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Ferrari Gallery
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March 29 - May  28, 2022

Pervasive Innovation: Ceramic Sculpture in Northern California  provides an overview of the dynamic and creative ceramics scene in this region with work by 16 artists from the late 1960s to the present.

After centuries of considering ceramics and pottery as a less distinguished art form than painting or sculpture, artists in California – beginning in the late 1950s – found a new voice and style all their own working in large scale ceramic sculpture. This exhibition takes a look into the unique evolution of creativity in this one medium, in this one region — our own.

What’s become known as the Northern California Clay Movement began 60 years ago with the work of Peter Voulkos at U.C. Berkeley and Robert Arneson at U.C. Davis. Their work broke new ground for the ceramic arts, moving away from the decorative and utilitarian and toward sculpture in clay that transcended all traditions. Their students and following generations have continued to create a thriving culture of experimentation and innovation in ceramics here in Northern California.

The 16 artists featured here represent several generations and five decades. Artists in the exhibition include Robert Arneson, Lorraine Bonner, Titia Barnett-Gudde, Stephen De Staebler, Arthur Gonzalez, Don Hall, Susannah Israel, Vaea Marx, Tony Natsoulas, Cathi Newlin, Lisa Reinerston, Ruth Rippon, Ellen Roehne, John Toki, Peter Voulkos, and Wesley Wright.


Artist Talk with Bay Area sculptor Susannah Israel, Friday, April 8, at 6:30 p.m.  followed by a free public reception from 7-9 p.m.


Family Friday: Play with Clay, April 15, 7-8 p.m.  Free. Sponsored by Laguna Clay Company.


Saturday Studio: Clay Faces, April 23, drop-in 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. $5 per maker; $3 CAC members.


Gallery Conversation with curator Lisa McDermott and sculptor & author John Toki, Thursday, May 19, at 7 p.m.

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John Toki

Earth Shift

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Lisa Reinerston

Breaking Point

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Susannah Israel


Lobby Galleries
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Farms & Fields is an annual juried exhibition that celebrates the variety and importance of agriculture in the Central Valley. Here in California’s heartland, we produce over 360 products, including fruit, nuts, livestock, dairy, and vegetables. The bounty of the region is represented here not only by the variety of commodities depicted, but also in the number of artists featured and the wide range of creative media included. This year, artists from throughout Northern and Central California submitted images that reflect the past, present, and future of valley agriculture.

Jurors for the exhibition were Penny Otwell, painter, and Lisa McDermott, Director, Carnegie Arts Center.



Best of Show

Anne Whitehurst, Tomato Field, Red Rock Ranch


Awards of Merit

Kate Jackson, Corny Experiment

Mary-Ellen Latino, Humble Bounty


Honorable Mentions

Susan Conner, Solar Farm

Chella Gonsalves, Eastside and Down

David Patton, Hills and Valley

Marilyn Zinner, Where the Harvest Happens

Artists included in the exhibition

Anna Barber, Ripon

Alyn Brereton, Modesto

William Calvin, Modesto

Tommi Lou Carosella, Modesto

Susan Conner, Altaville

Patricia Davis, Ceres

Margaret Eldred, Davis

Barbara Gill, Modesto

Chella Gonsalves, Modesto

Don Hall, Turlock

Tonia Hemme, Merced

Kate Jackson, Merced

Lucinda Kasser, Stockton

Mary-Ellen Latino, Nipomo

Scott Lundgren, Turlock

Catherine McLean, Modesto

Julio Medina, Ceres

Rhett Regina Owings, Turlock

David Patton, Groveland

Vivian Patton, Groveland

Sally Ruddy, Waterford

Deanna Schmitz, Merced

Steven Showers, Oakdale

Michael Souza, Turlock

Jim Ullrich, Turlock

Monique Wales, Oakhurst

Anne Whitehurst, Fresno

Lorraine Wilcox, Turlock

Evan Young, Sonora

Marilyn Zinner, Oakdale

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Steven Showers

Altamont Crossing


Anne Whitehurst

Tomato Field, Red Rock Ranch

oil on canvas

Mary-Ellen Latino

Humble Bounty

fabric arts