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Guide to the Obenchain Drawings and Paintings Collection (1970s – 1980s)

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This collection was assembled by Richard Forrest Obenchain Jr. who donated the artworks in this collection to the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History on June 14, 1984. It is assumed that he is also the artist of these pieces, Dick Obenchain.


Number of Containers: 1 Box
Linear Feet: 2 Linear Feet


Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, Archives
705 Front Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060


This collection consists of twenty-eight (28) drawings and paintings from Santa Cruz, California artist Dick Obenchain. The collection includes three (3) large approx. 14W”x 10 1/2H” watercolors, sixteen (16) pen and ink drawings ranging in size from 8”x10” to 12”x16”, seven (7) ink and watercolor artworks, and two (2) felt tip pen drawings [84.1.27-28], which sadly, are now unaccounted for. The artworks are in good condition, and were completed in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. The artworks are of scenes throughout Santa Cruz County or Davenport such as Neary Lagoon (84.1.11), Sand Hill Beach, Davenport; and scenes from Mission Hill, Beach Hill, Locust Street and others. The paintings and drawings were donated by Richard Forrest Obenchain Jr. to the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History in 1984. Due to certain biographical information being the same such as birthdate, education and exhibitions, it is assumed that Richard F. Obenchain went by Dick Obenchain and is therefore both the donor and creator of these works.


The Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, Santa Cruz, CA

Preferred Citation

Obenchain Drawings and Paintings Collection, The Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, Santa Cruz, CA

Publication Rights

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the head of Archives at MAH. Researchers may be responsible for obtaining copyright permission to use material not produced by museum personnel.

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Renata McRee

Date Completed