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Welcome to the William A. Karges Fine Art Blog, where you'll be able to find information about Early California and Southwest Paintings, including Museum Exhibitions, Current News, Events, and our gallery's new acquisitions of original paintings created between 1870 and 1940 by a wide variety of Early California and Southwest 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.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Current Exhibitions at the Laguna Art Museum

Special note to our readers: The Laguna Art Museum has generously offered to provide two free pairs of day passes to their wonderful facility to the first and second readers who post their comments below.  We’ll contact those readers directly to request their mailing addresses so that the passes can be sent to them by the Museum.

Early California Art collectors and admirers won’t want to miss seeing the current exhibitions on display through October 7th, 2012 at the Laguna Art Museum:

Clarence Hinkle - photo credit: Laguna Art Museum

The first exhibit is a retrospective of the work of 20th century artist Clarence Hinkle, whose student, Millard Sheets, became one of the best known watercolorists in the Early California Art genre. To view additional examples of this artist’s work, click here  And, check out photographs of the exhibit of the museum's Flickr page here.

Modern Spirit - photo credit: Laguna Art Museum
The next exhibit not to be missed is titled “Modern Spirit and the Group of Eight”, which provides a fresh perspective on the art and culture of the 1920s in Los Angeles. Paintings by Mabel Alvarez, Clarence Hinkle, Henri De Kruif, JohnHubbard Rich, Donna Schuster, E. Roscoe Shrader, Edouard Vysekal, and Luvena Buchanan Vysekal provide a pictorial description of the Modernist Realist trend that was popular during that period in history.

Click here
  to view a very informative group of videos on the Laguna Art Museum’s YouTube channel about this exciting display of paintings.

Also currently on display, continuing through October 28th, 2012, is “Abstract Classicists”, a group of paintings from the museum’s permanent collection. The featured artists include Karl Benjamin, Lorser Feitelson, Frederick Hammersly, John McLaughlin, Florence Arnold and Helen Lundeberg.

"Bathers" by Lorser Feitelson 44 x 60 inches, currently available at Karges Fine Art, Carmel, CA

For additional information, directions, and hours, the museum’s full website can be found at www.lagunaartmuseum.org.  Their address is 307 Cliff Drive Laguna Beach, CA 92651, telephone: (949) 494-8971.


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    1. Hi Scott, Thanks for your comments. As the second person to comment on this Blog post, the Laguna Art Museum would like to give you a pair of complimentary passes. Please contact Kelly Wilson at lagunaartmuseum@gmail.com to make arrangements to have them mailed to you. Best of luck to you with your canvas print business. And, Happy Birthday to Claude Monet :)

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