Ann Japenga, editor of California Desert Art magazine reviewed Emerging from the Shadows in the March 2016 edition of the well respected publication.
Here is an excerpt from the article:
“Fans of California art had heard rumors that the fine arts conservator and scholar Maurine St. Gaudens was working on a book about California women artists. Given Maurine’s reputation, it was bound to be big. Now that the four-volume set has been released, though, it’s clear that nothing could have prepared us for this visual thrill ride.
Emerging from the Shadows: A Survey of Women Artists Working in California, 1860-1960 introduces 320 mostly-overlooked or forgotten women artists and reanimates them and their work. (Bios of three desert artists are below.) Maurine was not content to render the women as footnotes. Through the generous layouts and a biographer’s empathy, she gives human dimensions to each one.”
To read the entire review and see images from the book, go to: www.californiadesertart.com