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Maynard Dixon Photo Portrait Black Stetson and Cane
Sagebrush and Solitude
Maynard Dixon in Nevada ... at the
Nevada Museum of Art in Reno

California Painters of the Desert Now at the Gallery
California Painters of the Desert
Now at the Gallery
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The High Trail
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Sagebrush and Solitude: Maynard Dixon in Nevada at Reno's Nevada Musuem of Art, now through July 28, 2024
Sagebrush and Solitude: Maynard Dixon in Nevada
at Reno's Nevada Museum of Art, now through July 28, 2024
Maynard Dixon Photo Portrait, with Black Stetson and Cane
Maynard Dixon photo portrait, with black Stetson and cane
Dan Rohlfing between Maynard Dixon's Old Homestead and his easel
Dan Rohlfing between Maynard Dixon's Old Homestead and his easel

Maynard Dixon is one of the most important painters of the American West. His painting is founded in his deep understanding of Native cultures and the land on which which they lived. He introduced modernism to Western painting. His compositions were powerful in design, color and expression. He distilled large skies with flowing cloud formations over the low horizons of the landscape. His visual poetry helped reinvigorate interest in paintings of the West.

Sagebrush and Solitude: Maynard Dixon in Nevada examines Dixon's paintings in or near Nevada over a period of nearly 40 years.

Dixon was born and raised on a ranch near Fresno. At the age of 16, he was encouraged by artist Frederic Remington "to draw from nature." Briefly in 1893, he attended the California School of Design in San Francisco. There he became a life-long friend of his classmate, James Swinnerton. Both Dixon and Swinnerton were noticed by newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst who put the two young artists to work.

Both were successful, but city life didn't suit Maynard well. He often felt the need to get out of San Francisco and head for wilder places. He wanted to capture the beauty of open spaces with his drawings, his paintings and his poems.

Maynard Dixon resting on a saddle, overseeing his exhibition
Maynard Dixon resting on a saddle, overseeing his exhibition.
a glimpse of Maynard Dixon's artistic life in San Francisco
Cattle Herd, 1921 Collection of Naoma J. Tate
Maynard Dixon,Cattle Herd, 1921
Collection of Naoma J. Tate
Prospector with Mules, 1921 Collection of Lynn Fey
Maynard Dixon,Prospector with Mules, 1921
Collection of Lynn Fey
Nevada Prospector, 1921 Collection of Naoma J. Tate
Maynard Dixon, Nevada Prospector, 1921
Collection of Naoma J. Tate

The exhibition begins with this trilogy of paintings done in late 1920 when Dixon was 44 years old.

The owners of the Admiral Orient Line, a subsidiary of the Pacific Mail Steamship Company, built a new ship named the S.S. Silver State. The company invited Maynard Dixon to design murals for the 535 foot steamship's spacious dining room. Mindful of the ship's name, Dixon prepared these three preliminary oil paintings on themes related to Nevada's mining heritage.

In 1921, the new S.S. Silver State arrived and docked in San Francisco. For the duration of the project, Dixon walked to the docked ship from his Montgomery Street studio. Over two months, Dixon translated these three lunette-shaped paintings into three murals, 8 x 16 feet each. They were located over the entrance to the ship's dining room.

In July 1940, the U.S. Navy acquired the S.S. Silver State for war service. After the war in 1848, the ship was scrapped. So far, no photos of the Dixon murals on the ship have surfaced, and they are lost to history.

Maynard Dixon, Wild Horse of Nevada, 1927-1932
Wild Horses of Nevada
1927-32
Maynard Dixon did this painting in his studio after a four month long visit to Northwestern Nevada in 1927. His bird's-eye view shows a grippingly stark arrow of horses galloping across the alkali flat. Dixon's emphasis on the geometry of the distant mountains, showing dramatic shadows and his elimination of unnecessary details are evidence of his increasing embrace of "modernism."
Maynard Dixon, Sunset in Nevada 1923, courtesy of California State Parks, Shasta State Historic Park, Shasta, CA (6 mi west of Redding)
Maynard Dixon, Sunset in Nevada 1923, courtesy of California State Parks, Shasta State Historic Park, Shasta, CA (6 mi west of Redding)
Map of Maynard Dixon and Edward Borein's 1901 Journey to the Northern Great Basin
Map of Maynard Dixon and Edward Borein's 1901 Journey
to the Northern Great Basin

In 1901, twenty-six year old Maynard Dixon and his artist friend Edward Borein, who was three years older, set out on a daring artistic adventure. They left from Oakland on horseback with the goal to tour the Great Basin and paint as they went. They had no specific geographic destination in mind. Their goal was to listen to and explore their inner artistic voices.

They left Oakland with six horses, camping equipment, and art supplies. They ascended the Sierra, climbing up the same route as today's Highway 50. They arrived in Carson City, Nevada, eleven days later, and eventually reached Reno which Dixon dismissed, later writing it was "dreary and of no account."

They continued on to Modoc and Lassen Counties in California and then on to Harney County in Southeastern Oregon. By the end of the summer of 1901, Dixon and Borein reached Boise, Idaho. By that time, they had created countless sketches and paintings.

But the adventure was wearing on them. They were subsisting on an occasional jackrabbit and cornmeal biscuits. Dixon wrote to a friend at the time, "We have been stalled here (in Boise) for a week with sick horses." So, the pair of artists decided to end their adventure. The sold their tired horses, made their way back to Salt Lake City and then rode the rails back to San Francisco.

To an outside observer, it might have seemed as if Maynard's and Edward's art expedition was a grand waste of time, energy and money. But for Dixon, the country he saw and his experiences fed his imagination and fired his creative spirit the rest of his life. This trip was the first of many trips to paint the beauty of Nevada.

Maynard Dixon, Volcanic Walls 1924, collection of Mary Ingegrand-Pohlad
Maynard Dixon, Volcanic Walls 1924, collection of Mary Ingegrand-Pohlad
Volcanic Walls depicts a section of the Coso Range in Eastern California. The rich coloring here is reminiscent of flowing rich red volcanic lava.
Early in 1905, thirty-year-old Maynard Dixon and his Bohemian Club friend Xavier Martinez went on a painting trip to Guadalajara. On their return, Maynard met and married Lillian West Toby in Los Angeles. In April of 1906, the San Francisco Earthquake was hard on Dixon. He, like much of San Francisco's artistic community, lost his studio and many of his paintings and drawings.

In 1908, he moved to New York where he jump started his illustration work. He became a good friend of Ashcan School painter Robert Henri. Although New York was good for Dixon financially, his marriage to Lillian was deteriorating due to Lillian's alcoholism and, once again, he was feeling a longing to return to the great open spaces of the West.
Maynard Dixon, Alder Creek Ranch (Humbolt County, NV) 1927 Museum of Art, University of Nevada, Reno
Maynard Dixon, Alder Creek Ranch (Humboldt County, NV) 1927
Museum of Art, University of Nevada, Reno
The 2,600 acre Alder Creek Ranch is twenty miles south of the Oregon-Nevada border.
When Maynard Dixon visited the ranch in 1927, it was owned by Governor James G. Scrugham and two other partners.
In 1912, he was invited by one of Robert Henri's artist friends, Ernest Blumenschein, to join the Taos Society of Artists in Taos, New Mexico. Flattered, but choosing not to accept, Maynard returned to San Francisco instead. In 1915, he exhibited some of his paintings at the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition where he won a bronze medal. The Exposition included work by all styles of the European avant-garde. Dixon was thrilled with the European work on exhibit and incorporated some of the coloration of the impressionists into his own style.
Maynard Dixon, Ancient Sea Levels (Virgin Valley, NV) 1927 collection of Brigham Young University Museum of Art
Maynard Dixon, Ancient Sea Levels (Virgin Valley, NV) 1927
collection of Brigham Young University Museum of Art
In 1917, Maynard and Lilllian finally were divorced. He was suffering from asthma and bouts of self doubt and depression. Again, to find solace, Dixon headed for the wilds of the American West. Having revived his spirits, he returned to San Francisco. In 1920, at age 45, he met and married photographer Dorothea Lange. They were introduced by a mutual friend, photographer Imogen Cunningham. Together, the artistic couple became central to San Francisco's inner circle of writers and artists. But Lange soon observed first hand Dixon's need to routinely escape the city for his artistic spirit to remain vital. She recalled, " ... he was always going for a month or six weeks, but he would never come back inside four months. His trips were practically disappearances as far as San Francisco life was concerned. He was just either there, or he was gone."
Maynard Dixon, Wild Horse Country (Humboldt County, NV) 1927, collection of the Society of California Pioneers
Maynard Dixon, Wild Horse Country (Humboldt County, NV) 1927, collection of the Society of California Pioneers
Maynard Dixon, Mountains in Sunset Light (Humboldt County, NV) 1927 Michael J and Kathleen A. Boyce, Boyce Family Trust
Maynard Dixon, Mountains in Sunset Light (Humboldt County, NV) 1927
Michael J and Kathleen A. Boyce, Boyce Family Trust
In late summer of 1927, Maynard Dixon headed for Nevada's northwest corner for a two week long excursion. It ended up being a four month period of extreme productivity. Over the period, Dixon produced 56 oil paintings and numerous drawings. At this time, he was experimenting with slightly distorted and tightly framed compositions that emphasized geometric forms of desert rocks, grassy meadows, and illuminated mountain ranges.
Maynard Dixon, Meadows (Onion Valley, NV) 1927, private collection
Maynard Dixon, Meadows (Onion Valley, NV) 1927, private collection
When he returned to his San Francisco studio, he painted many more canvases inspired by this Nevada trip. This series of paintings was increasingly influenced by the principles of modernism. He would intentionally eliminate unnecessary details while employing a limited color palette. He emphasized underlying geometric structure of the landscape resulting in paintings which were visual poetry.
Maynard Dixon, Smokey Morning (Rainbow Ridge, NV) 1927, collection of Ed Mell
Maynard Dixon, Smokey Morning (Rainbow Ridge, NV) 1927, collection of Western artist Ed Mell
Maynard Dixon, Home in the Desert, Lone Pine 1929, collection of David Dee Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, Utah
Maynard Dixon, Home in the Desert, Lone Pine 1929, collection of David Dee Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, Utah
1927-1933
Maynard Dixon, Bien Venido Y Adios! 1927
Maynard Dixon, Bien Venido Y Adios! 1927
Maynard Dixon, Mexican Girl 1929 oil on canvas board collection of Brigham Young University
Maynard Dixon, Mexican Girl 1929
oil on canvas board
collection of Brigham Young University
Maynard Dixon, Mexican Girl at Lone Pine 1929 oil on canvas collection of Brigham Young University
Maynard Dixon, Mexican Girl at Lone Pine 1929
oil on canvas
collection of Brigham Young University
Maynard Dixon with his sons Dan and John, 1920's The Dorothea Lange Collection, The Oakland Museum of California
Maynard Dixon with his sons Dan and John, 1920's
The Dorothea Lange Collection, The Oakland Museum of California

One of Maynard Dixon's favorite destinations was the Eastern Sierra, especially near Lone Pine, not far from the Alabama Hills and Mount Whitney. He would stay with friends from his early San Francisco art school days, Bill and Charlotte Skinner. Together, they would go into the local wilds for painting excursions. At times, Dorothea Lange would join them with other artist friends, print maker Roi Partridge and photographer Imogen Cunningham. Maynard also explored the nearby wonders of the Owens Valley, the Amargosa Desert, the Inyo Mountains and the Coso Range

In Ansel Adams' 1996 autobiography, he writes about the artistic community in San Francisco during the 1920's. Of Maynard Dixon, Adams wrote, "Dorothea Lange's first husband was painter Maynard Dixon. He was very creative and, to say the least, individualistic. The West was his spiritual domain. He loved the Indians and the cattlemen and, above all, the country. He painted simple, stylized, and heroic images of the West, some of which have great beauty and power.

"He did not receive the support due him from the intelligentsia of San Francisco. What bothered Dixon was not the qualities of good modern art, but the assumption that all avant-garde art was de facto superior".

Maynard Dixon was fascinated by trees. Portraits of trees became a fixture in many of his paintings. In the parched high desert, trees were usually found along springs and waterways. As summer turns to autumn and frosty nights arrive, the cottonwood tree's foliage turns from bright green to rich yellow and gold, with the glowing trees visible from a great distance.

Maynard Dixon, Jeffrey Pine 1932 collection of Bruce C. Paltenghi
Maynard Dixon, Jeffrey Pine 1932
collection of Bruce C. Paltenghi
Maynard Dixon, Mountain Juniper 1933 collection of Bruce C. Paltenghi
Maynard Dixon, Mountain Juniper 1933
collection of Bruce C. Paltenghi
Maynard Dixon, Sage and Cottonwoods (Carson City, NV) 1932, collection of David Dee Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, UT
Maynard Dixon, Sage and Cottonwoods (Carson City, NV) 1932, collection of David Dee Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, UT

In the early 1930's, Maynard Dixon was increasingly nervous about the worsening Great Depression. In June 1933, the couple left San Francisco for a summer trip to Zion National Park. On the way, they stopped for a month near Carson City and explored the Comstock mining-era town of Virginia City.

Maynard Dixon, Top of the Ridge 1933, Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at Austin
Maynard Dixon, Top of the Ridge 1933, Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at Austin
1934 the Great Boulder Dam (aka Hooover Dam)
Maynard Dixon, Untitled (Boulder Dam Project), 1934 Nevada Museum of Art
Maynard Dixon, Untitled (Boulder Dam Project), 1934
Nevada Museum of Art
Maynard Dixon, Catwalk (Boulder Dam, NV) mixed media on paper, Medicine Man Gallery, Tuscon, AZ
Maynard Dixon, Catwalk (Boulder Dam, NV) 1934
mixed media on paper, Medicine Man Gallery, Tuscon, AZ
Maynard Dixon, High Scalers (Boulder Dam) 1934 collection of the John and Geraldine Lilley Museum of Art
Maynard Dixon, High Scalers (Boulder Dam) 1934
collection of the John and Geraldine Lilley Museum of Art

Men descended the canyon walls dangling to free loose rock with drills and dynamite. They were known as "high scalers." Dixon wrote, " ... high scalers working on the faces of stupendous cliffs; men riding huge cement buckets in the middle of space, over canyons a thousand feet deep; flesh and blood men opposed to immutable rock. These are the things I tried to paint."

Maynard Dixon, Men Against Rock (Boulder Dam) 1934 Mixed Media on Paper collection of Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, AZ
Maynard Dixon, Men Against Rock (Boulder Dam) 1934
Mixed Media on Paper
collection of Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, AZ

Tiny figures of men clearing debris from the entrance to a massive
tunnel that has just been blasted through the rock face.

Later in 1934, Dixon spent a month at the construction site of Boulder Dam, now commonly known as Hoover Dam. There, he told the incredible visual story of men working to transform nature.

Like most observers at the time, he was amazed by the very concept of building such a large dam. He tried to picture "flesh and blood men" who were dwarfed by the landscape they were laboring to tame.

At the same time, he remained true to the immense beauty and bold nature of the mountains and cliff walls surrounding the great dam.
Maynard Dixon, Pouring Cement, Boulder Dam 1934 A wall display reproduction of a Maynard Dixon painting.
Maynard Dixon, Pouring Cement, Boulder Dam 1934
A wall display reproduction of a Maynard Dixon painting.

Maynard Dixon, Hemingway Wash (Boulder, NV) 1934, collection of Michael and Karen Edson
Maynard Dixon, Hemingway Wash (Boulder, NV) 1934, collection of Michael and Karen Edson

Maynard Dixon, Surveyor's Hill, Boulder, NV 1934, collection of Robert and Julie Dickson
Maynard Dixon, Surveyor's Hill, Boulder, NV 1934, collection of Robert and Julie Dickson
This mountain was called Surveyor's Hill because crews used it as a base for mapping
the construction area near and around the Boulder Dam site.
 Maynard Dixon, Volcanic Cones (Boulder, NV) 1934, Brigham Young University Museum of Art
Maynard Dixon, Volcanic Cones (Boulder, NV) 1934, Brigham Young University Museum of Art
1935
 Maynard Dixon, Empty House (Carson, NV) 1935 collection of Brigham Young University Museum
Maynard Dixon, Empty House (Carson, NV) 1935
collection of Brigham Young University Museum
Maynard Dixon, Last Leafage 1935 collection of Brigham Young University
Maynard Dixon, Last Leafage 1935
collection of Brigham Young University
Maynard Dixon, Poplars and Sunlight 1935 collection of Southern Utah Museum of Art
Maynard Dixon, Poplars and Sunlight 1935
collection of Southern Utah Museum of Art

Photo of Maynard Dixon with steer's skull
Photo of Maynard Dixon with steer's skull

In 1935, Maynard Dixon and Dorothea Lange divorced. Afterward, Maynard arranged for the sale of 85 paintings, drawings and sketches to Brigham Young University. Once the sale was completed, he met and married San Francisco painter, portraitist and muralist Edith Hamlin in 1937. The couple married in Carson City, in a brief ceremony on the veranda of the Bliss Mansion. They stayed in a small cottage, spending time sketching and painting. They also visited the Washoe Valley, Virginia City and Dayton.

Dixon was suffering from emphysema. His symptoms worsened and the couple headed for Los Angeles seeking medical treatment. Although Maynard didn't know it at the time, he would never return to Nevada again.
Maynard Dixon, Barn and Poplars (Carson City, NV) 1935, collection of the A.P. Hays Family
Maynard Dixon, Barn and Poplars (Carson City, NV) 1935, collection of the A.P. Hays Family
Maynard Dixon, Cottage in Carson 1935, collection of the A.P. Hays Family
Maynard Dixon, Cottage in Carson 1935, collection of the A.P. Hays Family
Maynard Dixon, November in Nevada, 1935, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, bequest of E. Dixon Heise
Maynard Dixon, Men and Mountains, 1933, collection of Annette P. Cumming
A theme Dixon visited often is the smallness of men against the vastness of nature.
In this scene, notice the men and their equipment in the lower right.
Maynard Dixon, November in Nevada 1935, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, bequest of E. Dixon Heise
Maynard Dixon, November in Nevada 1935, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, bequest of E. Dixon Heise
 Maynard Dixon, Ranch Windmill (Carson City) 1935, collection of Phil and Jennifer Satre
Maynard Dixon, Ranch Windmill (Carson City) 1935, collection of Phil and Jennifer Satre
Maynard Dixon, Oasis, Beatty, NV 1935, collection of A.P. Hays Family
Maynard Dixon, Oasis, Beatty, NV 1935, collection of A.P. Hays Family
1937
Maynard Dixon, Amargosa Desert Hills 1937, collection of Anette P. Cumming
Maynard Dixon, Amargosa Desert Hills 1937, collection of Anette P. Cumming
Maynard Dixon, Old Chinatown (Carson City, NV) 1937, Michael J. and Kathleen A. Boyce, Boyce Family Trust
Maynard Dixon, Old Chinatown (Carson City, NV) 1937, Michael J. and Kathleen A. Boyce, Boyce Family Trust
At its peak in 1880, Carson City's Chinatown was home to nearly 800 residents. Most worked in the Comstock mines,
some for the railroad and others in various service industries. When Dixon created this painting, the population had
plummeted to just about 20 residents. The community had burned down three different times.
In the 1950's the State of Nevada converted the location to build office buildings.
Maynard Dixon, Old Homesite 1937, collection of Brigham Young University Museum of Art
Maynard Dixon, Old Homesite 1937, collection of Brigham Young University Museum of Art
 Maynard Dixon, Traveling Storm 1937, collection of the A. P. Hays Family
Maynard Dixon, Traveling Storm 1937, collection of the A. P. Hays Family

Maynard Dixon, One Night Stand, Burrell Hot Spring, Nevada
collection of the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA
In 1937, Maynard Dixon married Edith Hamlin. The couple stayed in Nevada to paint and sketch. But Maynard fell ill from his asthma
and the couple quickly departed Carson City to drive to LA seeking medical care. On the way, they stopped in Burrell Hot Spring, located
east of Death Valley and north of Amargosa on Highway 95. Maynard painted a rare nocturne of the couple's
Ford station wagon parked in front of their rented cabin.

On their trip to LA, Dixon painted One Night Stand. Dixon seldom painted nocturnes. This painting showed their Ford station wagon parked in front of a cabin at an auto campsite near Indian Springs, Nevada.

By 1938, Dixon was suffering from life-threatening emphysema. The couple moved to a better climate, Tucson, Arizona. They built their Tuscon home just outside the city and planted a single cottonwood tree in their patio. Although they were hundreds of miles from the Great Basin and the Eastern Sierra, the tree still resonated for Dixon. In 1944, he rummaged through his portfolios of drawings and found inspiration for Inyo Mountains, which he completed in his Tucson studio.

Maynard Dixon died on November 13, 1946, at his Tucson home. In his shirt pocket was a small sketchbook.

Sagebrush and Solitude, Maynard Dixon in Nevada is an exceptionally well done exhibition and most enjoyable. You'll have to make plans soon because the exhibition's last day is July 28.

Maynard Dixon, Inyo Mountains 1944, Private collection
Maynard Dixon, Inyo Mountains 1944, Private collection
By 1944, Maynard Dixon was living in Tucson, Arizona. He was suffering from emphysema and no longer took painting excursions.
This major painting was done in his studio from sketches he had made on previous trips. Here he interprets the folds in the hills
as modern geometric shapes, highlighted by the dramatic shadows of sunset.
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California Painters of the Desert - now at the gallery through July 28
California Desert Painters, left to right -- James Swinnerton, Robert Rishell, Clyde Forsythe,
Gordon Coutts, John W. Hilton, Ralph Love, Joshua Meador, Sam Hyde Harris and Paul Grimm


James Swinnerton, Smoke Tree Wash
now available at Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery
James Swinnerton 1875-1974 was the Dean of the California Desert School. He first came to the California Desert as a 30 year-old. After having been a successful newspaper cartoonist in New York for 12 years, James was given a death sentence - he had tuberculosis. His boss, William Randolph Hearst, put Swinnerton on a train for the California desert. There he thrived and lived to be 98 years old.

He remained active as a cartoonist most of his career, but was a serious painter of desert landscapes throughout the Southwest, with many works of the Grand Canyon and Monument Valley. A major theme in his paintings is how beautifully green life exists and thrives in this vast parched and beautiful landscape. He maintained a presence in the San Francisco Bay area with a home in Palo Alto. He was a member of the Boheminan Club.
lRobert Rishell, The High Trail now availabe at Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery
Robert Rishell, The High Trail
now available at Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery

Clyde Forsythe, Late Afternoon now availabe at Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery
Clyde Forsythe, Late Afternoon
now available at Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery

Robert Rishell 1917-1976 was a co-founder of the Oakland Museum and was active in the Bay Area art scene his entire life. He studied art with Xavier Martinez and was influenced by desert painters James Swinnerton and John W. Hilton. Robert's notoriety brought with it an invitation to become a member of the Bohemian Club. Robert's daughter told us that Robert truly enjoyed attending the Club's encampments at the Bohemian Grove where his tentmates included Edgar Bergen the ventriloquist and Herman Wouk the author. In 1974, Robert was commissioned to paint the gubernatorial portrait of Ronald Reagan, which hangs above the grand staircase in the Capitol Building in Sacramento.

Clyde Forsythe 1885-1962 has deep western roots. His parents ran a general store in Tombstone, Arizona, right next door to the OK Corral. Clyde attended the Art Students League in New York and worked with The New York Journal, a Hearst Newspaper where he worked with an artist who became a life-long friend, James Swinnerton. As the United States entered World War I, Clyde created many War Department recruitment posters which are now famous. In New Rochelle, New York, Clyde shared a studio with fellow artist Norman Rockwell. Clyde was gregarious while Norman was quite shy. Clyde encouraged Norman to submit his portfolio to the Saturday Evening Post. When Clyde relocated to the desert, his personal friends included Maynard Dixon, Ed Borein, Nicolai Fechin, John W. Hilton, humorist Will Rogers and animation filmmaker Walt Disney.
Gordon Coutts, San Jacinto Morning now availabe at Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery
Gordon Coutts, San Jacinto Morning
now available at Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery
John W. Hilton, Monument now availabe at Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery
John W. Hilton, Monument
now available at Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery

Gordon Coutts 1886-1937 was a successful painter on four continents! He was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, studied in Paris, taught and was an active artist in Australia and later in California. In the Bay Area, he lived in the Piedmont section of Oakland and was a member of the Bohemian Club. After his divorce from his artist wife Alice in 1918, he traveled to North Africa where he painted exotic landscapes and portraits. After returning to the Bay Area from Africa, Coutts developed tuberculosis and moved to the California desert near Palm Springs. He designed and built a North-African styled castle which he named Dar Marroc. He entertained many celebrities there such as Errol Flynn and Rudolph Valentino, and guest artists included Grant Wood, Nicolai Fechin and Sir Winston Churchill. Today, his Palm Springs home is named Korakia and is a high-end desert resort.

John W. Hilton 1804-1983 liked to think of himself as a self-taught artist. He never attended a formal art school. But in the back room of his gem shop and personal art gallery, he was taught by his artist friends. His back room housed perhaps the most prestigous private art school of all times. His faculty of personal friends included James Swinnerton, Maynard Dixon, Clyde Forsythe and the great Russian painter Nicolai Fechin. John was an active member of the California Desert painting community and he might well be called the Social Director of the Desert School. He was a regular contributing writer and artist for Desert Magazine in Palm Desert, and arranged countless painting excursions with fellow artists.
Ralph Love, Monument Valley now availabe at Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery
Ralph Love, Monument Valley
now available at Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery

Joshua Meador, Old Virginia City (Nevada) now availabe at Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery
Joshua Meador, Old Virginia City (Nevada)
now available at Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery

Ralph Love 1907-1992 was a beloved artist and art teacher who spent most of his career painting and teaching in eastern Orange County in the town of Temecula. He is most noted for his spectacular paintings of the Grand Canyon and of Monument Valley. His works were in prestigeous collections. Senator Barry Goldwater, well known for his art collection, said of Ralph Love, "he is the finest living American artist in know, and I could look at his work all day long." Novelist Earl Stanley Gardner was also a collector of Ralph Love paintings.

Joshua Meador 1911-1965 is well known as Walt Disney's Director of Animation Effects for nearly 30 years. But Josh often told people as they watched him paint, "First and foremost, I'm a painter, Disney is just my day job." Josh graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago in the 1930's, submitted his portfolio to Walt Disney and Walt hired him straight away. He worked on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1937, and the last project he worked on was Mary Poppins, mixing the live action of Dick Van Dyke dancing with animated penguins. Josh loved painting the California Coast, but also enjoyed excursions into the deserts near Palm Springs and the Eastern Sierra along Highway 395.
Sam Hyde Harris, Rabbit Run now availabe at Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery
Sam Hyde Harris, Rabbit Run
now available at Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery

iPaul Grimm, Desert Charm 1974 (Mt. San Jacinto near Palm Springs)  now availabe at Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery
Paul GriPaul Grimm, Desert Charm 1974
(Mt. San Jacinto near Palm Springs)
now available at Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery

In 1904, Sam Hyde Harris 1889-1977 came to Los Angeles at the age of 15 along with his parents from Middlesex, England. While working in advertising, he studied art with Stanton McDonald-Wright, Frank Tolles Chamberlain and Hanson Puthuff. His commercial art career was most successful, creating travel posters for the Southern Pacific, Union Pacific and the Sante Fe Railroads. His fine art painting career was also successful. He's best known for the Southern California light on the San Gabriel Mountians with highly stylized eucalyptus trees. He bought a home on Champion Place in Alhambra, California, just south of Pasadena. The street was home to a list of notable artists and was known locally as "Little Bohemia," "Artist's Alley," and the "Montmartre of the Southwest." Later in his career, James Swinnerton encouraged Sam to paint in the desert.

Paul Grimm 1891-1977 came to America from South Africa. When he was 18, he earned a scholarship to study art at the Dusseldorf Royal Academy in Germany. At the age of 28, he moved to Hollywood in 1919, and worked painting backdrops for movie sets. At the age of 41, he moved to Palm Springs in 1932. He was a good friend of Edgar and Elsie Payne and James Swinnerton. In 1950's, his Palm Springs studio on North Canyon Road was visited by "self-confessed dauber," President Dwight Eisenhower. The president also visited other painters in the area, including John W. Hilton. Today, Paul Grimm's paintings are prized. His subjects included the desert around Palm Springs, portraits of native Americans and paintings of the high Sierra. The portrait on the inset above is of Cowboy star Gene Autrey with Mt. San Jacinto in the background.
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Gallery news
Plan a visit to Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery. Here's a tip: peruse our online collection before you visit. Call or text which paintings most interest you, and we'll do our best to have the painting(s) there when you arrive. (Only about one-tenth of the collection fits at one time.)

Our current gallery exhibit is Painters of the California Desert. Imagine, you can view the beauty of the desert while enjoying the comfort of Bodega Bay weather ... how cool is that?

Linda and Dan
Linda Sorensen, Banner, July 24

Linda has been busy
She maintains her artist studio in Graton, yet often can be found painting at Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery where a selection of her paintings is available for sale. Her work also is available at Corrick's on 4th Street in downtown Santa Rosa as well as her Graton studio at Atelier One (by appointment).

Greg and Lynne Rishell visit Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Robert Rishell, 1917-1976
Robert Rishell's daughter Lynne Rishell Spickard and his grandson Greg Robert Spickard visited Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery this past week. Above, they are posing in front of Robert Rishell's The High Trail. Lynne shared memories from the 1960's and '70s of meeting many of her father's friends including James Swinnerton and John W. Hilton. Greg is Robert Rishell's grandson and looks a lot like him. He studied all our Rishell paintings with a practiced and studious eye. It was a pleasure to host them.
All of our 6 Rishell paintings will be at the gallery for viewing through July 7.

... in and around Bodega Bay
Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery -- Bodega Bay
1580 Eastshore Road
Between the Terrapin Creek Cafe and Roadhouse Coffee
open Thurs-Sun, Noon 'till 5 -- other times by chance or appointment

an exceptional collection of late 19th and early 20th century paintings by well known California artists

http://www.BodegaBayHeritageGallery.com | Call or Text 707-875-2911
email: Art@BodegaBayHeritageGallery.com

Joshua Meador Mendocino Coast
"Mendocino Coast"
Joshua Meador
Ren Brown
Ren Brown
The Ren Brown Collection
Just steps away from Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery

A sumptuous gallery experience ...
Contemporary Japanese Prints, Handmade Ceramics & Jewelry,
Japanese Antiques, California Artists & Sculptors

1781 Coast Highway One, Bodega Bay, 94923
707-875-2922 |  rbc4art@renbrown.com
http://www.renbrown.com | Back to the Top

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Linda Sorensen Peak, south of Hopland, CA

Linda Sorensen Paintings

You may meet Linda and view a selection of her paintings at Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery,
Thurs - Sun, 12:00- 5:00pm, or a larger exhibit at her studio in Graton by appointment.

Linda paints colorful and imaginative / transcendental-influenced
landscapes emphasizing design, abstraction and Post-Impressionism.

LindaSorensenPaintings.com | 707-875-2911

Linda Sorensen at her easel, photo by John Hershey
Dodrill Gallery, Bodega, CA In the nearby town of Bodega ... Dodrill Gallery
17175 Bodega Highway, Bodega CA 94922
Famed photographer, world adventurer and rock climber
Jerry Dodrill exhibits and sells and his exceptional landscape photographs
... https://jerrydodrill.photoshelter.com/p/page2 | 707-377-4732
Photo@JerryDodrill.com| Back to the Top
Jerry Dodrill, Dodrill Gallery, Bodega, CA
In the nearby town of Bodega ... Artisans' Co-op
featuring the talents of local artists ... photography, paintings, textiles, jewelry, ceramic and wood art
17175 Bodega Highway, Bodega CA 94922
... http://www.artisansco-op.com| 707-876-9830
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Bodega Gallery, Bodega, CA Bodega Gallery
in the historic town of Bodega
We are located in the town's original blacksmith shop from the 1850's
and it has been an art gallery since the 1960's. We showcase jewelry, toys, paintings,
kinetic art, and decorative and functional ceramics.

https://bodegaartgallery.com | 415-515-4665
Bodega Gallery, Bodega, CA
Bodega Bay's John Hershey Photography
Bodega Bay resident photographer John Hershey displays his scenic shoreline and sea life images locally in restaurants, visitor venues and art shows. His 50 year career has encompassed multimedia production, commercial and personal photography, environmental portraiture, and community photojournalism.
John recently added interpretive infrared photography to his portfolio. 
John Hershey Photography Portfolio ... http://www.jhersheyphoto.com
John Hershey Photography Sales ... https://j-hershey-media.square.site

\Jean Warren Sand Harbor
Bodega Bay's Jean Warren Watercolors
Bodega Bay resident Jean Warren says her paintings are reflections
of the places she has lived and traveled.
Jean is a Signature member of the National Watercolor Society,
California Watercolor Association and full member of Society of Layerists in Multi-Media.
http://www.JeanWarren.com / 707-875-9240

Jean Warren Watercolor

What's nearby in Sonoma County?
Sebastopol Center for the Arts

IN SEBASTOPOL - Sebastopol Center for the Arts
... see website for on-line activities sebarts.org
home of Sonoma County's Art @ the Source and Art Trails
282 S. High Street, Sebastopol, CA 95472  707.829.4797
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hursdays through Sundays 10:00am to 4:00pm

Corricks Kevin Brown
Corrick's Keven Brown
IN SANTA ROSA
Corrick's Art Trails Gallery | http://www.corricks.com/arttrailsgallery
637 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95401 | Contact:: http://www.corricks.com/contact-us

Corrick's has been a Santa Rosa Treasure since 1915,
a downtown stationery store serving as the community's "cultural hub."
Corrick's has long supported local artists with its impressive "ART TRAILS GALLERY,"
including paintings by Linda Sorensen.
Corricks offers a number of originals by famed Santa Rosa artist, Maurice Lapp ... (see our August 2017 article)

located on Fourth Street, steps away from Santa Rosa's revitalized town square
and Fourth Street's Russian River Brewery
Linda Sorensen's White Barn 1880, currently available at Corricks
Linda Sorensen's
White Barn circa 1880,
Sea Ranch

currently available at
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BBHPhoto Dennis Calabi
Dennis Calabi
IN SANTA ROSA- Calabi Gallery | http://www.calabigallery.com


456 Tenth Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95401 | email: info@calabigallery.com | 707-781-7070
Famed master conservator Dennis Calabi brings his rare knowledge and experience
to present a tasteful and eclectic array of primarily 20th century artwork.

http://www.calabigallery.com | Back to the Top
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Easton, Crustacean Dancing Dream, American Alabaster
Annex Galleries Santa Rosa IN Santa Rosa - The Annex Galleries
specializing in 19th, 20th, and 21st century American and European fine prints
The Annex Galleries is a member of the International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA).
http://www.AnnexGalleries.com | Back to the Top
Rik Olson

IN GRATON - Graton Gallery
home of many of Sonoma County's best artists
http://www.gratongallery.com
Sally Baker, Tim Hayworth, Bruce K. Hopkins,
Rik Olson, Susan Proehl, Sandra Rubin, Tamra Sanchez, Mylette Welch
Graton Gallery | (707) 829-8912  | artshow@gratongallery.com
9048 Graton Road, Graton CA 95444 | Open Saturday and Sunday check website

Christopher Queen Gallery IN DUNCANS MILLS - Christopher Queen Galleries
3 miles east of Hwy 1 on Hwy 116 on the Russian River
http://www.christopherqueengallery.com |707-865-1318| Back to the Top
Paul Mahder Gallery Thumbnail IN Healdsburg - Paul Mahder Gallery
http://www.paulmahdergallery.com

(707) 473-9150 | Info@paulmahdergallery.com
222 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg, CA 95448 | check for hours
Petaluma Arts Council Art Center

IN PETALUMA - Petaluma Arts Center
"... to celebrate local artists and their contributions and involve the whole community"

Petaluma Center for the Arts


Links to current museum exhibits relevant to Early California Art
The Greater Bay Area
The Walt Disney Family Museum
-- see website for details
This museum tells Walt's story from the early days.
(on the Parade Grounds) 104 Montgomery Street,
The Presidio of San Francisco, CA 94129

-- view location on Google Maps
--
Disney Museum Exterior Thumbnail San Francisco
... see website
de Young Museum
Permanent Collection
De Young Museum Thumbnail
San Francisco
closed, see website
California Historical Society
California Historical Society Thumbnail San Francisco
Legion of Honor

... see website
-Permanent European and Impressionist Paintings
San Francisco Legion of Honor Museum
San Francisco
open, see website for details
Contemporary Jewish Museum

San Francisco's Contemporary Jewish Museum Thumbnail Oakland
... see website
Oakland Museum of California

-- ongoing Gallery of California Art
-showcasing over 800 works
from the OMCA's collection
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San Francisco
SFMOMA

http://www.sfmoma.org

SF Museum of Modern Art

Santa Rosa
...
see website
The Museums of Sonoma County

Sonoma County Museum Thumbnail
Santa Rosa
... see website
Charles M. Schultz Museum

Charles M Schultz Museum Santa Rosa

Moraga
... see website
St Mary's College Museum of Art
Hearst Art Gallery

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Sonoma
Mission San Francisco de Solano Museum

featuring the famed watercolor paintings
of the California Missions
by Christian Jorgensen
Mission San Francisco de Solano in Sonoma CA Sonoma
Sonoma Valley Museum of Art

... see website
551 Broadway, Sonoma CA
(707) 939-7862
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Ukiah
Grace Hudson Museum

... see website
http://www.gracehudsonmuseum.org
Grace Hudson Museum

Bolinas
Bolinas Museum

... see website
featuring their permanent collection,
including Ludmilla and Thadeus Welch,
Arthur William Best, Jack Wisby,
Russell Chatham, Alfred Farnsworth
.

Elizabeth Holland McDaniel Bolinas Embarcadero thumbnail
Walnut Creek
... see website
The Bedford Gallery, Lesher
Center for the Arts
Lesher Ctr for the Arts Walnut Creek CA San Jose
San Jose Museum of Art

... see website
approximately 2,000 20th & 21st
century artworks including paintings, sculpture,
new media, photography, drawings, prints, and artist books.
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Monterey
Monterey Museum of Art

... see website
Ongoing exhibitions ...
Museums Permanent Collection
including William Ritschel, Armin Hansen
and E. Charlton Fortune

http://www.montereyart.org
Monterey Museum of Art Palo Alto
... see website
Cantor Art Center at Stanford University
Cantor Art Center at Stanford University

Monterey
Salvador Dali Museum

prepurchased tickets required, ... see website

Salvador Dali Museum Monterey Sacramento
Crocker Art Museum
... see websites
http://www.crockerartmuseum.org
Sacramento
Capitol Museum

... see website
Governor's Portrait Gallery
Permanent Exhibits

(including one of our galllery's favorite artists,
Robert Rishell's portrait of Gov. Ronald Reagan
Capitol Museum Sacramento Thumbnail Stockton's Treasure!
The Haggin Museum

... see website
-Largest exhibition of Albert Bierstadt paintings anywhere, plus the works of Joseph Christian Leyendecker, Norman Rockwell's mentor.
see our Newsletter article, April 2011
Haggin Museum Stockton
Southern California (and Arizona) (for all museums below, see websites for hours and protocols.
Los Angeles
Los Angeles Museum of Art

Art of the Americas, Level 3:
Artworks of paintings and sculptures
from the colonial period to World War II—
a survey of of art and culture
& "Levitated Mass"
Irvine
UCI IMCA
(University of California, Irvine
Institute and Museum of California Art)

(formerly The Irvine Museum)


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Santa Barbara
The Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Santa Barbara Museum of Art Thumbnail Orange

Hilbert Museum, Chapman University

Hilbert Museum Chapman University Orange CA
San Diego
San Diego Museum of Art
Permanent Collection

San Diego Museum of Art Thumbnail Pasadena
Norton Simon Museum
-an Impressive Permanent collection,
European impressionist
and post impressionist paintings
See our newsletter from March 2014
Norton Simon Museum Pasadena
Los Angeles
California African American Art Museum
adjacent to the LA Coliseum
(see our newsletter articleof their
Ernie Barnes Exhibition September 2019)
California African American Art Museum San Marino (near Pasadena)
The Huntington Library

American Art Collection
Paintings by John Singer Sargent,
Edward Hopper, Robert Henri,
Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Moran,
William Keith, Mary Cassatt,
Thomas Hart Benton and many more.

Huntington Library Art Collection Pasadena
Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix Art Museum
an excellent sampling of
Artists of the American West
Phoenix Art Museum

Palm Springs
Palm Springs Art Museum

Permanent Collection
American 19th century Landscape Painting

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& Beyond
Honolulu, HI
Honolulu Museum
(see our Newsletter article
from February, 2015)


Honolulu Museum of Art Kamuela, HI (Big Island)
Issacs Art Center
65-1268 Kawaihae Road
Kamuela, HI  96743
(See our Dec '16 article "Hawaii's Paul Gauguin," 
modernist Madge Tennent, 1889-1972)

Isaacs Art Center
Seattle, WA
Seattle Art Museum
( see our article Mar 2018
French and American Paintings )
Seattle Art Museum Portland, OR
Portland Art Museum

Permanent Collection: American Art
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Washington D.C.
The Renwick Gallery

Permanent ... Grand Salon Paintings
from the Smithsonian American Art Museum
Renwick Gallery Washington DC Chicago, IL
Art Institute of Chicago
Permanent collection:
the Impressionists
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Cedar Rapids, IA
The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
Grant Wood: In Focus

is an ongoing permanent collection exhibition.
Cedar Rapids Museum of Art

Bentonville, AR
Crystal Bridges
Museum of American Art

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Washington D.C.
The National Gallery
Permanent collection
American Paintings
Tha National Gallery Washington DC Thumbnail Philadelphia , PA
The Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia Museum of Art Thumbnail
Philadelphia , PA
Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia Campus
Barnes Foundation Campus Philadelphia Brooklyn, NY
The Brooklyn Museum
American Art
Permanent Collection
The Brooklyn Museum Thumbnail
New York , NY
The Whitney Museum of American Art
The largest selection of works by Edward Hopper
The Whitney Museum of American Art New York New York, NY
Metropolitan Museum of Art

Its extensive collection of American Art
Metropolitan Museum New York
Detroit, MI
Detroit Institute of Arts
American Art
Permanent Collection
Detroit Institute of Arts Ottawa, Ontario
National Gallery of Canada
Canada National Gallery of Art
Denver, CO
Denver Art Museum
Denver Art Museum Exterior

Boston, MA
Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Our Gallery Showroom and Linda Sorensen's Studio in Graton

Linda Sorensen's artist studio is open by appointment.  To contact Linda, email, text or call. LindaSorensen@Earthlink.net / 707-875-2911.  

Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery and Linda Sorensen's studio
Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery .com / Linda Sorensen Paintings . com
Art@BodegaBayHeritageGallery.com / LindaSorensen@Earthlink.net  707-875-2911
Atelier One, Studio 5, 2860 Bowen St, Graton, CA 95444 (not a mailing address)

If you wish to sell a painting to us ...

At present, we are acquiring few paintings. We are interested in considering works by Joshua Meador, or exceptional paintings by a few other Historic California artists. We do not do miscellaneous consignments but do represent artist estates. We do not provide appraisal services.

DO NOT CALL AND EXPECT A THOUGHTFUL ANSWER REGARDING YOUR PAINTING (especially, do not leave a voicemail message requiring us to phone you), ... INSTEAD, Please EMAIL US (Art@BodegaBayHeritageGallery.com) along with a high resolution jpeg image of your painting. Include the name of the artist, its title, dimensions and condition. Please include any history or provenance. Rather than responding off the cuff, in a timely fashion we will read your note, do our homework, and write back and let you know if we wish to acquire your painting or we may give you our our ideas on how best to market your painting through other resources.