The Petaluma Historical Museum opens an exhibit of work by internationally recognized local artist Alexander Sachal with a reception from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 16.

Born in Kiev, Sachal is a veteran of the Russian army during World War II, and was wounded in battle with the Germans in 1944.

After the war, Sachal lived in Paris and Argentina, before coming to the Northern California in 1955 to work as a commercial artist.

His hand-painted billboard work prompted the San Francisco Chronicle to dub him the “The Michelangelo of Highway 101.”

In 1960, he moved to Spain, where he lived and worked for 16 years, returning to the Bay Area in 1976. Now in his 80s, Sachal remains active in art.

The exhibit will continue at the museum, 20 Fourth St., through Sept. 6.

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