Events & Lectures

The public is cordially invited to attend the McCune Collection Fall and Spring lecture series. All Programs are at 2 p.m. in the McCune Room, first floor of the John F. Kennedy Library, on the third Sunday of the month unless otherwise noted. Light refreshments and conversation with guest speaker follow.

  • Literary Afternoons
  • McCune Holiday Tea
  • Vallejo’s 2nd Friday Art Walk
    • February 10, 2017 - An evening with Baphhomet-group show
    • January 13, 2017 - An evening with Baphhomet-group show
    • December 9, 2016 - Featuring 6 artists held over from November OPEN STUDIOS
    • November 11, 2016 - Wild Places in Urban Spaces
    • October 14, 2016 - Wild in the City featuring art from the US Forest Service Permanent Collection
    • September 9, 2016 - Printmakers Jan Cook, Donna Brown and Carol Brent Levin
    • August 12, 2016 - Printmakers Jan Cook, Donna Brown and Carol Brent Levin
    • July 8, 2016 - Carl Theodorski's Mixed Media
    • June 10, 2016 - Daniel Belcher art exhibition & Carl Theodorski's Mixed Media
    • May 13, 2016 - Alexandria Georgette “Springtime Art” exhibition & Daniel Belcher art exhibition
    • April 8, 2016 - Alexandria Georgette “Springtime Art” exhibition
    • March 11, 2016 - Jennifer Actkinson “Landscape Matters” exhibition
    • February 12, 2016 - Jennifer Actkinson “Landscape Matters” exhibition
    • January 8, 2016 - Mark J. Martin “Art of Revolution” solo art exhibition
    • December 11, 2015 - Mark J. Martin “Art of Revolution” solo art exhibition
    • November 13, 2015 - donnio "Photography Show"
    • October 9, 2015 - Randy Bernard "Eclectic Art"
    • September 2015 - James Orlando "Sculptures"
    • August 2015 - James Orlando "Sculptures"
    • July 2015 - Celeste Joy "Recent Oil Paintings"
    • June 2015 - Jean Cherie "From Puff 'n Stuff to Vallejo... A Sculptor's Journey"
    • May 2015 - Jean Cherie "Sculptures in various mediums"
    • April 2015 - Ben Brookshire "Recycled Book Art"
  • Fall 2016 Lecture Series
    • Sunday, September 11 — Donna Moore Nunes
    • Sunday, October 16 — U.S. Forest Service
    • Sunday, November 20 — Michael S. Turrini
  • Spring 2016 Lecture Series
    • Sunday, March 20 — Frances Dinkelspiel
    • Sunday, April 17 — Jim Kern
    • Sunday, June 5 — Magical Moonshine Theatre
  • “Art of Revolution” solo art exhibition by Mark J. Martin
    • Friday, December 11, 5pm - 9pm, Opening Reception
    • Tuesday, December 15, 2pm - 4pm
    • Tuesday, January 5, 2pm - 4pm
    • Friday, January 8, 5pm - 9pm, Closing Reception
  • Fall 2015 Lecture Series
    • Sunday, September 20 — Sculptor James Orlando
    • Sunday, October 18 — Dr. Henry Snyder
    • Sunday, November 15 — Larry Stevens
  • Canterbury Paper Puppet Project
    • May 29-30 and June 5-6 - Canterbury Paper Puppet Project
  • Spring 2015 Lecture Series
    • Sunday, March 15 — Guy Brookshire
    • Sunday, April 19 — Lewis Halloran
    • Sunday, May 17 — Linda Ardakani
  • Fall 2014 Lecture Series
    • Sunday, November 16 — Puppet Artists Michael & Valerie Nelson
  • Spring 2014 Lecture Series
    • Sunday, March 23 — Jan Dove
    • Sunday, April 27 — Puppet Artists Michael & Valerie Nelson
    • Sunday, May 18 — Kathleen Burch
  • Fall 2013 Lecture Series
    • Sunday, September 15 — Thomas Snyder, M.D.
    • Sunday, October 20 — Dr. Jay Zil
    • Sunday, November 17 — Holiday Open House
  • Spring 2013 Lecture Series
    • Sunday, March 17 — Mel Ahlborn
    • Sunday, April 21 — Leonard Pitt
    • Sunday, May 19 — Michael and Valerie Nelson
  • Fall 2012 Lecture Series
    • Sunday, September 16 — Thomas Snyder, M.D.
    • Sunday, October 21 — William Porter
    • Sunday, November 18 — Holiday Open House
  • Spring 2012 Lecture Series
    • Sunday, March 18 — Leonard Pitt
    • Sunday, April 15 — Mel Ahlborn
    • Sunday, May 20 — Michael and Valerie Nelson ~ Magical Moonshine Theatre
  • Fall 2011 Lecture Series
    • Sunday, September 11 — Peter Hanff
    • Sunday, October 23 — Leonard Pitt
    • Sunday, November 20 — Holiday Open House
  • Spring 2011 Lecture Series
    • Sunday, March 20 — Mel Ahlborn
    • Sunday, April 17 — Larry Stevens
    • Sunday, May 15 — John Lehner
  • Fall 2010 Lecture Series
    • Sunday, September 26 — Dr. Robert Bell
    • Sunday, October 17 — Axel E. Borg
    • Sunday, November 14 — Treasures of the McCune
  • Spring 2010 Lecture Series
    • Sunday, March 21 — Mark Dushkes
    • Sunday, April 18 — Mel Ahlborn
    • Sunday, May 23 — William A. Porter
  • Fall 2009 Lecture Series
    • Sunday, September 27 — Sallie Evans
    • Sunday, October 18 — Mark Aaron Dushkes
    • Sunday, November 15 — Dorothy Herger
  • Spring 2009 Lecture Series
    • Sunday, March 15 — William A. Porter
    • Sunday, April 26 — Don Farnsworth
    • Sunday, June 7 — Alyson Kuhn
  • Fall 2008 Lecture Series
    • Sunday, September 21 — Peter Koch
    • Sunday, October 19 — Paul Totah
    • Sunday, November 16 — Kathleen Burch
  • Spring 2008 Lecture Series
    • Sunday, March 16 — Richard Torney
    • Sunday, April 20 — The Illuminated Manuscript: Historic Methods and Modern Adaptations
    • Sunday, May 18 — Conservation of Art Works on Paper
  • Fall 2007 Lecture Series
    • Wednesday, November 21 — Marsha Evans
    • Sunday, October 14 — Mrs. P. J. Patrick
    • Sunday, September 16 — David Lance Goines
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McCune Holiday Tea

The McCune Collection had a Holiday Tea on December 13, 2015. Included on the menu were a variety of sandwiches (Salmon, Lemon, Cucumber, Dill; Bleu Cheese and Grape; Chicken Salad; and Curried Chicken), sweet treats (Petits Fours; Profiteros; Macaroons; Scones; Whipped Cream; Tarte aux Fruits), and Champagne, Sherry and assorted teas.

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“Art of Revolution” solo art exhibition by Mark J. Martin

McCune Collection Presents

Art of Revolution “Art of Revolution” art exhibition
solo exhibition by Mark J. Martin
  • Friday, Dec. 11th through Friday, Jan. 8th, 2016
  • Opening Reception, Friday, Dec. 11th, 5pm to 9pm
  • Regular hours: Dec. 15th and Jan. 5th both days 2pm to 4pm
  • Closing Reception, Friday, Jan. 8th, 5pm to 9pm

Mark J. Martin will be exhibiting his works from a series on the life of Emiliano Zapata and the Mexican Revolution. This examination is part of a broader focus on the history of social justice issues from about 1910 up to the present.

“From DIY punk, street art materials and a psychedelic Pop presentation, I make art that promotes social justice.” declares Mark. “I like to call this form of political art PoliPop and the group of adventurers who help me make the larger installations “The PoliPop Guild”.

Mark may quip that his work is created by a craft aesthetic and street art materials yet, his technique is laboriously time consuming. He layers his work between aerosol spray, acrylic paint, paper collage. The collage elements are mostly black and white ink drawing that he then runs through a digital imaging process and prints as inkjet or LaserJet in a variety of colors. This creates his initial palette. From there he adds a variety of fine art and found papers. These papers can include, rice par, origami paper, phone books, and his own designed paper both computer printed and screen printed.

The final work is colorful and stylish but with a political comment. Sometimes the comment is subtle, like simply honoring a person, and sometimes it is more direct like when he reproduces, large, one of his stickers.

This exhibition will feature a variety of screen prints, digital prints, and small works about Zapata and his soldiers including unknown women soldiers and works addressing current issues of social injustice.

More information about Household Saints and images are available upon request.
Phone: 510.207.8743.
E-mail: mark@markmartinart.com

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Canterbury Paper Puppet Project

The Magical Moonshine Theatre and McCune Rare Book Collection is excited to present A Paper Pilgrimage from Page to Stage: the Toy Theatre Canterbury Tales production of Canterbury Miller's Tale, inspired by the Kelmscott Chaucer, one of the rare book gems of the McCune collection. Tickets now available for May 29-30 and June 5-6 in the McCune Room at the John F. Kennedy Library in Vallejo.

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Vallejo’s 2nd Friday Art Walk

Starting in April 2015 the McCune Collection became open to the Public 5:30-9:30pm on the second Friday of each month as a regular venue of Vallejo's 2nd Friday Art Walk. For the first time in many years the McCune is expanding the hours it is open to the Public, and this is first the time it has ever offered regular evening hours. Each month the McCune will also feature the work of one or more local artists on exhibit in the McCune Room. During 2nd Fridays only, visitors can enter the McCune Collection directly from the staircase on the plaza at the corner of Georgia and Santa Clara Streets. Beverages and snacks will also be served.

Any artists interested in exhibiting their work on a 2nd Friday in The McCune Room should contact us either via phone (707) 674-4082 or via e-mail mccunecollection@gmail.com

jan-2017-artwalk-flyerFebruary 10, 2017
Held over one more month! An evening with Baphhomet-group show featuring works by: Vanessa Woods, Jen Merrill, Liz Steketee, Heather Peters, Andrew Rottner, Katie M. Rottner, and musical guest Leland Vandermeulen
jan-2017-artwalk-flyerJanuary 13, 2017
An evening with Baphhomet-group show featuring works by: Vanessa Woods, Jen Merrill, Liz Steketee, Heather Peters, Andrew Rottner, Katie M. Rottner, and musical guest Leland Vandermeulen
open-studiosDecember 9, 2016
Featuring 6 artists held over from November OPEN STUDIOS: Grace Seldner, Jennifer Actkinson-Lockette, Bosa Oluto, Marlie Fitzgerald, Aleta Gorie, Verlanna Manchester
Forest ServiceWild places-urban spaceswild in the cityNovember 11, 2016
Held over one more month! Wild Places in Urban Spaces: featuring works by ten artists from the US Forest Service's Permanent Collection that explore the interface between nature, suburbs and cities.
Forest ServiceWild places-urban spaceswild in the cityOctober 14, 2016
Wild Places in Urban Spaces: featuring works by ten artists from the US Forest Service's Permanent Collection that explore the interface between nature, suburbs and cities.
Donna Brown - Summer YouthJan CookDonna BrownCarol LevinJan Cook - PassagesCarol Levin - WiredSeptember 9, 2016
Two-months exhibit features three friends: Printmakers Jan Cook, Donna Brown and Carol Brent Levin (show continues through the end of September)
Jan Cook - PassagesJan CookDonna BrownCarol LevinDonna Brown - Summer YouthCarol Levin - WiredAugust 12, 2016
Two-months exhibit features three friends: Printmakers Jan Cook, Donna Brown and Carol Brent Levin (show continues through the end of September)
2016-07-08July 8, 2016
Mixed Media by Carl Theodorski
2016-06-10June 10, 2016
Mixed Media by Carl Theodorski and an art exhibit by Daniel Belcher
2016-05-13May 13, 2016
“Springtime Art” an exhibition by Alexandria Georgette, plus an art exhibit by Daniel Belcher
Alexandria GeorgetteApril 8, 2016
“Springtime Art” an exhibition by Alexandria Georgette
Actkinson-landscape-mattersActkinson-selfieActkinson-1Actkinson-2March 11, 2016
Held over one more month!!
“Landscape Matters” an exhibition by Jennifer Actkinson
Actkinson-landscape-mattersActkinson-selfieActkinson-1Actkinson-2February 12, 2016
“Landscape Matters” an exhibition by Jennifer Actkinson
Art of RevolutionJanuary 8, 2016
“Art of Revolution” solo art exhibition by Mark J. Martin
Art of RevolutionDecember 11, 2015
“Art of Revolution” solo art exhibition by Mark J. Martin
donnioNovember 13, 2015
donnio "Photography Show"
Artwalk Flyer-Randy BernardOctober 9, 2015
Randy Bernard "Eclectic Art"
2015-08-14 Riding Wild HorsesAugust & September 2015
James Orlando "Sculptures"
2015-07-10 Celeste Artwalk FlyerJuly 2015
Celeste Joy "Recent Oil Paintings"
2015-06-12 Jean CherieJune 2015
Jean Cherie "From Puff 'n Stuff to Vallejo... A Sculptor's Journey"
May 2015
Jean Cherie "Sculptures in various mediums"
April 2015
Ben Brookshire "Recycled Book Art"
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The McCune Collection Presents the Fall 2015 Lecture Series

Sunday September 20, 2pm
Sculptor James Orlando
Riding Wild Horses

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James Orlando is less interested in how art is produced and more intrigued by the thoughts that go into it. "The thought around art is sometimes more important, perhaps, than the aesthetic object. I'm very interested in interpretation; the ways in which we know art, and the ways we interpret it.” As an object-maker, he is drawn toward expressing components of the human condition; his figures exist within their own individualities; isolated yet nurturing, as evidenced by the incorporation of detailed hand stitching, which represents the passage of time, as well as by the intimate use of bedding and clothing which deepens the personal nature of his works. As a visual storyteller, his sensibilities and outlook have been shaped by a longstanding interest in contemporary and “outsider” art. Find more about James Orlando at www.dirtfloorstudio.com

Sunday October 18, 2pm
Dr. Henry Snyder
The California Digital Archive Newspaper Project

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Dr. Snyder presents a history of The California Newspaper Project, which preserves and indexes the state’s newspapers published between 1846 and 1922. As an important record of local history in the Golden State, the program is part of a nationwide newspaper preservation project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, which seeks to preserve the country’s journalistic history. Professor Snyder discusses the tasks and challenges of conducting the survey in California, as well as its metamorphosis into a digital archive and the importance of these archives to historical and genealogical research. Retired professor emeritus of history at the University of California, Riverside, and formerly director of the Center for Bibliographical Studies and Research, he is the author of more than thirty scholarly articles. In 2007 Dr. Snyder was honored at a ceremony at the White House, where he was only the sixth faculty member in the UC system to be awarded the coveted National Humanities Medal. Link: NNEH News Archive

Sunday November 15, 2pm
Larry Stevens
Maritime Adventures Around-the-World: the 1930's cruise journal of Midshipman Perry Duncan

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Join Cal Maritime library staff member and campus historian Larry Stevens for a colorful reminiscence of the Academy's 1930's Training Ship history as seen through the diary of a handmade journal by midshipman Perry Duncan (1933 engineering graduate). Memories of California Nautical School’s years of military and seafaring history are contained within, including the 1932 ports of call to Washington D. C. & New York City, as well as the 1933 5-½ month around-the-world cruise. Each page is a time capsule that reflects the era in which it was created. After majoring in Architecture and Art History at the University of Cincinnati, and following another lifetime as a travel agent, Larry Stevens volunteered with the McCune Committee, leaving in 2007 to work for the Solano County and Benicia Library systems. In 2008, he was hired by CMA as a librarian and archival assistant and is the primary contact for the academy’s historical collections and displays. Contact Larry at lstevens@csum.edu for more information or a historical tour of the campus on the Carquinez Straits.

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The McCune Collection Presents the Spring 2015 Lecture Series

Sunday March 15, 2pm
Guy Brookshire
History as Absurd Horror: Why I Destroy Books

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Guy Benjamin Brookshire, author of The Universe War, a collage comic book, and New Oldestland, a chapbook of collages and writings, has been “destroying” (or deconstructing) books to create collages that illustrate his writing for nearly 20 years. Over the course of that time his process and materials have evolved into a reexamination of the technology of books and the world they record. Come hear him apologize for destroying books and explain why he does it while sharing his works and answering questions.

Find more at: Guy Benjamin Brookshire

Sunday April 19, 2pm
Lewis Halloran
History of the Mare Island Naval Shipyard

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Due to some unexpected medical treatment, Dr Henry Snyder is unable to give his presentation on Sunday April 19th. However, thanks to the efforts of Tom Snyder, we have been able to arrange for Lewis Halloran from the Mare Island Museum to give a presentation on the "History of the Mare Island Naval Shipyard".

Bravo to all the committee members, adjuncts and others who helped to make the McCune's Art Walk debut such a success - estimates ran from 45-65 attendees with a significant number of first-time visitors.

Sunday May 17, 2pm
Linda Ardakani
Exploring the World of Printmaking

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Printmaker Linda Ardakani, former Assistant Director of the Fine Arts Institute at Washington University in St. Louis and founding member of the St Louis publishers Association, this erstwhile resident of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico shares the fun of exploring multiple printing processes, including hectograph, silkscreen; photocopier images, letterpress, linocuts and even rubber stamps! Linda’s inspiration comes from having lived in a van and camped in state parks for a year with her family; she wrote and illustrated a travel diary documenting her experience. lindaardakani@gmail.com.

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