Arts & Culture

A tradition in landscape at Cambria exhibit

‘Hotel Catalina’ is an oil on canvas by Paso Roblan John Cosby. Both artists will be on display through December at the Vault Gallery in Cambria.
‘Hotel Catalina’ is an oil on canvas by Paso Roblan John Cosby. Both artists will be on display through December at the Vault Gallery in Cambria.

Country singers carrying on California traditions study Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and Rose Maddox. California landscape painters have early favorites that inform their work, too, names such as William Wendt, Franz Bischoff and Edgar Payne.

These three plein air artists were founding fathers of the California Art Club, a group that formed in 1909 and continues today with a mission of keeping traditional art alive.

The Vault Gallery in Cambria happens to represent a few current members of the California Art Club and will present a celebration of their newest work in December.

“These artists were chosen to exhibit together because of their dedication to continue the tradition of the early California art in anarrative manner,” said gallery owner Lynda Laylon. “Most are instructors and have dedicated their lives to painting from a very early age.”

The group show will include paintings by David Gallup of Thousand Oaks, Miguel Dominguez of Carmel, John Cosby of Paso Robles, Elizabeth Tolley of Cayucos, Terry Delapp of Cambria and Karl Dempwolf of Cambria and Los Angeles. Cosby is also showing at the Bakersfield Museum of Art this month.

A reception for the artists is set for 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday with music by Marc Irving Weber. Three lectures are also planned. Dempwolf will speak at 1 p.m. Friday. Gallup is set for noon Saturday. Dominguez’s talk is at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 9.

“(These six artists) are purest in the sense that they are not painting for momentary value but for the joy that they receive for continuing the California landscape tradition,” Laylon said. “This professional group of artists is highly regarded in the national art scene as being the best in interpreting the California landscape.”

Another pick-of-the-week is also in Cambria, the Cambria Center for the Arts “Small Paintings Show and Sale” through Dec. 24.

Original ready-to-hang artworks by local painters will be sold for $60 (8x8) and $90 (12x12). Gallery director Lucie Ryan promises work by Cambria’s highly gifted and most cherished local artists, but buyers won’t see who painted their selections until they’ve made their purchase. Sounds like fun.

Gallery hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Fridays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. Extended hours are planned on Cambria Hospitality Night, from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday at 1350 Main St.

Expect a wide range of subjects, styles and media including acrylics, oils, water colors, collages and relief wall hangings.

Contact freelance writer Monica Fiscalini at Monica_Jane2000