LONG BEACH, CA.- The Long Beach Museum of Art will present California Landscapes, June 3 August 21, 2005. Artists over the last century have been inspired by the climate, the quality of light, and the varied topography of Southern California. California Landscapes, organized by Director of Collections Sue Ann Robinson, features works from the Museums permanent collection and loans from private and rarely exhibited Southern California collections. From Hemet to the High Sierras, from San Diego to Santa Barbara, artists have been inspired by the natural beauty of the Golden State. Featuring a broad variety of media, including photography, drawing, watercolor, oil, acrylic, ceramic, and wood, California Landscapes spans the 100 years from 1904 to 2004.
Among the artists included are California plein air painters Franz Bischoff, Marion K. Wachtel, William Griffith, Jean Mannheim and Dana Bartlett; California Scene painters Phil Dike, Emil Kosa, Charles Keck and George Gibson; and contemporary artists Astrid Preston, Sharon Ellis, Paul Alexander and David Hockney.