Warren Dreher will conduct a painting workshop at the Grace Hudson Museum, Ukiah, CA on August 20th, 2011 in conjunction with:
"Meadows and Mountains: The Art of William F.Jackson" curated by Alfred Harrison and also "The Landscape Sketches of Grace Carpenter Hudson" curated by Marvin Schenck.
Meadows and Mountains celebrates the work of William F. Jackson, Sacramento's leading painter from 1880 to 1936 and the first director of the Crocker Art Museum. This solo exhibit of Jackson's work brings together 20 of his painted landscapes, including views of Donner Lake, Lake Tahoe and California hillsides. At the urging of his friend Margaret Crocker, Jackson became "custodian" of the newly founded E. B. Crocker Art Gallery in 1885, a position he faithfully fulfilled for 50 years. From 1886 to 1900, he was the head of the Sacramento School of Design, the art school conducted in the Museum's ornate Victorian Ballroom. Modest and diffident about promoting himself and his works from his studio in a small city off the beaten track, Jackson was never appreciated to the full extent of his talent.
Jackson started his career as a portrait painter and photographer but soon branched out into painting landscapes. These were influenced by those of his friend William Keith and evolved from the Hudson River School style, but with a more painterly French Barbizon approach. His early works are celebrations of mountain scenery in the Sierra Nevada and often depict subjects near his favorite retreat, Soda Springs and the North Fork of the American River. After the turn of the century, he expanded his repertoire to include impressionist-influenced evocations of California hillsides covered with brilliant spring wildflowers, especially poppies and lupine. His poppy paintings won him acclaim when they were exhibited in galleries across northern California. One San Francisco art critic praised him as having become an "absolute master" of that subject.