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October 15, 2011
Kondos will describe his passion for the land in Crocker lecture

Gregory Kondos reveals his passion for the land in every landscape he paints - from the Sacramento Delta to the French countryside.

Now, he will talk about that passion and his painting in a lecture for the Kingsley Art Club. The public can attend by buying tickets here. Each ticket is $10. The event is at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday at the Crocker Art Museum, 216 O St.

"Mr. Kondos is a living legend--both as an artist of national acclaim and as a mentor to 27 years of art students in Sacramento colleges," said Susana Watson, president of the Kingsley Art Club. "His brightly lit canvases document his love of the Sacramento Delta, and his travels throughout the American Southwest, Southern France and Greece."

Kondos has long been a favored son of Sacramento, though not a native one. He was born in Lynn, Mass., in 1923 and would move with his mother Kanela and father Steve to the River City in 1927.

Kondos took his first art lessons at Sacramento High School. He studied art at what is now California State University, Sacramento. He served for many years as chairman of the art department at Sacramento City College, and the campus art gallery has borne his name since he retired in 1982.

His paintings now command tens of thousands of dollars at auction. More than 20 of his works are now part of the permanent collection at the Crocker Art Museum.

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