From the CAC Vault: Unearthing CAC History at the Smithsonian Published in the Spring 2012 CAC Newsletter © By Eric Merrell, CAC Historian When the history of the California Art Club (CAC, founded 1909) began to intrigue me about a decade ago, the club’s known past was partial at best. Entire decades were denuded of … Continue reading Unearthing CAC History at the Smithsonian Institution
One Hundred Years! It’s an amazing feat for any group, let alone an art club where the demands of the career as well as individual temperaments generally keep members working in isolation. Today marks the Centennial of the California Art Club. The founding of the club was first reported by Antony E. Anderson in the … Continue reading Happy 100th Birthday CAC!
This is the second cover article I’ve written for the California Art Club Newsletter (the first being my interview of Evelyn Payne Hatcher in June 2001, daughter of Edgar and Elsie Payne). Thanks to Peter and Elaine Adams, and Jean Stern of the Irvine Museum for their help and contributions in writing this. Disclaimer: I’ve … Continue reading Birth of the California Art Club: Its Founding and First Annual Exhibition
Aspirations of Man, 22″ x 28″, Oil on canvas, © Eric Merrell You’ve probably noticed by now that I exhibit with and write quite a bit about the California Art Club. I first encountered the group sometime in spring 2000 when I took a term off from Art Center College of Design where I was enrolled (and later … Continue reading The California Art Club’s 98th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition