October 24, 2007:
An art show of nearly fifty landscape painters will explore interpretations of the Eastern Sierra at the Beverly and Jim Rogers Museum of Lone Pine Film History. The show opens November 16th and will run through January 20, 2008.
The Film Museum has taken on the mission of exploring and study the interpretation of the landscape of the mountains and desert of the Owens Valley and Death Valley. Executive Director Chris Langley commented, "Most of the films made in our area rely heavily on the landscape. In fact the land serves as a character in many western films. It is only natural we would develop context for the Museum's focus by exploring what painters and artists have done with the inspiration of the land."
The show is being organized by Albert C. Salton, a Dean at UCLA, and local artist Dan Dickman. The group in this noon-juried show includes members of the Henry Fukuhara workshop that have been working in the area for the last ten years. Dickman states that the artists are all "seasoned and mature," and the results will be varied and undoubtedly exciting. There are many styles and even different media involved in the artwork being gathered for the show.
"We are excited by the idea of the show," Langley stated. "It will be our first in the new museum, and we think the nearly fifty works of art will add an extra dimension to the movie production photos and posters that we display."
Western films are often about the individual against the backdrop of the wide-open vistas of the western viewscape. "We see the value of the background of the films as the 'epic and intimate' landscape and we have a small display that introduces the visitor to this concept. It is part of the answer to why so many films have chosen our area for location."
All the paintings that are presented by the artists will be for sale. Many would make a very special gift for the holiday season coming up and the Museum will appreciate a thirty percent donation of the price of the artwork from the artist upon sale. There are no size limitations on the work, and the exhibit will actually spread out throughout the halls of the museum so people will view it in the context of the Museum's many exhibits.
For additional information on the hours and other questions, call 876-9909 and speak with Rob Barron.