Juried Fine Art Exhibition
The Diverse Environments of the Arroyo Seco: Paintings from the California Art Club
On View October 4, 2023 – February 4, 2024, at the Pasadena Museum of History
From the organizers:
“The Diverse Environments of the Arroyo Seco: Paintings from the California Art Club” explores the flora and fauna, the vistas and valleys of this unique area that has played a crucial role in the history and development of Pasadena and beyond.
“The Arroyo Seco is both one of the most historic locations in the region and one of the most engagingly scenic,” observed CAC President Michael Obermeyer. ‘’Its visual appeal has inspired generations of artists, notably our early artists who founded the organization in 1909 along the banks of the Arroyo Seco River. We are pleased to have this opportunity to showcase works by contemporary members who are expanding upon the artistic legacy of this site, as we pay tribute to CAC’s birthplace.”
PMH Executive Director Jeannette O’Malley notes that “we consider the CAC a strategic partner in our efforts to provide art education programs that enhance the public’s understanding of Pasadena’s heritage and natural environment.” The two organizations have close ties in that the CAC was established in 1909 by many of PMH benefactor Eva Fenyes’s artist friends, including Carl Oscar Borg and Granville Redmond.
The concept for the exhibition developed from the close personal and artistic relationship renowned Pasadena artist Peter Adams has with the Arroyo Seco. A selection of works by Adams, who is CAC President Emeritus, will establish the exhibition’s theme, introducing visitors to signature locations in the Arroyo.
“The Diverse Environments of the Arroyo Seco” reflects a mutual desire between CAC and PMH to raise awareness of the area’s history and unique environments. More than 170 works were submitted by CAC artists for consideration, with more than 50, ranging in size from 30” x 40” to 8” x 8”, chosen for inclusion.
The Diverse Environments of the Arroyo Seco: Paintings from the California Art Club is made possible, in part, by the Paloheimo Foundation.