The ARTful Book Club

Book lovers unite! Indulge your passion for art and reading by joining us for lively discussions about art-related books.

  • 3rd Saturdays, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $5/meeting. 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.

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, December 15


The Dream Colony: A Life in Art by Walter Hopps with Deborah Treisman and Anne Doran

Biographies, Memoirs

At twenty four, Walter Hopps founded his first gallery, the Ferus Gallery, in L.A. with then-unknown artist Edward Kienholz. They spotlighted a new generation of West Coast artists and were the first to exhibit Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans. Throughout his art career, Hopps developed a reputation as a gifted museum man, an eccentric who was always late. The Dream Colonyis a personal and enlightening account of Hopps’s life and of some of the greatest artist minds of the twentieth century.

Saturday, February 16

 

A Piece of the World: A Novel by Christina Baker Kline

Literature, Fiction

Christina Olson is tied to her home by health and circumstance, and seems destined for a small life. Instead, she becomes Andrew Wyeth’s first great inspiration and the subject of one of the best-known paintings of the twentieth century. Weaving together fact and fiction, A Piece of the Worldis a powerful story of the flesh-and-blood woman behind the portrait.

Saturday, March 16

 

The Bar Harbor Retirement Home for Famous Writers (And Their Muses): A Novel by Terri-Lynne DeFino

Literature, Fiction

Alfonse Carducci was a literary giant who lived his life to excess—lovers, alcohol, parties, and literary rivalries. To spend the remainder of his days, he’s come to the Bar Harbor Home for the Elderly. Among kindred spirits, only at the end of his life does he comprehend the price of appeasing every desire and the consequences of forsaking love to pursue greatness, for Alfonse has an unshakeable case of writer’s block that distresses him much more than his precarious health.

Saturday, April 20