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Smoketree Trio: New Books on Desert Artists

Scholarship on The Smoketree School made big strides in the spring of 2011  with the release of three new books covering unexplored corners of desert art. California Art Club California Light: A Century of Landscapes is the long-anticipated history of the California Art Club, the venerable group that has fostered so many artists over the years. The release coincides with the hundred-year anniversary of the club. The text is by Molly Siple and Jean Stern, executive director of the Irvine Museum, with a chronology provided by club historian Eric Merrell, a dedicated painter of deserts—among other subjects—and known for his…

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Terry Masters Reception February 11th

Terry Masters Reception February 11th

Terry Masters is the most respected name in desert art, but it’s not always easy to locate either the man or his work. While other artists rush to openings or mingle over martinis,  he’s likely to be off alone painting a rocky crag in the moonlight. So don’t miss the chance to finally meet the elusive master and see his new show at Howard Schepp Fine Art on El Paseo in Palm Desert. The exhibit opens February 1st, with a reception for the artist on February 11th. Masters is the Coachella Valley painter most aligned with the spirit of the…

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Eric Merrell Workshop in Joshua Tree Sept. 19-23rd

Eric Merrell Workshop in Joshua Tree Sept. 19-23rd

Born too late to study with Sam Hyde Harris or Edgar Payne? Now you have another chance to learn from a traditional California master, when Eric Merrell teaches a painting workshop in Joshua Tree Sept. 19-23, 2011. Limited to just ten students, the class costs $500 for five full days of painting. Students are responsible for their own accommodations and supplies. While Merrell is only 33, he has the soul and drive of an early landscape artist. As the historian for the venerable California Art Club, he also knows a lot about the famous painters and will undoubtedly entertain his…

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Eric Merrell Lectures on the History of the California Art Club

Eric Merrell Lectures on the History of the California Art Club

Desert painter Eric Merrell will give a talk on the California Art Club in the 1940s  on Sunday, October 24, from 1-3 pm, in Pasadena. Eric completed an artist’s residency at Joshua Tree National Park in 2009, and is one of the few contemporary desert artists to have a recent show of desert work in New York (at the Forbes Gallery). He has an abiding interest in California art history and has contributed to a forthcoming book on the centennial of the California Art Club. (To preorder the book, due out in 2011, see the CAC website below). The World…

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