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.
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.
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.
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
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.