News / The California Style
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,...
Feb 02, 2016
A Look Back at: Milford Zornes
Milford Zornes was one of the major watercolorists of the twentieth century, and a recognized leader in the California Style watercolor movement which began in the 1920’s. He was born January 25, 1908 in Carmago, Oklahoma. The first drawing we have from Zornes was of a little girl, possibly his sister, drawn at the age of ten. A prolific painter, he spent his whole life as an artist. Today, on the anniversary of his birth, we celebrate his art and his life. “I think you’re an artist when you change the lives of other people through your paintings.” Exhibiting a spirit...
Jul 30, 2015
Early Disney Artist Mary Blair
Many of the best #Disneyland60 rides were designed by early @Disney artists. Mary Blair created "Its A Small World". pic.twitter.com/75gUk7Z1dY — CaliforniaWatercolor (@CA_Watercolor) July 30, 2015
Jul 14, 2015
Artists that worked for Walt Disney
A coastal scene of #PebbleBeach by #Disneyartist Art Riley, who worked on Cinderella, Pinnocchio, Snow White. etc. pic.twitter.com/W8QXy8Gh8t — CaliforniaWatercolor (@CA_Watercolor) July 14, 2015
Jun 15, 2015
Golden Gate, 1997, by Ken Potter
"Golden Gate" 1997, by Ken Potter. A great #CaliforniaScene #watercolor by an excellent CA artist. #SanFrancisco #art pic.twitter.com/Dqt6UuGCwu — CaliforniaWatercolor (@CA_Watercolor) June 15, 2015
May 04, 2015
California Art Exhibitions
CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY, LEATHERBY LIBRARIES "Changing California: Selected watercolors from the Mark and Janet Hilbert Collection of California Art at Chapman University"On exhibit now through August 10, 2015What is California Scene Painting? California Scene painting (c. 1920s - present) flowed from the California Impressionism movement that flourished in the early years of the 20th century, but it differs from that style in some significant ways. First -- in contrast to the Impressionists, who painted scenes of the unpopulated California coastline, mountains and wilderness -- the California Scene painters always included evidence of mankind in their works. Their art reveals signs of humanity...
Nov 25, 2014
Rex Brandt - Watercolor Landscape (Video)
This video was recently released by the Newport Beach Public Library. The Library hosts a collection of Rex Brandt's watercolors. This documentary explores Brandt's artistic process. See more watercolors by renowned California artist Rex Brandt.