CAC Celebrates Centennial Statewide

CALIFORNIA LIGHT: A Century of Landscapes
By Jean Stern and Molly Siple
In association with the California Art Club

“From the snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the desolate splendor of the Mojave Desert; from the wildflower-covered coastal hills to the countless, secluded valleys; from the dazzling beaches of the south to the rocky coves of the north; all these vistas were ideal subjects for the landscape painters who first came to California over a hundred and thirty years ago.” – Jean Stern, from California Light

In 1909 the California Art Club was founded and since then our artists, patrons, and visionaries have worked to capture the beauty of California’s landscapes in resplendent plein air paintings. A first-of-its-kind monograph, California Light: A Century of Landscapes, by Jean Stern and Molly Siple, offers up a comprehensive look at the Club’s paintings over the past one hundred years. Available April 12, the 264-page book from Rizzoli International, one of the leading publishers of art books, will showcase 300 landscape paintings created during the last 100 years by artist members of the Club and document the Club’s long history, from its founding in 1909 at an artist’s studio in the Arroyo Seco to its current activities that involve six chapters throughout the state.

In conjunction with the publication of California Light, the California Art Club will hold a series of exhibitions and other programs to be held at museums and historic sites throughout California. Don’t miss these opportunities in the coming months, for artists and patrons of the arts alike.

December 2010 – June 2011
Golden State Treasures
The Historic Blinn House, Pasadena

January 8 – February 19
Northern California Light: Paintings by the California Art Club
Thomas Reynolds Gallery, San Francisco

February 18 – March 27
Gems from the Central Coast
San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, San Luis Obispo
Opening Reception: March 4

March 13 – May 22
A Luminous Land: Selections by CAC Signature Artists
Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard
Opening Reception: March 12

April 3 – 24
100th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition
Pasadena Museum of California Art
Opening Reception: April 2

April 10
Special Centennial Gold Medal Program
“100 Years of California Art” lecture by Jean Stern, Director, The Irvine Museum
Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena

April 12
Official Release of “California Light: A Century of Landscapes”
By Jean Stern and Molly Siple
Published by Rizzoli International

April 16
“California Light: A Century of Landscapes” Book Launch Event
Pasadena Museum of History, Pasadena

April 30 – June 12
Gold Coast: Paintings of Southern California by the California Art Club
Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside
Opening Reception: April 30

May 3 – August 28
California Dreamin’
CAC Gallery at The Old Mill, San Marino
Opening Reception: May 5

May 15
“California Light: A Century of Landscapes” Book Launch Event
Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, Santa Ana

“California Light: A Century of Landscapes” Book Launch Event
Turtle Bay Museum, Redding

“California Light: A Century of Landscapes” Book Launch Event
Laguna Art Museum, Laguna

June 16 – August 26
Splendor: Paintings of the Tejon Ranch
Bakersfield Museum of Art, Bakersfield
Opening Reception: June 16

July 1 – 31
California Landscapes: Paintings by CAC Associate Artist Members
Fremont Gallery, South Pasadena
Opening Reception: July 9

July – September
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: Paintings by San Francisco Bay Area Chapter Members
California Historical Society, San Francisco
Opening Reception: TBA

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