Local Artists Share Their “California Dreams”

Works by area artists – including five from Turlock – on the “California experience” are featured prominently in the new juried exhibition in the Lobby Galleries of the Carnegie Arts Center.

The jury exhibit includes “California Valley Ancestors” in color pencil by Hughson’s Debra Drake, among many other local artists.

The dream of success has brought millions to California – dreams of gold, fame, and creative freedom have fueled the imaginations of adventurers, entrepreneurs, and artists around the world. The myth of California as a place of peace and prosperity dates back to the days of the conquistadors with the tales of Queen Califia and her golden island. In more modern times, the lure of stardom in Hollywood and the promise of opportunity in Silicon Valley has drawn aspirants of all kinds. Since John Muir’s first visit, naturalists and climbers have made pilgrimages to Yosemite Valley, while those seeking the freedom to experiment and express themselves have flocked to San Francisco since the 1960s. dreams of a better life, California may seem like the “Golden Ticket” state.

California’s environment, people, economy, and mythology all provide rich subject matter for artists.

“We asked artists to explore their Californian dreams. How they see our state, with its past and present promises,” said Lisa McDermott, director of the Carnegie Arts Center. “The artists responded with a wealth of imagery and interpretations of the theme. We are excited about the variety of media and vision represented on the show.

Fifty-five works by 39 artists were selected from over 140 submissions. The exhibition includes paintings, photographs, prints, drawings, watercolours, mixed media, pastels, ceramics, glass and textile arts. Topics range from our state’s iconic landscapes to more personal stories of growth, loss, struggle and wonder.

The juror for the exhibition was Jonathan Bock, an artist, business owner and non-profit leader with a lifelong passion for the arts. With a bachelor’s degree in printmaking and art history from Indiana University and a master’s degree in fine arts from the California Institute of the Arts, his works include drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, ceramics, experimental film and video, animation and interactive media. He owns the Williams Gallery West in Oakhurst, specializing in American and international fine and folk art; and Stellar Gallery, specializing in fine art photography.

He is President and Founding Director of Sierra Art Trails, a California nonprofit dedicated to promoting artists and artisans in the Sierra Foothills, and Executive Director of the nonprofit Yosemite Renaissance, dedicated to promoting arts in Yosemite National Park and California’s Sierra Nevada region. In 2020, Bock founded the Yosemite Gateway Art Center, dedicated to community involvement in the arts and cultural tourism.

The exhibition will run through January 21, 2023. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission to the Lobby Gallery is free. The Carnegie is located at 250 N. Broadway, Turlock.

Artists included in the exhibition:

Anna Barbier, Ripon

Mel Beach, San Jose

Tommi Lou Carosella, Modesto

Susan Conner, Altaville

Katherine Crinklaw, Newman

David Dolan, Modesto

Debra Drake Hughson

Jennifer Fosgate, Merced

Denie Fuller, Pleasant Hill

Barbara Gill, Modesto

Chella Gonsalves, Modesto

Veronica Gross, Los Gatos

Kate Jackson, Merced

Mary-Jane Kiskinen, Modesto

Jared Langley, Modesto

Larry Lew, Modesto

Lisa Livingston, Modesto

Loren Lukens, Merced

Catherine McLean, Modesto

Geneva Mello, Lodi

Denise Oyama Miller, Fremont

Jon NicholsTurlock

Monica Ocegueda, Turlock

Darrell O’Sullivan, Galt

Michelle Park, Turlock

Lynn Sarraille, Turlock

Steven Showers, Oakdale

Sue Siefkin, Modetso

Kyle Silligman, Vernalis

Susan Slesinger, Seal Beach

Ileana Soto, San Leandro

Michel Souza, Turlock

Henrietta Sparkman, Modesto

JC Strote, Lodi

Jim Taylor, Coarsegold

Nina Thomson, Sacramento

Christopher Viney, Atwater

Monique Wales, Oakhurst

James Weber, Waterloo

Back To Top