California Art Club

Pasadena, CA



California Art Club 90th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition


The California Art Club (CAC), an internationally recognized organization of leading American artists headquartered in Pasadena, California, will be holding their 90th annual Gold Medal Exhibition at the Pasadena Historical Museum, located at 470 West Walnut Street, Pasadena, California 91103; 626/577-1660. The dates for the exhibition are June 4 through July 30, 2000. The public is invited to join the artists at their gala reception on Saturday, June 3 at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM for a ticket cost of $75 per person (RSVP the museum at 626/577-1660, ext.11). Approximately 150 paintings and sculptures will be on view and available for acquisition, with proceeds benefiting the artists, the Pasadena Historical Museum and the California Art Club. A 140-page color catalogue with an in depth essay written by Jean Stern, Executive Director of The Irvine Museum, will accompany this exhibition.

The exhibition will include original works by contemporary California artists as well as a selection by early and founding CAC artists borrowed from the collection of the Pasadena Historical Museum. Since the onset of the California Art Club's Gold Medal Exhibitions (the first was held in 1910 at the Blanchard Gallery in Los Angeles), the focus has been on producing the highest standards in fine art, in both painting and sculpting. Exhibiting artists are selected by a panel of judges who review the entries by slides. Those who qualify to submit entries into the Gold Medal Exhibition must already be designated "Artist" members of the California Art Club, which signifies that they reside in California and have passed a rigid membership judging procedure. The CAC has "Out-of-State Artist" members, however, they cannot exhibit in the Gold Medal exhibitions. (left: Benjamin C. Brown (1865-1942), California Poppies, c. 1910, oil on board, 10 x 14 inches, Collection of Pasadena Historical Museum)

The Pasadena Historical Museum (PHM) was founded in 1924 as the Pasadena Historical Society. It is Pasadena's only museum and research library devoted solely to preserving the city's local history and culture. The museum's archival collections of over one-million historic photographs, rare books, manuscripts, maps, architectural records, costumes, paintings and artifacts are the largest and most comprehensive collection relating to the rich history of the area. The museum's 1905 Fenyes Mansion provides a glimpse into the life of a family in the early part of the century when Pasadena's Orange Grove Boulevard was known as "Millionaires' Row." Eva Fenyes (1849-1930), herself a watercolorist, was a patron of early California An and held popular art salon gatherings at the mansion. Some of the early California Art Club artists whose works are in the Fenyes collection include Carl Oscar Borg (1879-1947), Benjamin Chambers Brown (1865-1942), John Frost (1890-1937), and Granville Redmond (1871-1935).

Major sponsors of the exhibition include Art of the West Magazine; Edenhurst Gallery; Galerie Gabrie; Jerry Solomon Carvers and Guilders of Premium Frames; J. Kamin Fine Art; William A. Karges Fine Art; Elaine and Peter Adams; Mary Adams; Mr. and Mrs. Richard Jones.


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For further biographical information on selected artists cited above please see America's Distinguished Artists, a national registry of historic artists.

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