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Congratulations to Autumn Art Festival Prize Winners!

This year’s Autumn Art Festival has been another success for Mistlin Gallery and CCAA. The gala reception was well attended and our fundraising efforts rewarded. We’d like to thank all of the artists who entered, and congratulate prize winners. We’d also like to acknowledge our organizing committee,  jurors and sponsors who make the show possible.

2017 Autumn Art Festival Awards

Artist, Sue Richardson, with her Best of Show mixed media piece, “On the Ferris Wheel”

Best of ShowOn the Ferris Wheel, Susan Richardson

Sponsored by Milt and Carol David

Category 1  – Oil and Acrylic Painting

1st place, category 1, Howard Rees’ oil painting, “Bodega Bay”

1st Place – Bodega Bay, Howard Rees

Sponsored by Michael Obrien – Beckwith Veterinary Hospital

2nd Place – Three Palms, Chella

Sponsored by Alice Richards

3rd Place – Steve, Eva Hass

Sponsored by Mary Jane Kiskinen

Honorable Mention – Open Range, William Scheuber

Honorable Mention – Incoming Tide, Rick Ingraham

Category 2 – Watercolor and Pastel Painting

First place, category 2, Howard Rees’ watercolor “Newport Harbor”

1st Place – Newport Harbor, Howard Rees

Sponsored by Dan and Lila Peterson

2nd Place – Autumn Celebration, Carol David

Sponsored by Richard and Wendy Allen

3rd Place – Toby, Chris Obers

Sponsored by Nicole Slater

Honorable Mention – Perched in the Palms, Marilyn Wear

Honorable Mention – Puerta del Patio, Barbara Gill

Category 3 – Mixed Media and Photography

1st place, category 3, mixed media by Nancy Burch, “SHH”

1st Place – Shh, Nancy Burch

Sponsored by Barbara Gill-Salerno

2nd Place – Epic, Carrie Arnold

Sponsored by James and Jill Clayton

3rd Place – Havana Condo, David Schroeder

Sponsored by Chella

Honorable Mention – 1000 Leaves, Barbara Kamps

Honorable Mention – Rural Horses, Anna Barber

Category 4 – Three-Dimensional

First place, category 4, Jason Bream’s metal sculpture, “The Better Half”

1st Place – The Better Half, Jason Bream

Sponsored by James and Jill Clayton

2nd Place – Dia De Los Muertos, Karina Jauregui

Sponsored by John and Rebecca Wynn

3rd Place – Bird Love Box, Linda Knoll

Sponsored by Phonsie Bates

Honorable Mention – Passing Through My Spirals, Randy Crimmel

Honorable Mention – Cherry and Turquoise Bowl, Larry Lew

Thank you to all the 2017 Autumn Art Festival Sponsors

Premier $5000 – $1000


Michael O’Brien  – Beckwith Veterinary Hospital

Supporting $599 – $200

Memorial Hospital dba Sutter Health, Rick and Wendy Allen, Stanislaus Artist Open Studio, James and Jill Clayton, Barbara Kamps, Jared and Galen Martin

General $199 – $20

Phonsie Bates, Anise Burns, Barbara Gill, Chella Gonsalves, Georgia Herrick, Mary Jane Kiskinen, Dr. R.J. Moriconi, Oak Valley Bank, Dan and Lila Peterson, Alice Richards, Louis Santistevan, Shirley Sharp, Nicole Slater, Marianne Ward , John and Rebecca Wynn

Thank you to all who donated items for the Silent Auction!

Wine donated by

Special Thanks to Jurors: Daniel Kasser, Leslie H. Hurst and Georgia Herrick

Langlois Music – Live Music by Patrick Campbell

Sammuel W. Mann – Information Technology

Civic Partners and Tenth Street Place

Modesto Downtown Improvement District

Tony Mistlin and Mistlin Honda

Autumn Art Festival Committee

Show Hosts: Phonsie Bates and John Wynn

Silent Auction: Suzanne McCaslin

Gala: Marianne Ward and Jo Ewell

Photography: John Wynn

Graphics: Linda Knoll

Publicity: Laura Stokes

Barbara Gill: Ribbons

Lou Santistevan

Janet Hardie

Special thanks to Dixie Zambruno and Rebecca Wynn and all the volunteers who gave their time and energy to help make the Autumn Art Festival a success!

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Curator speaks about “From the Trenches”

by Dr. Richard Serros, Show Host and Curator

From The Trenches is an exhibition highlighting a selection of artworks by art students from local and not so local California colleges and universities. We brought together a rich and varied collection of works reflecting a broad range of interests and approaches to expressing ideas and working with various media.

Marianne Ward, chair of the Exhibition Committee at Central California Art Association and Mistlin Gallery, approached me with the idea for this show. She wanted to develop greater inclusion by targeting a group of artists that has not been traditionally included on the annual exhibition calendar of the gallery: college art students.

Out Of The Trenches X-6439These art students are undergoing the oftentimes brutal rites of passage that include working on creative projects in the classroom alongside competing students, suffering the challenges of hostile critiques and submitting artworks to public exhibitions for the first time while still unsure of themselves and the quality of their work. Sometimes assigned technical challenges and subjects they are unfamiliar with, or without much guidance, they experiment, desperately seeking resolutions armed with little more than their own experiences. Sometimes they are asked to question the very processes that engaged them with the arts in the first place. Sometimes they are asked to dig into their own biographies, biology, and psychology to reveal very personal details and attitudes generally hidden from society, family and themselves. Some students, scarred and angered by overprotection, neglect, abuse, accident or economic misfortune, are still struggling with maturing and defining themselves. Others, sure in their social positions and attitudes, focus on subjects and processes honed through years of experience with their chosen art. In other words, approach these artworks with an open mind and with the faith that they were produced by students with the good intentions of fulfilling the requirements of their assignments while simultaneously attempting to define themselves as persons and artists: a sometimes scary, confusing and overwhelming process.

Out Of The Trenches V-6433The title of this exhibition came to me as I contemplated who these students are and where they are producing their art. They are the foot soldiers of the next generation of artists, skirmishing in the trenches for a clearer sight of their objectives within a battlefield in which their domain is not given much attention. Our Great Central Valley, bounded on all sides by mountains, though proudly the food basket of the nation, is a great trench from where it is difficult to experience the highly cultured and fast-paced art worlds of the Bay Area, Los Angeles basin and beyond. New York and Paris are foggy, undefined dreams to most of these students. This exhibit was conceived as a way to bring these art students together in the hopes of building a stronger art community and to help them see themselves as an important cultural component. Finally, I hope to inspire them to continue creating during their time away from the classroom.

I worked with Professor Cheryl Barnett of Merced College and my former Modesto Junior College art student Randy Ammon, now at CSU Stanislaus, to attract artists. We contacted 42 of the best undergraduate art students across the region. These students are from our three local campuses and a number who have transferred to art departments at various CSU and UC campuses throughout California. These include: CSU Stanislaus, San Jose, Sacramento, Chico, Humboldt, Long Beach and Fullerton, as well as UC Berkeley, Davis, Santa Cruz and San Diego.

Thanks to the membership of the CCAA for making this show possible. Special thanks for the efforts of those (you know who you are) who helped receive, hang, tag and light the show. The public is invited to receptions for the artists on two 3rd Thursday Art Walks (July 21 and August 19: 5:00 – 9:00 PM) featuring music, hors d’oeuvres, soft drinks and wine.

Editor’s Note: Some of the exhibition’s art works may not be suitable for young children.


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