September 13 - December 30, 2022
California is a large and complicated place, where dreams are formed and sometimes realized, and where homelessness, want, and xenophobia remain. Stitching California: Fiber Artists Interpret the State’s People, Life, and Land, a travelling exhibition, showcases an exciting collection of art quilts that reflect the complexities of the Golden State. Viewers will enjoy a balanced show of beauty, originality, thought-provoking content, realistic and abstract imagery, and quality workmanship.
Presenting a well-rounded picture of a complex state, Stitching California displays works from over 40 artists working in California and neighboring states today. Their dynamic offerings highlight the rich and varied California landscape, but also present us with darker themes such as the impacts of climate change and injustices faced by some of California’s populations across the centuries. Rendered in diverse ways, Stitching California’s 2D and 3D fiber works contain references to industry, economy, geography, and topography, and run the emotional gamut from hope to despair.
Stitching California originated at the Grace Hudson Museum in Ukiah, CA and is traveled through Exhibit Envoy in partnership with Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA).
Stitching Vincent: A van Gogh Inspired Installation
January 10 - February 4, 2023
This year, for the first time, we’ve set aside the month of January as our Project Space to explore experimental ideas and unique concepts with “pop up” exhibitions. The first of these new shows is Stitching Vincent: A van Gogh Inspired Installation.
This installation of handmade works by Turlock artist Hope Werness was inspired by the paintings of Vincent van Gogh. The artist has re-worked details of van Gogh compositions using embroidery on fabric. A selection of works is arranged in an intimate and experimental format, presenting the viewer with a surprisingly different way of engaging with this artist who seems so familiar.
February 14 – May 13, 2023
The Carnegie Arts Center’s annual Valley Focus exhibition is an opportunity to highlight the very best work being created in and about our region. For the past 10 years we have honored artists through solo retrospectives and through small group exhibitions, and many of them have celebrated artists who are educators shaping the future of the arts in the Central Valley. It is an honor to continue this tradition with another exciting and instructive show.
This year’s exhibition features four painters who are making an impact in the region with their work as artists and through their positions in the faculty at our local colleges. As role models for young and aspiring artists these creative women offer valley students the opportunity to explore a variety of viewpoints – literally in their own paintings and intellectually through the discussion of ideas in their classes and critiques.
Louisa Benhissen (Merced College), Chelsea Gilmore (Modesto Junior College), Susan Stephenson (CSU Stanislaus), and Mirabel Wigon (CSU Stanislaus) offer us new perspectives. In very individual ways, they each take representation – specifically the depiction of space and spatial relationships – in a unique or challenging direction. Our connections to people and places are presented from surprising and distinctive angles. These four perspectives will inspire us to look closely and have creative conversations.
Gallery Conversations with the artists will take place in March & April. Check the calendar of events for complete details.
oil on panel
Yosemite Falls Through a Screen
oil on panel
October 4, 2022 – January 21, 2023
The environment, people, economy, and mythology of California all provide rich subject matter for artists. In the call for this juried exhibition, artists were asked to explore their California dreams, how they see our state, with its promises past and present. The resulting show has a wealth of imagery and interpretations of the theme.
55 works by 39 artists were selected from over 140 submissions. The exhibition includes paintings, photographs, prints, drawings, watercolors, mixed media, pastels, ceramics, glass, and fabric arts. Subjects range from our state’s iconic landscapes to more personal stories of growth, loss, struggle, and wonder.
Juror for the exhibition was Jonathan Bock an artist, business owner, and non-profit leader, with a lifetime passion for the arts. Bock has a BFA degree in printmaking and art history from Indiana University and an MFA degree from California Institute of the Arts. He is owner of Williams Gallery West and Stellar Gallery, both in Oakhurst, and in 2020, Bock founded Yosemite Gateway Art Center, dedicated to community involvement in the arts and cultural tourism. He is president and founding director of Sierra Art Trails, dedicated to promoting artists and artisans in the Sierra Foothills, and serves as executive director of the Yosemite Renaissance, organization, dedicated to promoting the arts in Yosemite National Park and the California Sierra Nevada region
Best of Show
Monique Wales, Eventide, reductive linocut relief print
Awards of Merit
Veronica Gross, Golden Gate Migration, watercolor
Nina Thomson, California Dreaming – Full Lakes, oil on canvas
Susan Conner, California Beginnings 2022, photograph
David Dolan, pe-num-bral, photograph
Debra Drake, California Valley Ancestors, colored pencil
Jon Nichols, When Avocados & Corn Dream, collage & ink
Artists included in the Exhibition:
Anna Barber, Ripon
Mel Beach, San Jose
Tommi Lou Carosella, Modesto
Susan Conner, Altaville
Katherine Crinklaw, Newman
David Dolan, Modesto
Debra Drake, Hughson
Jennifer Fosgate, Merced
Denie Fuller, Pleasant Hill
Barbara Gill, Modesto
Chella Gonsalves, Modesto
Veronica Gross, Los Gatos
Kate Jackson, Merced
Mary-Jane Kiskinen, Modesto
Jared Langley, Modesto
Larry Lew, Modesto
Lisa Livingston, Modesto
Loren Lukens, Merced
Catherine McLean, Modesto
Geneva Mello, Lodi
Denise Oyama Miller, Fremont
Jon Nichols, Turlock
Monica Ocegueda, Turlock
Darrell O’Sullivan, Galt
Michelle Park, Turlock
Lynn Sarraille, Turlock
Steven Showers, Oakdale
Sue Siefkin, Modetso
Kyle Silligman, Vernalis
Susan Slesinger, Seal Beach
Ileana Soto, San Leandro
Michael Souza, Turlock
Henrietta Sparkman, Modesto
J.C. Strote, Lodi
Jim Taylor, Coarsegold
Nina Thomson, Sacramento
Christopher Viney, Atwater
Monique Wales, Oakhurst
James Weber, Waterloo
Works by the Fresno
January 31 – April 22, 2023
The CAC is pleased to welcome the members of the Fresno Printmakers’ Guild for a diverse and creative show. In a selection of works representing many of their talented members, high-level printmaking skills will be on display! Membership in the FPG is open to artists from anywhere in the world who create hand-pulled prints. This includes artists who use traditional printmaking techniques, such as etching, lithography, relief printing, and silk screen. It also includes artists who make hybrid prints, monoprints, and artist books, so long as some hand printmaking is involved.
The purpose of The Fresno Printmakers’ Guild is to advance the art of fine printmaking through the study and practice of printmaking arts and to provide public education and public showings of the works of its members and others. As part of their mission, the FPG promotes and supports student artists through annual excellence awards to outstanding students of Fresno Community College, CSU Fresno, and other area institutions.
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