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Local artists shine in ‘Light Motifs’ exhibit
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William Harris’ Market Street Color, photograph, earned Best of Show in the Carnegie Arts Center’s juried show “Light Motifs.”

In a new Lobby Gallery exhibition, Light Motifs, the Carnegie Arts Center shares works created by 36 artists from 16 Northern California communities.

Jurors for the exhibition are two esteemed artists whose expertise in the use of light is well known. Carolyn Lord is a Bay Area painter and a signature member of the California Art Club, the National Watercolor Society, and the California Watercolor Association.  G. Dan Mitchell is a photographer based in San Jose; he was the 2018 Yosemite Renaissance Artist in Residence at Yosemite National Park and is the author of “California’s Fall Color: A Photographer’s Guide to Autumn in the Sierras.”

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Sally Ruddy’s The Pink House, oil on canvas, earned an Award of Merit in the new Carnegie Arts Center juried show “Light Motifs.”

“For the visual artist, light can be an inspiration, a visual element, a mood, and a medium — and it is never unimportant,” said CAC Director Lisa McDermott.

Artists were invited to submit works in any medium that demonstrate some of the many facets of light. In their paintings, drawings, watercolors, prints, photographs, collages, textiles, ceramics, digital and mixed media works, these artists have captured light in a wide variety of interpretations.

A free, public reception for the artists will take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Feb.2.

Award Winners include:


William Harris, Market Street Color, photograph



Monica Ocegueda, Light at the End of the Tunnel, photograph

Sally Ruddy, The Pink House, oil on canvas


Isaac Calvo, Rose Glow, acrylic paint & oil pastel

Kelly Lemons, Dream Shadows, Pan pastels

Jeanne Moje MacDonald, Turning a Corner, mixed media

Darrell OSullivan, City Night Reflections, photograph


Artists included in the Exhibition:

Brooke Adams, Turlock

Nancy Bardach, Berkeley

Isaac Calvo, Ripon

Susan Conner, Altaville

Bill Conrad, Turlock

Sherry Eidhammer, Rancho Cordova

Jennifer Fosgate, Merced

Chella Gonsalves, Modesto

Loren Lukens, Merced

Catherine McLean, Modesto

Geneva Mello, Lodi

Cathy Miranker, San Francisco

Jeanne Moje MacDonald, Mariposa

Monica Ocegueda, Turlock

Darrell O’Sullivan, Galt

Rhett Regina Owings, Turlock

Michelle Park, Turlock

Liza Pham, Modesto

Don Hall, Turlock

William Harris, Modesto

Greg Hubbard, Sacramento

Carolyn Huff, Modesto

Linda Knoll, Modesto

Kelly Lemons, Oakdale

Larry Lew, Modesto

Dorothy LoBue, Turlock

Sally Ruddy, Waterford

Dixie Salazar, Fresno

Lynn Sarraille, Turlock

Deanna Lynn Schmitz, Merced

Steven Showers, Oakdale

Katherine Thomas, Turlock

Christopher Viney, Atwater

Lorraine Wilcox, Turlock

Roger Wyan, Merced

Marilyn Zinner, Oakdale

The exhibition will run through April 20. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission to the Lobby Gallery is free. For more information, visit