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Collectors Who Lost Art in Oakland Fire to Give Talk

Bay Area art collectors James Coran and Walter Nelson-Rees, who lost their entire collection of historical California genre paintings in October’s Oakland fire, will speak at the Palm Springs Desert Museum on Friday at 10:30 a.m.

The talk is held in conjunction with the exhibition, “California Grandeur and Genre: From the Collections of Friends of James L. Coran and Walter A. Nelson-Rees.”

The exhibit will be on view at the museum through March 1.

Forty-seven paintings from Coran and Nelson-Rees’ uninsured collection, which was valued as high as $40 million, were scheduled to be included in the exhibition. Following the loss, other collectors of California paintings substituted works from their own holdings for the exhibition.

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Coran and Nelson-Rees are scheduled to recount their experiences as collectors and will show slides of the lost works.

Information: (619) 325-7186.


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