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‘Emergence’ Exhibit Coming To The MAC

The local Contemporary Humanitarian Artists Association (CHAA), in association with the Multicultural Arts Center (MAC), have put together an art exhibition themed Emergence.

The exhibit opened this week in downtown Merced at the MAC’s Main Gallery and it will be on show through Jan. 8.

The public is invited to the CHAA Reception planned for Saturday, Dec. 3, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., concurrent with Arbor Gallery’s Big Show reception.

The show displays a wide variety of visual responses to the concept of emerging. The first interpretation, the return to personal interactions after the isolation of the COVID 19 pandemic. Second, the process of coming into view or becoming exposed after being concealed. Third, that of becoming important or prominent. And the fourth interpretation, the emergence of immigrants to escape various humanitarian atrocities or war.

Each artist describes their own personal inspiration for the theme of Emergence.

CHAA is a group of regional artists who meet once a month to discuss their works in progress, share personal goals, and plan thematic exhibitions together. This year, these artists finally had an opportunity to properly re-emerge after covid and start meeting in person together again to reflect on their individual personal creative journeys, instead of resorting to apps/programs such as zoom. Their mission statement is to bring greater awareness and appreciation of the importance of the visual arts to our existence, to our community, and to society at large. “Creativity and contemplation are key to uplifting the human spirit and we celebrate and encourage that humanitarian endeavor as we explore the many themes that define art.”
Current CHAA members exhibiting include Iris Asai, Frank Ayala, Cheryl Barnett, Abel Corchado, Janine Echabarne, Lisa Gilliland-Viney, Richard Gomez, Kate Jackson, Paul Longo, Charles A. Perez, Eddie O. Rodriguez, Ruben A. Sanchez, Sue Thompson, and Oscar Torres. Follow CHAA on Facebook or

The event is FREE and open to the public at the following times: Wednesday through Friday 2 – 7 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The MAC is located at 645 W. Main Street in Merced. For more information regarding the MAC and its events, you can visit their website:

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