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Powerful Pastels on show at Carnegie Arts Center

The Carnegie Arts Center in Turlock is presenting the exhibition “The Fine Art of Pastels” in the Ferrari Gallery from March 27 to May 26.

The public is invited a free opening reception on Thursday, March 28, from 6-8 p.m. to celebrate the talented artists and beautiful works included. The juried exhibition includes the work of Merced artists Ruben Sanchez and Benjamin Serpa.

The Fine Art of Pastels is meant to highlight both the demanding technical aspects and the lively spirit inherent in this popular medium. The exhibition was juried by well-known pastel artist Terri Ford. Entries were accepted from artists living in the United States and Canada, and the 40 artists selected hail from throughout California as well as from Minnesota, Nebraska, Washington, and Alberta, Canada. 74 works were accepted for inclusion in the exhibition and represent some of the finest techniques and most exciting images being created in the pastel medium today.

The show also will be the Carnegie’s featured exhibition for the spring program of Discover Art school field trips. More than 1,200 elementary and middle school students will see the exhibition while it is on display in April and May; they will explore how artists use the element of color and will create a pastel artwork of their own.

The Carnegie is open to the public Wednesday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sunday noon – 4 p.m. Admission to the exhibition is $5 general admission; free to Carnegie members and children 12 and under.

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