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Agnes Pelton’s Cabin in Garner Valley, CA

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Agnes Pelton's cabin painting 1942

Agnes Pelton's cabin today

On June 17, 2010, I drove to Garner Valley, CA to check on a little house I own and rent out. The next door neighbor was home, and I stopped to chat. He pulled out a computer printed image of a painting of his cabin done in 1942. He told me it was by Agnes Pelton, who had lived in the cabin.

My jaw dropped. I am an artist, and am familiar with Pelton’s work. I believe her abstract paintings are on par with the best abstract artists of her generation. Last year,  The Orange County Museum of Art featured her work in an exhibit along with Georgia O’Keeffe, Agnes Martin, and Florence Miller Pierce. It is known that Pelton made her living off desert landscapes, but her abstracts are what define her as a true museum-quality fine artist.

Agnes Pelton abstract painting

I wonder if Pelton knew her next door neighbor. Maybe an artist once lived in my house too.

Agnes Pelton at work in the desert

About Gina Genis

Hi Friends, I'm a photographer and artist who lives in Washington DC. I have two blogs. The Gina Genis Blog is about art and photography. My new blog, DC Discoveries is dedicated to showing you everything from fashion to art, food to entertainment in all sections of the District. I hope you will take the journey with me. I exhibit my work in museums and galleries across the U.S. I'm included in the permanent collections of the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, the Otto G. Richter Library Special Collections Division of the University of Miami, Hard Rock Casino, Orange County Transit District, IBM, and the Sarah and Adam Markman Collection among others. My series "Window Peeping" was included in OsCene 2010 at the Laguna Art Museum, Truman State University, Fellows of Contemporary Art, Biola University, and solo shows at Gallery 825 and Cypress College. The "June Gloom" series was exhibited in a solo show at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. The "Kala" series has been exhibited at MPLS Photo Center, Cypress College, and Gallery 825. "Economy Portraits" was created as an Artist In Residence project at the Huntington Beach Art Center, and was awarded "Best Art Show of 2011" by the OC Weekly. I curated Wide Angle View, an exhibit of 16 international, award-winning photo and multi-media journalists at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art to much critical acclaim. Recent reviews of my work have appeared in the Huffington Post, Art Scene, OC Weekly, Orange County Register, New University, Riviera Magazine, Coast Magazine, Huntington Beach Independent, and appeared on CNN, NBC, ABC, and more. I lead the Gina Genis Photo Workshops where I show beginning and intermediate photographers how to jump to the next level with their work. I also teach online photography courses through The Compelling Image.

2 responses »

  1. That abstract is great-It feels so fresh almost? I love it-Great work on the house too.


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