Claudine Chalmers

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March 15, 2014 -- Crocker Art Museum, 2pm

     Dr. Claudine Chalmers will give a PowerPoint conference on Jules Tavernier's coast-to-coast sketching tour with his friend Paul Frenzeny, as they produced the most remarkable documentary of the American frontier ever published in a 19th century newspaper. She will discuss the impact that this incredible adventure had on Tavernier's career and paintings in California and Hawaii.


       Featuring nearly 100 works, Jules Tavernier: Artist and Adventurer is on view at the Crocker Art Museum from February 16 to May 11, 2014.  A 172-page hardcover catalogue, published by Pomegranate Communications, Inc. and the Crocker Art Museum, with essays by Claudine Chalmers, Scott A. Shields, and Alfred C. Harrison Jr., accompanies the exhibition.  Following its debut at the Crocker, the exhibition travels to the Monterey Museum of Art from June 6 to October 19, 2014.                                                                                 


       Grass Valley was named for its spring-fed meadows, but its history springs from deep below the soil. An immeasurable wealth of gold lay in ancient river courses, embedded in quartz, or scattered capriciously in surface gravel. Vibrantly entrepreneurial since its inception, Grass Valley echoed with the roar of stamp mills crushing gold-bearing quartz 24 hours a day, every day, for decades. Its mines produced $350 million, and millions more are thought to be buried beneath the modern city. Grass Valley's wealth drew flamboyant stars like Lola Montez and gold-camp-urchin-turned-star Lotta Crabtree. It was here that philosopher Josiah Royce was born and Cherokee writer Yellow Bird (John Rollin Ridge) lived his final days. Grass Valley was often the subject of Alonzo Delano's tales of the gold rush, and more recently, it was the setting and inspiration for Wallace Stegner's best seller Angle of Repose. Claudine Chalmer's book provides a vastly informative history of this famous gold-mining town.