March 11, 2002
New gallery at CSUS opens with legendary art
Bold landscapes by California plein-air
artists of the early 20th Century are featured in Society
of Six, the first exhibit in California State University,
Sacramentos spacious new Library Gallery.
The gallery, on the first floor of the University Library,
has more than 2,000 square feet of exhibit space. It opens
on April 4, the first day of the 10th annual Festival of the
The Society of Six exhibit features 34 paintings,
most from the private collection of CSUS emeritus professor
Robert E. Aichele. It is the first time the works have been
The paintings were created around 1917, when the Oakland hills
were still rural and the shoreline of the San Francisco Bay
was still a paradise of open space.
The East Bay hills and beaches were also the studios for a
group of Northern California plein-air artists - six men with
shared aesthetic ideals who painted and exhibited together.
The artists - Selden Gile, August Gay, Maurice Logan, Bernard
von Eichman, William Clapp, and Louis Siegriest - called themselves
the "Society of Six." Although considered outsiders
in their day, their bold and colorful landscapes are now regarded
among the most advanced and original paintings produced in
the Western United States.
The Society of Six exhibit continues through July
26 and gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through
Saturday. For more information call (916) 278-4189. Additional
media assistance is available at the CSUS office public affairs
at (916) 278-6156.
For further information, send an e-mail
public affairs at (916) 278-6156. For ticketed events, call
the CSUS Ticket Office at (916) 278-4323.
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