The California Art Club will hold its 102nd Gold Medal Exhibition June 2 through 23 at the University of Southern California’s Fisher Museum of Art. The show will feature more than 200 pieces of art.

“Rural Electrification,” by Joseph Paquet, oil, 24 x 33 in.

Among the artists with work in the exhibition are Meredith Brooks Abbot, Peter Adams, Clyde Aspevig, Bela Bacsi, Brian Blood, Dennis Doheny, David C. Gallup, David Leffel, Michael Obermeyer, Ray Roberts, Mian Situ, and Christopher Slatoff.

“Last Train Home,” by Tony Pro, oil on linen, 49 x 32 in.

The California Art Club is honored to join forces with the USC Fisher Museum of Art in presenting the 102nd Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition, as both organizations share not only a heritage with the California Impressionist movement, but also the philosophy of complementing traditional art forms with innovation,” says Peter Adams, the CAC president.


  1. We had a lovely time with wasps a week ago. Fortunately none of us got stung, even though they were actually landing on us, our equipment, and paintings! As for the squirrel? That looks like a groundhog!
    Elizabeth MacDonald, Windsor & Essex County Plein Air Society.

  2. Thanks for sharing these fun photos! Plein air painters have the best stories and there is so much more to painting outdoors than just painting.

    Laura Segil
    Segil Fine Art Gallery

  3. That’s a cat for you – everytime I get out my paints and/or drawing materials, they want to sit right in the middle of it. Thanks for sharing this great story!

  4. Years ago I was sketching a baby elephant that was being fed by some children at the zoo. The elephant saw me and thought I had food. It ran over to me and slapped my drawing with his trunk leaving a smudge. I never got to finish that sketch but saved it because of that smudge.

  5. Interaction with animals seems to be part of the territory when plein air painting. I’ve bopped horses on the nose when they got close to nuzzling my palette and chased off cows and donkeys.

    The incident I recall most vividly was when my Dalmation’s tail swiped through the cadmium red on my palette. Foolishly, I doused it with thinner. He happily pulled away, wagging his tail vigerously at all the attention. It took me an hour to clean all the pink splatters off my white house’s front porch!


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