California Dreamin’

California’s 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 – Arthur’s classical technique and mythological emphasis, Lucia’s 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
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