News / 20th Century California Paintings
May 03, 2016
An article in Coast Magazine by Alice Short. Mark and Janet Hilbert began collecting art to cover blank walls. Now their collection populates a museum. Consider the dilemma of two art collectors who have quietly cultivated their passion over the last two decades: Their interest is piqued after a chance encounter with a handful of watercolors in a consignment shop. They buy one and, on their next visit, another, fueling their infatuation with California Scene painting. Soon they are immersed in a world of discovery, appraisal and acquisition. As the years go by, they discover their enthusiasm for this style of...
Mar 07, 2016
Los Angeles Times, by Richard Chang. A former industrial building and storage facility used by Chapman University has been transformed into a 6,000-square-foot museum — the nation's only institution dedicated to the display of California Scene painting and California representational art. Nearly 2,000 people attended the Feb. 26 and 27 grand opening in Old Towne Orange of the Hilbert Museum of California Art, the latest addition to Chapman University and to the Orange County arts scene. Chapman's first art museum came together relatively quickly. The private university and Newport Beach couple Mark and Jan Hilbert announced its formation in November...
Feb 20, 2016
LAGUNA BEACH, CA (January 21, 2016) - On February 21, 2016, Laguna Art Museum opens three new exhibitions to the public; Helen Lundeberg: A Retrospective; Frederick Hammersley: Works on Paper from the Permanent Collection; and City Life, Los Angeles: 1930s to 1950s. The exhibitions will close May 30, 2016. Speakeasy, c. 1930's, by Retta Scott City Life, Los Angeles: 1930s to 1950s Beginning in the 1930s, many American artists turned their attention to scenes of everyday life, which they rendered in a realistic style. Often their paintings celebrated the development of the modern city and its hustle-bustle of activity. This...
Feb 02, 2016
GRAND OPENING and OPEN HOUSE Saturday, February 27, 5:30 to 9 p.m. - Hilbert Museum, 167 N. Atchison St., Orange Chapman University's new Hilbert Museum of California Art will open its doors for the first time with a Grand Opening and Open House for the campus community and the public with an evening event welcoming the arts community and the public. Come and discover the fascinating world of California Scene painting, a genre which explores the beauty of the Golden State while also showing the history of California's people from the 1920s to today: towns and cities, farms and ranches,...