"""This title is essential for all academic libraries and public libraries with strong collections in art, women history, and history of the western United States. -ARLISNA.org, Rebecca Kohn, Associate Librarian, San Jose State University Library
""Almost since the Gold Rush, California women played a vital role in the state artistic scene, contributing mightily not only through their own production, but through their roles as teachers, jurors, and cultural leaders...Yet today, few of these artists are known, even within California itself, and rare is the woman whose art is known beyond the boundaries of the state. The abundance of biographies and illustrations in Emerging from the Shadows: a Survey of Women Artists Working in California, 1860 1960, beautifully helps rectify this, renewing our appreciation of those few artists who are known, and providing long-overdue acknowledgement of the many who are not. -Scott A. Shields, PhD, Associate Director and Chief Curator, Crocker Art Museum
\nEmerging from the Shadows is a treasure-trove of information that will impress scholars and collectors as well as the general public. It has long been acknowledged that the female population has been as significant a force in the advancement of civilization as her male counterpart, but that historical accounts have usually omitted her from even passing references. Now there is a book, more of an encyclopedia, with coverage of 320 artists that will bring the women of California to the fore.Dr. Ilene Susan Fort, author of In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States (2012), and The Gail and John Liebes Senior Curator, Los Angeles County Museum of Art\n
\nThe California art community is truly fortunate to have California native Maurine St. Gaudens as one of its active members. Maurine has dedicated most of her life to the promotion of the fine arts and her determination to introduce the public to individual artists, particularly to deserving women in the field...This publication will only serve to elevate Maurine reputation in the art world and those of the women artists profiled.Phil Kovinick, Historian and Co-Author with Marian Yoshiki-Kovinick of An Encyclopedia of Women Artists of the American West\n"