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Member Meeting 3-2-22

A member meeting of the Central California Art Association was held on March 2, 2022. Updates from various committees and areas of the gallery were given in a effort to be transparent to our membership. As a 501c3 non-profit, we feel the obligation to let our members know the state of the organization in periodic meetings. In the past couple of years, its been difficult to communicate with the membership! We held this meeting as an update of how COVID affected the organization, among other things, and what the outlook is for the coming year.

Go here to watch a recording of the meeting: or check out the presentation below.

Please direct any questions or comments to or phone 209-529-3369 and ask for Linda.

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Autumn Art Festival 2021

Congratulations to all the winners and participants in this year’s Autumn Art Festival! Thank you to all the sponsors and volunteers who made it possible.

There won’t be an -in-person gala this year due to continued health concerns. However, we will have an on-line auction of art and gifts between Sept. 13 and 25. Please join us online at and support the gallery by bidding on your favorite pieces!

All the pieces in the AAF show are for sale. Your support makes a difference. Please consider making an additional donation if you can.

Award Winners

Best of Show – Brad Hawn, “Home Stretch”

Water Media (watercolor, acrylic, alcohol ink)

1st Place – Virginia White, “Vintage Farmall Tractor”

2nd Place – Nicole Slater, “Nod to the Central Valley”

3rd Place – Marilyn Wear, “Yosemite Splendor”

Oil and Pastel

1st Place – Nancy Hawn, “Board of Directors”

2nd Place – Marilyn Wear, “China Cove, Point Lobos”

3rd place – Jack Morris, “Woman in Red”

Honorable Mention Howard Rees, “The Raconteur”

Judge’s Choice – Howard Rees, “Portsmouth Work Boats”

Graphics (photography, digital, drawing, printmaking)

1st Place – Anna Barber, “Hawks in Flight”

2nd Place – John Wynn, “Coastal Range Spring”

3rd Place – David Schroeder, “Fall Colors”

Honorable Mention – William Harris, “Burnt Glass”

Judge’s Choice – Dan Souza, “Moraine Lake Sunset”

Mixed Media

1st Place – Marilyn Zinner, “Barnyard Boss”

2nd Place – Jewel Rodriguez, “The Giving Tree”

3rd Place – Cheryl Martin, “A Miner’s Dream”


1st Place – Tammy Jo Schoppet, “Life’s a Carnival”

2nd Place – Karen Kingsbury, “Spotty the Dog”

3rd Place – Mary Jane Kiskinen, “Geometrics”

Mayor’s Award

“Home Sweet Home” by Vicky Reid

People’s Choice August

“Hitchcocked” by Krystle Lisek

Thank You to Our Generous Donors!

Best of Show award by Mistlin Honda

1st Place award for Water Media, by Dan & Lila Peterson

1st place award for Oil Painting, in memory of Marie Gallo, by Ernest and Ryan Gallo

1st place award for 3 Dimensional, by Dr. RJ Moriconi

2nd, 3rd place awards, Water Media by Phonsie Bates

Sutter Health Sponsorships

Barbara Gill Salerno

Stanislaus Artist Open Studio

John & Mary Jane Kiskinen

John & Rebecca Wynn

Suzanne McCaslin

Michael & Maria O’Brien

Anise Burns

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Annette Van Laar-Molnar

Musician  –  Artist  –  Poet

Annette has always been interested in the Arts. At age 16, her first job was a fashion illustrator at Jedwins in Ogden, Utah. She later worked as a cutter and photographic catalog model at Twentieth Century and a runway model at Woolen Mills. As a talented pianist, she played for her church and gave piano and organ lessons from her home in Escalon for many years. She started painting for her own enjoyment in the mid 70’s when she took a variety of classes as MJC. She enjoyed acrylic painting most, but has also dabbled in watercolor, drawing, mixed media, printmaking and oil. She was a member and past president of the Valley Art Association (VAA) and was a member of the Central California Art League (CCAL) for 10 years, serving as a program manager when the league met in the basement of the old Modesto Library. Her work has earned many prizes and honors over the years. She currently enjoys reading and excels at writing poetry and short stories.

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Award Winners announced for Domestics: Home is Art

Prizes will be presented to artists at the July 15 reception and Art Walk, 5 – 8 p.m. with awards at 7:00. A special award presented by sponsor, Kemper CPA , and a People’s Choice award will also be presented at that time.

Best of Show: The Water Bearer by Chelsea America, watercolor, $1300
1st place: Gone for Good by Brian Paris, oil, $350
2nd place: Sight for Tired Eyes by Chris Obers, pastel, $950
3rd place: Button Box by Karen Burns, oil, $1100
Honorable Mention, Laundry Day by David Schroeder, photograph, $350
Honorable Mention, House by Dorothy Lo Bue, oil, NFS
Thank you to Kemper for sponsoring the show!

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Visions Reimagined: from Little to Big, open June 1-25

Award Winners

Best of Show: Big Sur Morning, Rick Ingraham

1st Place: The Cliffs Beneath Albion, Howard Rees

2nd Place: Oregon Coast – Large, Vince Walsh

3rd Place: Model in the Park II, Michele Marez

Honorable Mentions: West Wind, Cheryl Bloomfield; Encina Poppies Evening, Barbara Gill; Carmel River Beach – Plein Air, Carolyn Rossman

Visions Reimagined Award of Merit: Acres and Acres of Blooming Almonds, Rhett Owings

Facts about the Visions Reimagined: from Little to BIG Show

The objective of this exhibit is to show how one small sketch or field painting, done in any medium out of doors, can be enlarged and enhanced back at the artist’s studio.  Artists may reinterpret, enlarge or transform the field piece into a completely different style. It’s fun and challenging for the artist. The new, reimagined painting often yields a complete surprise and presents an entirely new perspective! The imagination of several members of the Valley Sun Catchers helped to conceive and execute this show. Come in and enjoy the exhibit!

The show was open to entries from artists age 18 and older. This is a regional, competitive juried show with a judge of awards. Our juror/judge is well-known plein air artist, Leslie Hurst of Jamestown, CA. Leslie has works at Studio B. in Sonora and Pinecrest Gallery in Pinecrest, CA.

Valley Sun Catchers (VSC) is a group of artists, beginners to advanced, who love to paint out of doors. “En plein air” in French means “in open air.” VSC began in September, 2000 as a result of a discussion at a meeting of the Central California Art League (now CCAA). A VSC coordinating committee selects painting locations throughout and beyond Stanislaus County. We vary the days of the week as well as times of day to accommodate many schedules. We are always looking for new painting venues, so if you have a good painting spot, be sure to let us know about it!

We welcome everyone on our scheduled days who are interested in painting or drawing. Painting events are very casual and good natured. No attendance records are kept. There is no judging or commentary from other artists unless requested. We often celebrate after the painting event with a casual gathering at a local café. Members pay a minimal yearly membership fee of $10 that helps support various activities such as guest speakers and exhibits.

We are honored that the Central California Art Association / Mistlin Gallery offered this community space to showcase the talents of our local and surrounding area visual artists.

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President’s Message – April

The Light at the end of the tunnel

It’s been a rough year, but the end appears to be in sight. The distribution of vaccines to counter COVID-19 is under way and we’re hopeful that a dent will be made in the pandemic so that we can get on the road back to normal. In light of this good news, we’ve decided to fully open the gallery beginning in June – specific date to coincide with the opening of the show scheduled for that month, and the availability of docents. Following on this same positive path and based on the fact that all members have been vaccinated, the board has decided to meet face-to-face at our next meeting for the first time in almost a year. We’ve also begun to optimistically solidify the exhibition schedule for the remainder of the year without the fear of another closure. It may be a while before we can again embrace group activities such as the 3rd Thursday Art Walk, artists receptions, and cabaret performances, but our first small steps are headed in the right direction. I’m looking forward to again being able to freely come and go at the gallery, see the art on the walls and chat with the artists – hope to see you there.

In other news from the board, several members have raised the issue of the need for continued funding when the contract between Tony Mistlin and the gallery relative to the rent of our space, ends in 2023. Although there is no immediate cause for concern, it was decided to formally begin a search for funds that will support the gallery beyond the end of the contract. This will be an ongoing process and any ideas and suggestions you have in this regard will be appreciated.

David Schroeder, President, CCAA Board

Volunteers Wanted to Address Diversity, Fundraising, committees

CCAA recognizes the need to show the community our support for, and actions toward being more inclusive and equitable in our membership, as well as our programming and organizational leadership. To address these questions, we invite members and non-members to join us in a conversation about ways CCAA can be more aware and inclusive in our diverse community.

Additionally, as noted above, fundraising for ongoing support will be a priority for the next couple of years. If you are interested in helping with activities such as potential and ongoing donor contact, donor appreciation, event planning, and other activities related to fundraising, please let us know.

Committee work in a number of areas would also welcome new participants, particularly the education committee which organizes workshops and classes in the gallery’s education center. Exhibition committee also welcomes new voices and ideas about the shows we present.

If you’d be interested in participating in any of these capacities, please call Linda Knoll at 209-529-3369, or email

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