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On Location in Malibu 2006: Paintings by the California Art Club
May 18, 2006 - The Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., presents On Location in Malibu 2006: Paintings by the California Art Club from May 20 through September 3, 2006. A reception to meet the artists will take place on Saturday, May 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is closed on Mondays and major holidays. Admission is free.
On Location in Malibu 2006 consists of paintings depicting Malibu painted over the course of the last year by members of the California Art Club. Some of the pieces present familiar scenes in the spirit of the vintage California Impressionist style. Others offer unexpected and novel views of the region, drawing inspiration from film, photography, and more recent styles in contemporary culture. The works explore not only the picturesque beaches, coastline, canyons, and mountains, but also the daily life in the coastal community between Los Angeles and the Ventura County line – a popular destination for surfers, hikers, and horseback riders.
This is the third incarnation of On Location in Malibu: Paintings by the California Art Club. The first exhibition was held in 1999 and the second in 2003. As a result, each of the exhibitions has offered new and fresh views of Malibu. The California Art Club, adds new members each year, each selected from the best contemporary realist artists in the state.
Since the late 1980s, interest in contemporary realism has revived across the nation. The California Art Club continues to play a major role in this trend by offering artists support and exhibition opportunities. In California, the resurgence of realist art assumed the form of landscape painting. Since statehood, art in California has revolved around the land with people drawn to California and its unique environment and abundant sunshine. The current members of the California Art Club are dedicated to using their talents to record and interpret the impressive scenery of the Golden State.
The exhibition features nearly 60 works of art by 51 artists who live in communities throughout the Southland — and beyond. They represent a diversity of backgrounds and life experiences. The youngest are in their early twenties, the oldest are in their sixties. Some learned to paint in art schools, others in universities. Some came to paint landscapes from earlier careers in design, illustration, and advertising; others are largely self-taught. They all share a passion for using paint to capture the world's scenic wonders.
Founded in 1909, the California Art Club is the oldest art association in the state and one of the oldest continually operating art organizations in the country. The mission of the Club, which is headquartered in Pasadena, is to promote the values and traditions of representational art. In addition to producing and promoting art exhibitions, the Club provides educational opportunities in realist art.
For more information on the exhibit, please call (310) 506-7257 or visit the Center for the Arts Web site.