Scholarship Funds: Express Yourself!

The Express Yourself! Justin Ferrari Scholarship Fund is part of the Carnegie’s commitment to engage youth in the arts. This need-based scholarship supports students wishing to pursue any classes in art, dance, theater or writing at the Carnegie. With a simple application and one supporting letter from a teacher, counselor, social worker, pastor, or other […]

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Inspired Abstraction

  • A new exhibition opens at the Carnegie Arts Center this week exploring new work by three area artists. The show will remain on view through July 23, 2017.  Join us for a reception on May 11, 2017 from 6-8 p.m. 

Abstraction has been a vital component of the artist’s toolkit throughout time; it has been used to create universal understanding and to enrich the viewer’s experience.  Through the simplification, magnification, or dislocation of forms artists can retain some or reject all references to the natural world. By moving away from strictly representational modes, the artist opens the door for the viewer to explore individual interpretation, to look more closely, and to think more deeply.

This exhibition brings together three artists from the Central Valley who use abstraction in individualistic ways.  All three artists inspire emotion and retrospection through their use of color and shape, employing degrees of abstraction to force the viewer to look and think more carefully.

The less there is to look at, the more important it is that we look at it closely and carefully. This is critical to abstract art. Small differences make all the difference.

Kirk Varnedoe, Pictures of Nothing: Abstract Art Since Pollock, 2006

Sharon Maney LoManto has been an artist working in a variety of modes and materials for more than 40 years. Her recent works, executed on metal using industrial paints and etched or burnished surfaces, embody abstract concepts such as unity and contemplation. These non-objective works, devoid of references to specific natural objects, are understood completely through their use of the basic elements of form, color and balance. While their modernity (emphasized in the machine-age materials and clean lines) may seem in contrast with the timeless nature of the artist’s message, ultimately the hard edges and metallic colors keep the viewer’s eyes on the surfaces of the paintings. This reinforces the focus on composition and on the ideal – or abstract – principles as opposed to a traditional representation of the world around us.lomanto, Temple-Gate

See more of Sharon’s work here.

Katherine Crinklaw begins her paintings with natural forms – lush flowers and ripening fruit – and abstracts them into simplified shapes that at times only hint at their original sources. Patterns, textures and colors become the main subject. At times the forms are magnified, out of focus or viewed from a unique perspective to help remove us from strict reality. An artist who began her career creating highly specific renderings of landscape and still life subjects, she has gradually moved in recent years toward something more essential in nature. By paring away much of the fine detail, leaving suggestions of the shapes and colors that we may identify with her natural subjects, she allows us to absorb their inherent richness without distraction.Crinklaw, Mixed Zinnias, acrylic on canvas

See more of Katherine’s work here.

Nic Webber uses the contrasts of hard and soft in his sculptures, where hard materials, such as metal and ceramics, create illusions of soft forms. In his recent series, Everything is Not Quite What it Seems, the work is purposely deceptive; utilitarian objects (pillows and teapots) that should create feelings of comfort are rendered unusable or even dangerous. Soft things are made hard and unforgiving; hard things are rendered as limp and useless. Through this abstraction, achieved by the removal of familiar objects from their natural context, the viewer experiences a sense of dislocation and uncertainty.  Assumptions about the “real” world are brought into question and we are forced to examine our thoughts and feelings. Webber, Finding its place

See more of Nic’s work here.

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Accepting Entries for 2017 Showcase

 THE 4th CARNEGIE-MISTLIN ART SHOW TAKING ENTRIES Entries are now being accepted for the fourth annual Central California Art Showcase exhibition taking place this spring at the Carnegie Arts Center in Turlock and the Mistlin Gallery in Modesto.  The juried exhibition is a unique collaboration between the region’s two premier visual arts galleries celebrating regional […]

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Valley Grown: A New Exhibition

The Carnegie Arts Center is excited to present the exhibition Valley Grown in the Ferrari Gallery from February 1 through March 26, 2017.

In a series of annual exhibitions the Carnegie Arts Center has featured the work of established, late-career artists from the Central Valley. These shows have explored the works of individual artists, highlighting creativity and talent that has reached well beyond this region. In 2017 the Carnegie focusses attention on a younger generation of artists, and specifically those whose careers have a starting point in Stanislaus County. For this exhibition the Gallery Committee selected three artists with roots in the Central Valley: Jody Sears Barbuta, Alexander Cheves and John Karl Claes. All made their mark first while students at California State University, Stanislaus; all have gone on to have impressive professional careers.

Links between these three artists may not at first be apparent. Their unique talents are admirable and their works are highly personal. However, in much of their work each continues to explore visual and thematic elements that may be seen as part of their Central Valley experience – the agricultural landscape, an interest in our changing environment, a “small town” or rural American perspective. Connections can also be found in their love of technique, each one highly individual in approach but (as many would point out) stemming from their experience as students in the CSUS Art Department.

RECEPTION: The Carnegie will host a reception for the artists on Thursday, February 9, from 6-8 p.m. as part of the quarterly Art Around Town downtown art walk. Open to the public.

 DATES OF EXHIBITION: February 1 – March 26, 2017

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

Admission to the exhibition is $5 general admission, $3 students & seniors, free to Carnegie members and children 12 and under.

Artist bios appear at the end of this post. Enjoy!


Jody Sears Barbuta: Born in Redlands, Jody began her studies in biology and art in southern California before transferring to attend CSU Stanislaus. She completed her BA in Fine Arts in 1994 and had works included in regional exhibitions (including the Carnegie Arts Center’s annual Spring Juried Art Show) as a student. She relocated to New York for graduate studies at the New York Academy of Fine Arts where she received her MFA in 1996. She spent time as a studio assistant to artist Jeff Koons in New York before spending a year in Carrara, Italy, working in the studio of sculptor Manuel Neri.  Since returning to California in 2000 she has taught courses at UC Berkeley, Idyllwild School of Art, Pacific Union College, and Folsom Lake College.  Jody had two solo exhibitions in New York, and her work has been featured in several gallery exhibitions in San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland, Sacramento and Davis, as well as five annual Yosemite Renaissance exhibitions since 2009.  She currently lives in Sacramento with her husband and two children.

Alexander Cheves: Growing up in the Central Valley (Modesto, Turlock and Ceres), Alexander made the choice to attend CSU Stanislaus as an art major, graduating with a BA in Fine Arts in 1993. He attended graduate school at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, where he completed his MFA in 1996. As a student, his work was included in juried and group exhibitions in Turlock (Carnegie Arts Center), Modesto (Gallo Winery) and Philadelphia. As both a painter and a sculptor, Alexander has been featured in group shows throughout the Bay Area since 2001, as well as in London, New York, Miami, Philadelphia, and Portland, Maine.  His solo exhibition, Farms, Barns and the Ranch House, was on view at the Carnegie Arts Center in 2000, and was also shown at The Project Room Gallery in Philadelphia. Several solo exhibitions of Alexander’s work have been seen at galleries in San Francisco and Oakland over the past 15 years.  He currently lives and maintains a studio in Oakland with his wife and daughter.

John Karl Claes: Born and raised in Turlock, John began painting in high school and went on to complete his BA in Fine Arts at CSU Stanislaus in 1993. He relocated to North Carolina to pursue graduate studies, completing an MFA in 1995 at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.  Since returning to central California in 1996 he has won numerous awards including Best of Show and First Place in several regional juried exhibitions, including Yosemite Renaissance. John’s work has been in group exhibitions throughout northern and central California, and has been seen at galleries in in Colorado, Arizona and New York.  Solo shows have been presented at Turlock’s Carnegie Arts Center and First Street Gallery, Modesto’s Central California Art Association Gallery, Sonora’s Vault Gallery, Sacramento’s Elliott Fouts Gallery, and most recently at Aerena Galleries in Healdsburg, California. John lives with his wife and two sons in Turlock where he also maintains his studio.




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2016 in Review

The Carnegie Arts Center continues to expand its reach and fulfill its mission to provide a venue where the arts can thrive. Exhibitions and programs attract wide-ranging audiences, including regional artists, college students, art lovers from Sacramento to Fresno, and school children from Stanislaus, Merced and San Joaquin Counties. The Calendar of Events continues to expanded with an almost exhausting number of  educational and entertaining activities at the Carnegie.

Our Centennial Celebration throughout the year was fabulous! The Centennial  Committee developed a wonderful slate of events to mark the 100th anniversary of the original Carnegie building. Four “pop-up” exhibits in the Gemperle Gallery, four popular free community-wide events, a new member drive, an Endowment Fund campaign, a special presentation by the US Poet Laureate, and a blockbuster exhibition of children’s book illustration art all combined to highlight the Carnegie’s history as a library, youth center, art gallery and ever-present community resource.

Our visitors and community members continue to tell us that the Carnegie represents the very best of Turlock and serves as a model for other communities.  We couldn’t agree more! Enjoy these images from the past year; we look forward to what 2017 will bring.

From all of us to all of you, Happy New Year!

Lisa McDermott, Director

Lauris Conrad, Office Manager/Bookkeeper

Megan Hennes, Membership & Public Programs Coordinator

Mallorie Fenrich & Carol Perry, Weekend Supervisors

Maggie Gonzalez & Nic Webber, Exhibitions Staff



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Centennial Membership Drive

  Our Centennial Membership Drive will be drawing to a close at the end of 2016. We are just a few  members shy of our goal for the Centennial Year. The special Centennial Friend membership price of $100 for a one-year membership will be gone after the first of the year, so don’t wait to […]

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