Category: Whittier News Articles

Looking Back, 1917 – 1933

Mabel George Haig (1894 โ€“ 1977), and her husband Myron, moved to Whittier, California in 1914. Mabel pursued her art, becoming involved with the art colony in Laguna Beach. She became close friends with Anna Hills, who cofounded the Laguna Beach Art Association with Edgar Payne in 1918. Mabel exhibited at the Laguna Beach Art Gallery at least 28 times, beginning in 1921.

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

The South Coast News, announces that Whittier has organized an Art Association โ€œfor the whole surrounding community between Los Angeles and Laguna Beachโ€. The Association is sponsoring art classes in water color landscape by Mabel George Haig; life drawing by Eleanor Colburn, sculpture by Ruth Peabody, and pottery by
pupils of Glen Lukens.

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 July 25, ๐™’๐™๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™š๐™ง ๐™‰๐™š๐™ฌ๐™จ:

An oil painting, nearly 400 years old, is discovered in an East Whittier home. The painting by Venetian master,
Paris Bordone, had once hung in The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and had not been seen by the
public for over 35 years. The painting was shown at the Whittier Art Gallery and the public was invited to hear
a special lecture.

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 

1941 January, 4, ๐™’๐™๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™š๐™ง ๐™‰๐™š๐™ฌ๐™จ:

Architect William Harrison, who donated the plans for the Whittier Art Gallery in 1938, is praised by the
๐˜ˆ๐˜ณ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ต ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜Œ๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ข๐˜ป๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ.

1941 June 4, ๐™’๐™๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™š๐™ง ๐™‰๐™š๐™ฌ๐™จ:

Pruett Carter, illustrator, exhibits illustrations from such magazines as ๐˜ˆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฏ, ๐˜”๐˜ค ๐˜Š๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ด, and ๐˜“๐˜ข๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜‘๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ญ.
He is considered as โ€œone of the top ranking Illustrators for popular magazinesโ€.

1942 April 3, ๐™’๐™๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™š๐™ง ๐™‰๐™š๐™ฌ๐™จ:

Edgar Payne exhibits oil paintings. He is the author of ๐˜๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ˆ๐˜ณ๐˜ต, and ๐˜Š๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜–๐˜ถ๐˜ต๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜—๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ
(published 1941). He is โ€œone of the best known American artistsโ€ฆโ€.

1943 October 8, ๐™’๐™๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™š๐™ง ๐™‰๐™š๐™ฌ๐™จ:

Art Landyโ€™s painting, ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜™๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜Š๐˜ข๐˜ณ, receives first place in water colors. โ€œThe Red Carโ€ creator must have hunted diligently through all California to find the ugliest combination of hill, houses, fence and vegetation, and then stuck a sadly drawn electric car with a gigantic power pole thrust up its middle smack in the center of the hill of horrorsโ€ฆโ€

1944 September 12, ๐™’๐™๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™š๐™ง ๐™‰๐™š๐™ฌ๐™จ:

Katheryn Leightonโ€™s oil paintings are reviewed by Sam Hyde Harris at the Galleryโ€™s open meeting. He comments on her drawing skill and her use of color and value. She has painted over 700 paintings of Indians, showing the esteem
of her Indian friends. โ€œShe has been made an honorary member of the Blackfoot Tribe of Montanaโ€.

1945 May 15, ๐™’๐™๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™š๐™ง ๐™‰๐™š๐™ฌ๐™จ:

The Whittier Art Association celebrated the end of their gallery’s mortgage debt on May 14, 1945. The Whittier News article shared the following:

“Perhaps more than any one other person responsible for the [Art] Associationย was Mrs. Myron J. Haig whose untiring efforts to have all debts paid this year were broughtย to a successful close when Mr. Fries held a match to the mortgage last evening”.

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€

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 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€.

1950 April 1, ๐™’๐™๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™š๐™ง ๐™‰๐™š๐™ฌ๐™จ:

Norman Rockwellโ€™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
Norman Rockwell.

Note:ย  The Whittier Art Association & Gallery Archives holds the inventory sheet of Norman Rockwellโ€™s artwork
that hung in this April, 1950 exhibit.

1950 May 8, ๐™’๐™๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™š๐™ง ๐™‰๐™š๐™ฌ๐™จ:

The Whittier Art Associations Art Fair was held under the trees behind the gallery building. ย Artist members demonstrated several media including water color painting, by Mabel Haig, woodcarving by Cloudsley French,
and weaving by Glen Nelson. Ida Oโ€™Keeffe visited the event, and can be seen in the center of the newspaper photo.