The Beginning

In the fall of 1948 Bill Cunningham (1916-2003) newly hired Los Gatos Art Teacher, and Dr. Arturo Fallico, San Jose State Professor of Philosophy, were planting the seeds for the Los Gatos Art Association.

Both were teaching Art, adult education, at Los Gatos High School. Their discussion of a need for a visual arts group led to three organizational meetings chaired by Bill Cunningham.

Dr. Fallico would become our first President with Bill Cunningham our first Vice President.

In the spring of 1949 Florence Blakeslee, first Palette Editor, organized the Allied Arts Exhibit and out of this exhibit came many of the first 25 charter members of the Los Gatos Art Association.

Fifteen women and ten men put in place many of the nuts and bolts that still exist in our club today.

They include our By-Laws, The Palette, our slate of officers, incorporation and our History Book. In addition they instituted a spring and fall art show.

They reached out to the young people with art workshops and opportunities to show their work.

By 1954 we had 200 members in the Los Gatos Art Association and were a moving force in Los Gatos, a community of 25,000.

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From the Archives

September 20, 1951

The Los Gatos Daily Times reported the visit by LGAA members to see the Japanese Art Exhibit at the de Young Museum in San Francisco.

Paintings, bronzes, carvings, sculpture, armor, typical apparel and symbolic puppets were included.

One room in the gallery contained not only the famous Hokusai and Hiroshige, but earlier and later etchings and other art work.

The periods covered almost everything made by the artists of Japan from the first century of our era to the latter half of the 19th century, and none of these had previously been shown in the United States.

November 24, 1952

The 3rd annual LGAA Fall Members Juried Show was on display at Montalvo November 22 - 28.

Award Winners included: Ruth Thompson and Oronzo Abbatoecola (Modern Oils); Bill Cunningham and Caladoro Brown (Modern Watercolor); Frank Cutting and Vida Gamble (Traditional Oils); Ellen Starr (Traditional Watercolor); Georgina Burke and Willa Blair (Traditional Sculpture); Agnes Prusmman and Bill Cunningham (Modern Sculpture).

February 10, 1953

People from all over central California attended the one-man show of the art work of Frank Cutting at Luigi's Sunday.

The show was sponsored by the Los Gatos Art Association. The show will continue for a month.

August 20, 1953

The Los Gatos Art Association's Board Fence exhibit at VIllage Square ended Sunday, August 16 after a successful eight-day showing which drew an estimated 1,500 visitors, many of whom (according to the guest book) were from states other than California.

The Board Fence show and sale is the last outdoor exhibit of the season.

April 1, 1954

The Los Gatos Art Association joins in the Spring Festival with art, flowers and music. Paintings of the members are being shown at the show in the Village Square April 1-4.

April 22, 1954

The Los Gatos Daily Times reported the opening of The Los Gatos Art Association's first art gallery on Sunday April 18th - attended by approximaitely 100 visitors. Forty artist displayed their oils and watercolors and the works of five sculptors were displayed.

The gallery was the former Austin Corners Schoohouse and later a grocery store, located on Austrian Way and Lancaster Road in back of the County Firehouse on Los Gatos/Saratoga Road.

LGAA 1954 Gallery

The gallery was the site of art classes and lectures and was open to the public each Sunday from 1-4p.m.

Artist were welcome Monday Through Friday when classes and lectures were not being conducted.

April 1, 1956

The Los Gatos Art Association's Spring exhibit opens today at the galleries in Austin Way, continues on week-end afternoons through April 19.

November 1, 1960

The 11th annual juried show by members of the Los Gatos art Association will be held at their gallery, Austin Way at Lancaster Rd. Saratoga, through November, opening November 5th.

Judges for the show are John Garth, San Francisco, Olive Verna Rogers, Mill Valley, Dr. Gustave Fassin, Los Gatos, and Wayne Dye of Pacific Grove has been invited to be an alternate.

The Art Gallery is open to the public each Saturday and Sunday from 2-5pm.

November 1, 1965

The 16th annual juried membership show of the Los Gatos Art Association will be held during the month of November and up through December 12.

Preview of the juried show will be held Thursday, November 4, 7-9pm. The show will be juried by three judges: Elaine Michaelsen, Bob Moesle and Peter Emig.

November 2, 1966

The Los Gatos Art Association will present its 17th Annual Juried Membership show November 3 through December 11.

The judges for the show this year were Mrs. Phyl Lauer, Mr. Frank Voz and Mrs. Bertha Forgee.

November 15, 1968

The Reception for the 19th Annual Juried Art Show held at the LGAA Gallery Friday, November 8 was attended by more than 700 people.

Award winners included: Mary Margaret Novak (Best of Show); Margaret Seaman, Nastsche Milan and Rita Heidinger (Non-representational); Mary Margaret Novak, Janet Kruskamp and Carol Beale (Representational); Marcia Bowen, Betty Ann Lukes and Paige Nix (Watercolor); Nadine Peterson, Margaret Seaman and Renata Radcliffe (Mixed Media); Elza Reinvalds, Doris Molek and Persis Giebeler (Portraits); Dennis Gagarin, Barton Fisk and Betty Stockham (Other).

November 7, 1972

The works of winning artists in the 23rd Annual Juried show of the Los Gatos Art Association will be on exhibit during the month of November at the Gallery.

The judge for this show will be Charlotte Britton, founder and currently serving as head of the Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society.

LGAA 1972 Gallery

November 7, 1974

The Los Gatos Art Association will be exhibiting its 25th Annual Juried Art Show during the month of November. The judges for this year's show will be Carl Martin, Trent Thompson and PHillip Channing.

The juried show is open to the public and will be on exhibit from November 8 - 30 at 529 N. Santa Cruz Ave. Wednesday - Friday 1-4pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am-5pm.

August 24, 1978

On September we close the doors on the Gallery at 529 North Santa Cruz Avenue. It has been the scene of many happy times and displays of some very fine art. It has also been the scene for some enlightening demonstrations by very competent artists and craftsmen, good workshops and some great champagne receptions.

We will continue to look for another location - but commercial rent in Los Gatos or elsewhere is rather steep and the problem of sitters will not solve itself.

January 10, 1979

The Mayor Of Los Gatos, Mardi Gualtieri, put out a request for some rotating paintings to hang in her office as a way of supporting local artist and showcasing the Town of Los Gatos.

Maree Lubran LGAA Member of Saratoga, answered the call and was featured in the Saratoga News, along with the Mayor displaying a fine painting of the Forbes Mill.

March 28, 1980

The formal opening of the Los Gatos Art Association's new Treeside Gallery, 336-F Village Lane, will be March 28 in the evening.

The new gallery will be a place for all members to submit their work and the gallery committee, under the direction of Los Gatos artist Dorothy Asp, states that only after careful judging will the best work be on display. The gallery will also be available for meetings and demonstrations of the organization, as well as for classes and letures by well-known artists.

While membersip in the Los Gatos Art Association is a requirement for showing in the gallery, according to Asp, all members can participate in the ativities of the gallery and are invited to show one piece of their art in the Spring Membership Show, featured at the opening.