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Main Event Gallery Exhibit

California's Girl of the Golden Sunshine, Babette Fickert Dowell

Reception: Friday,  May 10, 5-8 pm

Presentation: Saturday, May 11, 12 noon

A collection of art by prominent 1940’s California artist Babette Fickert Dowell, a former Red Bluff resident, will be featured in the Main Event Gallery, 710 Main St.,Red Bluff. The retrospective exhibit of the late artist’s works will feature many of Fickert’s paintings. Included are paintings by two of her instructors, famed artists Millard Sheets and Arthur Hill Gilbert. The public is invited to attend the opening reception, Friday May 10, 5-8 pm and meet Fickert's daughter Barbara Dowell Lancaster, who will also give a power-point presentation on Saturday, May 11, 12 N, honoring the life and art of her mother. Lancaster said, “Although the Fickerts came to Red Bluff during the gold rush, it was Babette Fickert who struck gold as she captured the light of Tehama landscapes on canvas five generations later. Born in 1920, she won an award at the California State fair in 1933 at age 13 and went on to show her oils at Crocker Gallery in Sacramento, Stendhal and Pasadena in Los Angeles, Carmel Gallery, Gumps, Legion of Honor in San Francisco, the California State Fairs of 1935, 1936, and the Golden gate Exposition for the Worlds Fair 1939.” Fickert’s father made frames and shipped her pictures to galleries in custom crates from his furniture store, which was located in the building that still exists at 623 Main Street. The Sacramento Union newspaper called Babette, “California’s girl of the golden sunshine,” describing her show at the Crocker Gallery in 1939. She utilized a variety of mediums, but as a plein air painter was well known for the light she captured in the oils she painted outdoors. During WWII when canvas and oils were scarce, Babette donated paintings to the war effort for fundraisers. Abandoning her own art career, she went on to teach art to Japanese children at the Manzanar Relocation Center during the war. Daughter, Barbara Lancaster says of her mother’s paintings, " From the dry oaks of Tehama to the coast line of Carmel, her paintings shine with the California gift of golden light."

Image: "Antelope Valley," by Babette Fickert Dowell 

Date & Time

Weekly on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday

05/09/2019 through 07/06/2019

11:00AM - 5:00AM

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