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Challis Galleries records

Creator:
Challis Galleries (Laguna Beach, Calif.)  Search this
Names:
Adele Bednarz Galleries  Search this
Laguna Art Museum (Laguna Beach, Calif.)  Search this
Laguna Beach. City Council (Calif.)  Search this
Bongart, Sergei, 1918-1985  Search this
Bradbury, Bennett  Search this
Brandt, Rex, 1914-2000  Search this
Challis, Richard  Search this
Dan, Virginia  Search this
DiBert, Paul  Search this
Dike, Phil, 1906-1990  Search this
Farron, Paul  Search this
Franks, Leon  Search this
Kuntz, Roger, 1926-1975  Search this
Marlette, Lacy  Search this
O'Hara, Frank, 1926-1966  Search this
Pillin, Polia  Search this
Proctor, Burt  Search this
Extent:
2.2 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1950-1994
Summary:
The records of Challis Galleries located in Laguna Beach, California, measure 2.2 linear feet and date from 1950 to 1994. The bulk of the records consist of artists' files and sales ledgers. Also included are a few administrative files and business correspondence.
Scope and Contents:
The records of Challis Galleries located in Laguna Beach, California, measure 2.2 linear feet and date from 1950 to 1994. The bulk of the records consist of artists' files and sales ledgers. Also included are a few administrative files and business correspondence.

Administrative files include Challis Galleries brochures, materials related to exhibitions and events; one folder on Adele Bednarz Galleries, which Richard Challis ran for two years; and one folder of miscellaneous printed material.

Business correspondence is from art world colleague Paul Farron, accountant Lacy Marlette, Laguna Beach City Council, and Laguna Beach Museum of Art on matters relating to operating Challis Galleries.

Artists' files include a range of materials on artists represented by Challis Galleries such as biographical outlines, photographs, printed material and price lists. Notable artists include Bennett Bradbury, Sergei Bongart, Rex Brandt, Virginia Dan, Paul Di Bert, Phil Dike, Leon Franks, Roger Kuntz, Eliot O'Hara, Polia Pillin and Burt Proctor, among others.

There are 16 ledgers that record the sales of artwork at Challis Galleries.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as four series.

Series 1: Administrative Files, 1965-1989 (Box 1; 6 folders)

Series 2: Business Correspondence, 1951-1983 (Box 1; 0.2 linear feet)

Series 3: Artists' Files, 1950-1994 (Boxes 1-2; 1.3 linear feet)

Series 4: Sales Ledgers, 1958-1984 (Boxes 2-3; 0.6 linear feet)
Biographical / Historical:
Challis Galleries (1950-1984) was an art gallery in Laguna Beach, California, that featured the work of local and regional artists.

Richard Challis was born in London, England in 1920 and moved to Laguna Beach, California in 1946. Roughly three years after arriving in California, he purchased a building at 1390 South Coast Highway which became Laguna Studio Gallery, later renamed as Challis Galleries in 1966. The gallery officially opened its doors in 1950.

Challis Galleries showcased the work of California watercolorists and regional artists. Among the artists represented are Bennett Bradbury, Sergei Bongart, Rex Brandt, Virginia Dan, Paul Di Bert, Phil Dike, Leon Franks, Roger Kuntz, Eliot O'Hara, Polia Pillin, Burt Proctor, and many others. The gallery held regular exhibitions with Richard Challis as its director until his retirement in 1984. Shortly thereafter the gallery was sold to Esther Wells and became known as the Esther Wells Collection.
Provenance:
The Challis Galleries records were donated to the Archives of American Art by gallery owner Richard Challis in 1994.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Occupation:
Artists -- California  Search this
Topic:
Art galleries, Commercial -- California -- Laguna Beach  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- California -- Exhibitions  Search this
Citation:
Challis Galleries records, 1950-1994. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.chalgall
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Challis Galleries records, 1950-1994

Creator:
Challis Galleries (Laguna Beach, Calif.)  Search this
Subject:
Bradbury, Bennett  Search this
Brandt, Rex  Search this
Marlette, Lacy  Search this
Pillin, Polia  Search this
O'Hara, Eliot  Search this
Franks, Leon  Search this
Kuntz, Roger  Search this
Proctor, Burt  Search this
Dan, Virginia  Search this
Challis, Richard  Search this
Dike, Phil  Search this
Bongart, Sergei  Search this
Farron, Paul  Search this
DiBert, Paul  Search this
Adele Bednarz Galleries  Search this
Laguna Beach Museum of Art  Search this
Laguna Beach (Calif.).City Council  Search this
Topic:
Art, Modern  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6521
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)215782
AAA_collcode_chalgall
Theme:
The Art Market
Lives of American Artists
Art Gallery Records
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_215782
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Laguna Beach City Council

Collection Creator:
Challis Galleries (Laguna Beach, Calif.)  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 8
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1971-1974
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Collection Citation:
Challis Galleries records, 1950-1994. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Challis Galleries records / Series 2: Business Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Logan, Michael

Collection Creator:
Challis Galleries (Laguna Beach, Calif.)  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 21
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1979
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Collection Citation:
Challis Galleries records, 1950-1994. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Challis Galleries records / Series 3: Artists' Files
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Archives of American Art
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ead_component:sova-aaa-chalgall-ref100

Lussier, Illene

Collection Creator:
Challis Galleries (Laguna Beach, Calif.)  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 22
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1973
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Collection Citation:
Challis Galleries records, 1950-1994. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Challis Galleries records
Challis Galleries records / Series 3: Artists' Files
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Archives of American Art
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Malvina

Collection Creator:
Challis Galleries (Laguna Beach, Calif.)  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 23
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1962-1963
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Collection Citation:
Challis Galleries records, 1950-1994. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Challis Galleries records
Challis Galleries records / Series 3: Artists' Files
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Archives of American Art
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McGrath, Clarence

Collection Creator:
Challis Galleries (Laguna Beach, Calif.)  Search this
Container:
Box 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Collection Citation:
Challis Galleries records, 1950-1994. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Challis Galleries records
Challis Galleries records / Series 3: Artists' Files
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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ead_component:sova-aaa-chalgall-ref103

Correspondence

Collection Creator:
Challis Galleries (Laguna Beach, Calif.)  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 24
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1965-1978
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Collection Citation:
Challis Galleries records, 1950-1994. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Challis Galleries records
Challis Galleries records / Series 3: Artists' Files / McGrath, Clarence
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Price Lists and Sales Records

Collection Creator:
Challis Galleries (Laguna Beach, Calif.)  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 25
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1962-circa 1976
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Collection Citation:
Challis Galleries records, 1950-1994. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Challis Galleries records
Challis Galleries records / Series 3: Artists' Files / McGrath, Clarence
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Printed Material

Collection Creator:
Challis Galleries (Laguna Beach, Calif.)  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 26
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1976-1990
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Collection Citation:
Challis Galleries records, 1950-1994. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Challis Galleries records
Challis Galleries records / Series 3: Artists' Files / McGrath, Clarence
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Archives of American Art
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Moreton, Russell

Collection Creator:
Challis Galleries (Laguna Beach, Calif.)  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 27
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1950-circa 1965
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Collection Citation:
Challis Galleries records, 1950-1994. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Challis Galleries records
Challis Galleries records / Series 3: Artists' Files
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Archives of American Art
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Nagano, Ann

Collection Creator:
Challis Galleries (Laguna Beach, Calif.)  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 28
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1980
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Collection Citation:
Challis Galleries records, 1950-1994. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Challis Galleries records
Challis Galleries records / Series 3: Artists' Files
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Nugent, Kristina Rice

Collection Creator:
Challis Galleries (Laguna Beach, Calif.)  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 29
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1991-1994
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Collection Citation:
Challis Galleries records, 1950-1994. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Challis Galleries records
Challis Galleries records / Series 3: Artists' Files
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Archives of American Art
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Laguna Beach Museum of Art

Collection Creator:
Challis Galleries (Laguna Beach, Calif.)  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 9
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1981-1983
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Collection Citation:
Challis Galleries records, 1950-1994. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Challis Galleries records
Challis Galleries records / Series 2: Business Correspondence
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Archives of American Art
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O'Hara, Eliot

Collection Creator:
Challis Galleries (Laguna Beach, Calif.)  Search this
Container:
Box 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Collection Citation:
Challis Galleries records, 1950-1994. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Challis Galleries records
Challis Galleries records / Series 3: Artists' Files
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Archives of American Art
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Correspondence

Collection Creator:
Challis Galleries (Laguna Beach, Calif.)  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 30
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1953-1968
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Collection Citation:
Challis Galleries records, 1950-1994. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Challis Galleries records
Challis Galleries records / Series 3: Artists' Files / O'Hara, Eliot
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Photographs

Collection Creator:
Challis Galleries (Laguna Beach, Calif.)  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 31
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1950-1978
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Collection Citation:
Challis Galleries records, 1950-1994. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Challis Galleries records
Challis Galleries records / Series 3: Artists' Files / O'Hara, Eliot
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-chalgall-ref112

Price Lists, Sales Records and Receipts

Collection Creator:
Challis Galleries (Laguna Beach, Calif.)  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 32
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1952-1968
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Collection Citation:
Challis Galleries records, 1950-1994. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Challis Galleries records
Challis Galleries records / Series 3: Artists' Files / O'Hara, Eliot
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-chalgall-ref113

Printed Material

Collection Creator:
Challis Galleries (Laguna Beach, Calif.)  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 33
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1953-circa 1955
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Collection Citation:
Challis Galleries records, 1950-1994. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Challis Galleries records
Challis Galleries records / Series 3: Artists' Files / O'Hara, Eliot
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
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Oller, Erika

Collection Creator:
Challis Galleries (Laguna Beach, Calif.)  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 34
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1988
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Collection Citation:
Challis Galleries records, 1950-1994. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Challis Galleries records
Challis Galleries records / Series 3: Artists' Files
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
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