A spectacular new exhibition of paintings depicting everyday life in Los Angeles from the early 20th century to today is in Orange for you to visit! “Los Angeles Area Scene Paintings,” curated by Gordon McClelland, includes works by some of the Golden State’s best-known artists, including Millard Sheets, Emil Kosa Jr., Ralph Hulett, Vanessa Helder, Dorothy Sklar, Rex Brandt, Sandow Birk, Tony Peters and Bradford Salamon.
Since the beauty of the California landscape – and later, jobs in the movie industry – first began attracting artists to California, painters have traveled the city streets and back roads of Los Angeles County, seeking engaging visual subject matter as inspiration for oil paintings, watercolors and fine-art prints. All the works in this exhibition are drawn from the extensive collection of Mark and Janet Hilbert of Newport Beach, whose generosity also founded the Hilbert Museum three years ago at Chapman University.
“Los Angeles Area Scene Paintings” features select works from The Hilbert Collection that represent a cross-section of subject matter, including views of the downtown L.A. cityscape, coastline beaches, farms and ranches, industrial train yards and suburban street scenes. The exhibition highlights outstanding examples of Post-Impressionist painting, California Style watercolors, Precisionist painting, modern abstraction and photo-realistic art, all created by exceptionally talented California artists.
Taking Metrolink to Orange will bring you to within steps of the museum (it’s literally across the street). A vast array of restaurants, interesting shops, antique stores — and a historic neighborhood featuring one of the nation’s most outstanding aggregations of Craftsman and Victorian houses — are also within convenient walking distance. Why not make a day of it with an outing to the Hilbert Museum and Old Towne Orange?
Museum Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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