CA Art Club’s 106th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition

Apr 2, 2017

The California Art Club is headquartered in Pasadena and has nine chapter locations up and down the state.

Founded in 1909, honorary members include the likes of Aline Barnsdall, Edgar Alwin Payne, Tom Wolfe, Daphne Huntington, and Winston Churchill (in 1954).

On April 8, CAC holds its Artists’ Gala Reception, an exhibit preview with many of the artists on hand to celebrate the club’s 106th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition. Held at the Autry Museum, a buffet is provided, as well as beer and wine bar. Advance sales run through April 7, with tickets sold at the door as well.

Considering the sampling of works by CAC members included here, the differences in technique, style, and subjects reflect the diversity in our state, the wondrous array of cultures and viewpoints—surrounding us, enveloping us, and in which we are immersed, and from which we ultimately benefit.

A few examples…


Huihan Liu, Shopping Day in Chinatown, San Francisco. Oil, 30 x 40 inches.


Alexey Steele, My Neighbor. 30 x 24 inches.


Scott Prior, Let Love Rule. Oil on board, 48 x 36 inches.


Warren Chang, Checkers at Custom House Plaza. Oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches.


William Wray, Princess of Van Nuys. Oil, 36 x 24 inches.


Peter Adams, Paschal Service. Oil on panel, 24 x 21 inches.


Peter Adams is a Pasadena resident and the 44th President of CAC.

Peter Adams received his training at the Art Center College of Design, the Otis Art Institute, and the Instituto de Bellas Artes, San Miguel de Allende. However, it was not until he enrolled at the Lukits Academy of Fine Arts in Los Angeles that he finally found the traditional artistic philosophies he so admired. At the Lukits Academy, Adams spent seven years in diligent formal training, eventually becoming the personal apprentice to the renowned mural, landscape and portrait painter, Theodore N. Lukits (1897-1992).

Interpreting California’s landscape also produces varied impressions by way if the artists’ individual styles, including Jason W. Situ’s A Vigorous Moment



Eric Merrell, A Sun of Monstrous Proportions. Oil mounted on canvas, 30 x 32 inches.


Douglas Morgan, California Gold. Oil on canvas, 18 x 24 inches.


Eric Bowman, Twilight’s Brief Moment. Oil on linen, 18 x 18 inches.


Events fashioned the 106th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, which runs through April 30:
—April 9, “Giving Life to Fascinating Figures.” Gold Medal Exhibition artists Alexey Steele and Béla Bácsi share approaches for creating artwork featuring the human form as they demonstrate their techniques by painting and sculpting a live model. Cost: $40. Find details here.

—April 22, “The Art of Looking at Art,” lecture and tour with Jean Stern, Executive Director of the Irvine Museum Collection at UC Irvine. Cost: $40. Find details here.

—April 30, “Early California Paint/Sculpt Out” on the Autry lawn. CAC members set up and paint or sculpt a new work drawing from models dressed in early-California costume. Hours: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free event (does not include admission to museum).


CAC 106th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition
Saturday, April 8th at 6 p.m.
Autry Museum of the American West
4700 Western Heritage Way, LA 90027
Cost: $100 in advance; $125 at the door
RSVP by calling 1.310.472.9323
Or email Beverly Chang at
For more info, visit
Autry Museum of the American West hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
California Art Club. Ph: 1.626.583.9009. Email:


Adam Matano, The Hunter.


Christopher Slatoff, Vasari bronze.





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