Local Art Show Says, ‘Here’s Lookin’ At You, California’

Carolyn Hesse-Low, Bolinas Bay, Oil on panel, 11” x 14”

From a stunning coastline to majestic mountain peaks to deserts, California is filled with stunning scenery and an unmatched diversity of captivating vistas.

And now a new area art exhibition celebrates all those treats for the eye.

“The Golden State,” will be on display at The California Art Club at The Old Mill in San Marino from Jan. 14 to May 17. The exhibit will feature more than 40 original paintings that highlight the scenery and lifestyle in California.

Established in 1909 by early California Impressionists, the California Art Club is recognized as one of the oldest, largest and most active leading professional art organizations in the world.

The club’s mission 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 furnish educational opportunities in fine arts.

There will also be a reception at the club, with the exhibiting artists, on Thursday, Jan. 16 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. All of the artists participating in “The Golden State’’ are juried members of the California Art Club, and include Cliff Barnes, June Carey, Karl Dempwolf, Susan Sarback, among others.

“In presenting ‘The Golden State’ at the California Art Club Gallery at the Old Mill, we pay tribute to the exquisite beauty that provides the backdrop for the enviable California lifestyle, as well as the imagery that inspired our organization’s founders to create works in a style that would later be defined as the first uniquely Californian art movement — California Impressionism,” said Addy Stupin, exhibitions manager for the California Art Club.

Jeff Sewell, As the Tide Came In, Oil, 14” x 11”

During the four-month exhibition, the California Art Club will present a paint/sculpt-out in the garden of The Old Mill on Saturday, Jan. 25 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There is no charge to watch the artists at work, and during the family-friendly event children will have the opportunity to create their own paintings. There will also be an Artist Flea Market, at which club artists will sell surplus items from their studios.

All of the works in “The Golden State’’ exhibition are available for acquisition, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the California Art Club’s educational programs. There is no admission.

The gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and is located in the room that was originally the 1816-built granary, where milled grain was stored when The Old Mill served as the grist mill for Mission San Gabriel.

The Old Mill is located at 1120 Old Mill Rd. in San Marino. After the opening of the exhibition, the artwork may be viewed at californiaartclub.org.