Milford Zornes (1908-2008) captured California’s independent spirit in the bold shapes and vibrant hues of his paintings. Recognized as a leader in the California Scene Painters movement as well as the California Style watercolor movement, Zornes was both a prolific artist and an inspirational teacher. Born in Oklahoma, Zornes came of age on California’s Central Coast. Scenes of Nipomo, where his parents owned a home, are frequent in his early work. Zornes’s 1936 watercolor Old Barn in Nipomo is held by the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
From November 17, 2018, through January 27, 2019, the California Landscapes of Milford Zornes exhibition, Sun and Wind, by the Sea, will be on display at the DANA Adobe Cultural Center in Nipomo, representing nearly 70 years of Zornes’s unique vision. The display is made possible by the generosity of Maria and Hal Baker, Milford’s daughter and son-in-law, and curated by Shirley Horacek and Mike Graheck, with help from the DANA exhibit committee.