landscape paintings - Michael Obermeyer,
Michael Obermeyer, "Rolling Meadow," oil, 24 x 30 in.

Landscape Paintings on View >The legendary natural beauty of California’s Ojai Valley has attracted artists since the 19th Century. Edgar Payne along with Elmer and Marion Wachtel were most notably among the early California Impressionists to find inspiration for their plein air paintings in Ojai. Many continue to follow in their footsteps.

The Ojai Valley Museum envisioned the “Ojai Mystique” exhibition as an homage to and a continuation of the historic legacy of painting in the Ojai Valley. Co-curators Dan Schultz and Jennifer Moses, both Ojai-based painters, invited 21 nationally renowned artists to create two paintings of Ojai Valley scenes: a large masterwork, and a smaller landscape.

Western art paintings - Charles Muench, "Ojai Glow," oil, 9 x 12 in.
Charles Muench, “Ojai Glow,” oil, 9 x 12 in.

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These artists all have well-established careers and have demonstrated their mastery in painting large-scale landscapes. Some of the artists have paintings in permanent collections of national art museums. Some regularly exhibit in top Western art shows including the Prix de West at the National Cowboy Museum in Oklahoma City and the Masters of the American West at the Autry Museum in Los Angeles. Many of the artists are members of the historic California Art Club (of which Edgar Payne was the 9th president).

The artists come from across California, Nevada, and Colorado, but they all have an Ojai connection. A few live in Ojai; the others have painted Ojai over the years; all share an appreciation for the beauty of this mountain valley.

landscape paintings - John Cosby, "Ojai," oil, 30 x 40 in.
John Cosby, “Ojai,” oil, 30 x 40 in.

This invitational group exhibition offers collectors an exceptional opportunity to purchase paintings inspired by Ojai’s physical and spiritual appeal.

The Ojai Valley Museum is pleased and honored to share these artists’ works with the public and hopes that visitors will enjoy seeing the beauty of the Ojai Valley through the eyes of some of today’s most notable landscape painters. A richly illustrated catalog will document the exhibition. It will be available for purchase on opening night and afterward through the museum’s store.

landscape paintings - Jennifer Moses, "Sunswept," oil, 36 x 44 in.
Jennifer Moses, “Sunswept,” oil, 36 x 44 in.

Artists: Meredith Brooks Abbott, Peter Adams, John Budicin, Marcia Burtt, Len Chmiel, John Cosby, Steven Curry, Rick Garcia, Logan Maxwell Hagege, Robin Hall, Jennifer McChristian, Jennifer Moses, Charles Muench, John Nava, Michael Obermeyer, Susan Petty, Jesse Powell, Ray Roberts, Dan Schultz, Frank Serrano, Wendy Wirth

Opening Reception: Friday, October 20, 2023, 5-7 pm
Exhibition Dates: October 20, 2023 – February 4, 2024

western art - Peter Adams, "Summer Swimming Hole, Ventura River, Ojai," oil, 24 x 30 in.
Peter Adams, “Summer Swimming Hole, Ventura River, Ojai,” oil, 24 x 30 in.

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