The Irvine Museum (1/26/2010)
Did You Know? - The Irvine Museum was founded in 1992 by Joan Irvine Smith and her mother, the late Athalie R. Clarke (1903-1993). Teir first exhibition opened on January 15, 1993. The museum is located in the city of Irvine, in central Orange County, and hosts more than 30,000 visitors per year.
It is the only museum in California dedicated to the preservation and display of California Impressionism or Plein-Air paintings, an art style that flourished in California from 1890 to 1930.
Small museum but quite nice
Lot's of space to move back from the paintings and enjoy them
Avalon circa 1921!
Anna Althea Hills (1882 -1930)
Southern California Landscape, n.d.
Oil on Canvas
30 x 36 inches
San Juan Capistrano
Oil on masonite
Did you know? - Masonite is a type of hardboard invented by William H. Mason. Masonite was invented in 1924 in Laurel, Mississippi. Mass production started in 1929. In the 1930s and 1940s Masonite was used for many applications including doors, roofing, walls, desktops, electric guitars and canoes. It is still sometimes used for house siding and, if kept painted at regular intervals, it will last the life of the house. Its popularity later faded, but it is still used, most notably by hobbyists.
It is formed using the Mason method, using wooden chips, blasting them into long fibers with steam and then forming them into boards. The boards are then pressed and heated to form the finished boards. No glue or other material is added. The long fibers give Masonite a high bending strength, tensile strength, density and stability. Unlike other composite wood panels produced using formaldehyde-based resins to bind fibers, Masonite is made using natural ingredients only, which makes it an environmentally friendly product.