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New exhibits brighten bleak winter days
Artists Kelly Viss and Troy Viss collaborated on some pieces in their “Sibling Interactions” show. The sister and brother team use the pen name Lynn Gordon for the paintings that they created together. - photo by Photo courtesy of Jason Carkeet
Art enthusiasts in the Turlock area have two new exhibits to view in the upcoming months.
“Sibling Interaction,” a show by brother and sister artists Troy Viss and Kelly Viss-Hollinger, opened at the Turlock City Gallery on Jan. 4. The show features oil paintings by the artists individually, and their first collaborative pieces under the name “Lynn Gordon.” The artists, both residents of Turlock, painted local scenes including the Don Pedro Dam.
A few of the Lynn Gordon paintings include a three dimensional element. In one painting an airplane lifts off the canvass, almost indistinguishable from the pattern around it except for the raised canvass shape of the plane.
The Viss siblings were chosen for the Turlock City Gallery by the Turlock City Arts Commission.
“We like the fact that they work together on one painting. We thought that the pen name was an interesting twist,” said Turlock City Arts Commissioner Terri Crivelli.
“Sibling Interaction” will be on display on the second floor of Turlock City Hall until Feb. 28. The collection will then be replaced by winners of the spring juried art show.
The Community Art Gallery will also be introducing a new collection at the end of February. The gallery is currently exhibiting a collection of Juliet Moradian’s oil paintings.
Moradian describes her show as a re-imagination of old work. She said that she has recycled some older paintings in a way that has made them new.
“It’s basically like when you take something out of an attic and you think you can add to it or subtract from it to make it better,” Moradian said.
Many of Moradian’s paintings are interpretations of religious, political or social views. She said that she had to re-work some of her older paintings to reflect current situations.
“I’ve added to some of my paintings from the past. I’ve made them better,” Moradian said.
The show also features a few paintings by Moradian’s student, 13 year-old Dona Latisi.
“I think that if children have a talent, they should show their work,” Moradian said.
All of the paintings are for sale, and Moradian said that selling art work motivates her students to keep creating. Rex Klein, owner of the Community Art Gallery, does not take commission for works sold at the gallery.
“I really appreciate what Rex Klein is doing, he even lets me use the space to teach my classes when I need it,” Moradian said.
The Turlock Community Art Gallery is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and it closes at 12:30 on Fridays. The gallery is located at 132 S. Center St.
The Turlock City Gallery is located in Turlock City Hall, 156 South Broadway. It is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Both galleries are free to the public.
To contact Andrea Goodwin, e-mail or call 634-9141 ext. 2003.