In the Galleries: October 4, 2023 - February 4, 2024

Cover Image: Peter Adams - Pools of the Arroyo Seco; Hahamongna Watershed Park
A juried fine art exhibition of works by artists of the California Art Club (CAC) spotlighting Pasadena’s Arroyo Seco explores the flora and fauna, the vistas and valleys of this unique area that has played a crucial role in the history and development of Pasadena and beyond.

“The Arroyo Seco is both one of the most historic locations in the region, and one of the most engagingly scenic,” observed CAC President Michael Obermeyer. ‘’Its visual appeal has inspired generations of artists, notably our early artists who founded the organization in 1909 along the banks of the Arroyo Seco River.  We are pleased to have this opportunity to showcase works by contemporary members who are expanding upon the artistic legacy of this site, as we pay tribute to CAC’s birthplace.”

PMH Executive Director Jeannette O’Malley notes that “we consider the CAC a strategic partner in our efforts to provide art education programs that enhance the public's understanding of Pasadena's heritage and natural environment.” The two organizations have close ties in that the CAC was established in 1909 by many of PMH benefactor Eva Fényes's artist friends, including Carl Oscar Borg and Granville Redmond.

The concept for the exhibition developed from the close personal and artistic relationship renowned Pasadena artist Peter Adams has with the Arroyo Seco. A selection of works by Adams, who is CAC President Emeritus, will establish the exhibition’s theme, introducing visitors to signature locations in the Arroyo.

The Diverse Environments of the Arroyo Seco reflects a mutual desire between CAC and PMH to raise awareness of the area’s history and unique environments. More than 170 works were submitted by CAC artists for consideration, with more than 50, ranging in size from 30” x 40” to 8” x 8”, chosen for inclusion. A complete listing of artists featured in the exhibition is available HERE.

The Diverse Environments of the Arroyo Seco: Paintings from the California Art Club is made possible, in part, by the Paloheimo Foundation.

Paintings Shown: John Kosta – LA River Art Painting 82 titled Visitors, Mardilan Georgio ¬– Patient Fisher, Bridget Duffy – Golden Path of the Arroyo, Karen Winters ¬– Switzer Falls Remembered, Peter Adams – Afternoon Haze; Looking Down the Arroyo Seco from Mount Wilson.

About the California Art Club


The California Art Club (, established in 1909 by early California impressionists also known as 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 is to promote traditional fine arts in the fields of painting, drawing, and sculpture; produce and promote art exhibitions that foster greater understanding of traditional art heritage and California history; and furnish educational opportunities in the fine arts. Members include nationally renowned artists, art students, art scholars and patrons, and leading collectors and members of the business community to interject different perspectives into the ongoing dialogue about traditional fine arts.