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First Wednesday - Tilden Daken: The Mill Valley Years

With Bonnie Portnoy

Wednesday, April 3rd | 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Tilden Daken (1876-1935) was one of most adventurous en plein air artists of his day. Whether braving the Mexican War, facing unknown horrors in the ocean depths, tempting the headhunters of New Guinea, or riding the brake beams with Jack London, he always sought to paint the world around him.

Grandaughter Bonnie Portnoy will talk about Daken’s Mill Valley years — the enchanting home he built in Cascade Canyon in 1925, the people he knew, the trouble he got into — and the effects of the Great Depression on California Impressionism.

Bonnie Portnoy has spent the past twenty years researching and writing about the grandfather she never knew, California Impressionist Tilden Daken. Traveling the world, she held senior management positions in merchandising and marketing for Joseph Magnin, Cost Plus World Market, Gump’s, and Just Desserts. She met her husband, Jeff, when they were at Lowell High School and they have lived in Marin County for more than 40 years.

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*cover photo in Mill Valley, circa 1928