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Feminine Visions: Women Of The California School

In The Garden, 1917 by Donna N. Schuster
In The Garden, 1917 by Donna N. Schuster

SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA, October 11, 2000… Fleischer Museum’s new exhibition, Feminine Visions: Women Of The California School 1890-1930s, spotlights female artists of American Impressionism California School. Opening on November 1, 2000, this exhibition features work by women who enriched the American art heritage with their achievements and contributions.

With a newfound ease of travel by train, many young artists headed west. Beautiful landscapes and bright sunny days intrigued these artists and many settled in San Francisco, the recognized art center of the West. Others chose the Los Angeles and Laguna Beach areas. The California School of Design opened in San Francisco, in 1874 and nearly fifty of the sixty students were women. These artists from Northern and Southern California became known as the California School of American Impressionism.

The celebrated artists included in this exhibition are: Jessie Arms Botke, Alice Brown Chittenden, Anna Althea Hills, Isabel Hunter, Mary DeNeale Morgan, Mary H. Ross, Donna Norine Schuster, Marion Kavanagh Wachtel and Nell Walker Warner. These women are remembered for perseverance in their field as they painted, exhibited and competed with the same enthusiasm as their male counterparts.

Feminine Visions: Women Of The California School 1890-1930s, which runs November 1, 2000 through February 28, 2001, is in conjunction with the Museum’s 2000 Cultural Arts Series. This Series features music performances and art lectures that take place at 2 pm on the third Sunday of each month, October through April. The highlight of these cultural events is the 3rd Annual Great Masters Series, with the music of renowned composer Antonio Vivaldi. The Great Masters Series boasts a concert every Sunday in March.

Fleischer Museum opened as the first museum dedicated to the paintings of American Impressionism, California School, 1890-1930’s and now extends its collection to include Russian Impressionism from the Cold War Era. The museum, which displays the private collection of Morton and Donna Fleischer, serves as a cultural and educational contribution to the community. Free to the public, Fleischer periodically features special exhibits of renowned artists’ paintings, sculptures, and performances of the fine arts. The museum is open seven days a week, excluding holidays, and offers tours to local school classes and to the public by appointment. Fleischer Museum is located in the Perimeter Center near the northwest corner of Pima and East Bell Roads. Please call (480) 585-3108 for directions.

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