Yvonne Boseker Starts Fund for Early California Art


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Laguna Art Museum supporter Yvonne J. Boseker has made a significant investment in Laguna Art Museum by establishing the Edward H. and Yvonne J. Boseker Fund for Early California Art. The fund, which also honors the donor’s late husband, will be used for conservation and framing of works in the museum’s permanent collection as well as exhibition and educational programs specifically related to the field of early California art.
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The Bosekers’ interest in collecting early California art began shortly after their arrival in the state in 1967. Their collecting odyssey began in 1969 during a trip to San Francisco where they purchased their first two paintings—Yosemite Falls by Thomas Hill, and High Sierra by William Keith. They were drawn to the natural beauty of the California landscapes depicted in the paintings. Thus began what is today an encyclopedic collection of more than 200 works of early California art by 175 different artists. The collection consists mostly of oil paintings, and spans 1856 through the 1940s.
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Yvonne, along with her late husband Edward, has been a longtime supporter of Laguna Art Museum, beginning in the 1980s when they became involved with the Historical Collections Council. Yvonne hopes that her fund will encourage others to support the museum. “Ed and I both felt, and I still believe, that we are just caretakers of this art. It was here before us and will be here long after us, if everyone does their part to take care of it. As caretakers, it is our responsibility to take excellent care of it and to always be willing to share it with others. This was my goal in establishing the Boseker Fund for Early California Art at Laguna Art Museum.”
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>> If you are interested in contributing to the Edward H. and Yvonne J. Boseker Fund for Early California Art, please contact Deputy Director Ed Fosmire at 949.494.8971 x211.