George Demont Otis - American Impressionist

September 23rd, 2016 - 12:50pm

In partnership with the Kentfield-Greenbrae Historical Society, College of Marin is hosting an exhibition of paintings by renowned American artist, George Demont Otis (1879-1962). The exhibition opens on October 1 and all are invited to attend the opening reception that evening, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Fine Arts Gallery. The beauty of Marin County, as depicted in 27 landscape paintings by Otis, will remain on display through October 27.  

Otis was captivated by the beauty of Mt. Tamalpais and the rolling hills of Marin. He had traversed the United States working as a Hollywood film designer and a professional baseball pitcher. In 1934, he and his wife, Clara Van Tine, built a house on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard in Kentfield. They crafted this home into a studio and gallery to showcase their many artistic creations. 

Otis’ life and work recently rose to the community’s attention once again through the creation of a book commissioned by the Kentfield-Greenbrae Historical Society. Thanks to the help of his grandniece, Jessie Hartley, a collection of information and memories of the life Otis and his wife began to take shape. Historical Society members hope to spread the word about an artist who captured the beauty of the surrounding landscapes so that all can enjoy his masterful works of art.

In addition to the partnership with the Kentfield-Greenbrae Historical Society, the exhibition was made possible by the private collections of Jesse Hartley, Aurel Keck, and the Kentfield Fire Department.

George Demont Otis
American Impressionist
October 1 – 27, 2016

Opening Reception
Saturday, October 1, 2016
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Gallery Hours
The Fine Arts Gallery is open Monday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
For more information call (415) 485-9494 or