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California Art Club Artists Set Up Easels and Sculpting Wheels at the Autry to Create Artwork of Vignettes of Life in the Wild West

More Than a Dozen Costumed Models Will Recreate Scenes to Inspire Painters and Sculptors to Create Artwork "En Plein Air" on the Closing Day of the Club's 101st Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition (April 10, 2012)

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 04/10/12 -- As the California Art Club closes its 101st Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition at the Autry National Center on April 22, painters and sculptors affiliated with the 102-year-old organization will set up their easels and sculpting wheels on the museum grounds for a "Paint-Out/Sculpt-Out" of vignettes of life in the Wild West during the late 19th century.

More than a dozen models donning authentic period costumes will pose in a series of scenes that artists will capture on canvas and in clay, utilizing traditional fine art techniques associated with working "en plein air" (in the open air). Vignettes to be recreated include "High Stakes," in which two gamblers vie for the winning poker hand, and "Burro Bob," based on the famed frontiersman popularized in dime novels.

As part of this free event, the Club will provide children with art materials for creating their own plein air sketches of the costumed models.

"Presenting the Paint-Out/Sculpt-Out at the Autry in conjunction with the closing of our 101st Annual Gold Medal Exhibition allows the California Art Club to provide art enthusiasts with a unique opportunity to both witness the creative process of representational artists and view exceptional examples of contemporary-traditional artwork being created today," says American artist Peter Adams, the Club's president.

Following the Paint-Out/Sculpt-Out, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Club will host a closing reception from 3 to 5 p.m. during which exhibiting artists will lead tours of the Gold Medal Exhibition. The closing event is free with museum admission.

Additional information on the Paint-Out/Sculpt-Out and the Gold Medal Exhibition can be found at

About the California Art Club
The California Art Club, established in 1909 by early California Impressionists, is recognized as one of the oldest, largest and most active leading professional arts organizations in the world. Its mission is to promote traditional fine arts in the fields of painting, drawing and sculpture; produce and promote art exhibitions that foster greater understanding of traditional art heritage and California history; and furnish educational opportunities in the fine arts.

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