March 19, 2014
The Mt. San Jacinto College Art Gallery will be hosting the exhibition “California Landscapes - Paintings by Milford Zornes” April 3 - May 3, 2014. Zornes' paintings capture the colors and landscape of California from the 1930s through the early 2000’s. These displayed works show mastery of the medium of watercolor, bold compositions and a range of paint application technique that punctuates Zornes' personal style. Zornes studied at the Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles and later returned there as an instructor. He is best known locally for his 1942, Fresco mural “Ramona” painted on an interior wall at the Ramona Bowl Amphitheatre in Hemet. The 16’ x 18’ painting was designed in a competition by Barbara Taylor. Zornes led the painting of the mural, introducing traditional Fresco technique to a group of Otis Art Institute students who assisted in the painting. A restoration of the mural is planned, as it has been recognized as a local treasure.
Milford Zornes participated in government sponsored programs to promote the arts and artists during the Great Depression. During World War II, he was one of the United States Army, official war artists in China, India and Burma. He was a member of the National Academy of Design and the American Watercolor Society. In 1942 Zornes served as president of the California Watercolor Society, an organization in which he was a participating member for many years. In 1964, Zornes was nominated as an Associate National Academician and in 1994 he became a full National Academician. In 2005 he received the National Watercolor Society Lifetime Achievement Award. Zornes combined his interest in travel with his artistic life by teaching international watercolor workshops. During the last year of his life, and in celebration of his 100th birthday, Zornes presented a two hour painting demonstration at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. Milford Zornes died on February 24, 2008 in his home in Claremont, California.
A public reception for the artist will be held on Saturday, May 3, from 1-4 pm. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. The Art Gallery is located on the San Jacinto campus of Mt. San Jacinto College, 1499 N. State Street, San Jacinto, CA 92583. The Art Gallery is open Monday through Thursday from 10 - 4pm. The Gallery will also be open on the following Saturdays, from 10am - 4pm, (April 12 an 26 and May 3).
The gallery exhibits work by regional artists enriching the cultural life of the college and the greater community. See the Art Gallery website at www.msjc.edu/ArtGallery
California Orange Grove, 1978
El Cajon Pass, 1957