SOURCE: California Art Club

March 27, 2006 16:08 ET

California Art Club Presents Educational Programs for Art Lovers During Its Gold Medal Exhibition at Pasadena Museum of California Art

Free Programs Address Elements to Consider When Viewing Traditional Fine Art as Well as Art Collecting Strategies

PASADENA, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 27, 2006 -- During the California Art Club's 95th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition, to be held during April at the Pasadena Museum of California Art, the Club will present two educational programs for art lovers interested in traditional fine art.

"How to Look at Art" will be offered Thursday, April 6, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Amy Scott, Curator of Visual Arts of the Autry National Center's Museum of the American West, and Michael Zakian, Director of the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine University, will join artists Peter Adams, Frank M. Serrano and Christopher Slatoff for a discussion on what to look for when viewing traditional fine art. The group will refer to various artwork in the exhibition to illustrate their points.

Scheduled for Thursday, April 13, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., is a panel discussion on "Art Collecting Strategies." Elaine Adams, the Club's Executive Director and Director of American Legacy Fine Arts, LLC, will moderate the panel, which will address issues that both beginning and established collectors should consider when collecting art. Joining her are panelists Scot Levitt, Director of the Fine Arts Department for Bonhams & Butterfields; John Moran, President of John Moran Auctioneers; and Nella Webster O'Grady, Regional Vice President of First American Trust.

Both programs are free with museum admission. The Pasadena Museum of California Art is located at 490 E. Union St. in Pasadena. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for seniors and students. For more information or to make a reservation, call the Club at (626) 583-9009 or visit

The Gold Medal Exhibition, one of the highest-quality displays of contemporary-traditional fine art in the country, showcases sculpture as well as paintings of genres ranging from quintessential California landscapes to figurative and still life. The exhibition is un-themed, continuing a practice initiated by 19th century European art salons, to encourage artists to take risks and create their most important works. The First American Corporation, First American Trust and Majestic Realty Foundation are presenting sponsors of this year's exhibition.

Note to Editor: Digital photos of artwork featured in this exhibition are available. Contact Beverly Chang at (310) 472-9323 or

About the California Art Club

The California Art Club (, 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 in the world. The mission of the Club, which is headquartered in Pasadena, Calif., 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 heritage and California history, and to furnish educational opportunities in fine arts.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Beverly Chang
    (310) 472-9323