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Carnegie-Mistlin art show taking entries
Small Treasures a digital print by James verDoom won the Best of Show prize in the Central California Art Showcase last year. - photo by Photo Contributed

Entries are now being accepted for the second annual Central California Arts Showcase exhibition taking place this spring at the Carnegie Arts Center in Turlock and the Mistlin Gallery in Modesto. 

The juried exhibition is a collaboration between the visual arts galleries celebrating regional artistic excellence.  For this show both galleries will be exhibiting works selected by a single panel of judges. Entries of works in all media are being accepted now through Feb. 27, and the show will be on display at both galleries from April 1 through May 8.

“By sharing this exhibition between our two venues, we attract more visitors to our two galleries in Downtown Modesto and Downtown Turlock,” says Marianne Ward, chair of the Mistlin Gallery’s exhibition committee. “Visitors to both galleries will be rewarded with art of the highest quality, and may be exposed to artists they might not have known about before.”

“We think this creates an exciting opportunity for all Central California artists,” adds Carnegie Director Lisa McDermott. “The main goal of this collaboration is to highlight the importance of the arts across our entire region.”

Works in all media will be accepted and artists may enter up to eight works. Entry fee is $20 per work. Members of either the Carnegie Arts Center or the Central California Art Association will receive a discount on their entry fee. Upon acceptance by the judges, artists will be notified of the display location of their accepted work(s). A total of $3,500 in prize money will be awarded. Complete rules and entry information can be found at

 All entry materials (entry forms, images, and fees) must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 27, 2015. Entries should be submitted through the Carnegie Arts Center’s website,  Using a program called SmarterEntry, all materials and payment can now be handled on line. Entry materials will also be accepted by mail or in person at the Carnegie office, 250 N. Broadway, Turlock, CA 95380.  Call 632-5761 for more details.

 The judges for the 2015 Showcase will be Karen Kienzle, Director of the Palo Alto Art Center, Dennis Lewis, an award-winning painter, and Ronda Schaer, owner of RASgalleries in Napa. Marianne Ward of the Central California Art Association, and curator of the Mistlin Gallery portion of theShowcase, stated “We’re really excited to have such a diverse, talented, and experienced group of judges, with knowledge in so many aspects of fine art.”