Gangelhoff, Bonnie, Southwest Art
BEST OF THE WEST
Good as Gold
PASADENA.... Collectors might want to consider a visit to the Pasadena Museum of California Art this month. The California Art Club's (CAC) annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition is on display with works by 129 artists from across the state, including Meredith Brooks Abbott, Sunny Apinchapong-Yang, Brian Blood, Armand Cabrera, Dennis Dohcny, Glenna Hartmann, and Charles Muench. The arresting figurative, still-life, and landscape paintings are available for purchase. In conjunction with the presentation, the exhibition features about 15 paintings by early CAC artists, many of whom were instrumental in the club's founding in 1909.
Gold Medal Juried Exhibition, through January 9, Pasadena Museum of California Art, 310.472.9323, www.pmcaonline.org
A Romantic Era
IRVINE.... More than 20 missions were founded in California between 1769 and 1823. Today, the missions are romantic and idyllic remnants of a bygone era. This month the Irvine Museum presents a show of paintings by early impressionist painters who immortalized the beauty, spirit, and grandeur of the historic structures. The exhibition is accompanied by a comprehensive book that offers a selection of articles about this slice of the Golden State's history. Works by Charles Harmon, Alson Clark, Edith White, and Theodore Wares are included in the presentation.
Romance of the Bells: The California Missions in Art, through January 29, Irvine Museum, 949.476.0294, www.irvinemuseum.org
PALM DESERT.... Coda Gallery celebrates the holiday season with a show of works by eight up-and-coming artists from Utah. The young painters present a variety of styles and subject matter, ranging from cxprcssionistic urbanscapcs by Steve Larson to classic still-life works by Ben Steele. Other painters featured in the presentation are Lindsay Frei, Brian Blackham, Lane Bcnnion, Charley Snow, Marilou Kundmueller, and Aaron Lifferth. Meet the artists at a reception from 2 to 6 p.m. on December 11.
Emerging Artists, December 11-24, Coda Gallery, 800.700.4661, www.codagallery.com
LOS ANGELES.... A rare show of drawings and paintings by American artist Arshile Gorky is on view at Jack Rutberg Pine Arts this month. …