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Living History at the Whaley House!

Artist and musician Chris Ownby in 19th century clothing.

The Theatre at the Whaley House is getting a new "old" look! Celebrated Old Town banjoist Chris Ownby will be painting a 19th century stage backdrop for San Diego's oldest professional theatre, a scenic landscape, such as was documented on period stages. Wearing 19th century clothing, he will use traditional painting methods, first blocking in the painting using raw umber and white, and then adding the color in a glaze on top of this "underpainting." Some of the artists, whose work he will be using as influences, are American Thomas Cole (1801-1848), British Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788), French artists Jean-Honor'e Fragonard (1732-1806) and Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (1796-1875).

Mr. Ownby's background is in art and music. He has worked both as a graphic artist and as a fine artist using oil on canvas, and was featured in American Artist Magazine in 1989. His paintings are owned by art collectors from California to New York. He also worked as a full time musician for 12 years, and has been a reenactor for more than 20 years. While living in the South, he portrayed a Civil War sketch artist for Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, and also did portraits in oil of other reenactors. In Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, he portrays a musician who came to California during the Gold Rush period.

During the months of April and May, Chris will be at the Whaley House as a volunteer, painting the stage backdrop and playing music of the 1860's, such as that performed by the Tanner Troupe. Please drop by for the free concerts and to see the work in process, Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, beginning at 10am.

2002 - Volume 33, Issue 1


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President's Message

Executive Director Report

Coronado Railroad Receives Historic Designation

Red Roost and Red Rest Legal Campaign

Return of the West Arcade

Theatre at the Whaley House

Daniel Slosberg is Pierre Cruzatte

Living History at the Whaley House

Redevelopment & Black Historic Preservation

SOHO Arts and Crafts Weekend 2002

Old House Fair

Getting to Know Your San Diego

Iron Road of the Californias

Volunteer Profile: Ruth Martinson

Events and Education

Thank You, Jessica McGee

Efforts to Save SS Catalina Continue

Ballpark Preservation Program Update

Four Treatment Approaches for Historic Properties

Proposition 40 Passes

Thank Yous

SOHO Thanks Longtime Members

Strength in Numbers

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