Framing the California Art Club

We’re putting the final touches on our exhibition opening today at the gallery. We have the honor and privilege of hosting “Treasures from the Bay Area: New Paintings From the California Art Club.” This juried exhibition features 56 painters from to the Club’s San Francisco Bay Area chapter. The show’s page is here. The reception is from 5 to 7 this evening. We hope you’ll join us!

touching up gallery walls

Sam Edie touching up the walls ahead of his evening’s opening of “Treasures from the Bay Area”

The august California Art Club was founded in 1909. Their first annual exhibition, similar in size to ours, was held in the Club’s permanent space in the basement of the Hotel Ivins, at the corner of Figueroa and Tenth Streets in Los Angeles. Represented were names such as Jean Mannheim, William Wendt, Carl Oscar Borg, Hanson Puthuff, Jack Smith, and Franz A. Bischoff who would achieve fame and leave their mark on the State’s artistic legacy.

This show’s a little different for us. There are plenty of landscapes, but also still lifes, figurative works, portraits, and cityscapes. Several artists from our own roster are represented, but the vast majority are folks we’ve never shown before! We framed a number of the paintings, but most are in the artists’ frames. So this will be our first exhibition not framed entirely by Holton Studio Frame-Makers.

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