This was my second visit to the Watercolors: One Man’s Passion, Selections from the E. Gene Crain Collection exhibit at the California Heritage Museum in Santa Monica.
The museum, as its name suggests, celebrates the history and culture of California.
This Victorian house was moved from another location in Santa Monica for a second life as a museum. Otherwise it would have been demolished. Don’t you love stories like this?
A friend suggested a visit to the watercolor exhibit a few weeks ago and I thought, why not? I love all kinds of art. I was totally blown away by the paintings.
So I proposed the exhibit as the September activity for the Culver City Art Group.
We were not allowed to photograph in the art gallery upstairs. So these photos are of the downstairs which is furnished in the Monterey style.
I am a big fan of ceramic tiles. This table is decorated with California Poppies, the official state flower, Eschscholzia Californica.
The downstairs is decorated with Monterey style furniture and ceramics from various California factories.
I salivate over ceramic tiles. I don’t know why. But when I see decorative tiles I make a beeline for them.
Meyers Pottery: Rainbow Pottery. I think this was from the 50s… not sure… but it’s worth a fortune today.
The founders of Santa Monica. Colonel Robert S. Baker and U.S. Senator John P. Jones. In the middle, the house that became the museum.
We were not allowed to photograph the watercolors in the upstairs gallery. You’ll just have to take my word for it that they are spectacular. Artists included Rex Brandt, Phil Dike, Phil Paradise, Millard Sheets, Robert E. Wood and Milford Zornes.
We were told it is possible (but not certain) that some more paintings from the collection might be on view later in the year. If so, you can be sure I will be there!
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