California Impressionist Artist Exhibits at Muckenthaler Cultural Center October Through Year's End

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The galleries of the Fullerton, California, Muckenthaler Cultural Center will be filled with over 100 paintings, drawings and graphic works by Impressionist artist Robert W. Jensen from October 9, 2005, to January 5, 2006.

We are a celebration of the human spirit through the arts.

On Sunday, October 9, an exhibition of 100 works by Robert W. Jensen will fill the galleries of Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton, California. While acrylic on canvas paintings will dominate, Jensen, who enjoys working in many media, will include a number of drawings, watercolors and original graphics, i.e. serigraphs, etchings, engravings and giclées, as well as some other experimental digital processes.

The exhibition, which is actually two separate themed exhibits, will remain at Muckenthaler until January 5, 2006. The two themes are Jensen’s interpretations of sports, titled Have You Come to Play? and his reminiscences of world travel, Collected Memories.

On that same date, Sunday, October 9, a special event will take place at Muckenthaler — the annual USC Orange County Football Rally, which this year celebrates the 125th anniversary of the University of Southern California. Jensen’s sports exhibition includes many of his paintings of the USC Trojan Marching Band, including one in which they are performing in front of the Muckenthaler from last year’s rally. Dr. Arthur C. Bartner, musical director of the Trojan Marching Band for more than thirty years, has characterized Jensen as "the official unofficial painter of the band." Jensen’s paintings provided many of the illustrations in a book celebrating Bartner’s 25th anniversary with the band.

Another book filled with Jensen’s works on sports, titled The Young Athlete will be featured in the exhibition. One of those paintings titled The Diamond Belt Weigh-In which is now in the collection of the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio, will be represented at Muckenthaler as a giclée image. International columnist and radio personality Bonnie Churchill, provided anecdotal celebrity material for that book and will be included in the Muckenthaler’s lecture program accompanying the exhibit.

Sport as Symbol – Images of the Athlete in Art, Literature and Song written by Mari Womack, a research scholar at the UCLA Center for the Study of Women, chose a number of Jensen’s sports images to use as illustrations in her book along with those by Renoir, Curry, Archipenko, Goya, Stubbs, and many others from the world’s finest museums.

Churchill authored the text for another of Jensen’s books on his travels in the People’s Republic of China, titled The Waking Dragon Beckons. Paintings and drawings from that earlier publication were featured in a touring exhibit that concluded at the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena. Some of those works are included in the Muckenthaler exhibit, including one very large painting (75” X 89”) titled Walking the Great Wall.

Other works in the Collected Memories travel section of the exhibition will include tulip fields in The Netherlands; the gardens of the Pavlovsk Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia; the roses of London’s Hyde Park; the Luxembourg Gardens of Paris; scenes from Jerusalem and the desert of Israel; canal boats in Berlin; St. Peter’s Cathedral; the Prado in Madrid; Switzerland; Singapore; a Memorial Day Parade in Chicago; the gardens of the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens in San Marino; and numerous southern California scenes.

The Huntington Library commissioned Jensen to reproduce a number of his paintings of their gardens for a series of note papers that were sold in their gift/book shop. Most recently, Jensen has hung six paintings in the Nixon Library and Birthplace, all renderings of their grounds, which will be available as note papers in their gift shop soon. The Muckenthaler gift shop will offer a number of note paper reproductions from this exhibition. The note papers are well know in charity circles since Jensen has donated them to Sonance, Los Angeles Beautiful Foundation, the Footlighters, the Los Angeles Philanthropic Foundation, the National Arts Association, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.

One of Jensen’s more recent awards was from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge which selected him to receive their highest national special events award singling out his patriotic art as the reason for the jury’s choice. Two of the many paintings cited in the award are in the Muckenthaler exhibition — July 4th celebrations in Catalina and in Pacific Palisades.

Jensen, has often said, "If there are themes to my paintings, it is simply the natural beauty around me, including the people who inhabit that beauty. I’ve been accused of being a painter of ‘happy’ scenes. I confess to seeing the positive side of things." That seems a perfect fit to the motto of the Muckenthaler which is: "We are a celebration of the human spirit through the arts."

The Muckenthaler Cultural Center is open from noon to four p.m. on Wednesdays through Sundays. The special USC event on October 9 admission charge is $25 for adults; $15 for children from age 8 to 17; and children under 7 are admitted free. The October 9 ticket prices include all activities, lunch and beverage and free parking. When regular hours begin on Wednesday, Octobr 12, admission will be free for the duration of the exhibition.

The web site, TheDiscriminatingCollector.com, provides additional works and more details about Jensen, as well as a pdf of the complete media kit for this exhibition. The pdf provides color images of Jensen’s art work which are linked to downloadable high resolution images for printing. For more information about the Muckenthaler Cultural Center, please visit Muckenthaler.org.

Media Contacts:

Keith H. Walker

310-273-8696 or 310-278-7372

Jensen & Walker, Inc. Public Relations

8802 Ashcroft Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90048

or

Phyllis Melendez

714-738-6340 or fax 714-738-6366

Muckenthaler Cultural Center

1201 West Malvern Avenue

Fullerton, CA 92833

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