Palos Verdes Art Center/Beverly G. Alpay Center for Arts Education Celebrates Grand Re-Opening with Inaugural Exhibition
Then and Now: One Hundred Years of California Impressionism
Presented by the California Art Club, est. 1909
The Palos Verdes Art Center/Beverly G. Alpay Center for Arts Education proudly presents an extraordinary plein air painting exhibition to include signature artists from the California Art Club’s traveling exhibition returning from Bennington, Vermont; an historical look at plein air paintings through private collections to include the first painting acquired by the Palos Verdes Art Center in 1931; and a look at California Art Club members living in Palos Verdes, giving a local emphasis to the entire exhibition. The exhibited work on display in the newly renovated galleries covers 100 years of landscape painting in California comprised of two artistic periods from California Impressionist Style to contemporary landscape painters.
Then and Now will be presented in three parts: Preserving the Environment Today, a display spotlighting the works of CAC Signature Artist Members, who are raising their paintbrushes in support of efforts to protect and conserve treasured national resources; Historic California Plein Air Paintings, artwork created by early Club members from private collections; and Local Perspective, a stunning collection of paintings that celebrate the beauty of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, many of which were created by artists who call the South Bay home. Preserving the Environment Today and Historic California Plein Air Paintings were curated by Jean Stern, Executive Director of the The Irvine Museum. Scott Canty, Palos Verdes Art Center Exhibition Director served as curator for Local Perspective.
The exhibition will open Sunday, March 24, and will run through May 5, 2013, at the newly renovated Palos Verdes Art Center/Beverly G. Alpay Center for Arts Education, 5504 West Crestridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes. Galleries are open from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and 1 – 4 p.m. Sundays.
Special programming in conjunction with the exhibition will be offered at the PV Art Center. Pre-opening lecture, 100 Years of Plein Air Painting in California by Jean Stern, Executive Director, The Irvine Museum, Saturday, March 23, 5-6 p.m., with opening reception to follow, 6 – 8 p.m. Plein (and Fancy) Air: Plein Air Painting and Modernism lecture by Robert A. Yassin, former PVAC Executive Director, Thursday, April 4, 5-7 p.m. CAC Signature Artist member, Stephen Mirich lecture, Stepping Out To Find Color: How Plein Air Artists Paint, Thursday, April 18, 5-7 p.m. A “Plein Air Paint-Out” is planned for Friday, April 19, 7:30 a.m. – noon, Rancho Palos Verdes City Hall site, guided by exhibiting artists Stephen Mirich and Donald Crocker. Members and friends, reservations are recommended so please call 310-541-2479.
The Palos Verdes Art Center/Beverly G. Alpay Center for Arts Education, a non-profit community organization celebrating 82 years in the community provides the Peninsula, South Bay and Los Angeles County with visual arts education, exhibition and outreach programming. The Palos Verdes Art Center is committed to its mission of inspiring adults and children to create, appreciate, and celebrate art for all residents in Los Angeles County. PVAC offers a creative, fun, and vibrant environment - helping to achieve personal and cultural growth for all. For more information on all Palos Verdes Art Center events, classes, exhibitions or volunteer opportunities please call (310) 541-2479 or visit: www.pvartcenter.org