|Description||1986 The Opening Reception by Virginia Kraemer. Acrylic on canvas mounted inside a bronze colored aluminum metal frame with a 1.75" linen cloth mat. An engraved brass plaque is mounted to the center bottom of mat and reads, "FRED GELLERT FOUNDATION / COLLECTION OF SAN MATEO COUNTY SCENES / VIRGINIA KRAEMER / 'THE OPENING RECEPTION' / PRESENTED BY ART-RISE 1986." Image depicts the front of Art-Rise Gallery with people approaching the building and more people inside on both floors looking at art. The entire front of the building is comprised of glass windows with the exception of the "ART-RISE" sign which is on the first floor awning. There are tree leaves in the upper left corner. Figures are a bit abstract and have no faces.|
|Collection||3D - Art|
|Title||The Opening Reception by Virginia Kraemer, 1986|
|Inscription Text||"Kraemer" (artist's signature in left bottom front corner);|
|Provenance||Part of the Fred Gellert Foundation Collection.|
"VIRGINIA KRAEMER, ARTIST A local artist whose artwork populates many homes here in the Bay Area, died June 24, 2007 from complications associated with Alzheimer's disease. She was 100 years old...
"On a whim, while a feature writer on the California Girl magazine in Los Angeles, she started illustrating her own articles. The boss was pleased; she was exhilarated. She had entered a new era in her life. Ultimately, she resigned from her job, entered art school full time, and continued painting...
"...was founder and initial director of the prestigious The Art School of Belvedere. Her next move was to San Mateo, where she became a member of the San Mateo Arts Council, P.ART.A Gallery, Thirty and One Artists, West of Soho, and Peninsula Outdoor Painters...
"Virginia had a number of one-person shows, and her work was displayed at Stanford University, Art Rise Gallery, Soho Art Gallery, and San Mateo Arts Council, among many other places, during the thirty years that she painted in the Bay Area. Virginia and her late husband, Fred, lived for many years in San Mateo..."
|Dimensions||H-32.875 W-27.875 D-1.5 inches|
|Dimension Details||frame; 28.5 x 23.5 (image)|
Fred Gellert Foundation