Category: 1946 – 1949, Disney Magic

Looking Back, 1946 – 1949

Disney artist, Art Landy, became the President of the Whittier Art Association & Gallery, 1948-49. Through his leadership, the Association expanded its outreach to youth by providing the first school district art exhibit, and
giving free art lessons to hundreds of children.

1946 February 11, ๐™‡๐™ค๐™จ ๐˜ผ๐™ฃ๐™œ๐™š๐™ก๐™š๐™จ ๐™๐™ž๐™ข๐™š๐™จ:

The Circle of Confusion, Whittierโ€™s Camera Club, holds their 9th International Salon of Photography.
The Whittier Art Gallery walls were filled with 157 prints from England, Canada, Mexico, India, and the US.
โ€œColor transparenciesโ€ (color slides), were also entered into this exhibit, and were shown for the first time.

Ida O’Keefe Paintings Found

Ida O’Keeffe’s oil paintings,ย ๐˜‰๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ข ๐˜›๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด, andย ๐˜‰๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฌ ๐˜“๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ด, were painted in 1946.ย  They are part of private collections in Whittier. ย Sue Canterbury, a curator from the Dallas Museum of Art, visited Whittier in preparation for the exhibitionย ๐˜๐˜ฅ๐˜ข ๐˜–’๐˜’๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ง๐˜ง๐˜ฆ, ๐˜Œ๐˜ด๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฑ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜Ž๐˜ฆ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜จ๐˜ช๐˜ข’๐˜ด ๐˜š๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ.ย 

1947 July 3, ๐™’๐™๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™š๐™ง ๐™‰๐™š๐™ฌ๐™จ:

Ralph Hulett exhibits California landscapes and marines. He studied four years at Chouinard Art Institute. S. McDonald Wright, Script Magazine writer, wrote:

ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย โ€œRalph Hulettโ€™s watercolors exemplify the best pictorial methods of what has now come
ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย to be called the California School.โ€

๐˜ฝ๐™–๐™ข๐™—๐™ž, ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™’๐™๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™š๐™ง ๐™‰๐™š๐™ฌ๐™จ

This movie theater ad appeared in the Whittier News on August 9, 1943

Note: Bambi was Walt Disneyโ€™s fifth animated feature film. It is interesting to remember that this film would have only been viewed in movie theaters. Whittier had three movie theaters in town, which was a major form of entertainment. It was the early 1950s when it became more common to have a black and white television In your home. Bambi was not released on color video tape until 1989.

1947 October 4, ๐™’๐™๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™š๐™ง ๐™‰๐™š๐™ฌ๐™จ:

The Artistโ€™s Guild of Southern California, Traveling Exhibit exhibited the paintings of artists with club affiliations
with the California Art Club, the California Water Color Society, The American Artistโ€™s Professional League, the Laguna Beach Art Association, and the Whittier Art Association. The โ€œoils and water colors exhibited in both
modern and conservative styles of technique are shownโ€.

1947 October 31, ๐™’๐™๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™š๐™ง ๐™‰๐™š๐™ฌ๐™จ:

Tyrus Wong, Ralph Hulett, and Davis Miller are selected for the Whittier Art Association Memberโ€™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 โ€œthe Jury of Selectionโ€, and the โ€œJury of Awardsโ€, 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.

1948 February 13, ๐™’๐™๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™š๐™ง ๐™๐™š๐™ฅ๐™ค๐™ง๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ง:

The Circle of Confusion, Whittierโ€™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.

1948 March 1, ๐™’๐™๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™š๐™ง ๐™‰๐™š๐™ฌ๐™จ:

The California Water Color Society exhibits 30 paintings at the gallery in March of 1948. The exhibit, is unit of the California Water Color Societyโ€™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,
โ€œCalifornia Water Color Paintingโ€.

Circle of Confusion

ย The Circle of Confusion Camera Club was named at the Whittier Art Gallery on July 8, 1940. For many
years before 1940, the groupย ย was very active and knownย as Whittier’s Camera Club. The Circleย of Confusion
held their Annual Salon ofย Photography (a competitive exhibit), at the Whittier Art Gallery forย over 20 years.
The photographs (prints)ย were displayed at the gallery, and the color slide entries (originallyย calledย transparencies), wereย shown at the Jonathan Bailey Schoolhouse where there was space toย accommodateย a large audience.

The Whittier Art Gallery Jr. Art Exhibit

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 galleryโ€™s guest book, indicating the number of students visiting from their class.

Note:ย  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.

1949 January 2, ๐™’๐™๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™š๐™ง ๐™๐™š๐™ฅ๐™ค๐™ง๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ง:

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 โ€œon circuit among outstanding museums in the nation, and comes to Whittier from Aurora Illinoisโ€.

Currier and Ives

๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜Ž๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜Œ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜™๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜š๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜‰๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ