A triple-exhibit opening at the Pasadena Museum of California Art is bringing one of the most appealing shows in years to town. The headline exhibit is devoted to the work of California painter Wayne Thiebaud, with a survey of more than 100 of his works, from his famed bakery paintings to lesser-known landscapes and still lifes. (Meanwhile, the Norton Simon continues the theme with an exhibit of Thiebaud’s prints, running through October.)
As important and beautiful as Thiebaud’s work is, however, the real draw for locals are the other two exhibits. In the Back Gallery is the first-ever retrospective of the work of Frances Gearhart, a color block print artist who was a key player in the early 20th-century Arroyo arts culture. Curated by our Prospect Park neighbor, Susan Futterman, the show has a companion book of Gearhart’s work, also produced by Futterman.
The third exhibit is devoted to the portraiture of Ray Turner, a Madison Heights resident, Art Center alum (and former longtime painting instructor there) and much-collected painter known for his large, imposing landscapes. What many of his collectors don’t know is that he learned to paint by doing portraits, and he’s been creating them for more than 25 years. This show focuses on the 12 x 12 portraits — of his friends, family and acquantainces, most of whom are locals — he’s been painting for the last couple of years. PMCA will also be selling Turner’s new book of his portraiture.
All three shows are launching simultaneously with an opening on Saturday night; you can get details here. And all three shows run until the end of January, so you’ll have plenty of time to check them out more than once (including at ArtNight, which is coming up on Friday!).
Wayne Thiebaud: 70 Years of Painting
Behold the Day: The Color Block Prints of Frances Gearhart
Population: Portraits by Ray Turner
October 4 – January 31; opening Saturday, October 4, 7 – 9 p.m.
Pasadena Museum of California Art
490 E. Union St., Pasadena