California Art Club to Unveil 'Saving Paradise,' an Exhibition of Landscape Paintings of Preserved Sites, on March 8 at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery

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The "Saving Paradise" display of 69 works reveals the symbiotic relationship between landscape painters and their subjects, as well as extensive efforts by California Art Club artists to preserve land for future generations. The exhibition will be on view from March 8 to May 6, 2012 at the gallery at Barnsdall Park.

As California Art Club artists continually travel throughout the state to paint scenic vistas that they most covet, we strive to preserve these images for generations to come and chronicle how these areas are evolving with the passage of time.

The California Art Club will present the exhibition "Saving Paradise: The Symbiosis of Landscape Painting and Environmental Awareness" at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park from March 8 to May 6, 2012.

A reception with the artists will be held on Sunday, March 11, from 2 to 5 p.m.

The display of 69 landscape paintings of the Golden State will spotlight the relationships that artists have with the land they depict in their works on canvas – many of which have been rendered in the California Impressionist style that early California Art Club artists influenced more than a century ago as they painted “en plein air” (“in the open air”).

“Representational art forms that employ time-honored techniques are ideal for documenting history,” says American artist Peter Adams, who has served as the president of the Club since 1993. “As California Art Club artists continually travel throughout the state to paint scenic vistas that they most covet, we strive to preserve these images for generations to come and chronicle how these areas are evolving with the passage of time,” he adds.

Jean Stern, Executive Director of The Irvine Museum and one of the most respected authorities on California Impressionism, curated the exhibition that includes imagery of many of California’s most beloved sites, from Mount Diablo, Emerald Bay and the American River in the north to the Santa Ynez hills, Catalina Island, and Torrey Pines State Park in the south.

The exhibition also underscores the extensive efforts of artists to create paintings of specific areas of the state in order to call attention to both their awe-inspiring natural beauty and current efforts to preserve and protect these regions. The exhibiting artists are involved with the preservation efforts of more than 50 different organizations, including the Aquarium of the Pacific, Catalina Island Conservatory, Channel Islands Marine Sanctuary and National Park, Friends of the Los Angeles River, Heal the Bay, National Park Service, the Land Conservatory of San Luis Obispo County, Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, Sierra Club, and Tejon Ranch Conservatory.

Most of the works in the exhibition will be available for acquisition, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the preservation group designated by each artist.

The "Saving Paradise" exhibition marks the Club’s return to Barnsdall Park, where it was headquartered in the famed Hollyhock House from 1927 to 1942. Paying homage to those very active years in the organization’s history, during which it sponsored a multitude of art and cultural events, the Club and the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery will host two artist’s talks during the two-month display.

Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery is a facility of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs located in Barnsdall Park.

For more information on "Saving Paradise," visit


Exhibition: March 8 through May 6, 2012

Opening Reception: Sunday, March 11, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Location: Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery
Barnsdall Park
4800 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 644-6269

Hours: Thursday–Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.; First Fridays, noon to 9 p.m. Admission is free.

Related Exhibition Programs:

Artist Talk with David Gallup
Nature’s Masterpiece: California’s Channel Islands and Marine Sanctuary
Thursday, March 15, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

David Gallup will discuss his five-year journey documenting in a series of paintings the natural history and marine life of the Channel Islands Marine Sanctuary and National Park in a series of paintings.

Artist Talk with Five Exhibiting Artists
Saving Paradise: Conversations with California Art Club Artists
Friday, March 23, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Exhibiting artists Peter Adams, David Gallup, Lynn Gertenbach, Eric Merrell, and Michael Obermeyer will speak about art, environmental preservation, and the relationship between the two.

About the California Art Club
The California Art Club (, 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.

About the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery
The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery ( is the premier exhibition space in the City of Los Angeles. The gallery has served the Southern California Arts community since 1971. The gallery has a special niche in the arts community unlike many other institutions in Los Angeles. LAMAG presents emerging and mid-career Southern California artists. The exhibition program is devoted to showcasing exhibitions, which focus on emerging, mid-career and veteran artists. Exhibitions range from thematic group exhibitions to individual presentations. Our dedication has been to the people of Los Angeles. The exhibition program includes painting, sculpture, photography, architecture, video, installation, design, and related disciplines that reflect the cultural fabric of the Los Angeles area.


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