Berkeley CA: Keith Art Association, 1946-48. First Edition. Octavo; Seven 4pp printed text (single sheets folded). Included are Vol. I, Nos. 1-4; Vol. 2, Nos. 2-4 plus Keith Art Association membership offering, all Fine copies. Also included is a folded mimeographed November 1947 'Keith Memorial Associates Message' from Brother Cornelius at St. Mary's College. (9 items). Item #20299
William Keith was a Scottish-American painter famous for his California landscapes. He was a close friend of John Muir, and was part of a group of Muir's friends who met in San Francisco starting in 1889 to support the establishment of Yosemite National Park and later to encourage Muir to establish an association to protect the Sierra Nevada. In 1892, this plan was realized when the Sierra Club was founded. Keith's San Francisco studio was destroyed in the fires following the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, resulting in the loss of many paintings (by some accounts as many as several thousand). The Keith Art Association was founded on January 6, 1945 at the Keith home in Berkeley 'to preserve for the people some of Keith's great masterpeices... contained in the Mary McHenry Keith Collection... The Keith Galleries are open to members of the Keith Art Association and their invited guests...' (Keith Art Association membership circular). Mary McHenry Keith, William Keith's second wife, was the first woman graduate of Hastings Law School and active in the women's suffrage movement. By April 1946 the Association had ~ 200 members and was incorporated with the CA Secretary of State, publishing the first issue of its new quarterly bulletin, 'The Palette.' Sections include 'Coming Events;' 'Calendar - News;' and 'Our Members.'.