Foto Modesto: Themes, Projects and Stories

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This year’s annual Foto Modesto invitational photography exhibition, organized by David Schroeder, will feature the works of a dozen regional photographers who have submitted works on themes ranging from rodeos to churches. Featured artist, Bill Harris will tell the story of Circus Vargas with images that depict the traveling circus from days gone by, when they would appear in the area for a few days each year. Photographers will include Lorraine Nilson, Dan Souza, Anna Barber, and Larry Lew among others.

Young@Art Annual Student Exhibition

Open March 4 – 27

After 45 years, CCAA’s annual student show is still going strong. Once called Young Masters, the show is all about showcasing the creativity and artistic efforts of our local youth. Last spring, after hanging over 200 student works, the show was cut short by statewide stay-at-home orders. However, with precautions in place, this March’s show will move forward, exhibiting an array of works in all mediums from preschool through high school aged students. Prizes are awarded in 8 categories, divided into age groups and mediums. Works may be entered by teachers, families or individuals with a limit of 2 entries per student. Each entry fee is $2.00. This year will feature a collaborative project for kids initiated by the new StArt Magazine — an arts magazine for families now being published by Linda Knoll Graphics.

Download entry information HERE: young@art-prospectus-2021

The Yosemite Tapestries and Preserving Our Wilderness

Open April 1 to 30

Nine large panels by Miriam McNitt (1917-1998) will be featured in the main gallery during this open exhibition. The “tapestries” are yarn stitcheries that were originally commissioned by Yosemite National Park for their visitor center theater. Three large pieces (7’x8’) describe the natural biomes within the park boundaries. Six smaller panels (7’x4’) tell the cultural history of the park, from its native American tribes, to John Muir’s visits, Camp Curry’s creation, through the 1970s when the works were created. McNitt was a noted fiber artist from the Fresno area, who lived in Yosemite for a time, and retired to Modesto with her family in the 1980s.  

In addition to the tapestries, the show will have an open call for art from regional artists on the wide-ranging theme of wildlife, wilderness, environmentalism and the conservation of our National Parks. Works may be entered in any medium and size. Show host, Linda Knoll, hopes for an exhibit that delves deeply into our relationship with the earth.

This show will be CCAA’s first show to use an online entry format using Smarter Entry. If you have questions or problems, please contact us.

Art in the Time of Covid

Open May 4 – 28

When many artists find themselves “sheltering in place”, they become more productive, and sometimes more creative as well. Mistlin Gallery’s next exhibition,  Art in the Time of COVID features recent works by our talented Central California Art Association artists and crafters. With a few exceptions all art is for sale.

Visions Reimagined: From Little to Big

Open June 1 – 25

Brought to life by noted “plein air” artists Chella, Rick Ingraham and Janet Hardie, this show will be an open call to artists for pairs of works — one plein air “study”, along with a bigger companion studio piece based on the study. Plein air paintings are primarily landscapes, but also include sea and cityscapes, and tree or plant studies that have been produced in the open air, reminiscent of the late 19th century French impressionists. The paired works will show the contrast between quickly produced outdoor studies, and more carefully rendered pieces produced in the studio. There will be cash prizes awarded, sponsored by Valley Suncatchers plein air painting group.

Country Crossroads Quilters: Fiber Arts

Open July 1 – 30

This semi-annual show features quilts and other fiber art created by the Country Crossroads quilting guild. The quilts range from mini to full size, in an array of artistic forms. Other items include weaving, knitting, felting and other fiber related mediums.

5th Annual Autumn Art Festival

Open August 10 to October 8

The Autumn Art Festival will invite regional artists to bring their best for this juried show. Prizes are awarded in several categories based on mediums including painting, drawing, photography, graphics and mixed media. A fundraising gala is planned during the show which brings the bulk of donations for the gallery’s programming.

Memorial Medical Center’s Healing Arts

Open October 12 – November 13

Participants in Memorial Medical Center’s complementary art therapy classes, held at Mistlin Gallery, annually put on this show featuring their art, photography and poetry. The artists are cancer patients, survivors and caregivers who attend the classes as a way to work through the challenges of a cancer diagnosis. Artists in the group range in experience from beginner to professional which gives the show a broad range of appeal. 

Home for the Holiday’s CCAA Member Show

Open November 16 – December 23

CCAA’s member artists are given this opportunity to show all kinds of works in every medium. Many are smaller in scale and perfect for the giving season. The gallery encourages folks to shop locally to support the areas small galleries which can offer unique pieces for every taste.

Throughout the year, CCAA member artists will be featured in the east window space of the gallery. Ceramicist, Randy Crimmell, will start the year off in January, followed by Carolyn Huff, Valentino Alexander, Vicki Reid and others.

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