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David Olivant work
David Olivant’s “Half the Man,” collage, pencil on digital photograph is part of the Valley Focus exhibition at the Carnegie Arts Center.

Works by Deborah Barr and David Olivant will be featured from Jan. 18 through March 19 in the Carnegie Arts Center’s annual Valley Focus exhibition.

CAC Director Lisa McDermott describes the exhibition as “an adventurous journey with two talented educators as our guides.” Both artists have long histories here in the Central Valley; Barr has been on the faculty of the Modesto Junior College Art Department for 20 years and Olivant recently retired after more than 25 years teaching in the Art Department at Stanislaus State.

Both Barr and Olivant work in a mixed variety of media; their works are rich in the use of material as well as in the depth of content and meaning. McDermott encourages viewers to “spend time delving into these visual and conceptual layers, discovering stories ideas and emotions worth exploring.”

Deborah Barr work
Deborah Barr’s “Tilted,” oil and silver leaf on clayboard, is part of the Valley Focus exhibition.

Upcoming exhibition events include:

·         Artist talk with Olivant at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 3 via Zoom and hosted by Stan State Art Space. Details will be available on Facebook at StanStateArtSpace.

·         Public reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Carnegie Arts Center.

·         Artist talk with Barr at 6 p.m. Feb. 17 in the Carnegie Arts Gallery.

The Carnegie Arts Center is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. It is located at 250 N. Broadway, Turlock. Admission is $7 general; $5 seniors and students; CAC members, CSU Stanislaus students, and children 12 and under are admitted free. First Friday of every month is free admission for all.