Phippen Museum

Prescott, AZ



On Location in Malibu - Members of the California Art Club

July 22 - November 5, 2000


The Phippen Museum will present a traveling exhibit by members of the California Art Club entitled "On Location in Malibu." Assembled by Dr. Michael Zakian, Curator of the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University at Malibu, the exhibit contains 64 impressionistic works by 47 members of the California Art Club. A beautiful four-color catalog accompanies the exhibit. (left: Anita Hampton, Malibu Canyon, oil on canvas, 20 x 24 inches)

When the initial call to artists was issued, artists logged their heavy painting equipment over mountains and rocky terrain, through creeks, and along lengthy stretches of beaches to capture some of the most captivating scenes indigenous to the spectacular Malibu area. More than 80 artists submitted in excess of 300 paintings to be juried. Dr. Zakian selected sixty of them to be included in the exhibit, all depicting the allure of Malibu. ( left: Vic Riesau, Near Sundown - Malibu Creek, oil on canvas, 20 x 24 inches)

The California Art Club was founded in 1909 and ranks among the oldest professional art organizations in the country. Early members included such leading Southern California Impressionists as Franz A. Bischoff, Edgar Payne, Guy Rose and William Wendt. Today the club numbers more than 1700 members internationally. Their mission is to uphold the original artistic standards and traditions of the club's founders. They play an important historical role by recording, natural landscapes in the 20th and 21st centuries. (left: Gregory Hull, Malibu Fields, oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches; right: Ray Roberts, Sequit Point - Malibu, oil on panel, 24 x 30 inches)

In 1993, artist Peter Adams was asked by a patron member to help revive the failing California Art Club. Now President of the group, Peter Adams and his beautiful wife, Elaine, have coordinated the traveling exhibition to Prescott in addition to producing a monthly newsletter and generating Club activities. Presently, the California Art Club is recognized as one of the oldest, largest and most active professional art organizations in the United States. It is respected for its reputation in fine art, including paintings, drawing and sculpture. Plans are underway to establish a museum to exhibit their work. (right: John Budicin, Point Dume, oil on board, 12 x 24 inches)


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