Atwater artist wins ‘Best of Show’ at Carnegie Showcase

Big Turlock exhibition features several Merced County artists
The Best of Show prize went to painter Richard Gomez of Atwater for his spray paint on panel painting titled ‘Agency.’

From more than 200 entries, jurors have selected 84 works that will be on display in the annual Carnegie Art Showcase exhibition taking place this summer at the Carnegie Arts Center in Turlock. The juried exhibition is a celebration of artistic excellence. The show will be on view in the CAC’s Ferrari Gallery from July 7 through Sept. 5.

Works in all media were submitted by artists from across the Central Valley and other locations in California. The final group selected for exhibition includes works by 55 artists representing 24 different communities. There were several artists from the Merced area selected, and three won top awards by the jurors.

“It would be difficult to find a more varied group of works together than in our galleries during the Art Showcase,” said Lisa McDermott, the museum director. “It is always a great experience to see this wide range of creative expression. With no theme or size constraints, artists are excited to share the very best of what they are making.”

Media include paintings in oil, acrylic, and watercolor; drawings in pastel, charcoal, pencil, colored pencil, and ink; three-dimensional works in glass, ceramic, bronze, wood, wire, and mosaic; relief and serigraph prints; photographs and digital art; fiber arts, collage and mixed media works.

A panel of three talented jurors selected 13 works to receive awards, with a total of $2,350 in prize money. • • The Best of Show prize went to painter Richard Gomez of Atwater for his spray paint on panel painting titled “Agency.”

Other awards went to:

  • Jennifer Fosgate of Merced, “Whistling Walking Stick,” mixed media on canvas.
  • Ruben Sanchez of Merced, “The Red Sun,” acrylic on wood

The CAC plans a public reception to honor the artists on Friday, Aug. 13, from 6- 8 p.m. A pre-reception gallery talk at 5:30 p.m. will feature several of the award-winning artists in the show.


Among other local artists included in the exhibition:

Linda Abbott, Merced

Cheryl Barnett, Merced

Lisa Gilliland-Viney, Atwater

Charlotte Hoffman, Mariposa

Jeanne Moje MacDonald, Mariposa

Larry & Kathy Myatt, Merced

Christopher Viney, Atwater

Donna Wayman-Maurer, Cressey

The CAC is located at 250 N. Broadway in Downtown Turlock.

Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Admission: $7 general; $5 seniors/students; free for Carnegie members and children 12 & under.

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