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Past Exhibits

2019

SHARED HISTORIES 4:

More of R.J. Arnold’s Portraits of the Central Coast

The final major presentation of Richard J. Arnold’s beautifully haunting images created from the Randall G. Young collection of glass plate negatives are displayed. Arnold’s most significant contribution to early California photography was his choice to photograph all sorts of people, not limiting his subjects to paying clients.  While working in San Luis Obispo (1886-1892), Mr. Arnold created one of the largest and earliest portraits of early life in our area.

HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Examples of early photographic methods, from daguerrotypes, tin types, glass plate negatives, to film are displayed as a compliment the R.J. Arnold exhibit.  

SEEKING GOLD, FINDING GRAPES:

Bottles & Tools from The California Gold Rush

On loan from the San Luis Obispo Wine History Project, this display features a collection of rare bottles and tools from the California Gold Rush period. Beginning in 1848, hundreds of thousands of people came from around the world in search of gold, prompting one of the largest migrations in U.S. history.  Many who did not succeed in mining turned to California’s “green gold.”  Enterprising newcomers from Europe saw an opportunity to satisfy demands for wine and they planted the first orchards and vineyards.

2018

TIME & THE TIDE

A timeline of one Salinan family and their way of life in the central California villages of San Simeon and Jolon.  The exhibit comes to the Carnegie through the generosity of the Salinan Tribe of Monterey and San Luis Obispo Counties.  Visitors can follow the footsteps of Agueda Agata, a Salinan woman born in 1673, as she traces the history of her Salinan Family and their lands from 1542 to present day.  Salinan artifacts and hand-crafted items produced by some of Agata’s descendants and Salinan Tribal members are also displayed.

WINE BECOMES ART

On display are fourteen wine and champagne bottles that have been transformed through paintings and etchings into beautiful works of art by Central Coast artist Candice Norcross.  Using bottles of various sizes, shapes and colors, and differing themes, Ms. Norcross has created a colorful and unique collection that is a must see.

2017

SHARED HISTORIES 3:

More of R.J. Arnold’s Portraits of the Central Coast

The Carnegie Library is once again exhibiting another group of extraordinary photographs produced from our scans of Richard J. Arnold’s glass plate negatives.  The collection on display features the framed prints of Mr. Arnold’s work that were shown at the Paris Photo Exhibit in Los Angeles in 2015.   Visitors have been marveling at the quality of the photographs given that the original subjects sat for Mr. Arnold over 125 years ago.

2016

PASO ROBLES’ PIONEER BEGINNINGS:

Adelaida - Bryson Hesperia - Creston - Estrella - Shandon

Paso Robles developed as a flourishing town due to the support of the many farming and ranching families throughout the area.  Our exhibit celebrates all those hearty pioneers who worked the land, raised their families, built their local churches and schools, and through their support helped Paso Robles to grow and prosper into the thriving community it is today. 

2015

SHARED HISTORIES 2:

More of R.J. Arnold’s Portraits of the Central Coast

It has been almost two years since we first saw the amazing images of central coast photographer Richard J. Arnold at the Carnegie Library.  There are now 23 new photographs on display and once again we are able to catch a glimpse of what life was like in this area 125 years ago.  Anthony Lepore curated, scanned and produced the stunning photographs which were then beautifully framed by Dorothy Lefebvre at the 1890 House. Paris Photo Los Angeles is the U.S. edition of the world’s most celebrated art fair for works created in the photographic medium.  Each year there is an historic component to the Fair.  This year 50 images from the Randal G. Young collection of R.J. Arnold’s glass plate negatives were selected.  The exhibit is entitled “California Unedited! The Archives of R.J. Arnold.”

2014

THE FOUNDING OF EL PASO DE ROBLES

To celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the city’s founding in 1889, the Historical Society is showcasing the history and founding of El Paso de Robles - The Early History of the Area, The Founding Fathers, The Founding of the Town, The Growth of the Town, The Carnegie Library, Ignace Jan Paderewski, and Into the Future.

2013

SHARED HISTORIES :

 R.J. Arnold’s Portraits of the Central Coast

The El Paso de Robles Area Historical Society received two thousand 19th century glass plate photographic negatives, the largest collection of historic items received by the Society to date.  A group of Historical Society volunteers has worked steadily to clean and catalog the negatives.  On display are a selection of 19 photographs which were curated by Anthony Lepore, MFA, Professor of Photography.  To compliment the exhibit, display cases feature a selection of vintage photographic equipment. 

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