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Welcome to the William A. Karges Fine Art Blog, where you'll be able to learn about Early California and Southwest Paintings and discover information about Museum Exhibitions, Current News, Events, and our gallery's new acquisitions of original paintings created between 1870 and 1940 by a wide variety of artists. We'll feature biographies, photographs, links to websites of interest to collectors, video tours, and detailed histories of some of California's most influential and intriguing artists. Visit our Gallery at Dolores & Sixth Ave in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California to view our collection of fine paintings in person.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Sacramento's Crocker Art Museum Reopens its Doors

Early California Art lovers were delighted to hear about the recent new addition to The Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento.   The new 125,000 square foot building, designed by architect Gwathmey Siegel, was opened to the public on October 10th.    Established in 1885, the Crocker Art Museum includes one of the premier collections of Early California paintings in the state.    The new building houses a gallery filled with early 20th century Southern California Landscape paintings. 

The monumental work, “Great Canyon of the Sierra, Yosemite, 1871” by early landscape artist Thomas Hill (1829 – 1908) is prominently featured in the new building. 

Other notable works in the permanent collection include “San Fernando Mission” by Charles Rollo Peters  , “April Skies, 1910” by William Wendt , and “A Shepherd and his Flock in the Early Morning Mist, 1930” by Granville Redmond.

Also found in the vast collection are works by artist Colin Campbell Cooper (1856 – 1937), known for his impressionist style views of cities around the world.

Master watercolorist Percy Gray, remembered for his delicate, misty, romantic landscapes, is also represented in the permanent collection. 

Other early California paintings on view at the Museum  include works by such notable artists as Franz Bischoff, John Gamble,  and Edgar Payne.

The Crocker Art Museum is located at 216 O Street, Sacramento, CA.  Phone: (916) 808-7000.  Hours are Tuesday & Wednesday 10 AM-7 PM, Thursday 10 AM-9 PM, Friday-Sunday 10 AM-5 PM, Closed Mondays.  Every third Sunday of the month is “Pay What You Wish Sunday”.

For additional information about currently available original paintings by these important early California artists, please visit William A. Karges Fine Art at Dolores and Sixth Avenue in Carmel, CA (831) 625-4266 and 427 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA (310) 276-8551 or visit the website at www.kargesfineart.com