The California Art Club (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. The mission of the Club is to promote traditional fine arts in the fields of painting, drawing and sculpture; produce and promote art exhibitions that foster greater understanding of traditional art heritage and California history; and provide educational opportunities in the fine arts. Members include nationally renowned artists, art students, art scholars and patrons, and leading collectors and members of the business community in order to interject different perspectives into the ongoing dialogue about traditional fine arts.
Since 1999, the California Art Club and The Old Mill Foundation (www.old-mill.org) have partnered to provide a venue at which contemporary-traditional fine art paintings created by the Club’s Artist Members could be showcased year-round. With a series of themed exhibitions that are changed quarterly, the Gallery offers an ever-changing look at the life and land of California through the eyes of many of the state’s foremost representational artists. The Old Mill, completed in 1816 as a grist mill for Mission San Gabriel, is the oldest commercial building in Southern California. The room that is now the gallery was originally the Granery, where milled grain was stored.