Gold Medal Exhibition

A prominent group of traditional fine-art painters came together to establish the California Art Club over 100 years ago. Today the club continues to strive toward the celebration of California Impressionism and thrives as an artistic home for respected painters and sculptors throughout the Golden State and beyond. The California Art Club’s annual Gold Medal Exhibition, one of the nation’s premier displays of traditional fine art, kicks off this month with the Artists’ Gala Reception, a ticketed event, at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 8. The exhibition and all related events are held at the Autry Museum of the American West, which is dedicated to sharing the stories of the people of the American West.

The exhibition is filled with events throughout the month to enable art enthusiasts to learn more about classical art forms. These include an engaging demonstration and discussion, “Giving Life to Fascinating Figures,” with artists Alexey Steele and Bela Bacsi on Sunday, April 9, at I p.m. Near the end of the month, a lecture and tour led by an expert on California Impressionism, Jean Stern, dives Into “The Art of Look-ing at Art,” on Saturday, April 22, at 1 p.m. Finally, on Sunday, April 30, California Art Club members gather to paint and sculpt models dressed in early California period costumes.

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Southwest Art Gold Medal Exhibition April 2017