California Art Club and the Fremont Gallery Present 'Fresh Air: Landscapes of California' July 2 to 31

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Marking its Centennial, the California Art Club returns to its birthplace of South Pasadena with a display of nearly 70 California landscape paintings. The exhibition pays tribute to the state’s stunning and varied natural resources with works depicting pristine sites ranging from the vineyard-lined roads of Sonoma Valley and the rugged cliffs of the Central Coast to the alleys of Venice and the flower fields in bloom at Carlsbad.

With the publication of "California Light," we are presenting exhibitions that provide art enthusiasts and California history lovers with opportunities to view landscape paintings created using the Impressionistic style of painting featured in the book.

As part of the Centennial anniversary celebration of the California Art Club (http://www.californiaartclub.org), the organization is returning to its birthplace and partnering with the Fremont Gallery (http://www.fremontgallery.com) in South Pasadena to present an exhibition of landscape paintings of the Golden State from July 2 to 31, 2011. "Fresh Air: Landscapes of California" will be unveiled with a reception with the artists on July 2 from 6 to 9 p.m.

The display of nearly 70 paintings will pay tribute to the state’s stunning and varied natural resources with works created by more than 50 Associate Artist Members of the Club. The featured works depict pristine sites ranging from the vineyard-lined roads of Sonoma Valley and the rugged cliffs of the Central Coast to the alleys of Venice and the flower fields in bloom at Carlsbad.

"Fresh Air: Landscapes of California" is one of the many Club exhibitions that have been on view following the publication of the deluxe book "California Light: A Century of Landscapes – Paintings of the California Art Club." The 276-page book from Skira Rizzoli features more than 300 lush landscapes painted during the last 100 years by artist members of the organization and documents the Club's history, from its founding in an artist's studio in South Pasadena to its current activities that involve six chapters throughout the state.

“With the recent publication of 'California Light,' we wanted to present exhibitions, such as "Fresh Air: Landscapes of California," which would provide art enthusiasts and California history lovers with opportunities to view a diverse selection of landscape paintings created using the Impressionistic style of painting featured in the book,” said Elaine Adams, the Club’s executive director.

“This style of painting, known as California Impressionism, was inspired by our founding artists and perfected by Club artists who followed in their footsteps in the quest to capture fleeting moments of natural lighting across scenic vistas throughout the state,” explained Adams.

All of the works in the exhibition are available for acquisition, and a portion of the proceeds benefit the educational programs of the California Art Club.

For more information on the exhibition, as well as the book "California Light," 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. A unique aspect of the organization is that it includes among its members nationally renowned artists, art students, hobbyists, art scholars and art enthusiasts, in order to interject different perspectives into the dialogue about traditional art. 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.

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