Gold Medal Exhibition
More than a century ago, a cadre of prominent painters came together to establish the California Art Club. Today the club continues to thrive as an artistic home to respected painters and sculptors throughout the Golden State and beyond. This month the organization’s annual Gold Medal Exhibition kicks off with the Artists’ Gala, a ticketed event on Saturday, April 2, at the Autry Museum of the American West. Attendees can view 228 recent artworks by emerging and established artists, as well as an exhibit titled California Impressionism: The Gardenia High School Collection, featuring works by early club members, such as Franz Bischoff, Edgar Payne, and Jack Wilkinson Smith.
For the first time, the club has decided not to present the large number of awards normally associated with the show. According to organizers, there were concerns that such honors had become detractions from the presentation of the artwork, particularly when there are so any works of high merit worth recognizing. The only awards bestowed this year are purchase awards.