Every summer, millions of Americans pack their bags, unplug, and hit the road to enjoy the country’s most coveted parks and landscapes. California is a frequent destination, with everything from towering mountains to sun-bathed beaches.
Giant Sequoias, Yosemite National Park, and the Pacific Coast Highway are only a few of the gorgeous locations and things that keep individuals coming back time and again to California. Many of those who travel California are skilled artists, who record in their own ways the sights, sounds, and moods they experience. “A Toast to California: Regional and Seasonal” is an outstanding exhibition that seeks to celebrate the works of artists who have traveled behind the wheel to record California’s coveted views.

Terri Ford, “Dune Shadows,” soft pastel, 12 x 16 in. (c) California Art Club 2015

Carolyn Hesse-Low, “California Vineyard,” oil, 9 x 12 in. (c) California Art Club 2015

The exhibition will feature nearly 40 works with subjects ranging from vineyards and fruit stands to panoramic landscapes with flowers and foliage that document the shifting seasons. “Agriculture is central to life in California, as the state supplies many healthy and desirable foods to not only the nation, but the world, and with ‘A Toast to California’ we pay tribute to this important aspect of California living,” says Madeleine Aguilar, exhibitions coordinator for the California Art Club.

Chuck Kovacic, “Lavender Fields at Beaumont,” oil, 18 x 12 in. (c) California Art Club 2015

All of the exhibiting artists, who include — among others — Esther Engelman and Chuck Kovacic, are members of the California Art Club, which has been in existence for nearly a century and is one of the nation’s oldest, largest, and most active fine arts organizations.

Stephen Mirich, “Golden Coast Splendor,” oil, 9 x 12 in. (c) California Art Club 2015

“A Toast to California: Regional and Seasonal” opens on September 1 and will hang through January 10.
To learn more, visit the California Art Club.  
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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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