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Irvine Museum Collection at the University of California, Irvine, has on view (to March 20) a tribute to the California Coast entitled Upon a Painted Ocean: An Ode the California Coast, in reference to Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s epic poem about the sea, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, published in 1798. It reads, in part:
Day after day, day after day, we stuck, nor breath nor motion;
As idle as a painted ship upon a painted ocean.
Water, water, everywhere, and all the boards did shrink;
Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink.
Contrary to the tragic theme of the poem, the Irvine Museum exhibition celebrates the splendor of California's sun-filled coast. To that end, Upon a Painted Ocean features works by important historical artists as well as by contemporary painters (more on YouTube). On display are important historical works by Guy Rose, Rex Brandt, Frank Cuprien, Granville Redmond, Edgar Payne, Ruth Peabody, Arthur Rider, William Ritschel, Donna Schuster, George Gardner Symons, Elmer Wachtel, and William Wendt. Additionally, the exhibition presents works by notable contemporary artists, such as John Cosby, Rick Delanty, Dennis Doheny, Andy Evansen, Gregory Hull, Kim Lordier, Jesse Powell, Gayle Garner Roski, Jeff Sewell, and Bryan Mark Taylor.