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New Farms & Fields exhibition now online
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Canal Waters in the Valley by Virginia White

A new online exhibit at the Carnegie Arts Center celebrates the variety and importance of agriculture in the Central Valley.

Farms & Fields is an annual juried exhibition presented by the Carnegie that typically is scheduled to coincide with the Stanislaus County Fair, but like most things this summer, plans have changed. Due to continued public health restrictions on business operations, plans for displaying the 46 selected works have shifted the show onto the Carnegie’s website instead of its physical galleries.

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Excalibur by Iris Asai

“We are making adjustments to our exhibition schedule as the situation demands, and that means everyone has to roll with the punches a bit. This will be the third show to go completely online this year while our galleries have been closed. We know people have been enjoying seeing the work of some talented artists on our website in our ceramics and glass virtual gallery, ‘Firing Imagination,’” said Carnegie Director Lisa McDermott.

More than 300 visitors have viewed the Carnegie’s first online exhibition since it opened in April.

“The artists are a little disappointed that the work can’t be seen in person, but we’ll make every effort to present the show in an engaging way.” McDermott continues, “We’ll even have a ‘for sale’ option so website visitors can purchase works from the show. Beautiful interpretations of our Valley’s agricultural richness are always a favorite among our patrons.”

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The Bellota Ranch by Leslee Thompson

Orchards, fields, crops, livestock, people, canals, buildings, machinery—as a theme, agriculture includes a wide variety of imagery. Artists from throughout northern and central California were invited to submit work influenced or inspired by any aspect of Central Valley agriculture. The pieces in the exhibition were selected by McDermott and juror, Turlock artist John Karl Claes. Included are works in painting, drawing, pastel, photography, mixed media and more.

The exhibition is now available online and will remain accessible on the Carnegie’s website indefinitely.


Artists included in the exhibition:


Iris Asai, Merced

Anna Barber, Ripon

Brenda Barron, Delhi

Hudson Berdino, Turlock

Susan Conner, Altaville

Katherine Crinklaw, Newman

Margaret Eldred, Davis

Linda Ewing, Modesto

Barbara Gill, Modesto

Chella Gonsalves, Modesto

Sunroop Kaur, Turlock

Tamara Keiper, Waterford

Heidi Kinzie, Modesto

Vaughn Lew, Hughson

Rhett Regina Owings, Turlock

Carla Rajnus, Oakhurst

Carolyn Reed, Merced

Sally Ruddy, Waterford

Mark Selby, Los Osos

Michael Souza, Turlock

Henrietta Sparkman, Modesto

Leslee Thompson, Oakdale

Nina Thomson, Sacramento

Vivian Varni-Patton, Groveland

Virginia White, Modesto

Lorraine Wilcox, Turlock