Framing Bill Cone for Beloved California VII

After a great opening last Saturday, our big annual all-gallery show Beloved California VII: Twenty Painters with a Passion for Place continues, running through the end of the year.

Terry Miura, Kim Lordier, Bill Cone, and Ellen Howard

Terry Miura, Kim Lordier, Bill Cone, and Ellen Howard at the opening

Featuring The Holton Studio Gallery’s entire roster of artists, the show includes not one but two of the most admired pastel artists working today. I posted recently about Kim Lordier; she’s one of them. The other one is long-time Pixar artist Bill Cone. That’s Bill in the plaid shirt, in the picture at right, enjoying the opening with Kim (left of Bill) Terry Miura and Ellen Howard. (See more pictures from the event at the bottom of the post.)

Exemplifying Bill’s masterful power to capture the effects of light, the show includes “October Heart,” below, which the artist did on a recent trip to the western Sierra. We set the 12″ x 9″ work in a simple 2-1/2″ wide walnut slope with a reversed bevel back edge. A 1/8″ wide 23 kt gilt slip repeats the glowing aspen. I’m always impressed by how Bill simplifies a picture to distill from a scene the essential quality of the light.

December 30 open house—save the date!

If you missed the opening—or even if you didn’t—we hope you’ll pay us a visit to see this uplifting exhibition and celebration of the Northern California landscape. As mentioned, the show runs clear to the end of 2022. We’ll celebrate Beloved California VII: Twenty Painters with a Passion for Place with a final open house on December 30 from 11 to 4. Save the date!

Framed Bill Cone pastel

“October Heart,” 2022. Pastel, 12″ x 9″

Framed Bill Cone pastel

At the opening—

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