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Art was the family business.

Art was the family business

Some families are loaded with talent. The artistic contributions of one such Bay Area dynasty--the family of architect John Galen Howard (1864-1931)--are the subject of a major exhibit opening this month at the Oakland Museum. Trained in Paris at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Howard designed many of UC Berkeley's most famous buildings, from the Campanile and Memorial Stadium to Doe Library and Sather Gate. Each of his four sons became an artist, and each married an artist, leaving the Bay Area an extraordinary legacy in architecture, sculpture and painting.

Architect Henry Howard; his wife, painter Jane Berlandina; painter John Langley Howard; and sculptor Robert Howard all worked on Coit Tower.

Robert Howard also designed the Whale Fountain at Steinhart Aquarium and painted the animal mural in the writing room of Yosemite's Ahwahnee Hotel. Robert was married to another distinguished abstract sculptor, Adaline Kent. Charles Howard was a surrealist painter. John Langley Howard remains active as a magic realist painter.

The show runs May 17 through August 7. Three related events are scheduled for May and June:

From 1 to 5 Saturday, May 14, join a bus and walking tour of Berkeley buildings by one of California's most famous architects, Julia Morgan, who worked for John Galen Howard early in her career. Tickets are $30 from Ticketron or the tour organizer, Near Escapes; call (415) 921-1392.

From noon to 5 on Sunday, May 22, Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association is sponsoring a tour of four Howard-designed houses, with a reception at one of them. It's titled "John Galen Howard and the Beaux-Arts Tradition." Tickets are $22.50, $17.50 for members. Reservations: (415) 841-2242.

The museum has arranged a day-long bus tour of Howard family designs on Saturday, June 4. Tickets cost $30; for reservations, call 273-3005.

Photo: Aerial perspective shows John Galen Howard's Berkeley campus plan. Rotunda at top was never built. Plan is part of Howard family show at Oakland Museum

Photo: Abstract, bone-like sculpture and vivid surrealist paintings will be on display as part of Howard family show
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