Central California Art Showcase 2017

Now on view at the Carnegie Arts Center, Turlock and Mistlin Gallery, Modesto, April 4 through June 2, 2017.

A unique exhibition opens in April at the two premier arts agencies in Stanislaus County: the Carnegie Arts Center in Turlock and the Central California Art Association’s Mistlin Gallery in Modesto. Admission to the exhibition is free at both venues.

This is the fourth year the two galleries have collaborated on a juried exhibition which, in a cooperative effort, presents the region’s finest work in a variety of artistic media.  To see the show in its entirety, visitors must see the works on display at both galleries.

Working with a single panel of jurors, 162 works were accepted from the 436 entries. Curators from both galleries divide the accepted works, exhibiting half at the Mistlin Gallery and half at the Carnegie. The goal is to create the most meaningful viewing experience through comparison and juxtaposition of the works at each venue.

The exhibition includes pieces by 101 artists from throughout the Central California region, including Altaville, Atwater, Big Oak Flat, Ceres, Citrus Heights, Discovery Bay, Fairfax, Fremont, Fresno, Hilmar, La Grange, Merced, Modesto, Murphys, Oakdale, Palo Alto, Ripon, Sacramento, San Jose, Tracy, Turlock, Waterford and Woodside.

A reception for the artists takes place on Saturday, April 8, from 5-9 p.m. concurrently at both galleries.  Awards will be presented in Modesto at 6:15 p.m. and in Turlock at 7:30 p.m. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. A complete list of award winners is below.

The judges for the 2017 Central California Art Showcase were Cheryl Barnett, sculptor (Merced); Dean Dallin, painter (Fresno); and G. Dan Mitchell, photographer (San Jose).

CCAS 2017 Awards

  • Best of Show:
    • Dean Chance (Sacramento), Mascot, graphite and gesso on paper
  • Awards of Excellence:
    • Thomas Molletta (Oakdale), Impact, steel, copper and glass
    • Alex Walker (Modesto), Celestial Simulacrum, oil on canvas
  • Awards of Distinction:
    • Abhilasha Natarajan (Tracy), Facing Norma, cast glass
    • Delbert Park (Tracy), The Cottages, oil on canvas
    • Dan Petersen (Ripon), Destination Emerald Bay, watercolor
    • Brian Swander (Modesto), Cocktails, oil on panel
  • Awards of Merit:
    • Anna Barber (Ripon), Zebra Illusions, digital photograph
    • Steve Bauman (Modesto), Contemporary Tray, poplar wood and dyes
    • Stephanie Disch (Turlock), Rhinocerotidae (inspired by Ulisse Aldrovandi, 1522-1605), encaustic and oil on panel
    • William Harris (Modesto), Waiting, photograph
  • Honorable Mention Awards:
    • Rita Barbano (Oakdale), Pink Doll, mixed media
    • Timothy Brown, Jr. (Turlock), Moth Duchess, mixed media
    • Don Hall (Turlock), Self-portrait after Bosch, acrylic on canvas
    • William Harris (Modesto), Yee-Ha, photograph
    • Sally Ruddy (Waterford), Rising Moon, oil on canvas
    • Richard Serros (Modesto), Stardust, oil on canvas


The historic Carnegie Library opened in 1916, and is now one of only a handful of art centers in the region. The Carnegie’s programs include exhibitions, education classes and programs, lectures, and activities in artistic genres as diverse as dance, music, theater and more. At least 25% of all programming is dedicated to children and teens. The Carnegie Arts Center Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

The Carnegie is located at 250 N. Broadway in Downtown Turlock.

The Carnegie is open to the public Wednesday – Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Website: carnegieartsturlock.org     Facebook: Carnegie Arts Center of Turlock     Instagram: @carnegiearts     Twitter: @carnegieturlock


The Central California Art Association (CCAA) was established in 1952 and started by a small group of artists committed to supporting the arts in our community. The Mistlin Gallery is run by volunteer members of the CCAA, who endeavor to promote and provide art education and cultural opportunities for all residents of Modesto and the surrounding region. The 501(c) 3 non-profit organization has a cooperative and growing membership of over 250 members.

The Mistlin Gallery is located at 1015 J Street, Downtown Modesto.

The Mistlin Gallery is open to the public from11:30-5 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday; 11:30 – 8 p.m. on Friday; noon-4 p.m. on Saturday. NOTE: Extended hours on Friday evenings for the duration of this exhibition.

Website: ccaagallery.org 

Facebook: Central California Art Association & The Mistlin Gallery

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