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Nellie Gail Moulton Portrait, 1908 (2018.02.18)

Nellie Gail Moulton: Through the Eyes of a Pioneer Woman

Opening Reception: Thursday, May 18th, 2023; 5:30 – 7:30 PM 

Soka University, Founders Hall Art Gallery. 1 University Drive Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

Moulton Museum is honored to feature Nellie Gail Moulton at the Soka University Founders Hall Art Gallery. Join us for the opening reception on Thursday, May 18th, 2023 which will be International Museum Day.

Nellie Gail Moulton: Through the Eyes of a Pioneer Woman tells the story of Nellie’s arrival from Kansas to California during the turn of the century. Nellie Gail Moulton (1878 – 1972) belongs to a larger movement of female artists who have recently gained significant recognition for their contributions to the arts. Nellie created art throughout her entire life and studied with renowned artists such as William Wendt, Frank Cuprien, Edgar Payne, and Anna Hills who is featured in the gallery. Nellie oversaw Moulton Ranch from 1938-1950 with her daughters Charlotte and Louise. Nellie’s collection of en plein air paintings and sketches are shown along Jane Barnes’ watercolors. Jane is Nellie’s granddaughter. This exhibit showcases Nellie’s life as a pioneer who ushered a new era for Orange County arts and education.
If you would like to schedule a tour with Jennifer and Cindy Keil, the Moulton Museum Directors, please contact them in-advance. 


Apr 6 – May 26 / Main Gallery
May 11: “Fresh on the New Lawn” Competition

Opening Gallery Reception on Thursday, April 6, 2023 | 5:30-7:30pm with RSVP

Nellie Gail Moulton

Plein Air Group painting exhibition in conjunction with Laguna Plein Air Painters Assoc. (LPAPA) will feature contemporary work by masters and a collection of historical paintings by Nellie Gail Moulton on loan from the Moulton Museum in Laguna Hills. 

Gallery Hours:
Monday-Friday: 10am-5pm
*Saturday-Sunday: 12m-4pm
*Closed occasionally for holidays and special events. Please call for the most up to date information.

Gallery Admission
Ticket Price: $5
Includes access to all current exhibitions
Free for Golden Ticket Holders

A portion of all art sales supports arts education programs at The Muck.

If you are interested in purchasing artwork or would like to schedule a curatorial walk-through, please contact Lisa M. Berman at

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