILL BE HELD OCTOBER 14-15 AND 21-22.

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 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.

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Pacific Bay Gallery

Pacific Bay Gallery
1785 Coast Highway One, Bodega Bay, 94923
Noki and Ron Jones, proprietors
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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
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 Preview Show, Fri Sept 1 through October

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

40 Years of Sonoma Valley Artist
Ray Jacobsen

Reception: Wed., Aug. 9, 5-8 pm

Famed master conservator Dennis Calabi brings his rare knowledge and experience
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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) 473-9600  |
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
Permanent Collection
Coming Sept 30
Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire

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San Francisco
California Historical Society

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Legion of Honor

-Permanent European and Impressionist Paintings
-Degas, Impressionism and the Paris
Millinery Trade ... through Sep 24
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
Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed
through Oct 9

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
The Irvine Museum
Dusk till Dawn ... through Sep 28
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.