California Art Club
California Art Club Visits the Huntington Library
Left: Peter Adams introduces Jeffrey Morseburg, Right: members listen to the speakers' remarks at the entrance to the Virginia Scott Gallery, 1999, photos by John Hazeltine
On Sunday, March 7, 1999 members of the Club met at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino. Club president Peter Adams gave an orientation talk on the history of the Henry Huntington estate, the art collections and galleries of the museum. He then introduced art historian and Los Angeles gallery owner Jeffrey Morseburg, who spoke on individual artists, paintings and sculptures represented in the Huntington's collection, especially paintings by John Singer Sargent, the Hudson River School artists, and William Keith in the Virginia Scott Gallery. Mr. Morseburg conducted interpretive tours of the Scott Gallery for Club members after his remarks. Barbara and I visited with (left) Victor and Beverly Riesau (Vic is a noted sculptor), and (right) Donald and Wanda Durborow. The Durborows are board members and Don is a well-regarded painter. The couples were photographed in front of a bronze statue of the goddess Diana, sculpted by Anna Hyatt Huntington.
After attending the Club's program, Barbara and I walked over to the restaurant on the grounds and enjoyed lunch. We then walked over to another building to tour the exhibition The Great Experiment: George Washington and the American Republic.
Our day at the Huntington was not over yet. Having taken in displays containing personal belongings and papers of the nation's founder, we walked to yet another building and sat down for a very worthwhile 1 1/2 hour concert by the Cambridge Singers. The concert, titled "Music of America: From George Washington to George Gershwin," canvassed 300 years of song with the voices of 16 members, directed by Alexander Ruggieri.
All in one afternoon at the Huntington!
by John Hazeltine
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