California Art Club to Present '100th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition' in April at the Pasadena Museum of California Art

The California Art Club will mark its Centennial anniversary by presenting the "100th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition" at the Pasadena Museum of California Art from April 3 to 24, 2011. The exhibition will coincide with the publication of the 276-page deluxe book "California Light: A Century of Landscapes – Paintings of the California Art Club," which documents the organization’s first 100 years.

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“For more than 100 years, the California Art Club has been the standard bearer of great traditional art. The "100th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition" exemplifies the very best in traditional American art,” said Jean Stern of The Irvine Museum.

Pasadena, CA (PRWEB) March 1, 2011

The California Art Club will mark its Centennial anniversary by presenting the 100th occurrence of its hallmark annual exhibition – the "100th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition" – at the Pasadena Museum of California Art from April 3 to 24, 2011.

The exhibition will coincide with the publication of "California Light: A Century of Landscapes – Paintings of the California Art Club." The 276-page deluxe book from Skira Rizzoli will feature 300 lush California landscape paintings created over the past 100-years by artist members of the Club and document the organization’s history from its founding in 1909 at an artist’s studio in the Arroyo Seco Canyon to its current activities that involve six chapters throughout the state.

This year’s event will showcase nearly 200 representational works of art, spotlighting sculpture as well as paintings of genres ranging from pristine landscapes and seascapes to figures and still life. In celebration of the Gold Medal’s 100th anniversary and the release of "California Light," the exhibition will also feature approximately 60 miniature paintings and sculpture that focus on a visual journey through the Golden State.

The more than 150 participating artists include nationally renowned artists Peter Adams, Belá Bácsi, Peter Brooke, Scott Burdick, Scott Christensen, John Cosby, Dennis Doheny, David C. Gallup, Nancy Guzik, Steve Huston, David Leffel, Jeremy Lipking, Kevin Macpherson, Joseph Paquet, Mian Situ, Richard Schmid, Christopher Slatoff, Tim Solliday, Alexey Steele, Zhiwei Tu and Jove Wang.

“For more than 100 years, the California Art Club has been the standard bearer of great traditional art and so it is this year. The 100th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition exemplifies the very best in traditional American art,” said Jean Stern, Executive Director of The Irvine Museum.

Stern was one of five California museum scholars on the jury that selected the artwork for inclusion in the exhibition. He was joined by Catherine Hess, Chief Curator of European Art, The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens; Peter Keller, Ph.D., President, The Bowers Museum of Cultural Art; Jenkins Shannon, Executive Director, Pasadena Museum of California Art; and Scott A. Shields, Ph.D., Associate Director and Chief Curator, Crocker Art Museum.

During the evening before the exhibition opens to the public, the Club will host the Artists’ Gala Reception. Tickets for the April 2 preview event, at which Best of Show honors and other awards will be announced, are $75 in advance and $100 at the door. Included in the price of admission is a copy of the full-color exhibition catalogue.

Because an important component of the organization’s mission is to educate on the merits of traditional fine art, the Club will offer three educational programs during the Gold Medal Exhibition.

On the exhibit’s opening day from 2 to 3:30 p.m., the Club will present “Great Expectations: A PowerPoint Presentation and Live Lecture by Richard Schmid.” Schmid will discuss the journey through the possibilities of painting from life. Tickets for the lecture, which will be held at the Blinn House, located a block north of the museum, are $25 for Club members and $30 for non-members. Proceeds from the ticket sales will benefit the educational programs of the California Art Club.

The other two programs will be held in the museum gallery among the Gold Medal artwork. On Sunday, April 10, from 1 to 3 p.m., Jean Stern, who also co-authored California Light, will speak on “100 Years of California Art.” On Thursday, April 21, from 6 to 8 p.m., the Club will present the “Closing Tour with the Artists,” during which exhibiting artists will lead tours and share insights on the creation of the artwork in the display. Both of these events are free with museum admission.

The 100th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition has been sponsored by Majestic Realty Foundation and First Foundation Bank. For more information about the exhibition and its special programs, visit http://www.californiaartclub.org.

About the California Art Club
The California Art Club (http://www.californiaartclub.org), established in 1909 by early California Impressionists or plein air painters, is recognized as one of the oldest, largest and most active leading professional art organizations in the world. The mission of the Club, which is headquartered in Pasadena, Calif., is to promote traditional fine art in the fields of painting, drawing and sculpture; to produce and promote art exhibits that foster understanding and interpretation of traditional art heritage and California history; and to furnish educational opportunities in fine arts.

About the Pasadena Museum of California Art
The Pasadena Museum of California Art (http://www.pmcaonline.org) opened in 2002 and is dedicated to the exhibition and development of California art, architecture, and design from 1850 to the present. Informed by the state’s rich mixture of cultures and inspired by its impressive geography, California art has long been defined by a spirit of freedom and experimentation. Located in Pasadena's historic Playhouse District, the PMCA is an intimate museum that engages the public, encourages involvement, and fosters creativity through innovative events and programs. The PMCA is located at 490 East Union St. Hours are noon to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for seniors, students with valid ID, and AAA members. Children under 12 and museum members are free. Admission is also free on the first Friday of the month. All galleries are handicapped accessible.

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"Among the Coves" by Dennis Doheny

"Among the Coves" by Dennis Doheny is one of the nearly 200 contemporary-traditional works of art that will be featured at the California Art Club's 100th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition at the Pasadena Museum of California Art.


"Waiting" by Mian Situ

"Waiting" by Mian Situ is one of nearly 200 contemporary-traditional works of art that will be featured at the California Art Club's 100th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition.


"Camouflaged" by Bela Bacsi

"Camouflaged," a marble sculpture by Bela Bacsi, is one of nearly 200 contemporary-traditional works of art to be featured at the California Art Club's 100th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition.


"The Actor" by Steve Huston

"The Actor," an oil painting by Steve Huston, is one of nearly 200 contemporary-traditional works of art to be featured at the California Art Club's 100th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition.