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Winners announced for collaborative art exhibit
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Eclipse Market by Brian Swander won Best of Show for the Central California Art Showcase. - photo by Photo Contributed

The winners for the Central California Art Showcase have been announced with a creation from a Modesto artist selected as the Best of Show winner.

The Central Valley Showcase exhibit at the Carnegie Arts Center and the Mistlin Gallery in Modesto is a collaboration that is in its third year.

The exhibit is a partnership between the Carnegie Arts Center and the Mistlin Gallery in Modesto. To view the spring juried art show in its entirety visitors need to visit both galleries.

Working with a single panel of jurors, 152 works were accepted from more than 338 entries. Curators from both galleries have divided the accepted works, hanging approximately 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.

Judges selected Modesto artist Brian Swander’s painting, “Eclipse Market,” as the Best of Show.

Other creations earning awards were:

Awards of Excellence:

§  Meisha Grichuhin (Saratoga), “Layers,” oil on canvas

§  Jane Zich (Fairfax), “Lying Down with Deer,” pencil, gouache and acrylic on paper


Awards of Distinction:

§  Robert Behee (Chinese Camp), “Solinsky Hotel, Chinese Camp,” photograph

§  Christine Johnson (Turlock), “Nonet,” bubinga and brass

§  Christine Obers (Mariposa), “Blue Duck,” soft pastel

§  Phil Vance (Mi Wuk Village), “Mark Twain in His Own Words,” pen on watercolor paper


Awards of Merit:

§  Steve Bauman (Modesto), “Basket IllusionApache Tray,” wood and dyes

§  Tom Duchscher (Modesto), “Rhombus Cubis III,” welded steel

§  Dan Petersen (Ripon), “Rocky Rapids,” watercolor

§  Monique Wales (Oakhurst), “The Trickster – Yosemite,” linocut relief print


Honorable Mention Awards:

§  Timothy Brown, Jr. (Turlock), “The Shoot-up Spinster,” mixed media

§  Barbara Gill (Modesto), “Emerald Garapata,” watercolor

§  Rick Ingraham (Modesto), “Old and New,” acrylic on canvas

§  Michelle Park (Turlock), “Healing #2,” acrylic on paper

§  Linda Sawyer (Waterford), “View through the Arbor,” pastel

§  Zoe Toscano (Modesto), “Die Trying,” acrylic on canvas


The exhibition includes pieces by 76 artists from throughout the Central California region, including Altaville, Atwater, Ceres, Chinese Camp, Fairfax, Galt, Groveland, Hughson, La Grange, Livermore, Mariposa, Merced, Mi Wuk, Modesto, Murphys, Oakdale, Oakhurst, Palo Alto, Ripon, San Leandro, Saratoga, Stockton, Tracy, Turlock, and Waterford.

The exhibition is free and open to the public.