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Don Birrell

Don Birrell

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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.