The California Art Club exhibition Saving Paradise: The Symbiosis of Landscape Painting and Environmental Awareness will feature approximately 50 landscape paintings that spotlight the relationships that artists have with the land that they depict in their works on canvas.
Many of the works have been rendered in the California Impressionistic 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,” said 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 added.
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 preservations efforts of more than 50 different organizations, including the Aquarium of the Pacific, Catalina Island Conservatory, 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 on exhibit will be available for acquisition, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the preservation group designated by each of the artists.
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 a number of educational programs during the two-month display, including artist’s talks and demonstrations.
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 www.californiaartclub.org.