Hauk Exhibit of California Mission Watercolors Opens
An exhibit of Nancy Burtch Hauk’s California Mission watercolors at Mission San Juan Batista will open with a reception Sunday, Dec. 17, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – the public is invited. The exhibit, “Loving Watercolor: Paintings of the California Missions by Nancy Burtch Hauk (1944-2016)”, will run through March 2018.
Hauk’s exhibit will feature some twenty watercolors and gouaches of her favorite missions that are scattered across the near landscape, just beyond her home in Pacific Grove. Many of these paintings included in this show are recent finds that have never been exhibited – fittingly they make their debut in a gallery space within the Mission San Juan Bautista Museum.
The artist often visited the missions of Mission San Juan Bautista, Mission San Carlos Borromeo del Rio Carmelo, Mission Neustra Senora de la Soledad, and Mission San Antonio de Padua to paint studies of their interior wall decorations, and then uniquely tie these decorations into her exterior paintings of the missions. Hauk was never happier than when she was painting, it was something that brought her great personal pleasure. She delighted in studying with such prominent painters as Sam Colburn, national academicians Gregory Kondos and Don Nice, and Jann Pollard.
Center to the exhibit is Hauk’s painting titled, “The Mission”, which is an exquisite watercolor of Mission San Juan Batista under a dado star and sun lit sky accentuated by a distinctive divide. Giclées (fine art digital print made on inkjet printer) of this beautiful watercolor will be available in the mission’s gift shop along with note cards bearing a reproduction of the “The Mission” - perfect for the holidays.
Mission San Juan Bautista is located at 406 2nd Street in San Juan Bautista (just off Hwy 156), which is about a 30 minute drive from Monterey. The exhibit is open Mondays - Saturdays 9:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; Sundays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about the exhibit, call 831-238-5254.