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‘Stories Of War,’ County Fair Winners On Show

The Merced Multicultural Arts Center has opened two exhibitions running concurrently in the downstairs and upstairs galleries. “Stories of War” is a visual illustration of direct and indirect experiences of war by seven, regional artists.

This group show features the artwork of Cheri Ann Carlson-Ewing, Dean DeCocker, Jennifer Flores, John Harrell, Randy Kirksey, Chris Phillips and Benjamin Serpa. The works reflect on military encounters spanning WWI to Afghanistan and the theme of remembrance, in painting, drawing and sculpture.

This exhibition is on view in the Main Gallery. The 2019 County Fairs Show is in its fifth year. MAC curators selected the best artworks from Merced, Stanislaus and, for the first time, Tuolumne (Mother Lode) county fairs.

A wide variety of styles, themes and media by 27 artists is on display and for sale in the upstairs galleries. Both exhibitions run through Sept. 14, with an artists’ reception and talks on Saturday, Aug. 24, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

These events are free and wheelchair accessible, with refreshments provided at receptions. The Merced Multicultural Arts Center is located at 645 Main St, in Merced. Gallery hours are: Tuesday – Friday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., closed Sunday and Monday.

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