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Chico Elks Lodge
1705 Manzanita Place
Chico, CA 95926
United States of America

Most of us share a great deal in common with Lenn Goldmann, we came to Chico State and never left. While focusing his studies in art and art history, Lenn realizes how lucky he was to work with professor Ann Pierce who helped Lenn come up with a independent studio class in architectural rendering that was to be his greatest boost into what would become his future career. Professor Delores Mitchell, while studying with her in Florence Italy, took Lenn to task to paint one landscape watercolor a day outside. That adventure led to a lifetime love affair with painting. Both instructors taught Lenn the tools and techniques for helping others to see and imagine the world around them. While at Chico State, Lenn also met Chris, his wife of 47 years, and mother of their two daughters: Greer and Britta. Chris’ dad, Hank Currier, a lifelong Rotarian from Oroville, kindled Lenn’s respect for how significant service in Rotary could be, and very importantly, how to best cast a fly rod. Lenn’s fishing and hiking experiences continue to find expression in his current paintings that are always searching for new ways to combine water and light. Lenn considers himself lucky to come to Chico at a time where his ability as a architectural illustrator and designer gave him opportunities to work with previous generations of Chico’s finest: Steve Nettleton, Jim Normoyle, Ron Piret, Tom Dufour and Chuck Priddy and Darrell Stevens. The last 30 years have given Lenn many opportunities to return to the Santa Cruz Mountains, his home before coming to Chico. Lenn’s desire for artistic expression finds many outlets in the Monterey Bay area with “paint outs” where he will meet with other artists in a variety of interesting locations around the Monterey and Carmel area. Lenn is very proud to have his watercolors represented by Curated by the Sea Gallery in downtown Santa Cruz. Those of us in Rotary share with Lenn the love of Chico and all of its natural beauty, which we can see reflected in his art.