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Art in the Redwoods Festival
The judges for this year's Art in the Redwoods Fine Art Exhibit are:
April and Ron Dammann
Gualala Arts is thrilled to welcome the husband and wife team of art historian April Dammann and art dealer Ron Dammann as the judges for this year's Art in the Redwoods Fine Art exhibit.
Partnering with her husband Ron as a judge for this year's Art in the Redwoods extends April's arts collaboration beyond the big city (Los Angeles) to her part-time community in Gualala. April is an art historian, having studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, UCLA, the University of Rochester (M.A., French literature) and the Sorbonne. She was a longtime member of Los Angeles County Museum of Art's Art Museum Council, while pursuing an award-winning writing career for television, film and the stage. Angel City Press published her biographical art history,
Exhibitionist - Earl Stendahl, Art Dealer as Impresario
about Ron's grandfather, which April will present as an illustrated
lecture at the Gualala Arts Center
on Thursday, September 26. The book was recognized by David Kipen, former literary director of the National Endowment for the Arts, as one of the Ten Best Books published in California in 2011.
An accomplished photographer, April's photo taken from her deck that contrasted an unearthly floating stone sculpture with the solid majesty of Fish Rock was one of 5 finalists for the cover of the Destination Mendonoma 2013 visitors guide published by the Independent Coast Observer.
Living with art in a home/gallery designated as a historic-cultural monument is a way of life which April appreciates to the fullest. She co-curated an exhibition of contemporary art for The Getty Museum's Pacific Standard Time initiative last year and is on the lookout for extraordinary art and artists, to expand a new direction for the Stendahl Galleries. Currently April is her publisher's only arts writer; her next book, a work of creative nonfiction, will focus on former nun, activist and serigrapher Corita Kent. Visit April's website at:
for more information about her work.
A 102 year old family business informs Ron's experience as a gallerist in Los Angeles. He is a third-generation art dealer and president of the Stendahl Galleries of Art, founded in 1911 by Earl Stendahl, his grandfather. The visionary Stendahl promoted paintings of the California plein air school and is credited with introducing modern art to the West Coast.
Ron graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.A. in Anthropology/Art History. His specialty is Pre-Columbian art from Mexico and Central America and, over a span of 44 years, he has developed a clientele for California impressionist paintings of the 1920s, as well as for Western artists of later periods. Active in the Los Angeles art community, Ron has served three terms as president of the Art Dealers Association of California and is currently chairman of the Ethnic Arts Council of Los Angeles.
For more than 20 years, Ron enjoyed Senior Member status with the American Society of Appraisers in fine arts. He and wife April are avid collectors; their Northern and Southern California homes are filled with art representing diverse genres and styles. Learn more about Ron and the Stendahl Galleries at
April and Ron will use the following approach to honoring the art of this year's Art in the Redwoods Fine Art Exhibit. They will eschew the temptation to advance a philosophy of critiquing art. Instead, they will use this criteria for judging each entry in Art in the Redwoods:
- Involve us.
- Move us.
- Express. Organize.
- Be elegant. Or not.
- Be brave.
- Evoke. Provoke.
- Show craftsmanship.
- Make unmistakable your point of view. Or make us guess.
- Tease us.
- Surprise us.
- Inspire us.
The Gualala Arts Center, located at 46501 Old State Highway in Gualala, CA,
is open weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and weekends from noon to 4:00 p.m.
Please call (707) 884-1138 for more information, or email
Serving the coastal communities of northern Sonoma & southern Mendocino Counties.