Monday, July 2, 2012

Bowers Museum, Chemers Gallery & John Sawyer Tempt Your Palates

If you need an excuse to venture out to take in the sights and flavors of our community, we've got a great one for you!

Peters Canyon Autumn by John Sawyer
A local jewel of cultural art and artifacts, the Bowers Museum is a neighbor to Chemers Gallery. Filled with evocative, changing exhibitions as well as permanent collections, the Bowers also offers fine dining at their award-winning restaurant, Tangata. The light, airy eatery features artwork from talented locals on the walls and is currently showing a collection of work by John Sawyer, a Chemers Gallery discovery!

Rolling Hills by John Sawyer
A native of Michigan, John became interested in 20th Century California landscape artists like Hanson Puthuff, Paul Grimm and William Wendt in the mid-1980's. He began by copying their work and later developed his distinctive style as he painted his own compositions of the local southern California vistas. John makes use of broad brush strokes and vivid colors, bringing to mind woodblock printmaking done on a large scale.

Eaton Canyon Sycamore by John Sawyer
Head on over to the Bowers to check out the current exhibitions of Faberge, California gold, and pre-Hispanic Colombian gold - we hear they've put together a feast for the eyes! Make a day of it and satisfy your palate with lunch and a glass of wine while you take in the sights of John's California landscapes. All of his works are for sale, and part of the proceeds support Bowers Museum and the California Arts Council. Once you're finished at the museum, head up 17th Street and stop in at Chemers to see what's new - we have a lot more of John's paintings to show you, and we're always receiving new and exciting artwork. There's sure to be something to satiate every taste! 

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