News / Art Exhibits
May 03, 2016
The Hilbert Museum of California Art
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
Hilbert Museum illuminates a golden period in California Art
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
City Life, Los Angeles: 1930s to 1950s at the Laguna Art Museum
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
Proudly Introducing the HILBERT MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIA ART
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,...
Jul 17, 2015
Chinese reporter Zhang Hongbin Interviews artist Ken Goldman
Chinese reporter Zhang Hongbin interviews National Watercolor Society President Ken Goldman for an article on the NWS China/America Exchange Exhibition. China is home to a large number of artists painting in the watercolor medium. These talented Chinese artists are very interested in the work done by American watercolorists, and in an effort to promote global art the National Watercolor Society came up with a great concept. They created the China/America Exchange to allow talented artists from China to visit, study, and exhibit their works in America, and vise versa for our homegrown American artists. The concept is brilliant, and a great way for artists painting around the world to...
Jun 25, 2014
Rex Brandt: In Praise of Sunshine, at the Laguna Art Museum
Rex Brandt: In Praise of SunshineJune 29 - September 21, 2014, at the Laguna Art Museum LAGUNA BEACH, CA - Laguna Art Museum presents a retrospective exhibition of the paintings of California landscape artist Rex Brandt (1914-2000) in its main level galleries June 29 - September 21, 2014. The exhibition is curated by Laguna Art Museum's Curator of Historical Art Janet Blake. Rex Brandt gained national renown for his watercolor paintings during the period from the mid 1930s to the 1990s. As a dedicated teacher of the watercolor medium, he conducted painting workshops both at his home in Corona del Mar, his...
Apr 29, 2014
January 16 – May 18, 2014 Chaffey Community Museum of Art The diversity of California has lent itself to the translucent quality of watercolors. Whether a vibrant California landscape, a stylized portrait or the subtlety of a quiet scene, these works exemplify our state. The California style is celebrated with selections from the Museum collections. 217 S. Lemon Ave, Ontario, CA 91761-1623 909.463.3733 909.463.3733 firstname.lastname@example.org Free Admission Thursday through Sunday noon — 4:00 pm http://www.chaffeymuseum.org
Apr 29, 2014
The Lure of Chinatown: Painting California's Chinese Communities
April 12, 2014 - August 31, 2014 at the Bowers Museum Artists have a long tradition of traveling to far flung lands in search of revelation and artistic breakthrough. What happens when there is such a place right in your midst, yet completely foreign? The unique cultural customs, fascinating architecture, and rich aesthetic of the Chinese communities in San Francisco and Los Angeles inspired many 19th and 20th century artists. Featuring paintings spanning over several decades, The Lure of Chinatown: Painting California's Chinese Communities provides a captivating narrative of how the image of Chinatown transformed in reaction to changing social,...
Mar 05, 2014
Travels with Millard Sheets, 1950 - 1986, now on display at the Laguna Art Museum
From the E. Gene Crain Collection. February 1st - June 1st, 2014 On loan from the Diane and E. Gene Crain Collection is a selection of paintings by California artist Millard Sheets (1907–1989) curated by Laguna Art Museum’s Curator of Historical Art Janet Blake, on show in the museum’s upper-level gallery. Over twenty paintings dating from 1950 to 1986 highlight the artist’s travels around the world. Sheets had wanderlust while still a student at Chouinard School of Art in 1928. After winning several prizes for his paintings, he embarked for Europe, where he spent six months traveling, painting, and studying...
Jul 30, 2013
Learn to paint, paint to learn: Zornes retrospective honors a century's dedication to art and life
"Winter at Mt. Carmel, Utah, 1970," by Milford Zornes, N.A. On Saturday, August 10, from 2 to 4:30 pm, the Grace Hudson Museum will host an opening reception and lecture for the exhibit "Milford Zornes: A Painter of Influence." This retrospective of the long-lived watercolorist and beloved teacher includes many heretofore unseen paintings. Zornes's daughter and son-in-law, Maria and Hal Baker, curated the exhibit along with Museum Curator Marvin Schenck, and will host this presentation of the life and art of this extraordinary creative force, whose career spanned nine decades and covered the globe. The lecture begins at 2 pm.Milford Zornes...