Mission San Juan Capistrano

San Juan Capistrano, CA


(left: Mission Entrance; right: Soldiers Barracks, photos ©John Hazeltine 1999. Click on photos for enlargements.)





Mission San Juan Capistrano's influence in California art history:

Resource Library's 1997 essay by Gerald J. Miller, "Mission San Juan Capistrano: An Artistic Legacy," provides details about early California Impressionist painters' involvement with the Mission. It also lists paintings by historic artists in the Mission's collection as of the date of the essay's publication. Also see from Traditional Fine Arts Organization (TFAO)'s catalog Topics in American Art the topic California Art History, with more articles and essays citing California Missions. As of January, 2014 TFAO Online Digital Library contained via search 129 pages referencing the phrase "Mission San Juan Capistrano" and 80 pages referencing the phrase "California Missions."


Fine art exhibits program at the Mission

In 1995 a fine art exhibition program was initiated at the Mission. John Hazeltine's article "Tom K. Enman: Southern California Impressionist" explains why and how the exhibits began. Exhibits were initially held in West Wing gallery rooms alongside the central courtyard opposite Serra Chapel. In the Fall of 1999, the Mission began presenting exhibits in the historic Soldiers Barracks -- California's second oldest building -- built in 1791. As of January, 2014 an exhibit of replicas of historic paintings of Mission San Juan Capistrano is on display in the Soldiers Barracks. The original paintings from which the replicas were made are from the collection of the Irvine Museum. (left: Side Entrance to Soldiers Barracks Gallery, 1999, photo © John Hazeltine. Click on photo for enlargement.)

To reach Mission San Juan Capistrano, take Interstate 5 to the Ortega Highway exit to San Juan Capistrano. Mission address: 31522 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92693 (Ortega at Camino Capistrano).

For hours and admission fees please see the Mission's website.


TFAO also suggests these DVD or VHS videos:

California Missions #110 - ART OF THE MISSIONS is a 28 minute 2000 video by Huell Howser Productions. "Over the years countless artists have depicted the California Missions in drawings, paintings, etchings and photographs. Huell visits the Huntington Library, which has one of the largest collections of Mission art in the world. We'll also visit Luis Tur, who has made 19 of the 21 Mission models using nothing but pieces of junk." Text courtesy of Huell Howser Productions.

Impressions of California: Currents in Art 1850-1930. The Irvine Museum collaborated in the filming of this KOCE public television documentary video, produced by Paul Bockhorst, consisting of four 1/2 hour television programs totaling 112 minutes. Available through the Irvine Museum. The Wildling Museum says: "This landmark public television series, produced by KOCE TV Foundation in 1996, documents the story of California art from statehood in 1850 to the beginning of the Depression in 1930. The narration, illustrated by original works of art from many California museums, features interviews with respected art historians, Bill Gerdts, Wanda Corn, Harvey Jones, and Jean Stern among others. Each program lasts 28 minutes.

Part I: Awakening in the North traces the development of art communities in San Francisco and Monterey.
Part II: The Rise of Impressionism in Southern California reviews the coloristic explorations of the "plein air" painters of the early 20th century.
Part III: Early Art in Laguna Beach and San Diego describes the art colonies in these two southern California coastal cities and the unique brand of impressionism practiced by artists William Wendt, Edgar Payne, Anna Hills, Joseph Kleitsch, Maurice Braun and others.
Part IV: Beyond Impressionism, documents the more subjective and expressive styles of "progressive" artists throughout the State who were influenced by Post-Impressionism in the first decades of the 20th century: The Society of the Six in Oakland, Maynard Dixon in SF, Henrietta Shore and Donna Schuster in Los Angeles, among many."

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