Contemporary Masters, Artistic Eden fine art exhibition opens at the Pasadena Museum of History on Saturday, August 11 and will run daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm for two weeks only, closing August 26. Over 175 nationally recognized representational artists were invited to create artworks reflecting scenes of Southern California’s San Gabriel Valley for this singular juried event.
In the early years of California Impressionism, the spectacular beauty of the greater Pasadena area was the frequent subject of paintings created by such renowned area artists as Benjamin Brown (above image is Brown's "Eucalyptus Landscape"), Jean Mannheim, Edgar Payne, Hanson Puthuff, Granville Redmond, Guy Rose and Sam Hyde Harris. The museum recently showcased a critically acclaimed, retrospective exhibition, accompanied by an extensive catalogue, of hundreds of works by Harris never before seen publicly. Many of these artworks depicted scenes of the San Gabriel Valley and served as inspiration for some of the artists invited to submit works for the “Contemporary Masters” exhibition.
Exhibiting artists are: Michael Alten, Lisa Bloomingdale Bell, Linda Brown, Connie Bryson, John Budicin, Armand Cabrera, John Cosby (image at right is his 30x36" work, Where Change is Constant), James Crandall, John Creech, Arthur Egeli, Esther Engelman, R.Jay Ewing, Eugene Fedorov, Timothy Geisen, Jerry Greenberg, Patrick Harper, Donald Hildreth, Catherine Hill, Keewon Hong, Anna Kelly, Frank Lennartz, Paul Lowe, Jennifer McChristian, Charles Muench, Don Munz, Michael Obermeyer, Ljubomir Popadic, Jesse Powell, Kat Sawyer, Alex Schaefer, Robert Sherill, Tim Solliday, Tom Steck, Joseph Stoddard, Gary Thomas, Sylvia Trybek, Isabel Wadsworth, and Kevin Yee.
“Contemporary Masters, Artistic Eden” was the brainchild of a consortium of fine art galleries in the San Gabriel Valley: Galerie Gabrie, Michael Hollis Fine Art, San Marino Gallery, Segil Fine Art, and Tirage Gallery to bring attention to the area as a fine art destination. The initial list of invited artists was culled from among the country’s most honored fine art painters, with the final selection juried by museum officials, independent fine art professionals, and the gallery sponsors.
(Image above: Life on the Edge, Colorado St. Bridge, by Paul Lowe.)