Chinese Woman - Newspaper image by Orpha Klinker - Herald Express 1951 - Gift of Phyllis Hansen 2008 - Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley (click on image to enlarge)
On Saturday February 24, 1951, the people of Los Angeles who paid their 7¢ for a Herald Express newspaper, read an article entitled: "Etchers Honor L.A. Artist - Orpha Klinker Gets Top Award From Cal. Society." This week the original article was donated to her Museum by Phyllis Hansen.
What is the importance of an article describing an art show held in conjunction with "High Tea" at the Ambassador Hotel? Let's take a look.
The article featured two newspaper images that document the existence of two important art works by the great California Orpha Klinker.
1) A landscape of the High Sierra country.
2) Study of a Chinese Girl
The date of the works exhibition was May 1951 at the Dolphin Court of the Ambassador Hotel. Two honors received by Orpha Klinker from the California Society of Etchers for her work "Winter Snows."
Said the article's author Alma May Cook, "Orpha Klinker probably does more work and delivers more lectures than any other woman painter in Southern California."
High Sierras - Newspaper image by Orpha Klinker - Herald Express 1951 - Gift of Phyllis Hansen 2008 - Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley (click on image to enlarge)
Your Museum collects the works and information on California artists. Orpha Klinker is of special importance to our organization.
The San Fernando Valley, the heart of the Creative Capital of the World, deserves a great Museum of history and art.