Angel Island: last of the eucalyptus

August 21, 1996 § Leave a comment

From Angel Island to Belvedere | Jack Cassinetto

“Angel Island: The Last of the Eucalyptus” presents a new body of work — both paintings and painted furniture — by noted California landscape artist Jack Cassinetto. The work captures the disappearing eucalyptus trees on Angel Island in the San Francisco Bay.

While Cassinetto usually paints northern California’s more rural areas, he was drawn to paint the eucalyptus trees on Angel Island before they were cut earlier this year as part of the state’s “exotic species removal project.” That project has logged many of the eucalyptus trees on Angel Island because they are not native to the island (or to anywhere else in California, for that matter).

For much of his life, Cassinetto has been painting the Northern California landscape. He has a special affinity for the eucalyptus trees that dot the countryside.

The Angel Island exhibition premiered at the Arts & Crafts Expo in San Francisco in August, and continues at the gallery. Included alongside Cassinetto’s paintings in antique frames are his first paintings on antique furniture, including two early 20th century drop-front desks.

‘Twilight and Reverie’ in Monterey

March 5, 1996 § Leave a comment

Landscape | Granville Redmond

Those who missed the Oakland Museum’s first-rate tonalism exhibit last year have another chance to see “Twilight and Reverie: California Tonalist Paintings, 1890-1930.” The exhibition is now at the Monterey Peninsula Museum of Art in downtown Monterey.

“The Tonalists studied nature and light intently, not to reproduce it in an exact way, but in order to intensify the experience of nature,” the museum says in describing the show. “Rejecting the bright, midday sun so beloved by the Impressionists, they depicted the subtle light of evening and morning, sometimes adding sharp points of gaslight or a glimmer of moon reflected on water. Eliminating hard edges and softening contrasts, they unified the elements of the scene by reducing their palette and using gradations of one dominant color — the ‘tone’ that gave the group its name.”

Oakland senior curator Harvey L. Jones, who organized the show, says it was originally conceived as a companion to the major Arts & Crafts show presented by the Oakland Museum in 1993.

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