Saving Paradise: The Symbiosis of Landscape Painting and Environmental Awareness
The California Art Club presents the exhibition Saving Paradise: The Symbiosis of Landscape Painting and Environmental Awareness, a display of 32 landscape paintings of the Golden State by 22 Signature Artist Members of the Club, which spotlights the relationships that artists have with the land they depict in their works on canvas.
Many of the works 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”).
The exhibition also underscores the extensive efforts of artists to create paintings of specific areas in order to call attention to both their awe-inspiring natural beauty and current efforts to preserve and protect these regions. California Art Club 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 Company.
Most of the works in the exhibition are available for acquisition, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the preservation group designated by each artist.