Californias got smog, traffic, plastic surgery disasters, and a dirty, unswimmable ocean; but anyone whose ever spent time outside of L.A. knows the rest is beautiful country. You want inspiring? Drive down the Pacific Coast Highway or trek through the nearly-neon green hills of Sonoma. How about breathtaking? Well, the 3000-foot-tall sheer cliffs in Yosemite Valley almost defy description. So it makes perfect sense that California could be a driving motivation for artists seeking a vision like Arthur and Lucia Mathews. The two Californians met and married in San Francisco in 1894 and proceeded to churn out a huge catalogue of paintings inspired by the iconic landscapes of their state. Their works Arthurs classical technique and mythological emphasis, Lucias contemporary portraits and vistas were as prolific and expansive as the state itself, and will be displayed in the exhibit California as Muse, running through December 9 at the Norton Museum of Art (1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach). Admission costs $8. Call 561-832-5196.
Fri., Oct. 12, 2007