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Jack London and the Carmel Art Colony presented by Steve Kanaras and Deb Wadsworth; a five-part lecture and art workshop

Event Date/Time

Nov 14, 2012
1:00 pm until 3:30 pm


At the turn of the twentieth century the little city of Carmel, California was transformed into a colony of artists, writers, photographers, and poets. Often referred to as Carmel-by-the-Sea, this city played a significant role in the history of writing and art in the United States. This five-week lecture/workshop will focus on the main figures and contributors to this largely undiscovered period of American growth in art and literature.

These lectures will feature biographical information on some of the most famous figures in the colony, and use both period photography and art to bring the mood of the times to life. Some leading figures in the colony include Mary Hunter Austin, George Sterling, Upton Sinclair, and Jack London who is the most popular author of the day. Whenever artists gather, sparks are sure to fly, and the Carmel Colony was no exception!

The program will explore the personal relationships of key figures in Carmel as well as the historical context of the art colony. The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, a major geological event during this time period, will also be given special emphasis during the lectures.

The workshop portion of each session will feature a hands-on art project suitable for beginners and experienced artists alike. There will be a new medium for each session that is associated with the lecture topic.

Week One Lecture: Introduction to the Carmel Art Colony and history of the development. This lecture will also focus on the San Francisco Earthquake and impact on the Carmel Colony, the State of California, and the country as a whole. We will briefly meet some of the key personalities in the colony and set the stage for the coming weeks.
Week One Art Project: Collage using newspapers

Week Two Lecture: The founders and most significant members of the community will be explored in more detail. We will discuss personalities such as George Sterling, Upton Sinclair, Arnold Genthe, Mary Hunter Austin and others. Jack London will be introduced here, but more details on his adventures will follow in the proceeding weeks. 
Week Two Art Project: TBD

Week Three Lecture: Jack London was the most famous American writer of his time, and his presence at the Carmel Art Colony brought fame, personal intrigue, and adventure to the area. Thus lecture covers his life at the colony, along with the various friendships, lovers, and interactions that he had while at Carmel.
Week Three Art Project: TBD

Week Four Lecture: The focus of the fourth week of the lecture is the South Seas adventure of Jack London aboard the vessel Snark, for which he assembled a crew and sailed the Pacific. 
Week Four Art Project: TBD

Week Five Lecture: Mary Hunter Austin stands as one of the premiere chroniclers of the American West. She was a prominent member of the Carmel Art community and collaborated with famous photographer Ansel Adams on his book. Her story at the colony is the focus of the final lecture. This class also features a wrap up and further details on the history of the Carmel community. 
Week Five Art Project: TBD

Cost $125 Members / $175 non-Members

New Britain Museum of American Art
56 Lexington Street
New Britain, CT
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SponsorNew Britain Museum of American Art

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