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California Art Club to Present 108th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition

The California Art Club’s signature exhibition of contemporary-traditional fine art spotlights more than 300 sculptures and paintings of genres ranging from landscapes and seascapes to figures and still lifes. – Courtesy photo / California Art Club

This Extensive Display of Representational Fine Art will be the Final Exhibition at the Venue Devoted to California Art and Design from 2002 to 2018

The California Art Club (CAC) will present its 108th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, one of the most anticipated displays of contemporary-traditional fine art, at the former location of the Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA) from March 3 – 29, 2019.

The event will spotlight nearly 300 works, ranging from pristine landscapes and seascapes to evocative figures and still life, which pay tribute to the California Impressionist movement that was inspired by the pioneering artists who founded the organization along the banks of the Arroyo Seco in 1909.

The 204 exhibiting artists include nationally renowned painters and sculptors, as well as up-and-coming artists, who employ time-honored techniques to create works that provide commentaries on issues facing society, including environmentalism and diversity. Among the participating artists are painters Peter Adams, Warren Chang, John Cosby, Eric Merrell, Michael Obermeyer, Scott W. Prior, Mian Situ, and William Stout, as well as sculptors Adam Matano and Christopher Slatoff.

“The California Art Club is thrilled to return to Pasadena, near our birthplace, to present the 108th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition,” says CAC president Peter Adams. “It is an honor that our signature event will be the last exhibition at the venue that once housed the Pasadena Museum of California Art – our partner in presenting eight Gold Medal Exhibitions from 2003 to 2011,” he adds.

Founded in 2002 to showcase art and design that originated in the Golden State, PMCA closed in October 2018.

Because the organization’s mission includes fostering a greater understanding for traditional art, the Club will present a series of Gold Medal educational programs. These activities include the Opening Day Tour on March 3 with Jean Stern, the foremost authority on California Impressionism; the “Forgotten Masters” lecture on March 16 with Dr. Micah Christensen; and the “Meet the Artists” events, during which artists will share insights about the works on view. There is no charge for these programs and admission is free. The venue is located at 490 East Union Street in Pasadena.

The presenting sponsor of the exhibition is Majestic Realty Company. For more information, visit californiaartclub.org.

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