Cover Image: Rex Brandt, Surfriders[detail], 1959. Oil on canvas, 26 x 36 inches. E. Gene Crain Collection

Image Above: Phil Dike, Sunlit Afternoon (Corona del Mar)[detail], 1940s. Watercolor on paper, 22 x 30 inches. Private Collection

This Saturday’s forecast calls for rain in California, but you can find the sunshine at the Pasadena Museum of California Art’s In Dialogue: The Art of Surfing event, part of the In the Land of Sunshine: Imaging the California Coast Culture exhibit, which runs through February 19, 2017. The exhibit assembles approximately 90 paintings inspired by the stunning vistas, lifestyles, and industries existing along the 840 miles of California coastline. Spanning from the mid–1800s to the present day, the oils, acrylics, and watercolors represent the diversity of California’s artistic style as well as the surfers, sailors, sport fisherman, and residents who have settled in the beaches, harbors, cities, and ranches that dot the coast.

Surfing has long been synonymous with California coastal cool. Focusing on pioneering and contemporary surf culture artists, including John Severson, Rick Griffin, Jim Evans, and Kevin Short, In the Land of Sunshine: Imaging the California Coast Culture curator and California surfer Gordon T. McClelland not only illustrates how these artists depict the cultural phenomenon, but also discusses how key organizations such as the Surfrider Foundation have kept California’s beaches clean and free to the public, and open for surfing and art inspiration.

Image: Willy’s Wagon. Watercolor by Rex Brandt, 1949

Duck out of the rain and into a sun-splashed celebration of California cool this Saturday, January 21st, at 3:00pm. Admission: Adults-$7 Seniors, Students, and Educators-$5 Children 12 and under-free.

Image: by Bill Ogden, Oil on Canvas

In the Land of Sunshine: Imaging the California Coast Culture

About The Author
- Jeff McElroy is a Ventura and Mammoth Lakes-based writer. His surf/coast-inspired short story collections, CALIFORNIOS and CALIFORNIOS 2 have received awards and accolades within the boardsport and literary communities. He writes about adventure athletes and the wild places for EDGEtv Network. When he's not writing, he's surfing, backpacking, snowboarding, and trail-running with his wife and Jack Russell Terrier.

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