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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