Wednesday, September 23, 2009

American Legacy - Our National Parks at the Haggan Museum

The Haggin Museum, an art and history museum in Stockton, California, is hosting an exhibit of plein air paintings done during the past year in 35 National Parks from coast to coast by 36 members and guests of Plein Air Painters of America. The exhibit also includes some studio work done from plein air references.

The paintings are arranged starting with Yellowstone, our earliest National Park (designated by President Grant in 1872) through the Old Spanish National Historic Trail (designated by President Bush in 2002).

An additional segment of approximately 15 paintings celebrates the centennial of Zion National Park, in southern Utah, which was established in 1909. Fifteen PAPA members spent a week there last March, focusing on the spectacular gorges and intimate creeks and glades in this park whose Hebrew name means a place of refuge or sanctuary.

The exhibit runs from October 3, 2009 - January 10, 2010. Beginning October 2nd, special opening events include:

Gala Opening Reception, Friday, October 2, 7:00-9:00p.m.
Prior to the official opening, a gala reception with the artists allows attendees a first opportunity to view the exhibition and purchase the paintings. Connoisseur ticket-holders have an exclusive opportunity to purchase the paintings from 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Painting Demonstration, Saturday, October 3, 9:30a.m.-12:30p.m.
Participating artists set up their easels at Stockton's Victory Park. Attendees can watch the artists at work and bid on their finished paintings. Admission is free to both this event and the museum, which will be open from 9:30a.m.-5:00p.m. Box lunches and drinks will be available for purchase beginning at 11 a.m. Lunch will be provided to Connoisseur ticket-holders.

Gallery Talk, Sunday, October 4, 2:00-3:00p.m.
Catalog essayist, Jean Stern, executive director of The Irvine Museum, presents "100 Years of Landscape Painting in California." This special event is included with regular museum admission and free for Connoisseur ticket-holders.

The Haggin has the largest museum collection of major Bierstadt works, in addition to renowned 19th- and early 20th-century American and European artists, including Jean Béraud, Rosa Bonheur, William Bouguereau, Jean-Léon Gérôme, George Inness and Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

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