California Art Club: A Link to L.A. Public Art History

Copp Building (left) was the first home for CAC. Photo courtesy LAPL Photo Library CollectionThe club is using the exhibition to reconnect its historical link to Exposition Park and the city’s core. Founded in 1909, CAC’s opening decade included a small gallery and monthly meetings at the Sketch Club, No. 424, housed in the Copp Building at 218 South Broadway (near Second Street), according to Eric Merrill, the CAC artist who is also a detailed minded historian for the Club. In that early downtown venue, CAC had a 1914 exhibition of sketches that introduced how Southern California was developing it’s own school of art. It featured Maurice Braun, born in Hungary, trained in New York, and was beginning to make San Diego home and a career as a major American/California Impressionist painter. Also in that early exhibition was CAC co-founder, landscape painter Hanson Puthuff;

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