Blue Boy by Robert Vargas, after Thomas Gainsborough’s The Blue Boy

Members' Brushstrokes: Beyond the Gallery

Tue., Jun. 18, 2019 | 5 p.m.–8 p.m.
Event Notes: 
For Members at the Affiliate level and above
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Members at the Affiliate level and above enjoy an evening exploring art through the Huntington Art Gallery—and beyond. Art  talks, painting demonstrations, live music, complimentary wine, and food truck fare for purchase.

Reserve your space by Wed., June 12:

  • Return the printed reply card included in your invitation
  • Reserve by email: [email protected]
  • Reserve by phone: 626-405-2124
  • Join or Renew at the Affiliate level or above now

Your Membership covers two adults and your children 18 and younger at no charge (one adult must be a Member).

Guest Policy : You may bring up to four additional guests for $30 each (advance purchase) or $45 at the door. Call the Membership office at 626-405-2124 for advance purchase tickets.

1. Turn your guest ticket(s) into a Membership! Apply up to $50 toward any level of Membership and receive 2 extra guest passes.
2. Join or Upgrade to the Affiliate level or above and receive 2 extra guest passes.
(Offers good onsite, night of event only)

Alcohol: ID required for adults 21 and above.

Art Talks: 5:457:30 p.m.

  • 5:45 & 6:45 p.m.:  “The Materials of a Masterpiece: Understanding the History and Science of Gainsborough’s The Blue Boy.” 
    Thornton Portrait Gallery  
    Melinda McCurdy, Associate Curator of British Art, and Christina O’Connell, Senior Paintings Conservator, take a closer look at Project Blue Boy and the fascinating restoration currently underway in the Huntington Art Gallery.
  • 6 & 7 p.m.: “Los Angeles: The Burgeoning Center of the Art World.” 
     Huntington Art Gallery South Terrace
    Edward Goldman, art critic and host of KCRW’s “Art Talk” on NPR, traces the emergence of Los Angeles as a major international center for both contemporary and classical art.
  • 6:30 & 7:30 p.m.: “The ‘P-Word’: The State of Contemporary ‘Portraiture’ in Southern California Fine Art.”
    North of the Huntington Art Gallery
    Ronald E. Steen, art historian, art educator, and contemporary art advisor, discusses how photography destroyed the prestigious painted portrait, and how contemporary painted portraits produced in Southern California since 1970 have redefined “prestige” as it relates to figurative portraiture.

Live painting demonstrations: 58 p.m. North Vista
Robert Vargas: LA-based artist and world-renowned muralist
Shenho Hshieh: American illustrator specializing in narrative works of art
Jeremy Lipking: California figurative and landscape painter
Emily Gordon: Specializes in highly realistic oil portraits
Christine Orihuela: Painter, portraitist, and visual arts instructor with roots in realism
Kassia Rico: Painter, designer, and illustrator specializing in line work, graphic shapes and color

Exhibitions: 58 p.m.  Huntington Art Gallery
Project Blue Boy
Celia Paul

Music: 58 p.m.

  • Classical music by the Clover String Trio, Huntington Art Gallery Loggia
  • Jazz by the People Musicq Jazz Group, North Vista

Food and Drink: 58 p.m.

  • Hosted bars will offer wine, bubbly, and specialty cocktail, A Boyish Grin. ID required. Please consume alcohol responsibly. Non-alcoholic beverages Seedlip and ginger ale also available. Huntington Art Gallery Loggia and North Vista
  • Complimentary kettle corn Huntington Art Gallery Circle
  • Food for purchase Library Lawn

Got Paella

India Jones

Border Grill

The Nut Stash

  • Red Car will be open 58 p.m. offering espresso, tea, pastries, ice cream, snacks, and grab-and-go fare

The Huntington Store will be open 58 p.m.


Total Wine


Special thanks to
Robert Vargas for providing the invitation artwork:
Blue Boy by Robert Vargas, after Thomas Gainsborough’s The Blue Boy, for The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.