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Youth art exhibit opens at Carnegie
Blue Cat2c Natalee Smith2c age 12
Blue Cat by Natalee Smith is just one of the pieces on exhibit as part of the Carnegies Ready, Set, Show. - photo by Photo Contributed

The Carnegie Arts center has opened the “Ready, Set, Show” art exhibit, featuring the creative talents of local children.

Children in grades K-8 were invited to present their creative work to the public in the Carnegie’s Ferrari Gallery. A total of 62 students from Turlock, Denair, Delhi, Hilmar and Modesto, entered their artwork for the exhibition this year.

“An exhibition of works by school-age artists has been in the Carnegie’s exhibition plans since we opened our doors in 2011. With the establishment of the Marian Ciriscioli Youth Arts Fund in 2015 we now have the resources to make this exhibit an annual event,” said Lisa McDermott, the director of the Carnegie Arts Center. “We think the elementary school art show is something that has been missing in Turlock; Modesto has had a youth art shows going on for many years, but we wanted to do something that would be encouraging to students in the smaller communities around Turlock.”


The exhibit will be on view at the Carnegie through June 24. An artists’ reception is planned for 7 p.m. tonight as part of the Family Friday Series. The reception is free and open to the public. Admission to the exhibit is free.

In order to engage young artists, a hands-on station will be available in the gallery itself while the show is on view.

“When parents bring their kids in to see the exhibit they’ll have the opportunity to make some art right then and there! When they see art made by other children their age, they may want to try it too, so we’ll have some of the tools and materials in place for experimentation.”

The Carnegie Arts Center is located at 250 N. Broadway. Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays.