Gold Coast: Paintings of Southern California

Joshua Tree Nocturne, 30" x 30", Oil on canvas mounted on panel, © Eric Merrell

Does Your Heart Beat Slower? (Joshua Tree National Park), 24" x 20", Oil on canvas mounted on panel, © Eric Merrell

"Gold Coast: Paintings of Southern California by the California Art Club" is a new exhibition that opens April 30 - June 12, 2011 at the Oceanside Museum of Art. I'll have two paintings in the exhibit (not the coast, for sure, but definitely Southern California!). A reception will be held on April 30 from 1-4 pm.

I love desert moonlight - it's so bright you really don't need any other light source to get around (it does help to have a little book light or something for painting though). It's a great challenge to paint what you actually see - it's the big masses of shapes, the big statement that creates the emotional impact that interests me, not the details.

Artist Talk at the Salton Sea Museum

Near the Oases, 12" x 16", Oil on panel, © Eric Merrell

As part of the inaugural exhibition Valley of the Ancient Lake: Works Inspired by the Salton Sea at the newly renovated Salton Sea History Museum, Andrew Dickson, Joe Forkan and myself are scheduled to speak at the museum on April 23 from 1-3 pm on "The Artist’s Eye: Landscape Painting in the Desert," covering our individual approaches to painting on location in the desert and talking about some of the different goals we're trying to achieve. The exhibit runs through April 30 and is accompanied by a full color catalogue, available for purchase in the museum bookstore.

The Salton Sea History Museum is located inside of the historic North Shore Beach & Yacht Club on the north shore of the Salton Sea. Recently restored, this architectural landmark was designed by famed mid-century architect Albert Frey, who went on to design many homes and buildings in Palm Springs. The Club was a favorite hangout of the Beach Boys, Jerry Lewis, Frank Sinatra and many other entertainers during it's heyday in the 1950s and 60s.

UPDATE: The exhibit has been extended until June 30, 2011.

Read more on the exhibit at CaliforniaDesertArt.com - Inaugural Salton Sea Exhibit Opens April 1.

Salton Sea Museum Exhibition

Salton Sea, Haze, 30" x 30", Oil on canvas mounted on panel, © Eric Merrell

In conjunction with Desertscapes: A Month Long Celebration of Plein Air Artwork occurring throughout the Coachella Valley during April, the Salton Sea History Museum will present its inaugural exhibition, Valley of the Ancient Lake: Works Inspired by the Salton Sea. The opening reception will be on Sunday, April 3 from 3 - 7 p.m. The museum is open daily from 10 am-4 pm (closed Wed. & Thurs.)

Andrew Dickson, Late Afternoon Down Harbor Drive, 11" x 24", Oil on canvas, © Andrew Dickson

The exhibit will include work by Bill Leigh Brewer (photography), Cristopher Cichocki (new media), Andrew Dickson (artist), Joe Forkan (artist), Mary-Austin Klien (landscape artist), Christopher Landis (photography, author of In Search of Eldorado: The Salton Sea), Deborah Martin (American realist painter), Eric Merrell (artist), Joan Myers (photography, Salt Dreams), Kim Stringfellow (photography,  author of Greetings From the Salton Sea). Accompanied by a full-color catalogue and curated by Deborah Martin, the exhibit will also include historic works of the area.

The Salton Sea History Museum is located inside of the historic North Shore Beach & Yacht Club on the north shore of the Salton Sea. Recently restored, this architectural landmark was designed by famed mid-century architect Albert Frey, who went on to design many homes and buildings in Palm Springs. The Club was a favorite hangout of the Beach Boys, Jerry Lewis, Frank Sinatra and many other entertainers during it's heyday in the 1950s and 60s.

Amongst numerous artist talks and lectures during April, Joe Forkan and myself will speak at the Salton Sea History Museum on April 23 from 1-3 pm on "The Artist’s Eye: Landscape Painting in the Desert," covering our individual approaches to painting on location in the desert.

Read more at CaliforniaDesertArt.com - Inaugural Salton Sea Exhibit Opens April 1.

100th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition

Embers: The San Gabriel Mountains After the Station Fire, 24" x 32", Oil on canvas mounted on panel, © Eric Merrell

I'm so thrilled to be included in this historic exhibit with these two paintings that I decided to make this announcement early. The California Art Club, founded 1909, is continuing to celebrate their Centennial by presenting the 100th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition at the Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA) from April 3-24, 2011, with a special Gala Reception on April 2 from 6-9 p.m. Hope you can make it!

Casting Shadows - The San Gabriel Mission, 12" x 9", Oil on canvasboard, © Eric Merrell

Videos: C.U. and P-Town

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSJx3u0D6MgTwo cool videos to bring to your attention: The one is from the Classical Underground concert last October that featured paintings by myself and two friends, Logan Hagege and Glenn Dean. (you can see them in the background). This violinist, Moni Simeonov, is one of my favorite performers there.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNX5ZhIqOrs This is a video of the painting trip to Provincetown last October, created by Jon Goward (for some reason the embed feature wasn't working on this video so I just put in a link above). Always interesting to hear the different perspectives that everyone brings, plus, look for the comedy as the credits roll. It’s playing at the Cape Cod Museum of Art and Addison Art Gallery for the Creative Convergence exhibition(s) that was a result of the trip, and is currently on view through February 28, 2011.

Cape Cod Exhibits

A Window on Provincetown, 12" x 12", Oil on canvas mounted on panel, © Eric Merrell

Paintings from the recent group trip to Cape Cod and Provincetown will be presented January 15 - February 28, 2011 in  Creative Convergence: Cape Cod, exhibited at the Cape Cod Museum of Art (60 Hope Lane, Dennis, MA 02638) and Addison Art Gallery (43 Route 28, Orleans, MA 02653). A reception will be held on Saturday, February 19, 2011, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at the museum. You can read a little bit about the trip in one of my previous posts here. Check out the show online or in person via the gallery website; it should be very interesting to see each artist's approach to painting the small art colony of Provincetown.

This first piece above was painted on one of the rainy days we had. I loved the cool light outside and the (relative) warmth we had painting inside. On most of these days we painted from a model, but on the last rainy day I decided I wanted to do this unique view of the P-Town shoreline.

Moored on a Mirror (Cape Cod Bay), 12" x 12", Oil on panel, © Eric Merrell

Far across the water, past the moored sailboat, you can see the thin sliver of Cape Cod. The title was partly inspired from a conversation I had with local artist and Hensche student Hilda Neily, about how Provincetown light is unique in that it is surrounded on three sides by water.

Shaped by the Sea (Provincetown Dunes), 12" x 16", Oil on panel, © Eric Merrell

When the sun came back I headed out to the dunes with Ian Factor. As soon as I sketched my thoughts into my sketchbook I knew I was hooked on this composition. Something about the undulating shapes kept my eye moving, stopping occasionally at a spot of color. It became an analogy of sorts for our trip - artists moving restlessly around the peninsula while painting all day, pausing for a bite to eat or a quick cup of coffee, and moving on to the next location.

Back to Back: An Art Lecture and Showcase

I'll be giving a lecture this coming Sunday in Pasadena on the history of the California Art Club, specifically the 1940s. That decade was an exciting and turbulent period for the organization - it found itself squarely in the midst of the red-hot controversy over modern art in Los Angeles, contributed locally to the war efforts, and lost its beloved clubhouse. I'll share insights on the club's inner workings as well as how they fit into the changing national landscape of art and the theater of World War II.

"In the Trenches: The California Art Club during the 1940s" Sunday, October 24, 2010, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

$10 CAC Members/$15 Non-members

The Historic Blinn House at the Women's City Club of Pasadena 160 North Oakland Avenue Pasadena, CA 91101 626/796-0560 www.womenscityclub.com | Directions


Evening in the Foothills, 16" x 20", Oil, © Glenn Dean

Shadows on the Mountain, 30" x 40", Oil, © Logan Hagege

Spaceship Landing (The Salton Sea), 30" x 30", Oil on canvas mounted on panel, © Eric Merrell

Alexey Steele's Classical Underground, a collection of world-class musicians and artists performing in an intimate studio setting in Carson, CA, has gained quite a following since its inception only a few years back. From the beginning, Classical Underground has featured contemporary paintings along with amazing classical performances unlike anything you'll find elsewhere.

The next concert on the evening of Monday, October 25, 2010 will feature work by Glenn Dean, Logan Hagege and myself, These events have limited seating and sell out quickly, so you'll need to purchase your tickets soon after they go on sale. You can find more info (and buy tickets) on the Classical Underground blog.

Painting in Provincetown



I've just returned from nearly two weeks of painting out on Cape Cod in Provincetown, Massachusetts. A great group of guys with some new faces too. Though we had mostly great weather, there was some wind and rain, so we hired models and painted indoors on those occasions. Provincetown has a great history of artists living and working there : Charles Webster Hawthorne (we were given access to paint in his beautiful old studio), Henry Hensche, Richard Emil Miller, Edwin Dickinson, John Whorf, Edward Hopper, Henry David Thoreau and many many others (Is it a coincidence that so many great towns began as artist colonies? Laguna, Pasadena, Indian Wells, Greenwich, Santa Barbara, P-Town...). After the end of each day of painting we'd gather for dinner and look at everyone's work, back at the houses or at a local "pirate ship" with lots of history and character(s). Lots of conversations about art, music, history, color, food, tequila and other stuff not fit for print (!) And man, some of these guys in the group can cook! Also met some local artists working in the Hensche color tradition - Hilda Neily and John Clayton. If you go to P-Town, be sure to check out the burgers at The Squealing Pig, the Cape Cod Rueben at Tatiana's by the wharf (just like a traditional rueben, but instead of corned beef and sauerkraut they use haddock and coleslaw. Amazing!) and the Egeli Gallery on Commercial Street.

Here is a great article featuring Jerome and the P-Town trip.

Quite an exciting and energizing time! I haven't had a chance to photograph any of my paintings yet, but hope to get some of those online soon. An exhibition of work from the trip will be featured at the Cape Cod Museum of Art, January 15 - February 29, 2011.

Here are links to the artists' individual sites:

Jeff Bonasia, Rick Casali, James Coe, Dan Corey, Ian Factor, Frank Gardner, Jerome Greene, Logan Hagege, Marc Hanson, Ignat Ignatov, Pete Kalill, Stapleton Kearns, Michael Klein, Jeremy LipkingEric MerrellErnesto Nemesio, Colin Page, Paul Schulenberg.



Cape Cod

Mackerel Dip Net, 12" x 12", Oil on linen, ©Logan Maxwell Hagege

I'm heading out to paint in Provincetown, at the end of Cape Cod, MA, which was home for many years to artists Charles Hawthorne and Henry Hensche, among others. Looking forward to the trip - this will be the third annual assembly of a group of artists from the east and west coasts (and Mexico as well). The first year we all descended on Port Clyde, Maine; last year's target (which I unfortunately missed) was San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. I know most of the artists, although there will be some new faces joining us this time, so I'll have to post a complete list of everyone later.

Above is one of Logan Hagege's great pieces of the Northeast coast.

Article on CaliforniaDesertArt.com

Spaceship Landing (The Salton Sea), 30" x 30", Oil on canvas mounted on panel, © Eric Merrell

If you're in New York, my exhibit opens today at The Forbes Galleries with an opening reception next Tuesday, July 20 from 6-8 p.m.

Article below by Ann Japenga of californiadesertart.com:

"Most Manhattan gallery-goers don’t know the names Jimmy Swinnerton or John Hilton; they can’t tell a smoketree from a cholla. While desert art is expanding its geographic appeal, it hasn’t reached the east coast yet. That transcontinental link may finally be forged, though, with Eric Merrell’s show “No Man is an Island”, opening July 14th at the Forbes Gallery in the lobby of Forbes Magazine headquarters in New York City. The exhibit is a collection of Merrell’s paintings made during an artist’s residency at Joshua Tree National Park in 2009."

"Will east coast viewers take to the yuccas..." [Read more]

Solo Exhibition NYC

Some info on my upcoming exhibition in New York: THE FORBES GALLERIES 60 Fifth Avenue (at 12th Street) New York City, NY 10011 212/206-5548 www.forbesgalleries.com www.ericmerrell.com

The Western Sky - No More Shall We Part, 12" x 16", Oil on panel, © Eric Merrell

No Man Is An Island: Solo Exhibition July 14 - September 25, 2010 Artist's Reception: Tuesday, July 20, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Please join us!

One of six artists selected from around the world for a 2009 Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency, Merrell spent the scorching summer months of July and August painting in the California desert, including the vast expanses of Joshua Tree National Park and the Salton Sea. Artistically stimulated by working outdoors, Merrell searches for a design and color arrangement that go beyond simple representation, as he explains, “The subtleties of the landscape give a voice to my unspoken thoughts.”

Vanquished, 14" x 14", Oil on panel, © Eric Merrell

Comments on the exhibition:

"Painting en plein air (in the open air) presents an artist with a myriad of challenges, including the need to quickly interpret ephemeral light and capture atmospheric conditions, while often combating aggressive insects and peculiar creatures. A plein air artist must be physically fit, possess a hearty soul, a sense of adventure, and an ability to edit the immense amount of information that lies before his eyes.  Eric Merrell welcomes these challenges with a nonchalant attitude, as he approaches them from his own unique perspective."

"The surreal, almost otherworldly Joshua Tree National Park is an ideal subject for Merrell. His high-key values contrasted with cool hues project a convincing reflection of the hot desert sand and the immediate drop in evening temperatures. His simplified shapes and masses express the age of the weathered terrain formed over millions of years of gusty winds and torrential rainstorms. It is these severe climate activities that create the vast wilderness uniquely identified with strangely twisted yuccas and skull-shaped boulders of Joshua Tree. With this collection of paintings, Eric Merrell grasps the spirit of the bizarre, but beautiful, environment of the Mojave Desert."

~ Elaine Adams, Executive Director, California Art Club, est. 1909; Editor-in-Chief, California Art Club Newsletter

“I met Eric Merrell about five years ago and I have been observing his development into an accomplished professional artist.    His work is at the same time traditional and modern.  Guided by his desire to paint nature and remain true to the forms of nature, he has nevertheless enriched his color palette to establish himself as a modernist, much in the tradition of the Fauves.  Eric has, in fact, "liberated color from its role in nature" and made it his own distinct stylistic element.  He is a bright young artist who will say much in the coming years.”

~ Jean Stern, Museum Curator and Art Historian

The exhibition features 30 new works, all presented in carved and gilded frames handcrafted by the artist. Paintings may be purchased by contacting the artist directly - please call 626/379-7144 or send an email to eric@ericmerrell.com for more info.

Does Your Heart Beat Slower?, 24" x 20", Oil on canvas mounted on panel, © Eric Merrell

Parched Air, Oil on panel, 16" x 16", © Eric Merrell

Disoriented, 16" x 16", Oil on panel, © Eric Merrell

Keep Yourself Alive, Oil on panel, 12” x 12”, © Eric Merrell

Joshua Tree at Night, 30" x 30", Oil on canvas mounted on panel, © Eric Merrell

Silent Sands and Refraction; A Dry Desert Wash, 11" x 14", Oil on canvas mounted on panel, © Eric Merrell

Timeless Frontiers, 8" x 10", Oil on canvas panel, © Eric Merrell

See more of the exhibition at www.ericmerrell.com, under Paintings > Desert.

The California Art Club's 99th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition

Spaceship Landing, 30" x 30", Oil on canvas mounted on panel, © Eric Merrell

Out Over the Desert (Key's View), 10" x 10", Oil on board, © Eric Merrell

These two paintings from the Salton Sea and Joshua Tree National Park will be included in the upcoming 99th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition of the California Art Club at the Pasadena Museum of California Art, June 13 - July 3, 2010.  You'll be able to buy tickets to the June 12 Gala Reception (Sat., 6-9 p.m.) and preview the artwork online here when they become available.

Pasadena Museum of California Art 490 East Union Street Pasadena, CA 91101 626/568-3665

Pasadena's Arroyo Seco

This Sunday, March 14, I'll be part of an exhibition at La Casita del Arroyo in Pasadena, California. It will only be up for that one day from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., so please stop by and check it out if you can. There will be some good artwork to see and it should be a nice day to explore the trails in the Arroyo. La Casita del Arroyo, 177 S. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena, CA

Spring in the Arroyo, 14" x 14", Oil on panel, Private Collection, © Eric Merrell

Christmas in the Air, 14" x 14", Oil on panel, © Eric Merrell

"The California Art Club and the La Casita del Arroyo Foundation join forces for the fifth exhibition and sale of plein air paintings of the Arroyo Seco, Southern California's most celebrated canyon."

"The exhibition will feature new original artwork by renowned contemporary-traditional fine artists who will paint on location during the week prior to the exhibition to document the environmentally-sensitive Arroyo Seco, which includes the historic Colorado Street Bridge.  Proceeds from the sale of the paintings will benefit the California Art Club's educational arts programs and La Casita's conservation efforts."

Planted by Streams of Water, 11" x 14, Oil on panel, © Eric Merrell

Having the Determination to Push Through the Surface, 12" x 12", Oil on panel, Private Collection, © Eric Merrell

Glenna Hartmann Invitational

Glenna Hartmann, pastel

Glenna Hartmann Invitational Fine Art Exhibition February 19-21, 2010 Artists Reception: February 19, 6:00-9:00 p.m. Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History 2559 Puesta del Sol, Santa Barbara, CA 93105

Glenna Hartmann (1948-2008) was a well-known artist, loved by everyone who knew her. This exhibit of 100 new works by 60 California artists has been organized in her honor. A bio on Glenna from the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History's website:

An accomplished plein air pastelist, Glenna Hartmann began her lifelong passion for nature and painting at an early age. Growing up in New Jersey, she found great pleasure in exploring the hundred acres of protected woodlands bordering her family's home. She received formal art training at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts where she was guided and inspired by her mentors there: Arthur De Costa, Will Barnet, Dan Miller and Marshall Glazier. The Academy awarded her a Schiedt Traveling Scholarship which took her to Europe for independent study.

After moving to Southern California in 1975, her focus on figurative work, portraiture and animals gradually shifted to pure landscape. She began painting outdoors with artist friends in Santa Barbara and eventually these friends formed the nucleus of the Oak Group – a group dedicated to raising funds from their art exhibitions for environmental causes. Today, nationally recognized for their preservation efforts, the Oak Group has donated over $1 million to organizations such as The Nature Conservancy, Environmental Defense Center, Marin Agricultural Land Trust, Land Trust for Santa Barbara County, and Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. Even though painting is a solitary experience, she enjoyed the camaraderie of painting with other artists. Some of these invitational trips have taken her to the Forbes' Chateau de Balleroy in Normandy, a rafting trip in the Grand Canyon, Yosemite Valley, and with the Plein Air Painters of America, Catalina Island and Lake Tahoe. Glenna was a Signature Member of the California Art Club and a member of the Oak Group.

Two of my paintings will be in the exhibition:

Further Along the Path (Ellwood Mesa, Goleta, CA), 24" x 24", Oil on canvas mounted on panel, © Eric Merrell

Orange Groves, Santa Paula Valley, 11" x 14", Oil on panel, © Eric Merrell

Participating artists: Meredith Brooks Abbott, Whitney Brooks Abbott, Peter Adams, Jamee Aubrey, John Budicin, Marcia Burtt, Chris Chapman, Patricia Chidlaw, John Comer, John Cosby, William B. Dewey, Dennis Doheny, Michael Drury, Erika Edwards, Michael Enriquez, David Gallup, Rick Garcia, Karen Gruszka, Robin Hall, Anita Hampton, Whitney Brooks Hansen, Jeremy Harper, Tom Henderson, Jeff Horn, Ray Hunter, John Iwerks, Larry Iwerks, Hans Kegler, Mark Kerckhoff, Peggi Kroll-Roberts, Jean LeGassick, Calvin Liang, Manny Lopez, Eric Merrell, Laurel Mines, Clark Mitchell, William Mitchell, Charles Muench, Dan Pinkham, Jesse Powell, Scott Prior, Camille Przewodek, Ray Roberts, Rob Robinson, Ann Sanders, Rick Schloss, Frank Serrano, Randy Sexton, Skip Smith, Arturo Tello, Libby Tolley, Kevin Turcotte, Thomas Van Stein, Sarah Vedder, Ralph Waterhouse and Jim Wodark.

The Southern Sierras and Yokohl Valley

These pieces, created on location (I paint primarily en plein air, French for "in the open air", to study the way light reveals our world) during a painting trip to the Visalia area this last March, will be part of a new exhibition: Paintings from the Southern Sierra Foothills - Celebrating 100 Years: Capturing California's Preserved Lands and Historic Districts (that's a mouthful) at the Old Mill (El Molino Viejo) in San Marino, CA. The opening reception will be on Thusday, October 1 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Hope you can make it! This paint-out and exhibition, organized by the California Art Club in conjunction with the Sequoia Riverlands Trust, is one of a number of exhibitions and events to celebrate the CAC's 100th anniversary of its founding in 1909. Yokohl Valley Sunset Framed_s

Yokohl Valley Sunset, 6" x 8", Oil on canvas panel, © Eric Merrell

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Battle Mountain Ranch, 12" x 12", Oil on panel, © Eric Merrell

Exhibitions at the Old Mill are free year-round and open Tuesday through Sunday, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. (Closed Mondays)

The Old Mill (El Molino Viejo) [Map] 1120 Old Mill Road San Marino, CA 91108 626/449-5458 www.oldmill.info

Other artists in the exhibition include John Budicin, Karl DempwolfDave Gallup, Ray HarrisScott W. Prior, Junn Roca and Jason Situ.

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Battle Mountain Ranch (Detail)

"Reflections of the Peninsula" Opens Saturday

Members of the Portuguese Bend Art Colony painting at Abalone Cove. The Portuguese Bend Art Colony will  present their 10th annual exhibition, Reflections of the Peninsula, in conjunction with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy at the new Terranea Resort, September 18 - October 3, 2009, and opening to the public this Saturday, September 19 from 1-4 p.m. Jean Stern, Director of the Irvine Museum, will give a lecture at 2:00 p.m. A good portion of the sales from this annual event go to help land preservation in the area.

Formed in 1998, the group includes artists Stephen Mirich, Daniel Pinkham, Vicki Pinkham, Amy Sidrane, Kevin Prince, Thomas Redfield, and Richard Humphrey.

Artist Paul Jean Martel Featured in Upcoming Brussels Exhibition


Important paintings by Post Impressionist Paul Jean Martel (1878-1944) will be featured in a new exhibition on view from October 28, 2009-January 10, 2010 at Musée d'Ixelles in Brussels. Martel worked both in Brussels and in Philadelphia, creating very unique and personal paintings. The exhibition will focus on the artist groups of Tervueren, Rouge-Cloître, Uccle and Linkebeek and include works by Hippolyte Boulenger (1837-1874), Jean Degreef (1852-1894), Rik Wouters (1882-1916), Isidore Verheyden (1880- ), Rodolphe Wytsman (1860-1927) and Juliette Wytsman (1866-1925). Approximately 60 paintings will be exhibited and a bilingual catalogue will be produced. Martel's paintings "Rouge Cloitre (Blue)," "Self-Portrait" and "Mother and Child in a Garden" (below) will be included in the exhibition. Become a fan of Paul Jean Martel on Facebook.

Paul Jean Martel (1878-1944) "Mother and Child in a Garden," 1922; 38" x 28", Oil on canvas; Courtesy of the Estate of Paul Jean Martel

"Les Peintres de la Forêt de Soignes. Jardin de Bruxelles: 1850-1950" [Painters in the Sonian Forest. Garden of Brussels: 1850-1950] Musée d'Ixelles 71 rue Jean van Volsem 1050 Bruxelles www.museedixelles.be

Meet Me in Long Beach

No More in a Moment-s No More in a Moment, 24" x 24", Oil on canvas mounted on panel, © Eric Merrell

This painting will be part of a three-week long exhibition and auction, Art Auction 13: Nothing But Blue Skies, at the Long Beach Museum of Art, on view from September 4-19. The exhibition precedes the auction, which takes place on the 20th, proceeds going to benefit the museum. Some of the other artists I admire in the exhibition: John Budicin, F. Scott Hess (one of my teachers at Art Center), Tom Redfield and Michael Situ.

Always glad to support our local museums, and the Long Beach Museum of Art is situated in a great historic building right on the coast.

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Click on the detail above to see a some of the different textures in the piece.

Representing in Vermont

TheGrove_s The Grove, Topanga Canyon, 24" x 24", Oil on canvas mounted on panel, © Eric Merrell, exhibited at the Bennington Center for the Arts, Vermont

For those of you back on the east coast, my painting from Topanga Canyon State Park will be included in an exhibition of California landscapes held in Vermont this summer. The exhibition, titled California's Landscapes and Legacy, will include artists Peter Adams, Karl Dempwolf, Tony Peters, Tony Pro and David Gallup, among many others, and marks the first time that an exhibition of the California Art Club will be presented on the east coast.

The opening reception is on Saturday, August 1, from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m., and the exhibition runs August 1 - September 27. The Bennington Center for the Arts is located at 44 Gypsy Lane, Bennington, Vermont, 05201. A full color high-quality catalogue will be produced to accompany the exhibition.