SOURCE: California Art Club

April 15, 2008 16:30 ET

California Art Club to Unveil New Artwork in Celebration of California Impressionism at Its Upcoming Gold Medal Exhibition

This Year's Display Marks Renewed Interest in Figurative Works Inspired by Influences That Range From Renaissance Masters to Ray Bradbury

PASADENA, CA--(Marketwire - April 15, 2008) - The California Art Club will unveil more than 240 new works from leading representational fine artists at the 97th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition, on view from Sunday, April 27, through Sunday, May 18, at the Pasadena Museum of California Art.

The extensive exhibition of paintings and sculpture pays homage to California Impressionism, the artistic movement attributed to the Club's founding members nearly a century ago, and continues the legacy of the historic club's early members, including Franz A. Bischoff, Guy Rose, and William Wendt, who captured on canvas their impressions of the Golden State's abundant natural resources.

But in a departure from recent Gold Medal Exhibitions, this year's event will feature an impressive display of figurative works that celebrate the human form, created by artists who were inspired by masters of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.

Prominent figurative artists participating in the upcoming exhibition include John Asaro, Adrian Gottleib, Steve Huston, Jeremy Lipking, Aaron Westerberg, and Ryan Wurmser. Many of their Gold Medal paintings expand upon current themes in their individual bodies of work, such as Huston's paintings of laboring men as symbols of the ongoing struggle of man versus machine and Wurmser's portraits of the homeless.

Sculptor Christopher Slatoff adds interest to the exhibition with his bronze Fr. Electrico, which was created in collaboration with author Ray Bradbury. The sculpture of a father carrying his son represents a childhood memory of Bradbury's, as well as his character "Illustrated Man."

Admission to the Gold Medal Exhibition is included with museum admission, which is $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. The Pasadena Museum of California Art is located at 490 E. Union St. in Pasadena. Hours of operation are 12 noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

For more information on the Gold Medal Exhibition and educational programs to be offered during the display, visit Majestic Realty Foundation is the Presenting Sponsor of the 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