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June 2020 Newsletter

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Who Was Nellie Gail Moulton?

Nellie Gail Moulton, circa 1915, photographed at Moulton Ranch. Courtesy of the Moulton Museum.
We are excited to announce that the exhibit at Casa Romantica has been extended to September 6th, 2020. While the actual date of the gallery opening remains unknown at this time, visit the website at for information about the exhibition and for the latest information on when it will open for public viewing. This exhibit is the featured event for the Orange Coast Magazine June 2020 newsletter.

Coastline, early 20th Century
Nellie Gail Moulton (American, 1878-1972)
Oil on masonite; Martha C. Stevens Memorial Art Collection at the Bowers Museum
“In the legacy left to me, in the name of my husband, in memory of his humanitarianism, I have endeavored, in my donations to community projects, to help, to, hopefully, encourage the spirit of creativeness and enjoyment of the arts, for there is one thing I believe will never fade into oblivion – beauty in literature, painting, music, the drama – no matter how some, for whatever motive, will agitate to bring true talent to ridicule – those who appreciate and know its worth will never let it die.”
— Nellie Gail Moulton​

Shack at Fisherman’s Cove, Laguna, c. 1935
Oil on artist’s board
Courtesy of the Moulton Museum

Sketch – Shack at Fisherman’s Cove, Laguna, c. 1935 Graphite on paper
Collection of the Moulton Museum

Moulton Ranch Center Mural

We are excited to announce the completion of this monumental mural at the Moulton Ranch Center. Created by Tim Smith, LCAD muralist, this vista was created from historical images. View the mural at 25272 Cabot Road Laguna Hills, CA 92653, which is on the exterior of the Howard’s building. Watch our virtual timelapse video to see this creation come to life!

This mural depicts the history of Laguna Hills in a large, immersive painting. Tim combined maps and photos from the Moulton Museum archives from the Moulton Ranch into an original artistic composition.

We are working on scheduling a ribbon-cutting ceremony based on statewide and city COVID-19 regulations. Please stay tuned for information regarding events on our social media accounts and website page.

Happy Father’s Day from the Moulton Museum!

Here’s an historic moment of Lewis Fenno Moulton with Louise and Charlotte in 1915 at the #MoultonRanch (2017.05.190).

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