For your consideration, a fine California School watercolor by Lois J. Need. The subject is most probably Noyo Harbor, a fishing village on the Noyo River, 8 miles north of the Mendocino, CA. The painting is in excellent condition with no rust, foxing, or stains, and measures 18 ½" x 13", it is in it's 25 ½" x 20" original wood and glass frame. The draftsmanship, composition, and color depth, are all first-rate, and the over-all aesthetics are firmly in the modernist camp. The painting is signed "Lois Need '85". In the early 1960's, Lois Dailey married the artist Alvin (Al) Need and moved to Paradise, CA with her five children, and the youngest to soon to arrive. They had heard of the nascent but growing art community of Mendocino and decided to move the area in 1962, opening the family run Workbench, a studio gallery located in a small cubbyhole space next door to the Chevron gas station on Main Street just as one drives into town on the old highway.. After closing The Workbench, They opened the Al & Lois Need Studio Gallery in the Gallery Fair building owned by Warren Zimmer of Mendocino.
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