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Mr. Don Birrell

Design Director

Nut Tree

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Nut Tree

Background Information

Employment History

Director

Crocker Art Museum

Design Teacher

University of Alabama

Affiliations

Staff Sergeant
Eighth Air Force

Education

Chouinard Art Institute of Los Angeles

Sacramento City College

graphic design and exhibition design

Chouinard Art Institute

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Don Birrell grew up in Sacramento, attended Sacramento City College, and then served in the Eighth Air Force during World War II. After the war, he attended the prestigious Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles where he was trained in graphic and exhibition design. Upon graduation, he taught design at the University of Alabama and then returned home to serve as Director of the Crocker Art Museum from 1951-1953. In 1953, he became design director for the Nut Tree restaurant, a job he loved and remained in for almost 40 years. A world traveler, Don painted watercolor landscapes from his many journeys and, after his retirement, continued to paint throughout Northern California. In addition to his painting, Birrell created many commercial logos and designs, including numerous private labels for winemakers and other food products.


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The late Don Birrell's name and work is synonymous with the art community in Vacaville. Though he died in 2006 at the age of 83, his creative touch can be found throughout the community and two of his paintings are on the second floor of the VacaValley Wellness Center. "Buck Avenue Fantasy," a print that features the tree-lined avenue in Vacaville with rays of light beaming through the tree tops, and "Old Rocky," a landscape scene of a hilltop in Vacaville.
Born Dec. 6, 1922, in Corona, Don grew up in Sacramento and attended Sacramento City College. He served three years as a staff sergeant in the Eighth Air Force during World War II and was based in Alconbury, England, where he worked on early radar warning systems for the Allied Forces.
After the war, he attended the prestigious Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles where he was trained in graphic and exhibition design. Upon graduation, he was hired to teach design at the University of Alabama from 1950 to 1951. He served as the director of the Crocker Art Gallery in Sacramento from 1951 to 1953. In 1953, Don became design director for the Nut Tree restaurant in Vacaville, a job he loved, and he remained there for almost 40 years.
He painted watercolor landscapes from his many journeys and was also known for his work creating logos and designs for the city of Vacaville, Vacaville-Dixon Greenbelt, Raley's supermarkets and numerous private labels for winemakers and other food products. In 2003, the Vacaville Museum recognized the tremendous influence Birrell's work had on and around the community of Vacaville with a retrospective exhibit of his work.


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Don Birrell

The late Don Birrell's name and work is synonymous with the art community in Vacaville. Though he died in 2006 at the age of 83, his creative touch can be found throughout the community and two of his paintings are on the second floor of the VacaValley Wellness Center. "Buck Avenue Fantasy," a print that features the tree-lined avenue in Vacaville with rays of light beaming through the tree tops, and "Old Rocky," a landscape scene of a hilltop in Vacaville.
Born Dec. 6, 1922, in Corona, Don grew up in Sacramento and attended Sacramento City College. He served three years as a staff sergeant in the Eighth Air Force during World War II and was based in Alconbury, England, where he worked on early radar warning systems for the Allied Forces.
After the war, he attended the prestigious Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles where he was trained in graphic and exhibition design. Upon graduation, he was hired to teach design at the University of Alabama from 1950 to 1951. He served as the director of the Crocker Art Gallery in Sacramento from 1951 to 1953. In 1953, Don became design director for the Nut Tree restaurant in Vacaville, a job he loved, and he remained there for almost 40 years.
He painted watercolor landscapes from his many journeys and was also known for his work creating logos and designs for the city of Vacaville, Vacaville-Dixon Greenbelt, Raley's supermarkets and numerous private labels for winemakers and other food products. In 2003, the Vacaville Museum recognized the tremendous influence Birrell's work had on and around the community of Vacaville with a retrospective exhibit of his work.


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In response to our last issue of Grand View ("In Memorium") Don Birrell ('50) of Vacaville sent these two images. He writes: "In your last Chouinard bulletin I read the notice about the passing of Emerich Nicholson and reference to his mural in the Vacaville Post Office.
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On this page and the back cover are regular Chouinard names - Don Birrell, Neil Boyle, Nelbert Chouinard,
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DON BIRRELL / Retrospective of Birrell's work design, drawing, and painting at the Vacavillc Museum, January 24 to August 10,2003. As design director of the Nut Tree for some fifty odd years, Birrell becamc a cultural icon in Vacaville. At the show's opening he was honored at a testimonial, 200 plate, dinner.


Biography

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Don Birrell, was born on December 6, 1922 in Corona California. A natural ability in art and design appeared very early in life with an acclamation of best in sandbox given to him in kindergarten. An avid interest in design and drawings has been a strong force throughout his life.
From 1943-1945 Don was a member of the Eighth Air Force stationed near London, England. Even during the war his artistic talents were recognized and put to use. Following the war Don entered Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles where he studied graphic design and exhibition design. When he graduated in 1949 he went on to teach design at the University of Alabama.
The Crocker Art Gallery in Sacramento asked him to become the new director in 1951 and he brought an interest in contemporary art as well as many innovating ideas to attract new interest to this relatively conservative museum. At one of his design exhibitions at the gallery, he met Ed Power Jr., one of the partners of the Nut Tree Restaurant. Later he was brought to the Nut Tree Restaurant as Art Director and continued his ideas for art exhibitions there, as well as taking on the challenge of designing a unique environment for the Nut Tree which has represented the essence and vitality of Northern California for over seventy years.
For thirty-seven years Don acted as Design Director, at the Nut Tree Restaurant in Vacaville, California. His assistance in the creation of the Coffee Tree Restaurant and its remodeling has been widely acclaimed and the attention to contemporary California and a symbol of the sun is one of his hallmarks in design. A small replica of the largest star in our galaxy graces the front door of his home in Vacaville, where he and his wife Doris reside.
Don is also a well-known Northern California artist who has a distinctive decorative and illustrative style in his many water colors and pen and ink landscapes. Many shades of green and earth tones fill his pictures of California, China, Thailand, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand and Greece. As a man who has traveled the world and lives fully, Don has acquired a breath and sense of universality which is portrayed simply yet directly.

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