Karl Dempwolf, Oh California, oil on canvas laid down on wood panel, 9 x 12 inches. Photo courtesy California Art Club

The California Art Club reveals the intriguing qualities of small-format artwork with the exhibition Miniatures En Plein Air, currently on view at its gallery at the historic Old Mill through January 8, 2017.

A reception with the exhibiting artists will be held on Thursday, September 15, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The display features more than 70 original paintings – small gems no larger than 9 by 12 inches – that capture fleeting moments of time. The selected works include serene seascapes and sweeping landscapes, as well as vineyards, hiking trails and urban settings. All of the miniatures were created en plein air – or “in the open air” – utilizing some of the techniques that the organization’s founders employed more than a century ago, when they inspired the artistic movement known as California Impressionism.

All of the participating artists in the exhibition are juried members of the California Art Club and include Nanette Biers, Ellen Brown, Jeannie Brunnick, Larry Cannon, Donald Crocker, Donald Demers, Karl Dempwolf, Esther Engelman, Bernard Fallon, Mark Fehlman, Terri Ford, Andrea Gaye, Lynn Gertenbach, Albert Handell, Ray Harris, Derek Harrison, Carolyn Hesse-Low, Debra Holladay, Gregory Hull, Anna T. Kelly, Chuck Kovacic, Frank Lennartz, Simon Lok, Elaine Mathews, Jon Messer, Al Miller, Lisa Mozzini-McDill, Richard Probert, Rodolfo Rivademar, Frank Serrano, Jeff Sewell, W. Jason Situ and Karen Winters.

The artwork in the exhibition may be viewed online at www.californiaartclub.org.

About the California Art Club

The California Art Club (www.californiaartclub.org), established in 1909 by early California Impressionists or plein air painters, is recognized as one of the oldest, largest and most active leading professional art organizations in the world. The mission of the Club 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. Members include nationally renowned artists, art students, art scholars and patrons, and leading collectors and members of the business community in order to interject different perspectives into the ongoing dialogue about traditional fine arts.

About the California Art Club Gallery at The Old Mill

Since 1999, the California Art Club and The Old Mill Foundation (www.old-mill.org) have partnered to provide a venue at which contemporary-traditional fine art paintings created by the Club’s Artist Members could be showcased year-round. With a series of themed exhibitions that are changed quarterly, the Gallery offers an ever-changing look at the life and land of California through the eyes of many of the state’s foremost representational artists. The Old Mill, completed in 1816 as a grist mill for Mission San Gabriel, is the oldest commercial building in Southern California. The room that is now the gallery was originally the Granery, where milled grain was stored. The California Art Club Gallery at The Old Mill is located at 1120 Old Mill Road in San Marino, Calif., and the telephone number is (626) 449-5458. Gallery hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, except holidays.