Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Monthly
September 2008 News, Articles, and Opinions from the world of California’s Heritage Art & Beyond
Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Sign
Celebrating Early California, Western, and American art
1580 Eastshore Road, PO Box 325
Bodega Bay, CA 94923, 707-875-2911 (map)

Open Thursdays (throughout September),
Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays, Noon until 5:00 PM
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Linda and Dan Photo
Linda Sorensen & Daniel Rohlfing
Christos Running Fence Thumbnail
Christo's "Running Fence"
to be in the Smithsonian

Jimmy Lu Thumbnail
Emerging Orinda artist
Jimmy Lu Visits the gallery

Tamara Sanchez & J.C. Hendersen Thumbnail Left-Local Color Gallery's
Tamara Sanchez
& J. C. Henderson

What is showing at our neighboring galleries?
Right-San Francisco's
Legion of Honor

Museum Links:
Current exhibits relating to Early California Art
San Franciscos Legion of Honor Thumbnail
Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Notes
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Christo's "Running Fence" to be in the Smithsonian
Christos Running Fence Last Remaining Post Valley Ford CA Post Office

Christos Running Fence Plaque

The Smithsonian's American Art Museum has acquired Running Fence, Sonoma and Marin Counties, California, 1972-76, one of the most important early works of Christo and Jean-Claude. To the right is the last remaining fence post of the Running Fence, "Pole 7-33" now a flag pole adjacent to the Valley Ford, CA Post Office and above its "Historic Landmark" Plaque.

Done as part of America's 1976 Bicentennial Celebration, the 18 foot high fence made of fabric and steel poles ran for twenty-four and one-half miles across the rolling hill landscape transecting 59

ranches. Christo referred to his work as "an obstructive membrane" that he hoped would change the public's perception of the land. They believe their fence embodied the larger issues of human freedom and constraint. The actual fence lived for only two weeks, but will live on as a "Documentation Exhibit" to speak to a new generation. Over three hundred items are included in the exhibit, including fifty original preparatory works including some eight foot wide drawings, collages, and a sixty-eight foot long scale model of the fence, and one nylon fabic panel and a steel pole from the fence. Also part of the exhibit is the black and white film by acclaimed filmakers David Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin and Albert Maysles.

The exhibit will open April 2, 2010, and as that date draws closer, a schelule of a traveling exhibit will become available. You may learn more from the Smithsonian American Art Museum. | Back to the Top
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"Marriage Portrait of a Young Woman"
Newly attributed to Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci Portrait of a Young Woman
"Marriage Portrait of a Young Woman"
Leonardo da Vinci Self Portrait
Self portrait in red chalk
A portrait labeled “German School portrait” sold for $21,850 at Christie's in 1998 has now been attributed to Leonardo da Vinci by art and scientific experts. The new owners of the 500-year-old painting state that bids topping fifty million dollars have been received.

Allessandro Vezzosi, director of the Museo Idiala Leonardo da Vinci (located in Vinci, Italy, about 40 miles east of Pisa) said “the iconography and the aesthetic speak clearly” that it is a Leonardo. On the other hand, art experts express the caution that modern connoisseurship, the convergence of technical examinations and the opinions of experts, remain an imperfect science.

The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology has done carbon 14 tests, and place the work’s date of origin between 1440 and 1650. Leonardo da Vinci’s dates are 1452 - 1519.

The portrait is entitled “Marriage Portrait of a Young Woman,” and is 13 x 9 1/2 inches. What is incredible is that it seems that this painting went unnoticed by Christie experts and dealers who specialize in old european paintings.

To read more of this amazing tale, see the New York Times, August 22, 2008. | Back to the Top

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Georgia O'Keeffe & Ansel Adams: Natural Affinities
At the Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery, September 26 - January 4, 2009

The Smithsonians Renwick Gallery

Georgia O'Keefe Black Mesa New Mexico

In Washington D.C.
The Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery

Georgia O'Keefe, Black Mesa Landscape, New Mexico
Oil on canvas 24 1/4 x 36 1/4

Across the street from the White House, and a couple of doors down from Blair House, is a national treasure, the Renwick Gallery, which will soon be exhibiting a collection of work by Georgia O'Keefe and Ansel Adams.

This exhibit is a celebration of a painter and a photographer, two extraordinary visionaries who had something in common. They both thrilled in the beauty of nature and transformed it artistically with color and tone. On display will be forty-three paintings by Georgia O'Keefe, and fifty-four photographs by Ansel Adams. The O'Keefe paintings are from a variety of public and private collections. Most of the Adams photographs are from the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, Arizona, the largest collection of Adams photographs. Renwick Gallery | Back to the Top

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Anna Richards Brewster:
American Impressionist
1870 - 1952

Although it won't open for eight months, here is an exhibit to consider placing on your art appreciation calendar.

Fresno Metropolitan Museum

March 28 - June 14, 2009

Born in 1870, Anna's journey through the world of art is quite a tale to tell. A gifted impressionist, she painted her way throughout the United States, Europe, and the Middle East.

But in a larger sense, her experience exemplifies the struggle shared by many other women of her time and others; women who strived to achieve while overcoming obstacles and limitations placed on her gender by a male-dominated society.
Photo Anna Richards Brewster

Anna Richards Brewster was an American Impressionist painter, the daughter of a famous artist of the late 19th Century, William Trost Richards. She was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania in 1870 and began painting at age ten. From her father’s tuteledge she continued her studies with William Merritt Chase, John LaFarge, and H. Siddons Mowbray at the Academie Julian in Paris.

Anna Richards Brewster Trafalger Square London
Watercolor, 14" x 23"

Like other women artists of the late 19th Century, her story is one of struggle and triumph, striving to express the wealth and richness of her artistic passion while being suppressed and confined to the traditional restrictions and boundaries of being a woman. Apart from her art, she forged the way for other women to break into professional and academic spheres of the art world.

Her family was quite accomplished. Two of her brothers attended Harvard, and one won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Anna read widely, and in her letters discussed ideas of Plato, Socrates, and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Emerson’s ideas of nature, that the world was imbued with moral values, is a key element Anna tried to express in her paintings.

After her art studies in Paris, before returning to New York, she established her artistic European credentials by setting up a studio in Clovelly, England and later in London. She traveled Europe, painting in Italy, France and Spain. Critics considered her scenes of London to be particularly fine examples of her talent. She was a thoughtful painter of nature, striving to bring the morality of nature to her canvas.

At the age of thirty-five, she married her brother’s college friend, William Tenny Brewster, an English literature professor. She accompanied her husband on sabbatical trips throughout the United States, Europe and the Middle East, which allowed her to paint in some exotic locales. She painted throughout the years of her marriage, exhibiting her work until the 1930’s.

Part of the Fresno exhibit are some of Anna’s letters to her family and to a close personal friend, Annie Ware Winsor Allen. She wrote of a

wide range of topics, and exhibited a deep perception of her work, her relationships, world events, and her philosophy of life.

In one of her letters, she speaks of the mundane task of housekeeping. She admired the French ladies, who did their housekeeping perfectly, but refused to make it all-important.

She wrote .. “They (the French ladies) do the work very perfectly; and then, because they refuse to make it all-important and absorbing by continual discussion, they have time, plenty of time and energy to think of other things.”

Anna Richards Brewster Santa Barbara Mission
Oil on Canvas, 5 3/4" x 8 3/4"
the Fresno Metropolitan Museum | Back to the Top
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Nell Walker Warner 1891 - 1970


"Lulu Roses"

"Path to the Sea"

We are most pleased to include three of Nell Walker Warner's paintings in our gallery's collection. They will be on view in the gallery through September and are available for sale.

She was known as one of the "ablest painters of flowers in America." So she was labeled by art critic Antony Anderson of the Los Angeles Times. She is also known for her California landscapes and paintings of the New England seacoast. Nell's formal art studies began at the Los Angeles School of Art and Design. During the 1920's, she studied with master painters Nicolai Fechin, Fritz Werner and Paul Lauritz.

She was born in Falls City, Nebraska in 1891 and attended the Lexington, Missouri Women's College in 1910. After a brief teaching assignment in Colorado Springs, she moved to Los Angeles to study art while she continued her teaching career. She taught art at the Hollywood School for Girls and the Westlake School for Girls from 1916 - 1918 and then became a backgound painter for the silent motion picture industry. In the 1920's, she served as art curator of the Tuesday Afternoon Club. She divorced her first husband, but kept his name for professional purposes. In 1945, she married Emil Shorstrom, and in 1952 the couple moved to Carmel. Nell continued her painting in Carmel until her death in 1970.

Below is an abreviated list of the art organizations with which she associated. See our Nell Walker Warner page.

Laguna Beach Art Association
Pasadena Art Institute
Santa Cruz Art League
Artists of Southern California, San Diego
California State Fair, Sacramento
Arizona State Fair, Phoenix
Pasadena Society of Artists
Springville Museum of Art, Utah
Carmel Art Association
Academy of Western Painters
California Art Club
California Watercolor Society
Women Painters of the West
(was president 1946 - 1948)
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Paul Youngman and Merlot Photo
Paul with his most trusted
gallery assistant, Merlot
Paul Youngman painting
featured in new film Bottle Shock
Paul Youngman Painting Calming Seas
Paul's painting, Calming Seas
Several of Paul Youngman's paintings can be seen in the new film, Bottle Shock, staring Alan Rickman and Bill Pullman. The film tells the wonderful tale of the 1976 arrival of California wines on the world's stage, and is a visual delight, a wonderful postcard of the Sonoma / Napa Wine Country. The easiest of Paul's paintings to spot in the film is Calming Seas, in the scene with Bill Pullman in his former law office.

Calming Seas along with "Twenty-Four New Works" will be on exhibit in October 11-31 at the Lee Youngman Galleries in Calistoga. A reception will be held Saturday, October 11. Paul studied fine arts and graphic arts at UCLA. He and his wife Lee reside in Calistoga. Lee is the daughter of famed Southern California artist Ralph Love, and is owner of the Lee Youngman Gallery in Calistoga. You may view more of Paul's paintings on his website, | Back to the Top
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Emerging Artist Jimmy Lu Visits Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery
Jimmy Lu at Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery
Jimmy during his visit to Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery
Jimmy and Lee Lu
Jimmy and his wife Lee stand next to his painting "Waterfront," judged Best of Show at the 31st Gala Open Spring Art Show of the Alamo and Danville Artists' Society, done at the Hog Island Oyster Company of Marshall.
After twenty five years in the financial industry, Jimmy Lu dared to follow his dream. He quit his job, studied at the Academy of Art in San Francisco, and pursued his passion for painting. In his childhood in Taiwan, Jimmy painted scenes in watercolor and crayon. He now paints with oils, and creates a fine array of landscapes, figures, and still lifes. His wife Lee expresses her artistic talents in the garden and continues her career in the biotech industry.
View Jimmy's exciting art and learn more about him on his website, | Back to the Top
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At Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery
Through September, with recent Western Art additions (for variety) and new acquisitions
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Gallery Notes
  • Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery is now open Thursdays, Noon until 5:00 PM, through September.
  • Booklets of our Historic Painters of Carmel and Master Painters of the Sea are available. Pick one up at the gallery or send us your mailing address. Prior booklets are also available.
  • Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery is pleased to participate in "The Gallery Show" of the Arts Council of Sonoma County, featuring works from galleries all over Sonoma County. The exhibit runs August 2 - September 12. The Arts Council of Sonoma County is located at 404 Mendocino Avenue, Ste C, Santa Rosa, CA 95401.
  • See the newly-added video on our Alexander Dzigurski page entitled The Palette & Symphony.
  • See what's new in our gallery's collection by visiting our "Recently Acquired" page.
  • If you run across some interesting news from the art world, let us know. We may put it in the next issue.
  • We are redesigning our website, starting with our "homepage" and "about us". Let us know if the navigation of the site is to your liking, and what we could do to improve it. Sometimes viewers may not know that each painting has its own page of details, accessed by clicking on the "thumbnail" photograph on the artist's main page. Should we provide more instructions? Temporarily we are missing our "links" such as to and its videos of Bodega Bay, air service to Santa Rosa, and our local restaurants, lodgings and rental agencies.
  • We are expecting soon the arrival of small, affordable works by Alexander Dzigurski II. Keep an eye on our webpage about this accomplished and well-known painter, for the visual delight and opportunity that this presents. This will be a contrast from the extremely large-sized commissioned works that he has been painting recently.
  • Our concept for the show that begins in October is "gallery favorites," with a selection from each of the gallery's specializations that ranges through time and artistic trends, and that emphasizes what has been of most interest to visitors, often representing local interest, and new acquisitions that haven't been shown previously. What we have in mind so far is several groupings: Grace Allison Griffith and associated watercolorists; Nels Hagerup seascapes; impressionists such as Dedrick Stuber and Karl Schmidt; a selection of desert painters; regionalists Ralph Baker and Milford Zornes; Alexander Nepote (very large) mixed media collages; Ralph Love and Joshua Meador. Input welcome.
  • Our Archives page has links to our previous gallery exhibits and monthly newsletters. Back to the Top
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What is showing at our neighboring galleries?
click on their links and discover the wonder to be found in the galleries of West Sonoma County

Local Color Gallery

IN BODEGA BAY Local Color Gallery & Framing
Current Gallery Exhibit: Aug 23 - Oct 5,
"Abstracts, Autos & Assemblage"
JC Henderson, Tamra Sanchez & Monty Monty
Blue Whale Center (same Building as Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery)
1580 Eastshore Road, Bodega Bay, 707-875-2744 | Back to the Top

Tamara Sanchez and J C Henderson Thumbnail
Tamara Sanchez
& J. C. Henderson

Reb Brown Sign Thumbnail IN BODEGA BAY The Ren Brown Collection
located an hour north of San Francisco in Bodega Bay. The gallery was established in 1989 and specializes in contemporary art from both sides of the Pacific. On Hwy 1 just a short stroll from the other two galleries.
Current Show: Visualizations: New Work on Fabric and Paper
July 30 - September 7, 2008 | Back to the Top
Ren Brown Collection
Christopher Queen Gallery IN DUNCANS MILLS Christopher Queen Galleries
3 miles east of Hwy 1 on Hwy 116 on the Russian River
Current Show: "Bohemian Reverie"
18th Annual Exhibition
Paintings by Artists of the Bohemian Club 1870's to 1920's
Through September.
(To the right, self portrait of famed Bohemian Club artist Xavier Martinez) Back to the Top
Self Portrait of Xavier Martinez
Bobbi & Ron Quercia IN DUNCANS MILLS Quercia Gallery
featuring the sculpture of Bobbi Quercia
the paintings and framing of Ron Quercia
& featuring shows of local artists
PO Box 246, Duncans Mills, CA 95430 (along the Russian River)
and just steps away from Christopher Queen Galleries
Hours: 11am-5pm, Thur - Mon (707) 865-0243
707-865-0243 Back to the Top
Quercia Gallery Duncans Mills
Lee Youngman Photo Thumbnail

IN CALISTOGA the Lee Youngman Gallery
Lee Youngman features the contemporary paintings of Paul Youngman
and other Sonoma County artists. Of special note, she has a superb selection of paintings done by her father, famed artist Ralph Love. | Back to the Top

Paul Youngman

Jeanette Legrue

NEW IN TOMALES Tomales Fine Arts
exhibits the works of Jeanette Legrue,
widely exhibited award-winning artist and teacher.
For aspiring and recreational artists, workshops are available. Back to the Top

Tomales Fine Art Gallery

IN FORESTVILLE The Quicksilver Mine Co.
6671 Front St. (Hwy. 116) Downtown Forestville PHONE: 707.887.0799
August 8—September 14, 2008 / LEGACIES - THREE ARTISTS, THREE VIEWS
Bear, Nuala Creed, Linda MacDonald Back to the Top

Linda Ratzlaff IN GRATON Graton Gallery
9048 Graton Road, Graton, California (707) 829-8912
Gallery Show: "Barns, Farms & Animal Crackers"
Janet Moore and Nancy Winn, August 5 - September 28 Back to the Top
West County Design Center IN VALLEY FORD West County Design
offers fine wood tables, polished concrete vanities, counter tops and furniture, glass, ceramic, wood, metal, custom and limited edition art and furniture for home & office.
Currently Showing: Charles Beck, Paintings, Images of Sonoma County
and Sylvia Gonzalez Giclees Fruits and Vegetables
14390 Highway One • Valley Ford, CA 94972 • 707.876.1963
(Across from the Valley Ford Hotel and Rocker Oysterfeller's Restaurant) | Back to the Top
Sonoma Arts Council Logo IN SANTA ROSA Arts Council of Sonoma
404 Mendocino Ave, Ste C, Santa Rosa, CA 95401 707-542-3412
"The Gallery Show" a sampling of pieces from Sonoma County's Art Galleries
August 2 - September 12, 4:00 - 6:00 PM / Back to the Top
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Links to current museum exhibits
relevant to Early California Art
and beyond
Oakland Museum of California

Permanent gallery of historic art
(undergoing renovation until 2009)
The Art and History of Early California
Dec '07 - ongoing
Oakland Museum Thumbnail San Francisco
de Young Museum

de Young Museum: American
Painting Collection
De Young Museum Thumbnail
San Francisco
California Historical Society

Fine Arts Collection ...
California Historical Society Thumbnail San Francisco
Legion of Honor

Women Impressionists: Berthe Morisot, Mary Cassatt, Eva Gonzalès, Marie Bracquemond, through Sept 21.
San Francisco Legion of Honor Museum
Monterey Museum of Art

Early California Collection
Monterey Museum of Art Moraga
Hearst Art Gallery

Saint Mary's College of California
Carl Sammons, California
Impressionist Landscapes
from the Donna Walsh Sumner Collection
through Sept 21
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Crocker Art Museum

Permanent Exhibit: Early California Art
Crocker Art Museum Thumbnail Santa Rosa
Sonoma County Museum

California Paintings Collection
Thomas Hill, William Keith, Hugo Anton Fisher, Sydney Tilden Daken, Lizbeth Hoen
and Lorenzo Latimer
through Jan 11, 1009
Sonoma County Museum Thumbnail
Capitol Museum

150 years of urban portraits
capturing the growth of California’s towns
Capitol Museum Sacramento Thumbnail Ukiah
Grace Hudson Museum

Grace Hudson permanent collection
Grace Hudson Museum
San Diego
San Diego Museum of Art

Georgia O’Keeffe and the Women of the Stieglitz Circle
May 24–September 28, 2008
San Diego Museum of Art Thumbnail

The Irvine Museum

All The Water That Will Ever Be,
Is Right Now
September 13 - January 17, 2008

Irvine Museum Thumbnail
Seattle Art Museum

Inspiring Impressionism: The Impressionists
and the art of the past
June 19 through September 21, 2008

Seattle Art Museum

Portland Art Museum

The American Art Collection
(permanent collection)
Portland Art Museum Thumbnail
Palm Springs
Palm Springs Art Museum
Permanent Collection: American
19th-Century Landscape Painting
and American Desert Painting

Palm Springs Art Museum Thumbnail

Salt Lake City
Utah Museum of Fine Arts
Monet to Picasso from the Cleveland
through Sept 21
Museum of Art
Utah Museum of Fine Art Thumbnail
Oceanside Museum of Art

Damngorgeous: Millard Sheets and his California Legacy
September 14 – January 4, 2009

Oceanside Museum of Art Thumbnail Santa Monica
California Heritage Museum

"Milford Zornes, Remembering an American Artist, 1908 - 2008" (A Memorial Exhibition)
Aug 28 until Jan 25, 2009

California Heritage Museum Santa Monica Thumbnail
Houston, Texas
The Museum of Fine Arts Houston
In the Forest of Fontainebleau:
Painters and Photographers
from Corot to Monet

Through October 19, 2008
Musuem of Fine Arts Houston Thumbnail Fort Worth, Texas
Kimbell Art Museum

The Impressionists
Master paintings from
the Art Institute of Chicago
June 29 - November 2, 2008

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