“Historic Views of San Francisco Bay” Opens Today at North Point Gallery

Yesterday I popped into North Point Gallery to get a sneak preview of their show opening today, and I can tell you that it is an absolutely wonderful display that will lift the spirits of anyone who loves the Bay we live on.

Alfred Farnsworth (1858-1908), “Mt Tamalpais from Richardson Bay,” 1906. Watercolor, 10-1/2” x 21”.

With some works on loan and not for sale (including the beautiful Alfred Farnsworth watercolor we framed for North Point a few years ago, right), the show amounts to a small and select museum exhibition. Curated by gallery owner and leading California art historian, Alfred Harrison, “Historic Views of San Francisco Bay and The Golden Gate” includes great historical paintings by notables like Raymond Dabb Yelland (1848-1900), Marianne Mathieu (1827 – 1897), Gideon Jacques Denny (1830 – 1886), and Theodore Wores (1859-1939). But one painting alone is worth a trip to the gallery: this large (24″ x 48″) canvas, below, painted in 1890 by William A. Coulter. It may well be the best nineteenth century painting of the Bay that you’ll ever see. This piece has already been sold, so the current exhibition will probably be your only chance to see it in person.

The show opens today, with a reception from 3 to 5, and runs through June 29. North Point Gallery is at 2247 Fifth Street.

And while you’re in the neighborhood, swing by to see us!

William A. Coulter (1849-1936), “San Francisco Bay,” 1890. Oil on canvas, 24″ x 48″.

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