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Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Monthly
September 2008 News, Articles, and Opinions from the world of California’s Heritage Art & Beyond
Celebrating Early California, Western, and American art
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Linda Sorensen & Daniel Rohlfing
|Left-Local Color Gallery's
& J. C. Henderson
What is showing at our neighboring galleries?
Legion of Honor
Current exhibits relating to Early California Art
|Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Notes
Christo's "Running Fence" to be in the Smithsonian
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
|"Marriage Portrait of a Young Woman"
Newly attributed to Leonardo da Vinci
"Marriage Portrait of a Young Woman"
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.
Georgia O'Keeffe & Ansel Adams: Natural Affinities
In Washington D.C.
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
|Anna Richards Brewster:
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.
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.
TRAFALGAR 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.”
MISSION AT SANTA BARBARA 1940
Oil on Canvas, 5 3/4" x 8 3/4"
|the Fresno Metropolitan Museum | Back to the Top
|Nell Walker Warner 1891 - 1970
"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 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 with his most trusted
gallery assistant, Merlot
Paul Youngman painting
featured in new film Bottle Shock
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, www.PaulYoungman.com. | Back to the Top
Emerging Artist Jimmy Lu Visits Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery
Jimmy during his visit to Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery
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, http://www.JimmyLuArt.com | Back to the Top
What is showing at our neighboring galleries?
IN BODEGA BAY Local Color Gallery & Framing
|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
http://www.renbrown.com | Back to the Top
|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
(To the right, self portrait of famed Bohemian Club artist Xavier Martinez)
http://www.christopherqueengallery.com/earlycal.html Back to the Top
|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
IN CALISTOGA the Lee Youngman Gallery
NEW IN TOMALES Tomales Fine Arts
IN FORESTVILLE The Quicksilver Mine Co.
|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
http://www.gratongallery.com/ Back to the Top
|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)
http://www.westcountydesign.com | Back to the Top
|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
http://www.sonomaarts.com / Back to the Top
|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
de Young Museum
de Young Museum: American
California Historical Society
Fine Arts Collection ...
Legion of Honor
Women Impressionists: Berthe Morisot, Mary Cassatt, Eva Gonzalès, Marie Bracquemond, through Sept 21.
Monterey Museum of Art
Early California Collection
Hearst Art Gallery
Saint Mary's College of California
Carl Sammons, California
from the Donna Walsh Sumner Collection
through Sept 21
Crocker Art Museum
Permanent Exhibit: Early California Art
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
150 years of urban portraits
capturing the growth of California’s towns
Grace Hudson Museum
Grace Hudson permanent collection
San Diego Museum of Art
Georgia O’Keeffe and the Women of the Stieglitz Circle
May 24–September 28, 2008
Seattle Art Museum
Inspiring Impressionism: The Impressionists
and the art of the past
June 19 through September 21, 2008
Portland Art Museum
The American Art Collection
Palm Springs Art Museum
Permanent Collection: American
19th-Century Landscape Painting
and American Desert Painting
|Salt Lake City
Utah Museum of Fine Arts
Monet to Picasso from the Cleveland
through Sept 21
Museum of Art
Oceanside Museum of Art
Damngorgeous: Millard Sheets and his California Legacy
September 14 – January 4, 2009
California Heritage Museum
"Milford Zornes, Remembering an American Artist, 1908 - 2008" (A Memorial Exhibition)
Aug 28 until Jan 25, 2009
The Museum of Fine Arts Houston
In the Forest of Fontainebleau:
Painters and Photographers
from Corot to Monet
Through October 19, 2008
|Fort Worth, Texas
Kimbell Art Museum
Master paintings from
the Art Institute of Chicago
June 29 - November 2, 2008