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Introducing the Brutons

The three Bruton sisters, Margaret, Esther, and Helen, were prolific and inventive artists working in California from the 1920s through the 1970s. Together, and separately, they experimented with modernism in a wide variety of styles and mediums, collaborated with important artists and architects, were lauded by the press, and won countless art prizes, frequently besting male artists who went on to have more successful careers. Known as the “gifted sisters from Monterey” or the “three amazing Bruton sisters,” they were called “geniuses” who “impress by the intelligence of their art.”  They earned commissions for important public art projects funded by the WPA, culminating in their masterful execution of a bas relief mural for the 1939 Golden Gate Exposition in San Francisco. The Brutons were paid $20,000 for the mural (more than $350,000 in today’s dollars), an astounding sum to earn in the final year of the Depression.   Despite their prominence in the early twentieth
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The weekend ahead


Carmel Magazine just published my article about the Bruton sisters!  It's so exciting to see them get this kind of exposure. Hopefully the digital version will be available on the Carmel Magazine website soon.

I have a busy weekend ahead.  I am giving a talk at Monterey Public Library on Saturday at 1 pm. Fortunately, the weather is cooperating and we will be sitting outside.  This is a fundraiser for the Friends of the Library, so a $10 donation is suggested. 

Signing copies of Sisters in Art at Olivia & Daisy last month

On Sunday I will be at Olivia & Daisy in Carmel Valley Village, signing books from 2:00 - 2:40 pm.  If you haven't purchased Sisters in Art yet, this is your chance!  I really believe it makes a great holiday gift for anyone on your list who has an interest in art or local history. Or for your sister.  Or for that person who already has everything and you don't know what to get them.

The event at Olivia & Daisy runs from noon to 3 pm on Sunday, and ten local authors will be stopping by during the afternoon, including the amazing Jane Smiley and Meredith May. I look forward to meeting some local authors, but I have to admit I'm super excited to meet Olivia and Daisy, the miniature donkeys that the bookstore is named after. Yes, they will be there too!

Olivia and Daisy

Olivia and Daisy is a gorgeous space with lots of books by local authors, but it's so much more than a bookstore.  They have beautiful and unusual gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list.  Hope to see you there on Sunday!


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