On Saturday, January 8, 2011 about sixteen members of CSP (including some happy spouses) were treated to a special tour and viewing of some of the California prints in the new study room area of the Crocker Art Museum, one of California’s major art museums. With an area now almost three times larger than before, new buildings and remodeling, the extensive collection can now be viewed in a thoughtful and comfortable context. With We met at reserved tables for a delicious lunch before joining Dr. William Breazeale, Curator of Prints and Drawings, for our private tour. It was also a chance to connect with some of our Sacramento CSP printmakers.
In a spacious and well-lit study room, we were able to closely examine prints by such California icons as Roi Partridge whose engravings of the Sierras landscape won medals in France around the period of World War I, through such other print masters as Wayne Thiebaud, Roland Petersen. and Gerald Gooch. We closely examined the drawing and needling techniques of each artist, how they applied color, even the very texture of the printing paper used.
Later some of us browsed through other areas of the museum, admiring how each art object had its own space, yet kept a relationship to the works around it. As an aside, the Crocker was totally full of people, families, artists, old and young, all enjoying their museum. As a bonus, free posters were given out as we left to walk back to the train station.
Jack and I took the train from Jack London Square in Oakland to Sacramento and back to make the whole day a very special one. We are old enough to remember with much nostalgia when traveling by train was a common, yet magical way to take a journey. Old Sacramento is an interesting and historic area between the station and the Crocker, with restaurants, galleries, etc. That will be part of our next trip to the Crocker Art Museum.
Many thanks to Dixie Laws for arranging the recent California Society of Printmakers special trip and viewing to the recently refurbished and much enlarged Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, California.