For more than 50 years the Lindsay Art Association has been promoting local artists and the arts in Lindsay. Yet their most prized collection never had a home to hang in.
For years a priceless collection of mid-20th Century California artists were rotated throughout the Lindsay Memorial Building, without a proper gallery to show them. Sometime in the mid-1990s, the collection was taken down and locked in storage, from the eyes of a new generation of young, local artists waiting to be inspired.
But in the last few years, the collection has finally found a home at the Lindsay Museum and Gallery, where it will make its debut in its entirety for the first time ever during the Lindsay Cultural Arts Council’s Annual Meeting on Saturday, Nov. 3.
Pam Kimball, president of the Lindsay Cultural Arts Council (LCAC), said the Lindsay Art Association is affiliated with the LCAC, which is why it will be unveiled at its annual meeting.
The collection is made up of 30 pieces painted by 25 different California artists all from the mid- to late-20th Century. The collection also includes two pieces by Lindsay natives Ira Slack and Ellen Sprague.
“Every piece is reasonably significant, unique or collectible for one reason or another,” Kimball said. “The Lindsay Art Association (LAA) was such a dynamic group of ordinary house wives who understood fine art and what was valuable.”
Pam said LAA members, such as Sprague, were part of an explosion of artistic pursuits including painting, gardening, book and other clubs in post-World War II Lindsay. A group of mostly women formed the beginnings of the LAA. They were an active group that would invite artists to hold workshops for the community and then guarantee the workshop piece would be sold to a local person.
“Some of these pieces were bought decades ago for $400, which is a lot of money now but especially then,” Kimball said. “The collection has appreciated significantly since it was put together.”
The LCAC Annual Meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 3. The cost to attend is $25 per person and includes a Western style dinner, admission into the museum and gallery as well a first look at this valuable art collection. Kimball said a brief description of each painting in the collection, information on the artist and its signficiance will be given during the meeting. The Lindsay Museum and Gallery is located in the former Lindsay Library, located at 165 N. Gale Hill Ave. in Lindsay.