2018 - 2019 Season
September 15 through December 30, 2018
Valley Focus: Cheryl Barnett &
January 9 through March 17, 2019
In this annual exhibition we featured the work of established and distinguished artists from the Central Valley; this year we assess the importance of two artist-educators who have made a significant impact on the arts in our region: Cheryl Barnett and Dan Petersen. These artists have influenced the appreciation of the fine arts for a combined 60+ years through positions at Merced College and Modesto Junior College. Barnett’s bronze sculpture is uniquely expressive. She abstracts, refines, and reshapes the human figure to portray beauty and grace entwined with emotional expression. Petersen’s watercolors technique is bold, personal and completely reflects his inspiration from the natural beauty to be found in the landscapes that surround us.
The Fine Art of Pastels
March 27 through May 26, 2019
The Fine Art of Pastels is a juried exhibition meant to highlight both the demanding technical aspects and the lively spirit inherent in this popular medium. The exhibition was juried by well-known pastel artist Terri Ford. Entries were accepted from artists living in the United States and Canada, and the 40 artists selected hail from throughout California as well as from Minnesota, Nebraska, Washington, and Alberta, Canada. More than 70 works were accepted for inclusion in the exhibition and represent some of the finest techniques and most exciting images being created in the pastel medium today.
List of Artists
Melody Allen, Minneapolis, MN
Ginny Burdick, Coarsegold, CA
Patricia Connolly, Fairfax, CA
Carol David, Modesto, CA ****
Cyndy Davis, Oakdale, CA
Pat Davis, Ceres, CA
Larry DeTomasi, Turlock, CA
Chloe Fonda, Oakdale, CA
Chella Gonsalves, Modesto, CA
Victoria Goro-Rapoport, Kearney, NE ****
Ellen Gust, Palo Alto, CA ***
Don Hall, Turlock, CA
Renetta Hayes, Jamestown, CA
Charlotte Hoffman, Mariposa, CA
Kelly Viss Hollinger, Turlock, CA
Lorna Hunt, Sonora, CA
Valerie Keesey, Turlock, CA
Tamara Keiper, Waterford, CA
Marti Knapp, Turlock, CA
Vaughn Lew, Murphys, CA ****
Dorothy Lo Bue, Turlock, CA
Stephanie Long, Petaluma, CA ****
Issa M., Turlock, CA
Michelle Marco, Mariposa, CA
Darlene Meissner, Shaver Lake, CA
Paivi Miettunen, Calgary, Alberta *
Christine Obers, Mariposa, CA
Rhett Regina Owings, Turlock, CA
Dixie Salazar, Fresno, CA ***
Elizabeth Saltos, Oakhurst, CA
Ruben Sanchez, Merced, CA
Tinna Savini, Turlock, CA
Danny Schreiber, Tumwater, WA
Benjamin Serpa, Merced, CA
Judith Smith, Olympia, WA
Lura Schwarz Smith, Coarsegold, CA
Henrietta Sparkman, Modesto, CA
Vivian Varni Patton, Groveland, CA
Virginia White, Modesto, CA **
Jane Zich, Fairfax, CA **
* Best of Show
** Award of Excellence
*** Award of Merit
**** Honorable Mention
Hot Off the Press
October 17, 2018 through January 27, 2019
Hot Off the Press is a juried exhibition of contemporary prints, highlighting a variety of techniques and exploring personal and universal themes. Entries were open to artists working anywhere in California. 40 works were selected, created by 18 artists. With a goal of showcasing a variety of printmaking media and techniques, the works selected include lithographs, screenprints, relief prints, etchings, monotypes and mixed media.
This show is presented in conjunction with Posada & the Mexican Penny Press, an exhibition of prints by José Guadalupe Posada and his contemporaries that is on view through December 30, 2018. Posada utilized his skills as a printer and graphic artist to create works that recorded history, informed the public and stimulated the imagination. Contemporary printmakers continue these traditions as they explore creativity and how art functions in current political and social discourse.
Michael J. Costa: Learning to Breathe (photos from Nepal and Tibet)
February 6 through April 28, 2019
In images both awe-inspiring and down to earth, photographer Michael J. Costa captures the spirit of Nepal. Grand vistas of the Himalayan landscape are presented alongside intimate portraits of the daily lives of monks and villagers in remote locales.
Thursday, February 14, from 5-8 p.m. in conjunction with the quarterly Downtown Turlock Art Around Townevent.
The artist will give a slide lecture about his work on
Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 2 p.m.
Both events are free and open to the public.
May 8 through July 31, 2019
Farms & Fields is a juried, all media exhibition that seeks to celebrate the variety and importance of agriculture in the Central Valley. The final weeks of this juried show will coincide with the 2019 Stanislaus County Fair.
Yosemite Renaissance 34
August 8 through October 6, 2019
Drawn from entries received from artists across the United States, this annual exhibit includes a broad range of works from the traditional to the abstract, all interpreting the majesty of Yosemite National Park and the Sierra region. On view in the Lobby Galleries August 8 – October 6, 2019. Public reception August 8 from 5-8 p.m. during Art Around Town.
Ready, Set, Show! Children's Art Show
June 1 through June 30, 2019
Youth, ages 5-18, display their talents in the Ferrari Gallery. This show annually draws in more than 100 young participants and their families.
Carnegie Art Showcase
July 10 through August 25, 2019
The second annual Carnegie Art Showcase is an all media juried exhibition that was open to entries from artists, age 18 and over, residing in all areas of Central and Northern California. A panel of professional artists and educators selected just over 100 entries for this year’s exhibition.
The exhibition includes pieces by 55 artists from 20 different communities, including Atwater, Cressey, Denair, Fairfax, Fresno, Mariposa, Merced, Modesto, Moraga, Oakdale, Palo Alto, Ripon, Sacramento, San José, Stockton, Tracy, Turlock, and Walnut Creek. Works include paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculptures, ceramics, digital art, and mixed media compositions. The Best of Show award was given to Alex Walker of Modesto for his painting titled Levitation Chamber.
The judges for the 2019 Showcase are Jamey Brzezinski, painter and Professor Emeritus of Art, Merced College; Otto Rigan, sculptor and Artist in Residence, UC Merced; and Joan K. Sharma, photographer, painter and Associate Professor of Art and Design, California State University, Fresno.
Best of Show
Alex Walker, Levitation Chamber, oil on canvas
Awards of Excellence
Dixie Salazar, Does Big Brother’s Uniform Fit Johnny?, monoprint & mixed media
Jennifer Van, Trepidation, photograph
Awards of Merit
Don Hall, Self Portrait as St. Francis, acrylic on canvas
Jelbert Karamisangar, Untitled, acrylic on canvas
Skye Ocaranza, Stan, charcoal
Tara Schendel, Haunted Moments, photograph
Jared Barbick, Dangers to the North Atlantic Right Whale, woodblock print
Betty Marie Carroll, Mary, wood, paint, gold leaf, ceramic & fabric
Mark Knize, Bowl of Bubbles, bleached walnut
Michael Souza, My Silent Grandfather, graphite on paper
Monique Wales, Take Away, multi-color reduction linocut print
Jane Zich, Along the Serpent’s Path, colored pencil, acrylic & pastel on paper
William Conrad, No Parking, watercolor