Painting California: Seascapes and Beach Towns (2017, Skira Rizzoli)

It isn’t very shocking that, since the dawn of the 20th century, California has become home to remarkable artists from all over the United States and Europe. Centered around the California Art Club and celebrating over a century of natural landscapes, a new publication will soon be headed to your coffee table.

Formed in 1909, the California Art Club has remained one of the most cherished and storied painting societies in the United States. In October 2017, Skira Rizzoli will be publishing its second book on the club, featuring 200 illustrations by CAC artists who have “focused on the evocative seascapes, charming seaside towns, and beach communities from San Diego near the Mexican border to Crescent City, situated just sound of the Oregon border, demonstrating a breathtaking range of natural settings suffused with atmosphere, drama, romance, and light,” per the press materials.

Painting California: Seascapes and Beach Towns is co-authored by two major figures: Molly Siple, an artist member of the CAC and author of a number of books; and Jean Stern, executive director of the Irvine Museum at the University of California, Irvine. Both Siple and Stern were the co-authors of the first publication, titled California Light: A Century of Landscapes and published in 2011. A foreword written by CAC Executive Director and CEO Elaine Adams will also be featured. The hardcover book is 11 x 10 inches and will cost $55.

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