Exploring the State: the 11th Annual California Landscape Painting Exhibition

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The John Natsoulas Gallery will host the 11th Annual California Landscape Exhibition from August 8th to September 29th.

Exhibition: August 8 – September 29th • Opening Reception: Friday, August 10, 7-9 pm
In Conjunction with the Great California Paint Out!

Experience the brilliance of California’s diverse landscapes as they are seen through the eyes of California’s greatest landscape painters. The 11th Annual California Landscape Exhibition holds a collection of landscape paintings ranging from some of the great California landscape masters such as Wayne Thiebaud, Patrick Dullanty, Greg Kondos and Louis Labrie, to younger landscape painters such as Deladier Almeida, Marti Walker, Clay Vorhes, Boyd Gavin, Chella and many others.

The second annual Great California Paint Out! will be held in conjunction with the California Landscape Exhibition. This event gives participating artists an opportunity to paint in the entirety of downtown Davis in groups or individually, as well as the opportunity to exhibit at the John Natsoulas Gallery. There will be an opening reception from 7 to 10 pm, on Saturday September 29th in which there will be a silent auction where the work will be sold. The master painters will then jury the work that is being exhibited and awards will be given out.

California is a state inextricably linked to the utopian ideals of its early settlers, a lush and bountiful territory home to a sundry of habitats, vegetation, and climates. From the rugged mountains of Alberdt Bierdstadt’s turn of the century Yosemite, to the rolling vineyards and lyrical coastlines of William Keith’s Northern California, the state is as diverse and far reaching as its innumerable representations. Rocky beaches, and deserts, and an abundance of agricultural land are just a few of California’s multitude of complex and interwoven eco-systems. It is no small wonder that a majority of early plein air painters were new arrivals from the Midwest and East, enthralled with the incomparable mélange of scenic vistas, and persistent in their attempts to portray this beauty in sweeping, grandiose compositions. Perhaps it is this stunning, natural variety that has made California host to an extensive community of plein air and landscape painters.

Victoria Dalkey said of the show, “Gertrude Stein once said of Oakland that there was no “there” there…The Natsoulas show demonstrates that there is indeed a “there” there, a there of flatlands that allow you to see for miles and miles without interruption; a there full of waterways where you can fish and swim and frolic; a there colored by light filtered through hot summer air and cool, foggy mornings; a there that sustains us, delights us and sometimes aggravates us with its harshness and the continuing loss of farmlands and wetlands. A there that is unrelentingly ours”.

There has never been a single prevailing Californian aesthetic, but it is the consistent reference to nature that seems to assert itself as our state’s ubiquitous influence within the broader artistic community. Join us at the John Natsoulas Gallery to witness and experience California’s limitless beauty and the distinct role it plays in the world of art.

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