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January 2015
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Kevin Macpherson

Grand Canyon Light
16 x 20 inches

KEVIN MACPHERSON  is about to release a new book titled  Light, Atmosphere and Color.  Macpherson masters these components in his recent painting Grand Canyon Light.  Rather than focusing on the overwhelming vast expanse of the Grand Canyon, Macpherson  carves out an intimate vignette full of energy and passion.  Truly remarkable, this piece is inviting and engaging much like the artist himself. Macpherson's creative approach to life is never lacking.  The artist's latest pursuit involves his project of giving back by teaching art to children.                      

Gregory Hull

California Oasis
16 x 20 inches

GREGORY HULL recently painted the west coast and found an oasis in California.  Far away from the crowded freeways Hull gets off the beaten path and brings us a view of beauty and serenity.  Please click on the image for a preview of his new paintings on our web site. 

John Cosby

From Here to There
20 x 24 inches

JOHN COSBY devotes much of his painting to perfecting the various colors and depth of the southern California water.  Always seeking to explain the nuances of an ever changing and always moving ocean.  The light dances along the coast on a crisp calm day. Looking South to the Hotel Laguna in the distance is main beach with the activity and excitement close by.

Phil Dike

Low Tide, China Cove, Corona Del Mar
20 x 30 inches

PHIL DIKE  was born in Redlands, California in 1906.  Dike is a leading artist of the group know as the American Scene painters.  These artists followed the early California Impressionists in time and painted in a more modern style, often in the quick, spontaneous medium of watercolor.   Dike is known as the intellectual and artistic leader of the California watercolor artists.

Dike had a special affinity for the Newport Beach area. As a child he rode with his family  in a  horse-drawn buggy from Redlands to Newport Beach each summer.  Dike enjoyed painting, fishing and many activities there.  He spent many summers throughout his lifetime in the Newport Beach area and produced a symphony of paintings primarily from the 1930s through the 1960s. Dike along with Rex Brandt founded the Summer School of Painting in Corona del Mar, California in 1947. By the mid 1940s his paintings in the California Style of painting was highly regarded throughout the country and sold at the national level. He continued to win many prestigious awards and favorable reviews, but preferred to allow the work speak for itself rather than garner the lime light.  An intellectual his thoughts about art are provoking reminding the viewer that, "A painting is good, not because it looks like something but rather, because it feels like something." Visit our events page for more about this artist and the California watercolorists now on display at the Laguna Art Museum.


San Diego Museum of Art  GAUGUIN TO WARHOL   October 4 through January 27, 2015

The Irvine Museum  CALIFORNIA: THIS GOLDEN LAND OF PROMISE  January 24, 2015 through May 21, 2015 

Pasadena Museum of California Art  ARMIN HANSEN: THE ARTFUL VOYAGE January 25 through May 31, 2015

Laguna Art Museum CALIFORNIA RURAL, 1930s and 1940s  through  February 15, 2014 SELECTIONS FROM THE PERMANENT COLLECTION including works by the Laguna Beach painters Frank Cuprien, Anna Hills, Edgar Payne, and William Wendt.


Art Walk    FIRST THURSDAYS ART WALK -  February  5,  6 pm - 9 pm

Edgar Payne
Arizona Trail
28 x 34 inches

Edgar Payne was passionate about becoming a painter from the age of fourteen.  He left his home in the Ozarks of Missouri to travel through the South and into Mexico before going to the Midwest.  There he studied briefly at the Chicago Art Institute.  Dissatisfied with the teaching methods, he left Chicago and continued his travels throughout the United States.  Payne was basically a self-taught artist that persevered in mastering his craft and soon became one of California's most revered painters.

Arizona Trail is a masterpiece that truly shows Edgar Payne's significance a a Western painter.  This skilled artist brings the drama of the West to life as he carefully crafts each element of the painting.  Payne displays the strength of his bold and definitive use of color.  The bright red shirt of the Navajo rider, placed almost in the center of the painting, that is arresting and spellbinding.  The white horse against the bright Arizona sky is a unifying force in the painting. It is the western paintings depicting the Arizona mesas with Native American riders that are among the most desirable paintings by the artist.

In 1917, The Santa Fe railroad offered Payne passage out West in exchange for some of the paintings he produced on the trip.  These paintings were intended as advertising for the railroad to entice travel to the Western state.  Payne was immediately drawn to the grandeur of the Southwest.  He spent four months painting Canyon de Chelly, and revisited the Southwest throughout his career.  Payne left a heritage of Western paintings that are rightfully recognized around the world.


F. Grayson Sayre
Rockbound Coast
24 x 30 inches

Ray Redfern discovered the scintillating quality of the paintings by  F. Grayson Sayre in 1987, when he was presented with a cache of the artists paintings from Sayre's family.  Redfern's keen eye and ability to select quality peeked his interest immediately. Ray Redfern wrote a book titled F. Grayson Sayre and presented a major retrospective of Sayre's work.

Fred Grayson Sayre was born January 9, 1879 in Medoc Missouri,, the only son of five children.  His early childhood was spent in the farmland of southwestern Missouri and his love of nature began there.  Sayre first demonstrated his artistic ability during his teens when he subscribed to a correspondence course in pen and ink drawing techniques.  Sayre was chiefly self-taught ,except for a brief study with J. Laurie Wallace of Omaha Nebraska and a figure study class with John Vanderpoel at the Chicago Art Institute.

in 1915 at the age of 37, Sayre encounter a near fatal bout of diphtheria which changed his art career.  His doctor who thought he had only a short time to live encouraged him to do whatever in life he wanted most.  Sayre decided to paint the American West. Sayre took the train west and spent three years between Glendale and Thermal California. From 1919- 1922 he lived in Arizona painting during the day and working as a bookkeeper for a mining company at night. 

In 1922 Sayre's work was shown at the Bohemian Club and the Rabjohn and Morcom Galleries in San Francisco. Later that year he exhibited at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. In 1923 Sayre and Joseph Kleitsch (1886-1931) founded the Painters and Sculptors Club. Sayre maintained a home and studio in Glendale and also a studio in the Coachella Valley , near Palm Springs, California.  From these

Member: Pallete & Chisel Club of Chicago; Painters & Sculptors of Los Angeles (cofounder and President, 1929)

Exhibited: Bohemian Club, 1922; Glendale Chamber of Commerce, 1922 (solo); Glendale Public Library, 1962 (retrospective)

Works Held: Los Angeles County Museum

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