Current Exhibitions

John H. Marble Galleries of California Art

This large decorative oil painting is pleasing to the eye in so many ways. The stylized birds stand among flowers that look like they could have escaped from a mille-fleurs French tapestry. The fenceposts follow the angles of the chickens and create a barrier, along with the Eucalyptus leaves from above, between the shadowed foreground and the sunny landscape in the distance. The colors reflect those of an art nouveau palette.The Marble Galleries were established in 2006 by a gift in memory of Louise Bougie Beland from the John H. Marble Endowment Fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County. The upstairs galleries feature changing installations of California Art in diverse media from early California to the present – drawn primarily from the Museum’s outstanding collection. Occasionally, touring exhibitions of California art are also shown in these galleries, as well as individual artworks on short and long-term loan. Currently on view are works by James Fitzgerald, Armin Hansen, Miki Hayakawa, and a recently conserved Tulita Westfall painting, among others.

Image: Tulita Westfall (1889-1962), Rooster and Hen, 1938, oil on canvas, 47 x 42 in. (119.38 x 106.68 cm). Loan from the Fine Arts Collection, U.S. General Services Administration, WPA Federal Art Project, 1935-1942. L.2018.001.002.