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"Dreamscapes: Bridget Dobson Paintings"
2001-08-31 until 2001-10-21
Charles Allis Art Museum
Milwaukee, , USA United States of America

Born in Milwaukee, Bridget Dobson made the transition from writing Emmy award-winning soap operas to spinning fantastical dreamlike tales in oil. Inspired by Matisse, Cézanne, and Post-Impressionism, Dobson‚s colorful paintings are a journey through the interiors and exteriors of her Atlanta dream home. Her complex paintings are filled with psychological dramas, as well as exotic plants and animals interwoven with architectural references.

An intimate selection of works featuring Dobson‚s colorful and exuberant paintings of her European adventures, European Dreamscapes: Bridget Dobson Paintings, will be on view at Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum in conjunction with the Dreamscapes exhibit at the Allis from August 31 through October 21, 2001. Museum Admission is $3 adults, $2 seniors and students with valid ID, children under 13 and members are free.

Join Bridget and husband Jerry Dobson for an afternoon Talk & Tea on Sunday, September 9 at 2 p.m. in the Villa Terrace Great Hall. Enjoy lively conversation as they reminisce about their Hollywood careers as creators, producers, and head writers of the most successful soap opera of all time, Santa Barbara, and discuss Bridget‚s evolution from award-winning writer to accomplished painter. Tea admission is $15; limited seating. Make checks payable and mail to: Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum, 2220 N. Terrace Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53202. Call Villa Terrace at (414) 271-3656, for reservations by Wednesday, September 5. MORE

Bridget Dobson was born in Milwaukee to a family well known in political circles. Her mother was a Socialist and a lawyer, and her grandfather, Victor L. Berger, was the first Socialist congressman in the United States, elected by the fifth district of Wisconsin in 1910. At age seven, she moved to Los Angeles with her parents who eventually created the afternoon serial drama General Hospital. Dobson spent her undergraduate years at Stanford University. After graduating, she was one of the first women to attend the Harvard Business School. She returned to Stanford for her Master‚s Degree in Mass Communications, at which time she met her husband, Jerry Dobson.

For the next 27 years, Bridget and Jerry Dobson co-wrote 6,000 hours of television drama, becoming daytime drama's most honored writing team. They began writing for General Hospital in 1965 and by 1983 they had created, executive-produced, and head-wrote the daytime drama Santa Barbara on NBC-TV. This highly successful program won in excess of 30 Emmy Awards, six for Dobson herself, more than any other show in history at that time. In 1993, she authored and co-wrote the lyrics for Slings and Eros, a musical that was produced in Los Angeles and Chicago.

In the 1980s, Jerry Dobson enrolled Bridget in an art class at UCLA without her knowledge. From the first class, which she describes as the best day of her life, Bridget immersed herself in painting. She and Jerry left Hollywood for Atlanta, Georgia where they built their dream house that is the setting for so many of Dobson‚s intensely personal paintings ˆ one might almost say dramas in paint instead of words. For Dobson, painting is more than an avocation, it is her passion. She had her first solo exhibition in 1999 at the Fay Gold Gallery in Atlanta which evolved into the current tour of eight individually curated exhibitions, a unique concept where the curator of each venue supplements the core exhibition with paintings chosen from Dobson‚s already extensive oeuvre. She is represented by the Fay Gold Gallery and the Walter Wickiser Gallery in New York City.

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