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State of the Art – An Invitational Exhibition at the R. Blitzer Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA

Center for Photographic Art The Center for Photographic Art (CPA) expands its reach beyond
Carmel, California with its first exhibition in Santa Cruz, CA, at that city’s premier art space, the R. Blitzer Gallery.

Carmel, CA, September 03, 2018 – Center for Photographic Art The Center for Photographic Art (CPA) expands its reach beyond
Carmel, California with its first exhibition in Santa Cruz, CA, at that city’s premier art space, the R. Blitzer Gallery.
A broad-ranging invitational exhibition, STATE OF THE ART (SOTA) features an exciting diversity of work from prominent Northern California photographers. The exhibition will run from November 2 through November 29, 2018, and will kick off with a festive opening reception during Santa Cruz’s First Friday, November 2, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. In addition, workshops and panel discussions that highlight the SOTA exhibition will take place in the gallery during the entire month of November.

CPA welcomes a new and wider audience to experience an exhibition by leading Northern California artists who are exploring contemporary issues using a diverse range of current and historical mediums including digital imaging, wet plate collodian, platinum, and mixed media installations. The artists include Binh Danh, whose powerful images on leaves and contemporary daguerreotypes have expanded the medium, Bob Kolbrener’s large scale gelatin silver prints, Robin Lasser and Adrienne Pao’s provocative Dress Tent series, Katherine Mayo’s large, expressive tintype portraits of Selma, Alabama residents, Sara Friedlander’s evocative mixed media ruminations on immigration, Jerry Takigawa’s striking imagery of his family’s World War II-era internment, and Huntington Witherill’s dynamic digital manipulation, among others.

In addition to the exhibition, on Saturday, November 3, CPA will host a digital printing workshop with digital printing expert, Eric Joseph, Senior Vice President, Freestyle Photographic. Following the workshop, CPA will present a SOTA panel discussion, “Breaking Boundaries,” moderated by CPA’s Executive Director, renowned photographer and teacher, Brian Taylor, and Wallace Baine, beloved former Santa Cruz Sentinel Arts Editor and freelance art writer. Then, on Wednesday, November 14, CPA hosts a special reception with former long-time Congressman, Honorable Sam Farr, to acknowledge his contributions and support of the photographic arts in the Monterey Bay area.

Finally, as a complement to the exciting SOTA exhibition CPA will host an online competition juried by Ann Hazel, Director, Radius Gallery, Santa Cruz, and photographer, educator and CPA Assistant Director, Rick Murai. All are welcome to enter and vie for five hundred dollars in prizes. All entries will be featured on CPA’s website and be viewable by our global audience. A lively and informative jurors’ talk and awards presentation will take place on Saturday, November 17.

Join us in celebrating the Center for Photographic Art’s State of the Art exhibition and its foray into the North Monterey Bay area with a month of groundbreaking photography and events at the R. Blitzer Gallery in Santa Cruz. The R. Blitzer Gallery is located in a sprawling renovated warehouse once home to the historic Wrigley Chewing Gum factory, and now integral to the hip renaissance taking place on Santa Cruz’s West Side. Don’t miss the festive First Friday Opening Reception on Friday, November 2, 5:00 to 8:00 pm.

To learn more about SOTA and accompanying events go to: https://photography.org/event/state-of-the-art/

What:

• STATE OF THE ART Exhibition • Freestyle Photo Workshop

• STATE OF THE ART “Breaking Boundaries” panel discussion and reception

• Special Evening with former Congressman, Honorable Sam Farr

• STATE OF THE ART online competition awards presentation and Juror’s talk

When:

• Exhibition: November 2 – 29, 2018, Opening reception November 2, 5:00 to 8:00 pm

• Freestyle Photo Workshop: Saturday, November 3, Noon to 4:00 pm

• STATE OF THE ART “Breaking Boundaries” panel discussion, Saturday November 3, 6:00 to 7:30 pm; Reception: 7:30 to 8:30 pm

• Reception and award presentation with Honorable Sam Farr, November 14, 5:00 to 7:00 pm

• STATE OF THE ART online competition entry period: September 26 – November 6. Juror’s event, Saturday, November 17, 4:00 to 7:00 pm

Where:

R. Blitzer Gallery

Wrigley Building

2801 Mission Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060,

Gallery hours: Noon to 5:00 pm, Tuesday through Saturday

Tickets:

• State of the Art Exhibition: Free, open to the public

• Freestyle Photo Digital Printing Workshop and “Breaking Boundaries” panel discussion, General admission: $75 for both (includes CPA membership), CPA Members: $35 for both. Space is limited, tickets available via EventBrite

• Hon. Sam Farr Reception, free

• SOTA Online competition entry: $35 for four images.

PR Images: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/jedlfeinl67paap/AADuG_TnuEstgFFZ-W3ae1Kwa?dl=0 Info: www.photography.org

CENTER FOR PHOTOGRAPHIC ART

Sunset Center

San Carlos and 9th Avenue

P.O. Box 1100

Carmel, CA 93921

www.photography.org

Contact:

Brian Taylor,
Executive Director

brian@photography.org

408-334-0040

ABOUT CENTER FOR PHOTOGRAPHIC ART

Tracing our roots back to the Friends of Photography, founded in 1967, the Center for Photographic Art (CPA) remains the second oldest members’ photography gallery organization in the country. A short walk from Ocean Avenue in Carmel, CA brings you to the venerable gallery launched by iconic artists Ansel Adams, Cole Weston, and Wynn Bullock. Today, CPA continues to serve as a valuable cultural resource to its members, the community and the greater world of the photographic arts.

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://www.photography.org

Baby Boomer Alert — Santa Cruz Lifespan Aging Care Management Agency Announces New Personal Assistant Services for Older Adults

Lifespan, a comprehensive aging care management agency locally owned and operated and serving Santa Cruz for 35 years, is now offering a new and innovative service — Personal Assistants.

Santa Cruz, CA, January 08, 2018 – Lifespan, a comprehensive aging care management agency locally owned and operated and serving Santa Cruz for 35 years, is now offering a new and innovative service — Personal Assistants.

Personal Assistants are skilled individuals with experience serving aging and disabled persons who can offer a variety of activities, such as socialization, recreation, home organization, escort to medical appointments, and more. Support is also available with organizing mail, bill paying and completing forms.

Kathy Geerin, of Santa Cruz is one such personal assistant. Born and raised in Long Island, New York, and a graduate of Hofstra University, Geerin was an art teacher and art therapist in special education before joining Lifespan in 1997. She started out working in Lifespan’s conservatorship program and later became a part-time care management assistant prior to that program expanding into the current personal assistant program.

Geerin works with six to seven clients for several hours each per week. A typical day with a client might involve going grocery shopping, escorting to a hairdressing or manicure appointment, sorting and organizing mail and other paperwork, trips to the library or a scenic beach drive. She may also assist with scheduling appointments and arranging transportation. Sometimes Geerin will simply sit and talk with a client if the client desires. “I enjoy learning about my clients, some have a fascinating history, it’s really interesting.”

There is a one-hour minimum for the Personal Assistant service.

About Lifespan

Lifespan is a comprehensive aging care management agency dedicated to providing the highest quality of care in the home or setting of one’s choice.

Lifespan’s goal is to maximize the health, safety, comfort, and independence of its clients through compassionate person-centered care. Since 1983 Lifespan has provided all-inclusive home care and professional geriatric care management services to adults in need of assistance. A leader in aging care services, Lifespan is one of the very first organizations to provide this combination of care on the West Coast, and still the only agency of its kind in Santa Cruz County.

Lifespan’s professional care management is provided by registered nurses and master’s level social workers who conduct assessments of client strengths and unmet needs then help the client and family decide on a plan of care. In addition, care managers can coordinate a variety of resources and work with health care providers, fiduciary agents, and other professionals to make sure that all needs are met as conditions change. Lifespan also offers medication set-up and managements by RNs.

Home care aides provide the important support with activities of daily living such as light housekeeping, shopping, laundry, meal preparation and clean up, personal hygiene, mobility, and medication reminders. They also provide protective supervision for persons with cognitive impairment. Care up to 24/hours per day is offered based on staffing availability. All home care aide services are supervised by the professional care manager RNs and social workers to ensure optimal care.

Lifespan is in full compliance with the 2015 California Home Care Services Consumer Protection Act, under the auspices of the California Department of Social Services, which specifies that all employees meet criteria as registered home care aides. This includes thorough screening, criminal background clearance (fingerprinting) by both the Department of Justice and FBI in addition to verifying initial and ongoing professional training. Employees of all levels are covered by Lifespan’s general liability bond and worker’s compensation policies.

There are more than 2 million professional home care workers in the U.S. providing care and support to aging adults and persons with disabilities in home and community-based settings. The home care workforce has doubled in the past 10 years and the population of those 65 and older is expected to double to 88 million by 2050, making the role of professional aging care professionals that much more critical.

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

https://www.lifespancare.com/

Goodwill Central Coast Moves from Santa Cruz to Expanded New Headquarters in Salinas to Better Fulfill its Mission to Communities it Serves

Goodwill Central Coast has completed a more than a year long process of planning, renovating, and moving their headquarters from Santa Cruz to Salinas.

Salinas, CA, July 31, 2017 — Goodwill Central Coast has completed a more than a year long process of planning, renovating, and moving their headquarters from Santa Cruz to Salinas. The move will increase its operating space, improve efficiency and better fulfill its mission to help people find employment.

Since Goodwill Central Coast covers Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Luis Obispo counties, moving to Salinas centralizes its headquarters and with a bigger, more modern facility, will boost its efforts to train people in new careers and find them employment.

“It was a big decision on our part,” said Ed Durkee, Goodwill Central Coast President and CEO. “But this new facility was needed to meet the demands of our environmentally conscious community. The building is more modern, safer, more efficient, more centralized, bigger and can take more donations.”

The new facility, located at 1566 Moffett St. in Salinas, is more than double the size of the Santa Cruz location, and will house administrative offices, e-commerce, a salvage center, a donation center, a processing area and an outlet store.

The new headquarters will encompass 140 jobs. All employees who worked at the Santa Cruz headquarters have been offered jobs in Salinas or at other sites in Santa Cruz County. The relocation will also provide a chance to increase Goodwill’s employee base in a more centralized location and to better help the local community.

A grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony with Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce and Salinas Valley Chamber of Commerce will be held at the new headquarters from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on September 20th. The Mayor of Salinas will be on hand to cut the ribbon.

Goodwill Central Coast, which covers Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Luis Obispo counties, is one of the region’s largest social enterprise and operates three career centers, five donation processing centers, 25 attended donation stations, 16 stores, and a vocational school. It also employs about 600 in three counties.

For many people, the barriers to employment are too high to overcome alone. Barriers like homelessness, military service, single parenting, incarceration, addiction, and job displacement can define a person’s identity, even when they have so much more to offer.

“Goodwill’s goal is to ensure all of their community members know their worth and gain the skills and confidence to land a job that could turn their life around.” Anne Guthrie, VP of Workforce Services.

Each year Goodwill assists more than 13,000 job seekers to get back to work and reclaim financial and personal independence. Goodwill provides a positive learning environment that creates brighter futures through connecting people to meaningful work.

Some of the ways Goodwill helps people find employment include programs on culinary arts, catering services, free tax preparation and subsidized job placement.

Success stories

Jeremy is one of those employment success stories. Jeremy had problems getting a job because of mental health issues and a criminal background. After attending and graduating from the Culinary Training Academy, with assistance from Goodwill, he is now a prep cook at Jeninni’s Kitchen + Bar in Pacific Grove and is working his way up to sauté cook.

Gloria Organista came to Goodwill’s Career Centers after an unsuccessful job search. She enrolled in our workforce development workshops to brush up on her business and computer skills and after completion enrolled on Goodwill’s Organizational Work Program, OWP. She was placed in the Goodwill Career Center and received on-the-job training in administrative duties and was quickly hired as a HR Assistant. She continued her HR training and is now Goodwill’s HR Supervisor.

Another success story is Eduardo, a painter who lost his job during the rainy season due to lack of work. Eduardo went through Goodwill’s OWP program in Monterey, trained in the store and worked with a trainer and employment specialist to find the right job for him. With the help of Goodwill staff, he was able to get a job with CSU Monterey Bay’s maintenance department as a full-time painter. He now has a stable job with benefits, which allows his wife to stay at home and take care of their two young children.

A new way to shop

The Bargain Barn outlet center, one of two (the other is in San Luis Obispo), will also move to the Salinas location after more than four decades in Santa Cruz. Unlike Goodwill stores, outlet centers exist to move merchandise quickly, selling everything (except furniture) by the pound. The Salinas outlet center will sell its merchandise for $1.79 a pound.

“It has been very popular in Santa Cruz,” said Jim Burke VP of Retail and Operations. “You can potentially get a new outfit for $1.79, including shoes and accessories. The upcycling people like it too because they can get a dresser for $3 to $5. And it’s good for the environment, otherwise it ends up in a landfill.”

Merchandise stays in stores for three weeks, then goes to the outlet centers. It’s put out on the floor each morning, then merchandise is rotated throughout the day, a couple times each hour. And since items rotate constantly, each rotation brings a new treasure trove for bargain shoppers. “Shoppers are always introduced to new merchandise this way,” says Burke.

If still there by the end of the day, merchandise goes to a salvage operator, who will repurpose it for other uses. For example, clothing and other fabrics can be repurposed for insulation.

Furniture and other bulky items will still have price tags, but will also be clearance-priced in order for it to sell quickly.

About Goodwill Central Coast

The Goodwill Central Coast chapter, a private 501(c)3 non-profit organization, began in 1928 in the city of Santa Cruz and today has expanded into three counties: Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Luis Obispo.

Goodwill Central Coast employs over 600 people in Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Luis Obispo County, including employment training professionals, sales personnel, donation center attendants, warehouse and distribution workers, and administrators.

Goodwill believes that everyone deserves the chance to join their team, which is why Goodwill Central Coast is an equal opportunity employer and an advocate for the Americans with Disabilities Act.

To deliver their services, Goodwill relies on partnerships with federal and state workforce development agencies, as well as strong relationships with the local businesses that provide employment opportunities.

Goodwill Central Coast

566 Moffett St., Salinas

(831) 423-8611

http://www.ccgoodwill.org

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://www.ccgoodwill.org

Unique Slow Flowers Workshop in Santa Cruz Features Innovative Bay Area Floral Designer Teresa Sabankaya and Internationally Known Outdoor Living Expert, writer, lecturer and Slow Flowers Founder Debra Prinzing

Innovative Bay Area floral designer Teresa Sabankaya will team up with renowned floral expert Debra Prinzing, founder of Slowflowers.com to offer an inspiring two-part workshop for floral professionals at a beautiful private garden in Santa Cruz.

Santa Cruz, CA, June 20, 2016 — Innovative Bay Area floral designer Teresa Sabankaya will team up with renowned floral expert Debra Prinzing, founder of Slowflowers.com to offer an inspiring two-part workshop for floral professionals at a beautiful private garden in Santa Cruz.

“Slow Flowers Creative Workshop,” set for 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, is designed to help floral designers and Farmer-Florists clarify, document and communicate their personal artistic message as a floral professional by focusing on brand-building, floral storytelling and media messaging.

Sabankaya, founder and creative director of Bonny Doon Garden Co. and creator of the unique Bonny Doon Posies arrangements, will work with participants to explore and expand their approach to garden-inspired design and identify the inspiration for their floral designs.

The will participate in her hands-on exercises that build support for their designs’ inspired floral elements and complementary elements and focus on how to make the mechanics that support their style work as they create an arrangement of their own.

Sabankaya, whose floral designs have become highly desirable due to their unique style of arranging and elegant garden appeal, is considered one of the most innovative florists in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Prinzing is a writer, speaker, outdoor living expert and advocate for American flower farming and author of “Slow Flowers: Four Seasons of Locally Grown Bouquets from the Garden, Meadow and Farm” and “The 50 Mile Bouquet: Seasonal, Local and Sustainable Flowers.”

The website slowflowers.com is an online directory to help people find floral professionals who are committed to using American-grown flowers.

The workshop will take place over one and a half days in a private garden in the Santa Cruz area. Guests will receive location and map to the garden after they register.

Cost for the workshop is $525 and includes all instruction, materials, supplies, flowers, morning coffee/refreshments, two lunches and a cocktail reception in the garden. It also includes a guest’s own gallery of images from the sessions and their design work.

In a safe, supportive and intimate setting, the small group will spend 24-plus hours focusing on Slow Flowers “brand building” and how each participant can find his or her own voice as a floral storyteller. Subjects that will be covered include:

• How to evoke and express your personal story as a creative individual
• How to play with words to describe the natural world’s color, texture and form
• How to tell your flower memoir as metaphor for your brand
• How to flex your sensory muscles
• How brand development can capture key distinctives in words and images that define you
• How to use storytelling in a media pitch — learn how to be a resource for targeted media

On the second day, Sabankaya will lead participants in a floral design exercise that identifies the essential spirit of “garden-inspired design.” They will learn how to build the support for the inspired/complementary elements and learn how to make the mechanics work.

After her presentation, participants will choose from local, seasonal roses, dahlias and other signature blooms and create an arrangement that expresses their personal take on garden-inspired design. Sabankaya will cover sourcing of botanical ingredients, growing decisions and foraging approaches. Coached by her, each student will photo-style her/his creation for web, marketing and portfolio use.

During the design portion of this module, Prinzing will interview each participant individually about their philosophy and provide them with tips on creating a floral narrative for their design.

Registrants will be sent a pre-planning packet of exercises created by Prinzing two weeks prior to the workshop. The goal for these exercises is that the more time and thought invested in the exercises, the more rewarding the 24-hour experience will be.

About Teresa Sabankaya:
Sabankaya is the founder and owner since 1999 of The Bonny Doon Garden Company, a full-service floral design studio, florist, and botanical gift shop.

Sabankaya holds an influential position as one of the most innovative florists in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has exhibited her floral art annually at the “Bouquets to Art” exhibition at the De Young Museum in Golden Gate Park, the National Trust Filoli’s Estate in Woodside, and various other floral design and garden shows.

Sabankaya’s floral designs have become highly desirable due to their unique style of arranging and elegant garden appeal. Her wedding floral styles have been featured in numerous wedding blogs and magazines including Smitten, Sweet Violet Bride, Style Me Pretty and Green Wedding Shoes.

She has been featured in Amy Stewart’s “Flower Confidential” book as well as her blog, and was featured “like a florist from 100 years ago” in the PBS documentary “Botany of Desire,” based on Michael Pollen’s bestseller Botany of Desire.

Sabankaya’s trademarked creations, Bonny Doon Posies, have been a core part of her retail business from the beginning, and have been featured in such media as “CBS Sunday Morning,” Romantic Homes magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, Santa Cruz Sentinel and The New York Times.

She is a Certified Green Gardener; a member of Slowflowers.com, an online directory of florists who source their materials locally; and Greatgardenspeakers.com.

About Debra Prinzing:
Prinzing is an award-winning author, speaker and leading advocate for American-grown flowers. She is the founder and producer of the online directory slowflowers.com, a guide to American flower farms, and florists, shops and studios who source domestic and local flowers. She is the author of 10 books, including Slow Flowers and The 50 Mile Bouquet.Her book “Slow Flowers” (St. Lynn’s Press, 2013) received a Silver Medal from Garden Writers Association in 2014.

Prinzing is a contributing editor to Country Gardens magazine and her feature stories on architecture and design appear regularly in the Los Angeles Times’ Home section. She is a contributor to Garden Design, and her work has appeared in numerous magazines, newspapers, online publications and blogs.

A Master Gardener, the Seattle-based Prinzing has studied landscape horticulture and design at South Seattle Community College. She is the current president of Garden Writers Association and a member of the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers.

For more information, contact Teresa Sabankaya at teresa@bonnydoongardenco.com or by calling (831) 566-9925. To register for the workshop, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/slow-flowers-creative-workshop-tickets-25988990771.

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
http://slowflowers.com/

Santa Cruz Artist Mary Karlton Wins Award at California Celebrate Agriculture with the Arts Competition and Exhibition

Santa Cruz artist, Mary Karlton, was awarded second prize in the “Human Factors” category for her painting “Sweet Summertime” by the Madera County Arts Council’s 2013 Celebrate Agriculture with the Arts juried art exhibition.

Santa Cruz, CA, USA (October 10, 2013) — Santa Cruz artist, Mary Karlton, was awarded second prize in the “Human Factors” category for her painting “Sweet Summertime” by the Madera County Arts Council’s 2013 Celebrate Agriculture with the Arts juried art exhibition. The annual art exhibit, held at the Circle Gallery in Madera, was juried by renowned Santa Cruz, California painter and teacher Mike Bailey.

Ms. Karlton’s painting, which depicts a young boy enjoying a juicy red watermelon, celebrates the abundant fruits of the summer season. With its high-contrast chiaroscuro style and shimmery copper and bronze underpainting, the portrait has a vintage feel that simulates the look of old sepia-toned photography of the mid-twentieth century. The painting was inspired by an old photo of her father that Ms. Karlton discovered in a box of family memorabilia.

In 2012, Mary Karlton was awarded first prize for her painting entitled “How Are You M’ Lord?” by the Madera County Arts Council’s Celebrate Agriculture with the Arts exhibition, Pomegranate Festival category.

“Sweet Summertime,” along with the works of many other fine California artists, will be on display at the Circle Gallery until November 16. For more information about Celebrate Agriculture with the Arts and the Madera County Arts Council, visit http://www.maderaarts.org/celebrate-agriculture-with-the-arts-2013.

About Mary Karlton

Mary Karlton studied painting and printmaking in Chicago, San Francisco, and Santa Fe. Her style is eclectic with highly textured works that combine elements of collage, photography, and abstraction. She is captivated by the versatility and expressive potential of acrylic media. Her heroes in the art world are multifaceted and innovative – da Vinci, Lautrec, Van Gogh, Picasso, Dali, Magritte, Klimt, Kandinsky, Schiele, de Koonig, and Richter.

Her work has been displayed in a wide array of exhibitions in Northern and Southern California, including museums, competitions, and galleries, and reproduced in various books and on wine labels.

Mary lives in the scenic coastal town of Santa Cruz, California with her husband, musician, and photographer Peter Sterbach. To learn more about Mary Karlton or to view her online gallery of artwork, please visit http://www.marykarlton.com.

About Madera County Arts Council’s Annual Celebrate Agriculture with the Arts Showing

Originally funded by a grant from the California Arts Council, Celebrate Agriculture with the Arts has been a tradition and source of pride in Madera County and the state of California for 20 years. The contest promotes a broader interest in and understanding of agriculture as an industry while showcasing the work of professional California artists. It is a juried show, with approximately $8,000 in prizes offered across seven categories. In 2013, 180 entries from 79 artists around the state (up 27% from 2012) were received. Jurors selected 93 pieces, including watercolor, acrylic, and oil paintings; pencil and pastel drawings; metal and clay sculptures; photography; and mixed media. 2013 marks the first year that photographic entries were fully integrated into all of the show categories, and the first year that paintings and sculpture were included in the “Human Factors” category.

For this year’s list of winners, or for more information about the Circle Gallery, Celebrate Agriculture with the Arts, or the Madera County Arts Council, please visit http://www.maderaarts.org/?page_id=334.

Contact:
Mary Karlton
Mary Karlton Fine Art
303 Potrero St., Suite 12B
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 466-9660
mkarlton@earthlink.net
http://www.marykarlton.com

Santa Cruz Artist Mary Karlton Featured in Fresno Regional Foundation Exhibit

Santa Cruz fine artist Mary Karlton is to have two of her paintings on display in a show opening this week for the Fresno Regional Foundation.

SANTA CRUZ, Calif., January 14, 2013 — Santa Cruz fine artist Mary Karlton is to have two of her paintings on display in a show opening this week for the Fresno Regional Foundation. Ms. Karlton’s featured acrylic paintings honoring the pomegranate are two of a few dozen works selected from those initially shown in Madera County Arts Council’s annual Celebrate Agriculture with the Arts show, held in October of last year. Having initially received a first place ribbon in MCAC’s Pomegranate Festival category, Ms. Karlton’s piece “How Are You, M’Lord?” as well as its companion “Kynthia” are now moving on to Fresno Regional Foundation’s exhibit. The selected works will be on display till June 30th throughout the offices and conference rooms at the FRF building, located at 5250 North Palm Avenue, Suite 424 in Fresno.

About Mary Karlton

Mary Karlton studied painting and printmaking in Chicago, San Francisco, and Santa Fe. Her style is eclectic with highly textured works that combine elements of collage, photography, and abstraction. She is captivated by the versatility and expressive potential of acrylic media. Her heroes in the art world are multifaceted and innovative – DaVinci, Lautrec, Van Gogh, Picasso, Dali, Magritte, Klimt, Kandinsky, Schiele, DeKoonig, and Richter.

Her work has been included in a wide array of exhibitions in Northern and Southern California, including various books, galleries, and wine labels.

Recently, her acrylic painting “Anima,” a timeless rendering of the female archetype, was honored by placing in the Top 5 from more than 700 submissions for the Light, Space, and Time Gallery’s juried 2012 Figurative Art Competition.

Mary lives and paints in the scenic coastal town of Santa Cruz, CA with her husband, musician and photographer Peter Sterbach. To learn more about Mary Karlton or to view her online gallery of artwork, please visit http://www.marykarlton.com.

About Fresno Regional Foundation
Established in 1966, Fresno Regional Foundation serves to better it the California’s Central Valley by encouraging philanthropy, charity, and investment. They seek to serve the needs of their donors by providing a wide variety of charitable causes and by grouping funds for the maximum positive impact in the local community. Their areas of focus cover everything from economic, social, environmental, and educational, as well as cultural and artistic endeavors. To find out more about the Fresno Regional Foundation’s purpose and history, please visit http://www.fresnoregfoundation.org.

Media Contact:
Mary Karlton
Mary Karlton Fine Art
303 Potrero St., Suite 12B
Santa Cruz, CA, 95060
(831)-466-9660
mkarlton@earthlink.net
http://www.marykarlton.com

Santa Cruz Artist Mary Karlton Featured in Exhibit Honoring Degas at Carnegie Arts Center

Santa Cruz artist Mary Karlton is displaying her work at the juried exhibit, “Lines and Colors: Celebrating Degas,” at the Carnegie Arts Center in Turlock, California from November 7, 2012 through February 3, 2013.

SANTA CRUZ, Calif., November 7, 2012 — Santa Cruz artist Mary Karlton is displaying her work at the juried exhibit, “Lines and Colors: Celebrating Degas,” at the Carnegie Arts Center in Turlock, California from November 7, 2012 through February 3, 2013. The show honors the great French impressionist Edgar Degas and offers visitors the unique perspective of artists from the region on Degas, the artist and the man. The exhibit emphasizes the use of line and color while capturing vivid moments in modern human life. Following this theme, Ms. Karlton presents her piece “In Bloom,” an oil painting in the French Impressionist style of a young woman relaxing on a wooden stool. Ms. Karlton’s use of bright colors and soft lighting, along with the youthful glow of the subject, are reminiscent of Degas’ signature style and his celebration of the beauty of the human form.

Concurrent with this exhibit is “Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist, Works on Paper by the Artist and his Circle,” on view from October 6, 2012 until January 13, 2013. Featuring more than 100 works on paper, the exhibit includes drawings, prints, pastels, and photographs by Degas from his early days at the Louvre to late in his career as well as works by artists in his circle.

About Mary Karlton

Mary Karlton studied painting and printmaking in Chicago, San Francisco, and Santa Fe. Her style is eclectic with highly textured works that combine elements of collage, photography, and abstraction. She is captivated by the versatility and expressive potential of acrylic media. Her heroes in the art world are multifaceted and innovative – DaVinci, Lautrec, Van Gogh, Picasso, Dali, Magritte, Klimt, Kandinsky, Schiele, DeKoonig, and Richter.

Her work has been included in a wide array of exhibitions in Northern and Southern California, including various books, galleries, and wine labels.

Recently, her acrylic painting “How Are You M’Lord?,” the keystone piece in her upcoming “Pomegranate Portrait” series, was awarded a first place ribbon at Madera County Art’s Council’s annual Celebrate Agriculture with the Arts exhibition.

Mary lives and paints in the scenic coastal town of Santa Cruz, CA with her husband, musician and photographer Peter Sterbach. To learn more about Mary Karlton or to view her online gallery of artwork, please visit http://www.marykarlton.com.

About the Carnegie Arts Center
Located at 250 North Broadway in Turlock, California, the Carnegie Arts Center hosts exhibits, classes, and programs all aimed towards celebrating the arts in all forms as well as invigorating the Central Valley community. Over one quarter of their events and programmed are designed to include and inspire local children and teens. The arts center can be reached at 209-632-5761 or by visiting their website at http://www.carnegieartsturlock.org.

Media Contact:
Mary Karlton
Mary Karlton Fine Art
303 Potrero St., Suite 12B
Santa Cruz, CA, 95060
(831)-466-9660
mkarlton@earthlink.net
http://www.marykarlton.com

Santa Cruz Artist Mary Karlton Awarded First Prize in California Pomegranate Festival Art Exhibit

Santa Cruz artist, Mary Karlton, was awarded first prize for her painting entitled “How Are You M’Lord?” by the Madera County Arts Council’s Celebrate Agriculture with the Arts juried art exhibition, Pomegranate Festival category. The annual art exhibit is currently being held at the Circle Gallery in Madera.

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – October 11, 2012 — Santa Cruz artist, Mary Karlton, was awarded first prize for her painting entitled “How Are You M’Lord?” by the Madera County Arts Council’s Celebrate Agriculture with the Arts juried art exhibition, Pomegranate Festival category. The annual art exhibit is currently being held at the Circle Gallery in Madera. According to 2012 exhibition judge Jerome Grimmer, renowned painter and art educator, Ms. Karlton’s painting displays “great use of the elements and principles of design” and “brings an awareness that helps us see things differently.”

On display are two of Ms. Karlton’s figurative paintings from her “Pomegranate Portrait” Series, both of which proved extremely popular on the night of the gallery’s opening reception. Ms. Karlton’s piece, “How Are You M’Lord?” was especially admired and was awarded first prize for its vibrant celebration of the pomegranate. The pomegranate not only holds special significance to the agricultural community of Madera, it has also been imbued with deep symbolic and mystical significance by cultures all over the world since ancient times. With its abundant seeds and sweet ruby red juice, this fruit symbolizes fertility, prosperity, royalty, and marriage.

Ms. Karlton’s painting is an homage to the late Frank Snell of Santa Cruz, medical professional in the US Army who served in Vietnam, educator, world traveler, and benefactor. The pomegranate held special significance to Mr. Snell as well, as he had had hoped to publish a book about his life experiences which he planned to call “The Pomegranate.” The project was cut short by his untimely death. Ms. Karlton’s portrait of Frank is the keystone piece for her ongoing “Pomegranate Portrait” series of bright and lively portraits of individuals from all walks of life and diverse ethnic backgrounds.

Also on display at the Circle Gallery is Ms. Karlton’s painting entitled Kynthia, which, in a similar style, features a sleeping young female figure that represents the Greek goddess, Artemis, or Kynthia, holding a pomegranate in her hand and dreaming of her lover, symbolized by a stag. These works as well as many others will be on display at the Circle Gallery until November 17. For more information about Celebrate Agriculture with the Arts and the Madera County Arts Council, visit http://www.maderaarts.org/?page_id=334.

About Mary Karlton
Mary Karlton studied painting and printmaking in Chicago, San Francisco, and Santa Fe. Her style is eclectic with highly textured works that combine elements of collage, photography, and abstraction. She is captivated by the versatility and expressive potential of acrylic media. Her heroes in the art world are multifaceted and innovative – DaVinci, Lautrec, Van Gogh, Picasso, Dali, Magritte, Klimt, Kandinsky, Schiele, DeKoonig, and Richter.

Her work has been included in a wide array of exhibitions in Northern and Southern California, including various books, galleries, and wine labels.

Recently, her acrylic painting “Anima,” a timeless rendering of the female archetype, was honored by placing in the Top 5 from more than 700 submissions for the Light, Space, and Time Gallery’s juried 2012 Figurative Art Competition.

Mary lives and paints in the scenic coastal town of Santa Cruz, CA with her husband, musician and photographer Peter Sterbach. To learn more about Mary Karlton or to view her online gallery of artwork, please visit http://www.marykarlton.com.

About Madera County Arts Council’s Annual Celebrate Agriculture with the Arts Showing
Originally funded by a grant from the California Arts Council, Celebrate Agriculture with the Arts has been a tradition and source of local pride in Madera County for nearly 20 years. Though it has since lost its government funding, various donors and volunteers have come through to keep the event moving forward year by year. 2012 saw the introduction of a Pomegranate Festival category to honor one of the key crops in the region, as well as the first ever photography section entitled Celebrating Agriculture… the Human Factor. Despite its initial financial setbacks, more than one member of the Madera County Arts Council has voiced the opinion that 2012 is Celebrate Agriculture with the Arts’ best year yet.

For this year’s list of winners, or for more information about the Circle Gallery, “Celebrate Agriculture with the Arts,” or the Madera County Arts Council, please visit http://www.maderaarts.org/?page_id=334.

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