Category: 1930’s

Dallas Museum of Art

The Ida O’Keeffe exhibit of paintings, monotypes, and photographs far exceeded our expectations. A true highlight was the display of Idaโ€™s large personal scrapbook, where she had kept newspaper clippings from her exhibits in the East and South, as well and items from Whittier.

Looking Back, 1950 – 1959

This Bohemian Night image is one of the silk-screened posters that the Art Association used to advertise their Bohemian Night shows. The Whittier Art Association formed a partnership with the Whittier Civic Light Opera,
and what began as some humorous skits, performed in 1952, ended up as a very well attended annual event that lasted more than ten years.

1930 June 27, ๐™Ž๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฉ๐™ ๐˜พ๐™ค๐™–๐™จ๐™ฉ ๐™‰๐™š๐™ฌ๐™จ:

Mabel George Haig exhibits at the Laguna Beach Art Gallery in July, 1930. Her water color painting, Shanty Town
is entry #18. Some of the other participating artists are George Brandriff, Benjamin Brown, Frank Cuprien, Elanor Colburn, Phil Dike, Clyde Forsythe, William Griffith, Anna A. Hills, Joseph Kleitsch, Hanson Puthuff, Edgar Payne,
and Donna Schuster.

1934 June 1, ๐™’๐™๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™š๐™ง ๐™‰๐™š๐™ฌ๐™จ:

Laguna Beach Art Association past president, William Griffith, spoke at the galleryโ€™s open meeting. โ€œHe
encouraged the members of the Whittier [Art] Association in the belief that Whittier too, can be made an
important art and cultural centerโ€.ย  He went on to say, โ€œI wish you all the luck in the world, and Laguna will do everything possible to help youโ€.

1934 August 20, ๐™‡๐™ค๐™จ ๐˜ผ๐™ฃ๐™œ๐™š๐™ก๐™š๐™จ ๐™๐™ž๐™ข๐™š๐™จ:

The Los Angeles Times Newspaper announces that the writing of the late Anna Hills, โ€œHow to Judge Picturesโ€,
will be read at a meeting of the Whittier Art Association.ย  Anna Hills was one of the cofounders of the
Laguna Beach Art Center and Gallery.

Note: The correct title of the document is โ€œHow to Judge a Pictureโ€, written by Anna Hills for a talk she gave about two months before she passed away in 1930.

1938, Broadway School Postcard:

The Whittier Art Association lost their temporary Whittier Art Gallery space on Philadelphia Street. After several months, they open a new โ€œGallery at Pickering and Broadwayโ€ in Whittierโ€™s old Broadway School building.
The Broadway School was demolished six months after the WAA opened their gallery there. The WAA provided exhibits at the Whittier Womanโ€™s Club House until they constructed their own galley.

1938 December 6, ๐™’๐™๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™š๐™ง ๐™‰๐™š๐™ฌ๐™จ:

Ground breaking exercises were held at 727 South Painter Avenue, attended by Art Association members and representatives of leading civic organizations. Mrs. Mryon Haig, president of the Whittier Art Association, accepted the deed of the property on which would be built the new home of the Whittier Art Center. She turned at least one shovel of dirt to speed up the actual building work.ย 
ย ย ย ย ย ย ย 
Note:ย  The galleryโ€™s original address of 727 So. Painter Ave. was changed to 8035 Painter Ave. in the 1960s.

1939 January 27, ๐™’๐™๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™š๐™ง ๐™‰๐™š๐™ฌ๐™จ:

The Whittier Art Gallery was given warm support from the Whittier Woman’s Club, Jr. Woman’s Club,ย East Whittier Woman’s Club, the Business and Professional Woman’s Club, the Parent-Teachers Association (PTA), and organizations in every school district, covering the entire community.ย  The town’s businessmen also contributed.

1939 April 16, ๐™‡๐™ค๐™จ ๐˜ผ๐™ฃ๐™œ๐™š๐™ก๐™š๐™จ ๐™๐™ž๐™ข๐™š๐™จ:

Arthur Millier reports that 600 visitors attended the galleryโ€™s opening night. He closed with, โ€œBecause the gallery is so fine, it has already been offered exhibitions ofย a quality which ordinarily Whittier would never have a chance to see. Whittier hasย shown Southern California the wayโ€.
ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย Arthur Millier,ย 
ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย April 16, 1939, ๐˜“๐˜ฐ๐˜ด ๐˜ˆ๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜›๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด

1939 April 16th, ๐™‡๐™ค๐™จ ๐˜ผ๐™ฃ๐™œ๐™š๐™ก๐™š๐™จ ๐™๐™ž๐™ข๐™š๐™จ

Phil Dike exhibits water colors with thirteen other artists at the Whittier Art Galleryโ€™s
Opening Exhibition.

Note: Phil Dike was California Water Color Society President in 1938. He was employed by the Walt Disney
Studios 1935 โ€“ 1945, where he taught drawing composition. He contributed to both Snow White and Fantasia.
Phil Dike was a key figure in the development of California style of water color painting.

1939 August 11, ๐™’๐™๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™š๐™ง ๐™‰๐™š๐™ฌ๐™จ:

Rex Brandt and other artists from the Progressive Art Center of Southern California, exhibit โ€œmodernโ€ paintings at the Gallery. Young artist Rex Brandt, became a nationally recognized artist and Associate of the National Academy
of Design. He returned to have a solo exhibit at the Whittier Art Gallery in December of 1957.ย ย 

Looking Back at the 1930’s

The Whittier Art Association formed in 1934 during the depths of the Great Depression. The Art Association opened its first Whittier Art Gallery in the middle of Whittier’s business district, featuring exhibits by professional artists from Los Angeles to the art colony in Laguna Beach.