The ARTful Book Club

Book lovers unite! Indulge your passion for art and reading by joining us for lively discussions about art-related books. For October and November, we’ll be reading about how artists have influenced and motivated one another, both real and imagined.

  • Cost is $5. Bring at start of discussion meeting.
  • RSVP is preferred. Click here or call us at 951-684-7111 to RSVP. Readers will be sent discussion questions prior to each meeting.
  • Readers must read the book in advance. We encourage you to bring your copy for the discussion.

The Art of Rivalry: Four Friendships, Betrayals, and Breakthroughs in Modern Art by Sebastian Smee

Biographies, Memoirs

This book follows eight celebrated artists: Manet & Degas, Picasso & Matisse, Pollock & de Kooning, and Freud & Bacon, each linked by friendship, admiration, envy, and ambition. Each of these relationships presented challenges that triggered innovation and culminated in conflict.

Saturday, October 20, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Sacré Bleu: A Comedy d’Art by Christopher Moore, Jr.

Literature, Fiction

Part mystery, part history, part love story, and entirely hilarious, this book follows a young baker-painter as he joins the dapper Henri Toulouse-Lautrec on a quest to unravel the mystery behind the supposed suicide of Vincent Van Gogh.

NOTE: Contains graphic content.

Saturday, November 17, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.