Tyrus Wong, Ralph Hulett, and Davis Miller are selected for the Whittier Art Association Member’s Show jury. The Whittier Art Gallery showed the artwork of Whittier Art Association members in a competitive exhibit twice each year. The Exhibits were juried by a group of three know as “the Jury of Selection”, and the “Jury of Awards”, a group
of three professional artists, chose the award winners. Most of the Jury of Awards judges had previously had solo shows at the gallery.
Loren Barton, nationally known artist and art instructor faculty member, teaches oil and water color painting
at the Whittier Art Gallery. Her paintings are represented by the Dalzell Hatfield Galleries in L.A.’s
The Circle of Confusion, Whittier’s Camera Club, received over 1300 entries for their Eleventh Annual Salon of Photography exhibit at the Whittier Art Gallery. Black and white prints and color slides were submitted. Entries
were received from Sweden, Denmark, Czechoslovakia, Belgium, and India.
The California Water Color Society exhibits 30 paintings at the gallery in March of 1948. The exhibit, is unit of the California Water Color Society’s Traveling Show. Some of the exhibiting artists are, Milford Zornes, Tyrus Wong, Robert Kennicott, and Phil Dike. Phil Dike speaks at the opening reception. His talk is titled,
“California Water Color Painting”.
The Circle of Confusion Camera Club exhibited their 11th Annual International Salon of Photography in February,
of 1948. The two week record of 2,875 visitors, attended the exhibit of prints at the Whittier Art Gallery and the display of color slides at the Jonathan Bailey School.
The Circle of Confusion Camera Club was named at the Whittier Art Gallery on July 8, 1940. For many
years before 1940, the group was very active and known as Whittier’s Camera Club. The Circle of Confusion
held their Annual Salon of Photography (a competitive exhibit), at the Whittier Art Gallery for over 20 years.
The photographs (prints) were displayed at the gallery, and the color slide entries (originally called transparencies), were shown at the Jonathan Bailey Schoolhouse where there was space to accommodate a large audience.
Edgar Starr exhibits water color and tempora paintings at the gallery through April. He was a color stylist and
artist for the Disney Studios, illustrating a children’s book [the Disney Big Golden Book, Bongo, in 1947].
The Whittier Art Gallery provides its first Jr. Art Exhibit, December 5 through January 2 of 1948. It was a
competitive exhibit of student artwork from the Whittier City Schools.
The first Jr. Art Exhibit featured at the Whittier Art Gallery, attracted thousands of visitors. Classrooms of students toured the exhibit during December of 1948. Each teacher signed the gallery’s guest book, indicating the number of students visiting from their class.
Note: The student art exhibit tradition was reinstated in 2007. The Whittier Art Association Board of Directors looks forward to providing grants to fund annual student art exhibits for both the Whittier City and East Whittier City School Districts.
Originals of Currier and Ives prints, are shown at the gallery. There are 21 original prints in the valuable collection. The collection, used on the Travelers calendars since 1936, has been “on circuit among outstanding museums in the nation, and comes to Whittier from Aurora Illinois”.
𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘎𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵 𝘌𝘢𝘴𝘵 𝘙𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘚𝘶𝘴𝘱𝘦𝘯𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘉𝘳𝘪𝘥𝘨𝘦
The Circle of Confusion 12th Annual International Photo Salon exhibits 133 prints and 236 color slides selected
from nearly 1400 entries. Photographs were submitted from Canada, England, India, Portugal, Czechoslovakia, Belgium and Hungry.
Milford Zornes exhibits oils, tempera and water color paintings in his one-man show at the Whittier Art Gallery.
He will be the guest speaker at the gallery’s open meeting.
Milford Zornes was Water Color Society President, 1941 – 1942.
𝘉𝘳𝘦𝘢 𝘊𝘢𝘯𝘺𝘰𝘯, 𝘊𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘯𝘪𝘢 1956
Art Landy and other prominent Southern California artists will be teaching art classes for children free of charge. More than 400 children are signed up for the art classes.
Milford Zornes serves on the jury of awards for the Whittier Art Gallery’s Spring Artist Member’s show. Also on the jury are F. Tolles Chamberlain and Mrs. Wm. Higbee. Judges for Whittier Art Association competitive exhibits were non-member professional artists.
Emil Kosa Jr. returns for his second solo exhibit at the gallery. He serves as a judge for the Whittier Art Association’s competitive exhibit in May, 1950. Non-member, professional artists always judged WAA member exhibits, for which there were cash awards.
Mabel Haig speaks about how Frank Cuprien “painted his last picture of the sea, and left his entire estate to the Laguna [Beach] Art Association”.
Note: See 1951, October 11, Whittier News.
Paul Landacre shows his wood engravings during his March exhibit at the gallery. His prints are in permanent collections at the Library of Congress and in major museums and libraries in Boston, Philadelphia, San Francisco,
and Seattle. He teaches at the Kann Institute of Art in Los Angeles.
Norman Rockwell’s drawings and paintings are shown in the small gallery, and the paintings of Joseph Mugnaini
are shown in the main floor gallery. Mugnaini, is an instructor at Otis Art Institute, and a good friend of
Note: The Whittier Art Association & Gallery Archives holds the inventory sheet of Norman Rockwell’s artwork
that hung in this April, 1950 exhibit.
The Whittier Art Associations Art Fair was held under the trees behind the gallery building. Artist members demonstrated several media including water color painting, by Mabel Haig, woodcarving by Cloudsley French,
and weaving by Glen Nelson. Ida O’Keeffe visited the event, and can be seen in the center of the newspaper photo.
The Art Fair was held on the gallery grounds, and the member’s competitive exhibit was featured inside the
Whittier Art Gallery in the main floor exhibit space.
James Couper Wright exhibits water color in a one-man show at the gallery.
Note: James Couper Wright earned 48 awards during the 1930s for his still life paintings and landscapes that
were considered “bold and modern”. He was a member of the California Water Color Society from 1931 to 1956.
Jean Charlot, internationally famed muralist, show his lithographs in a solo exhibit at the Whittier Art Gallery.
He has also authored books including 𝘈𝘳𝘵 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘔𝘢𝘺𝘢𝘯𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘋𝘪𝘴𝘯𝘦𝘺.
Note: Jean Charlot, worked in the true fresco technique during the early 1920s. He befriended Mexican muralists Diego Rivera, David Siqueiros, and Jose Orozco.
A fresco depicting Hopi snake dancers.
Arizona State University, 1951
Mabel Haig steps in as “Guest Speaker” when a case of measles and other problems prevent the exhibiting Laguna artists from attending their exhibit’s open meeting. Mabel tells the history of the Laguna Beach Art Association
with “humorous whimsy and dramatic suspense”.
The Whittier Art Association’s first Bohemian Night featured a “Bohemian” theme with humorous skits and an
old-fashioned vaudeville show by Axel Christensen, a well-known comedian. Proceeds from the show were to
benefit the gallery’s Building Fund.
Milford Zornes and Art Landy exhibit with the Artists Guild of Southern California at the Whittier Art Gallery.
Milford Zornes and Art Landy enjoyed a long friendship and years of plein air painting together. This photo was probably taken in the mid to late 1940’s when Milford was teaching at Otis Art Institute.
𝘔𝘢𝘪𝘯 𝘉𝘦𝘢𝘤𝘩 𝘓𝘢𝘨𝘶𝘯𝘢, 1952
Watercolor, 15 x 23 in.
Ralph Hulett exhibits at the gallery. Arthur Miller considers Hulett to be a “a consistently good watercolorist”.
Bohemian Night’s second year featured a hilarious melodrama entitled “The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter”, the “clever farce” was written and narrated by Mabel George Haig. The evening’s live music was played on piano and accordion. Mrs. Paul Van Cleave, Paul Gardiner, Dick Squires, and Blanch Hutchison, performed Mabel Haig’s melodrama, “The Lighthouse Keepers Daughter”.
The second annual Bohemian Night was produced by the gallery’s artists. Placed in the setting of “Café Bohemia”,
was the proprietor and other “employees” of the café. Art Association artists became writers, musicians, and actors
in this effort to raise money for the Gallery’s Building Fund.
The California Art Club exhibits watercolors and oil paintings at the Whittier Art Gallery in August. Phillip Paval, president of the club, spoke at the open meeting. His subject was “Art of the Silversmith. Phillip Paval is an internationally known Silversmith and creates original designs in both gold and silver. His work has been exhibited
in America and major museums in Europe.
Bohemian Night, with a Left Bank theme, featured a Parisian sidewalk café setting, complete with can-can dancers. The show was a collaboration between the Whittier Art Association and the Whittier Civic Light Opera.
The proceeds benefitted both groups.
Milford Zornes one-man show at the Whittier Art Gallery features a collection of his watercolors, temperas, and
oil paintings. Milford Zornes is a nationally recognized watercolor painter, a member of the American Watercolor Society and art director of the Padua Institute at Padua Hills. At his artist’s talk, he spoke of his experiences in
This photo of Milford Zornes was taken in 1956.
𝘌𝘭 𝘊𝘢𝘫𝘰𝘯 𝘗𝘢𝘴𝘴, 1957
Watercolor, 19 x 24.5 in
Rex Brandt, an associate of the National Academy of Design, exhibits his watercolor paintings in December.
During his artist’s talk, he showed three films, “Watercolor Landscape”, “Watercolor and Printers Ink”, and
“Oil Painting Methods”.
A Bohemian Night titled “Traveling Light”, is a Parisian fling, set in a Left Bank café. The evenings are planned with
a longer intermission “to permit patrons to sit for individual portraits sketched by a sidewalk artist”.
Note: This Bohemian Night, “Traveling Light”, written by Natalie Stone, told the musical story of a “cereal-contest winning couple, who won a trip around the world”. The show played “to a sold-out house” for four performances.
Taro Yashima, author and illustrator, exhibited paintings at the Whittier Art Gallery in June of 1958.
Taro Yashima gives a watercolor painting demonstration at the South Pasadena Public Library.
Taro Yashima’s book, 𝘊𝘳𝘰𝘸 𝘉𝘰𝘺, was published by Viking Press in 1955.
Taro signed a copy of his book, 𝘊𝘳𝘰𝘸 𝘉𝘰𝘺 for Holly Overin, the daughter of Whittier artist, Janet Overin.
Janet was a student of Taro Yashima.
Phil Dike exhibits in a one-man show at the gallery. His watercolor paintings are well-known in national exhibitions. His exhibit featured watercolor paintings at the sea coast, boats, the Newport Harbor area, hills and countryside.
Phil Dike is an assistant professor of art at Scripps College.
Phil Dike’s watercolor painting, 𝘚𝘶𝘮𝘮𝘦𝘳 𝘗𝘢𝘨𝘦𝘢𝘯𝘵, was featured on the cover of the 𝘓𝘰𝘴 𝘈𝘯𝘨𝘦𝘭𝘦𝘴 𝘛𝘪𝘮𝘦𝘴 𝘏𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘔𝘢𝘨𝘢𝘻𝘪𝘯𝘦. In this painting of Newport Bay, Phil Dike’s bold brush and intense color were recognized.
Milford Zornes teaches evening beginning and advance drawing classes at the Whittier Art Gallery.
Construction is underway on an addition that will increase the Whittier Art Gallery’s exhibition space. The $10,500 addition will have a “basement workshop” room. The addition is being built by Raymond Hunnicutt, the contractor who built the original gallery building in 1938-1939.
The Whittier Art Gallery plans opening of its new addition. The event will honor Mrs. Mabel Haig, a charter director of the Association, founders, life members and past presidents of the Art Association.