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For Immediate Release — May 27, 2011

A Change of Scene: Schulz Sketches from Abroad

at the Charles M. Schulz Museum & Research Center
June 8 through October 2, 2011

 

Watercolor pencils and pen on paper by Charles Schulz, September 8, 1978, Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. The apartment where Charles and Jean Schulz stayed in Paris is very close to the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, providing Schulz an opportunity to render the historic and beautiful building.

(Santa Rosa, CA) Though Charles M. Schulz is best known for his Peanuts comic strip art, he also enjoyed stretching his artistic muscles by sketching the scenery around him. A Change of Scene presents a travel sketchbook and thirteen never-before-exhibited sketches Schulz created during the several trips he made to England, France and Yosemite National Park.

Schulz, who lived with a daily comic strip deadline, rarely had time to pursue other forms of art. While traveling, Schulz had the luxury of time, and perhaps the equally necessary ingredient of novel and beautiful surroundings, to explore his other artistic aspirations. Over the course of nearly two decades, Schulz created several en plein air (paintings done outdoors in natural light).

Schulz’s wife, Jean Schulz recalls, “Sparky [i.e., Mr. Schulz] often said he felt watercolor was the most difficult medium and he admired artists who painted in watercolors. He probably would have loved to experiment with it, but the closest he came was a watercolor wash on a few sketches and on many of his Peanuts limited edition prints.”

However, he may not have been entirely satisfied with some of his watercolor paintings created in England, as he tore them in quarters sometime after returning home.  “Schulz had very exacting standards. He also tore comic strips in half, especially in the early years of creating Peanuts, if he believed they were not ‘up to snuff’,” commented exhibition curator Jane O’Cain. Fortunately, his wife Jean Schulz was able to salvage the watercolor sketches from England.


IMAGES
If you would like any of the images from A Change of Scene to print in a publication, contact Gina Huntsinger at gina@schulzmuseum.org or (707) 284-1268.

Copyright and image instructions:
Copyright for all Peanuts image should be:   Peanuts © (year of strip) Peanuts Worldwide LLC

FOR USE OF ALL IMAGES IN THIS RELEASE. This art may not be altered in any way. You may not crop, flop, compress or squeeze the images. You may enlarge or reduce its size to fit your publication; and you must do so proportionately. You may not create or change words or thought balloons for the characters.

Description of the image at the top of  this release:
Watercolor pencils and pen on paper by Charles Schulz, September 8, 1978, Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. The apartment where Charles and Jean Schulz stayed in Paris is very close to the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, providing Schulz an opportunity to render the historic and beautiful building.


ABOUT THE CHARLES M. SCHULZ MUSEUM & RESEARCH CENTER
The Charles M. Schulz Museum opened in August 2002 to fulfill its mission of preserving, displaying, and interpreting the art of Charles M. Schulz. The museum carries out this mission through changing exhibitions and programming that: build an understanding of cartoonists and cartoon art; illustrate the scope of Schulz’s multi-faceted career; communicate the stories, inspirations and influences of Charles Schulz; and celebrate the life of Charles Schulz and the Peanuts characters.

LOCATION
The Charles M. Schulz Museum is located 50 minutes north of San Francisco by car on Highway 101. The Museum is located at 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa, California, 95403.

HOURS
Weekdays Monday thru Friday (except Tuesdays*) 11am – 5pm
Saturday & Sunday 10am – 5pm
Closed Tuesdays*
*Open everyday throughout the summer (Memorial Day through Labor Day)

ADMISSION FEES
Free – Museum Members, Children 3 and under
$5.00 – Children 4-18, college students with valid I.D. card, and Seniors 62+
$10.00 – Adults


For more information consult the Museum web site: www.schulzmuseum.org.
Charles M. Schulz Museum & Research Center
2301 Hardies Lane Santa Rosa, CA 95403
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