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Treasures of the Sierra Nevada

May 2-August 30, 1998



Treasures of the Sierra Nevada will feature 45 on location paintings by historic and contemporary artists of the California Art Club. The exhibition is accompanied by a forty-page color catalog with a preface written by Jean Stern, Executive Director of the Irvine Museum.

Curated by the LA County's Special Exhibitions Manager, Natalia Varenko, the exhibit will be on display from May 2-August 30. The show then travels to the Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton, where a reception will be held on September 12th, 1998. The show will be on display at the Muckenthaler from September 12 through October 30th 1998.

The unique artistry of pIein air (in the open air) paintings is featured in the special exhibition, Treasures of the Sierra Nevada now on display at the Natural History Museum. Located in the Museum's Rotunda, the exhibit focuses on one of California's great ecosystems and natural geologic wonders and features paintings by the prestigious California Arts Club. The exhibition is included in the price of Museum admission and continues through August 23, 1998.

The paintings in Treasures of the Sierra Nevada attempt to capture the majestic Sierra Nevada mountain range in California. Today revered for their majestic beauty, to the California-bound pioneers in the mid-1800s, the mountain range represented one of the final obstacles to the promised land. According to California Art Club members, the Sierra Nevada mountains remain one of the premiere subject matters for plein air artists, who thrive on the adventure of exploration and the attempt to capture the untouched beauty of the outdoors.

Historic paintings in the Treasures of the Sierra Nevada exhibit are on loan by Joan Irvine Smith Fine Arts, Inc. and the following California Art Club artists are featured: Meredith Brooks Abbott, Peter Adams, Ken Auster, Paula V. Bacinski, Suzanne Baker, Lisa Bloomingdale Bell, John Bohnenberger, John Budicin, Carole Cooke, Richard Coons, Michael Dancer, David Damm, Karl Dempwolf, Dennis Doheny, Don Durborow, Esther Engelman, Ted Goerschner, Donald Hildreth, Tom Hoon, Rick Humphrey, David Jonas, S. Burkett Kaiser, Jean LeGassick, Kevin Macpherson, Stephen Mirich, Ralph Oberg, Daniel Pinkham, Ray Roberts, Amy Sidrane, Marilyn Simandle, Tim Solliday, Alexey Steele, Leonid Steele, George Strickland, and Sarah Vedder.

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is located at 900 Exposition Boulevard in Exposition Park, Los Angeles. Ticket prices are $8 for adults, $5.50 for students and seniors, and $2 for children 5 -12. General Museum information can be obtained by calling (213) 763-DINO, TTY: (213) 743-4861 or by visiting the Museum's website at www.nhm.org.

Above Center: Karl Dempwolf, Sierra Aspens, oil on canvas, 22 x 28 inches; Above Right: Karl Dempwolf, Majestic Ritter, oil on canvas, 24 x 28 inches; Above Left: John Budicin, Jobe Peak.

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