Sullivan Goss Presents: Nell Brooker Mayhew Selected Works

Posted on Aug 11 by SEASONS Magazine

Etching by Nell Brooker Mayhew, on view at Sullivan Goss Gallery.

Etching by Nell Brooker Mayhew, on view at Sullivan Goss Gallery.

Sullivan Goss presents Nell Brooker Mayhew: Selected Works, which features a selection of eight newly discovered colored etchings of California missions. Originally from the Midwest, Mayhew ventured out to California with the intent to capture the essence of the California landscape and architecture over the span of 1908 to 1940. The exhibit is on view through October 14.

Upon graduating with a degree in French Impressionism from Northwestern University, Mayhew continued her education at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. It was there that she patented, in collaboration with her teacher Newton Wells, her unique “color etching” process, which consisted of making a monotype over an etching. This forward-looking method of art resulted in her work being associated with Art Nouveau, Symbolism, and the Arts & Crafts movement.

A prominent artist in her own right, Mayhew’s work is featured in “Emerging from the Shadows,” Maurine St. Gauden’s four-volume survey of early women artists of California. Her work will also be featured at the Pasadena Museum of History beginning on September 29.

Sullivan Goss Gallery is located at 11 E. Anapamu St. in downtown Santa Barbara. Hours are Sunday to Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Thursday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, please visit their website here or call 805/730-1460.

Samantha Lee

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