With our mission to foster a greater understanding and appreciation for traditional fine art and its classical art skills, the California Art Club presents a series of educational programs and events with each Gold Medal Exhibition.

Programs of the 111th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition

  • Artists’ Gala & Exhibition Preview

    On Saturday, July 16, the evening before the 111th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition opens to the public, art enthusiasts in attendance at this gala preview will meet the exhibiting artists and be among the first to view the paintings and sculptures selected for this much-anticipated display.

  • Painting California: A Century of Artistic Excellence – Opening Day Lecture

    On Sunday, July 17, opening day for the 111th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, Jean Stern, the foremost authority on the California Impressionist movement, will discuss the Golden State’s rich legacy of capturing its stunning and diverse natural beauty with plein air painting – the practice of painting outdoors.

  • 'Meet the Artists' Spotlight Talks

    Every Saturday morning during the Gold Medal Exhibition, exhibiting artists will be in the gallery to provide insights on their works and answer questions. These talks will take place from 11 a.m. to 12 noon and are free with General Admission.

  • Art Inspired by Life: Children's Program

    On Saturday, July 23, California Art Club artists will teach young budding artists about representational art forms, as they draw and sculpt their own masterpieces inspired by the Bowers’ Sculpture Garden. Advanced reservation are encouraged.

  • Introduction to Negative Painting with Brenda Swenson

    On Sunday, July 24, Gold Medal artist Brenda Swenson will lead this class on "negative painting," the technique of painting around a subject to create the negative space. Attendees will learn how to create interesting shapes and depth with transparent glazes, as they build confidence in handling glazes, wet into wet, under-paintings.

  • Elements & Extremes in Plein Air Painting: Panel Discussion

    On Saturday, July 30, nationally renowned artists William Stout, Jean LeGassick and Peter Adams will share their daring adventures to capture on canvas imagery rarely depicted in paintings.

  • Giving Life to Fascinating Figures: Demonstration

    On Sunday, July 31, two Gold Medal artists – painter Warren Chang and sculptor Brittany Ryan – will share philosophies and unique approaches for creating artwork featuring the human form, as they demonstrate techniques by painting and sculpting from a live model.

  • Closing Day Paint/Sculpt-Out

    On Sunday, August, 21, California Art Club painters and sculptors will set-up the tools of their trade in the Key Courtyard for a lively “Paint/Sculpt-Out.” Art enthusiasts may watch these artists create new works inspired by live models posing in explorer costumes. This free event is fun for the entire family.