I’m finally home after an extended trip to Los Angeles, Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia. I have lots to blog about! I thought I would mention a few exhibitions I attended and will talk about the ones that are closing first in case you live in the area and haven’t seen them yet, you should! While in LA, my husband and I had the pleasure of seeing the Annual Gold Medal Exhibition of the California Art Club at the Fishers Museum of Art on the USC campus. The show closes on April 19 so only 2 more days left! Founded in 1909 by some of the classic California painters such as William Wendt, Franz Bischoff, and Hanson Puthuff, the California Art Club is one of the oldest and most prestigious art societies in the United States.
The Gold Medal show is juried from its roster of “Artist Members,” who have been juried to reach that particular status within the organization. Needles to say, the Gold Medal show is the piece de résistance show of the year.
I felt every painting in the show deserved to be there. Did I like every painting in the show? Not, necessarily like anything I have my tastes and preferences, however from a quality and execution standpoint they are all good.
If you enter shows, which I do, it is always a good idea to see these juried shows in person. You just cant get the full effect of the work from a show catalogue or an image on the monitor. If I had just looked at the catalogue there are a few pieces I may have just glanced at, but in person they were worth an extended look.
The other takeawayI gleaned form the show is framing is important!!! There were some killer high quality frames here that very effectively enhanced the paintings. If you are ever juried into this show, do not skimp on your framing or your painting may reside on the lower end of the totem pole compared to the others.
If you miss the show this year, there is always next year, and in the following years if you are inclined to be a part of this great organization, something to aspire to.
The show catalogue can be purchased from the California Art Club web site.