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An invitation to enjoy art in Madera

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webmaster | 10/18/13

Do you know that there are 100 pieces of original art on exhibition, from 72 different California artists, all at Circle Gallery in Madera? If you haven’t seen it already, I want to tell you why you shouldn’t miss it.

For 20 years, Central Valley individuals and businesses have supported Madera County Arts Council’s “Celebrate Agriculture with the Arts” program. This competition invites California artists to submit artwork showcasing the agricultural life that is so critical to our economic and cultural prosperity; designed to show appreciation of our agricultural heritage, while at the same time promoting California’s agricultural industry.

Artists enter from throughout California, vying first for the privilege to be accepted into this show — this year 200 entries were received — and then waiting expectantly for the judge’s nod to the winners of the competition.

At the opening reception on Oct. 2, MCAC hosted visitors stretching from Modesto to the north, Bakersfield to the south, the mountain communities to the east, Santa Cruz and San Jose to the west, as well as our neighboring communities, all gathering in Madera for the enjoyment and appreciation of the talents and accomplishments of our California artists.

The exhibition runs through Nov. 16.

There is no charge to visit the gallery and enjoy the artwork. Bring your family and your friends, or just come alone. Reminisce about the time you put your bare feet in the cool river as it ran toward the valley floor, as in the painting “Kings Canyon Spring Rush” by Sue Porter, or drove down a county road and saw raisins drying on trays in a vineyard as in the photo “Raisin Trays” by Nina McDonald. You may not have seen anyone to match Ethel Jamfrey’s “Persephone,” but you are sure to have your own immediate reaction to this ceramic sculpture.

There is guaranteed to be a personal connection evoked from at least one piece of artwork in this exhibition for every visitor, young and old.

Bring your children and your grandchildren. Introduce them to the variations of art forms and mediums which so many of us crave to experiment with. Talk to them about what they see. Let them go home, take out blank paper and draw something they saw.

This program is unique to Madera and very special. Take a few minutes out of a busy day to enjoy it. You’ll be glad you did.

Circle Gallery address: 1653 N. Schnoor, Ste. 113, Madera. Phone: 661-7005. Hours are T-TH 10-4, Saturdays 10-2, and by special arrangement.

Margaret Diebert, Madera
MCAC board member
599-977-0875 or MCACcelag2013(at)


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