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The Fieldstone Collection: Impressionism in Southern California


The William D. Cannon Art Gallery at the new Carlsbad Library held a Grand Opening Celebration on Wednesday, September 29, 1999. The Opening Celebration featured an informal walk-through of the inaugural exhibition conducted by Guest Curator Janet Blake of the Laguna Art Museum.

The inaugural exhibition of the William D. Cannon Art Gallery is The Fieldstone Collection: Impressionism in Southern California. The approximately 40 works, created between the late 1800s and early 1900s, depict the natural landscapes of the region in the "plein air" style of the French Impressionists. The works will remain on view through November 11, 1999.

From left to right: Granville Redmond (1871-1935), Untitled Landscape (poppies), n.d., oil on canvas, 20 x 25 inches; Alfred Mitchell (1888-1972), December in San Diego, n.d., oil on board, 13 x 16 inches; Maurice Braun (1877-1941), Waters of the Sweetwater, n.d., oil on canvas, 22 x 26 inches

Operated by the Carlsbad Arts Office, the William D. Cannon Art Gallery is the City's first indoor exhibition facility. The 2000 square-foot Gallery is augmented by the new library's Multipurpose Room, Children's Courtyard and Schulman Auditorium,creating the capability to engage in exciting interactive programs. Gallery Committee Chairperson Connie Chartier has stated, "We are delighted that the Fieldstone Collection of Early California Art is supporting the Gallery by contributing the inaugural exhibition. Carlsbad can proudly introduce this art gallery in the North County with beautiful works that celebrate the history of our region."

Special events occurring during the Fieldstone Collection Exhibition include two lectures. On Wednesday, October 6, 1999 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. guest curator Janet Blake of the Laguna Art Museum will speak on the development of the Collection and aspects of some of its most significant works in the Schulmann Auditorium. On Wednesday, October 27 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Deborah Epstein Solon, author of Colonies of American Impressionism, will explore the traditions of the genre in this country in the new Auditorium.

William D. Cannon Art Gallery features national and local exhibitions in classic and contemporary art and sculpture, as well as folk art, crafts and photography. The Gallery was named in memory of William D. Cannon with a generous contribution of $250,000 by his widow. The Gallery also receives contributed support from the Gallery Committee, the Carlsbad Arts Associates, the Friends of the Carlsbad Library Foundation and many individual supporters. The Gallery is located at 1775 Dove Lane off El Camino Real.

Early California art images are courtesy of the Fieldstone Collection.

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