Artist Ralph Love

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Ralph Love was a lifetime member of the Society of Western Artists (SWA), judged and participated in many of their shows. One of the most notable was at the De Young Museum in San Francisco, where his "Eternal Strength" seascape won the first purchase award. He was also a lifetime member of the Laguna Beach Art Association, having judged regularly at the Laguna Festival of Arts.For many years, he taught as well as painted. His students were made up of avid artists throughout California, and their classroom was the wide-open spaces. On rainy days, the class would meet in the old Art Shack in Temecula, which Love opened in the mid-fifties. It was from this Art Shack that his work received national recognition. In 2005, the Temecula Historical Society installed and dedicated a bronze plaque on the old Art Shack site.Ralph Love was perhaps most well known for painting the Grand Canyon. Arizona Life featured his work on the cover and on the inside spread, showing several of his original oils. Senator Barry Goldwater owned several of Love's Grand Canyons, and these are now in the Goldwater Museum. Other celebrities have purchased his oils, as well as museums in Oklahoma, Colorado, Arizona and California.His desert scenes are immortalized in Palm Springs at the Palm Desert Living Desert Museum through dioramas. Another of these unique displays can be seen at the historical Mission Inn in Riverside, California.The Frontier Museum in Temecula, California has honored Ralph Love in their museum publication with two pages of his contribution to the area through his art. The late Erle Stanley Gardner, who commissioned a Love painting of his ranch, is the only other person in this publication.Ralph Love paintings are hanging in several other museums throughout the West, including the Northern Arizona Museum in Flagstaff, Arizona, [...]

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