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Mary-Austin Klein | Grade 4

October
Grade 4
Mary-Austin Klein is an American landscape painter best known for her small-scaled and highly detailed paintings of the southwestern United States. 
Mary-Austin Klein is an American landscape painter best known for her small-scaled and highly detailed paintings of the southwestern United States. Her work continues the Impressionist tradition of early California fine artists like William Wendt and George Gardner who explored the west at the behest of the Southern Pacific Railroad Company, exchanging paintings for rides. Like these early California artists, Mary-Austin Klein’s masterfully executed oil paintings celebrate the bright, colorful light of the southwest.  The paintings often include evidence of man’s impact on these landscapes, documenting the changing environment and the fragility of the ecosystem.  Her work has been exhibited internationally, as part of the traveling show “California Dreaming: An International Portrait of Southern California” and has been shown at the Riverside Art Museum, the Oceanside Museum of Art, the Bakersfield Museum of Art, and the Santa Paula Art Museum. Collectors include artists Wayne Thiebaud and Alma Allen, Nicole Panter, Adam Blackman, Dan GreaneyJenji Kohan, and Christopher Noxon. Los Angeles band I See Hawks in L.A. featured a song named for Mary-Austin Klein’s signature painting style entitled “Mary-Austin Sky” on their 2012 CD "A New Kind of Lonely”. She will be working with our 4th graders to produce plein air paintings at Echo Park Lake.
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