SOURCE: California Art Club

California Art Club

April 23, 2009 14:24 ET

100-Year-Old California Art Club to Present 98th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition April 26 to May 17 at the Pasadena Museum of California Art

Free Educational Programs During This Exhibition of Representational Artwork Allow Art Enthusiasts to Meet Artists and Learn First-Hand of the Inspiration for Their Works

PASADENA, CA--(Marketwire - April 23, 2009) - As the California Art Club celebrates its Centennial, the organization will unveil its 98th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition this Sunday at the Pasadena Museum of California Art.

On view through May 17, this professionally curated exhibition will spotlight nearly 300 paintings and sculpture from the state's premier fine artists, many of whom have been active in expanding the interest in the Club's plein air heritage.

Among the 186 exhibiting artists are nationally renowned artists Meredith Brooks Abbott, Peter Adams, Peter Brooke, Dennis Doheny, Jean LeGassick, Jeremy Lipking, Kevin Macpherson, Daniel W. Pinkham, Ray Roberts, Amy Sidrane, Mian Situ, Christopher Slatoff, Alexey Steele, and Jove Wang.

To continue the legacy of the Club's founders, who were dedicated to fostering a dialogue about traditional fine arts between artists and art enthusiasts, the organization will offer two Gold Medal educational programs at which artists will share insights about the works on display.

On Sunday, May 3, Jean Stern, Executive Director of The Irvine Museum, will present a lecture on the early Los Angeles art community and the influence of William Wendt, a founding artist of the Club. Following the discussion, Gold Medal artists will answer questions about the exhibition.

On Sunday, May 17, the day the exhibition closes, artists will lead tours and share insights on the artwork. Both programs will be held from 3 to 5 p.m., and are free with museum admission.

Admission to the museum is $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. Children under 12 are free. The Pasadena Museum of California Art is located at 490 E. Union St. in Pasadena and is open from 12 noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

For more information on the Gold Medal Exhibition or to view the exhibition online, visit www.californiaartclub.org.

Note to Editor: Interviews can be arranged with Elaine Adams, CAC's Executive Director, as well as Gold Medal artists. Digital images of Gold Medal artwork are available.

About the California Art Club

The California Art Club (www.californiaartclub.org), established in 1909 by early California Impressionists or plein air painters, is recognized as one of the oldest, largest and most active leading professional art organizations. The mission of the Club is to promote traditional fine arts in the fields of painting, drawing and sculpture; to produce and promote art exhibits that foster understanding and interpretation of traditional art and California's art heritage; and to furnish educational opportunities in fine arts.