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2nd Saturday Gallery Reception: May 9, 5 pm – 8 pm

May 2–29, 2015


Members' Garden-Themed Exhibit

Valerie Rose
Best in Show: Valerie Rose, "Moon Garden," acrylic


This annual showing features the finest works created by the Art Center’s contributing members. A highly competitive juried selection process leads to an exceptionally creative, high quality, and much anticipated gallery showing with a wide spectrum of artwork, including paintings, ceramics, sculpture, textiles, photography and more.


Lynn Cyrilla Crutcher
1st Place (three-dimensional):
Laura Fogg, "Fig Feast," textile (quilt)

Don Paglia
1st Place (three-dimensional):
Don Paglia, "Branching Out,"
shrub branch with paper and polymer resign, bronze patinated


award winners

Best in Show
Valerie Rose, “Moon Garden,” acrylic


Three-Dimensional Artwork

1st Place: Don Paglia, “Branching Out,” shrub branch with paper and polymer resign, bronze patinated

2nd Place: Ilja Tinfo, “Split,” acrylic/wood

3rd Place: Mary-Ellen Campbell, “Fences of Mendocino,” artists book, wood, acrylic

Honorable Mention: Pat Scott, “Wayward Mushroom,” alabaster


Two-Dimensional Artwork

1st Place: Laura Fogg, “Fig Feast,” textile (quilt)

2nd Place: Serafina Andrews, “Dancing with the Geese,” oil

3rd Place: Janis Porter, “Blooms,” watercolor

Honorable Mention: Karen Bowers, “Profusion,” watercolor and ink

Honorable Mention: Marion Bush, “Peaches on Blue,” watercolor

Honorable Mention: Lynn Cyrilla Crutcher, "Garden Pond," oil on canvas

Honorable Mention: Susan Louise Moyer, “Sketch #2 for Ragini’s Painting," dyecolour painting on silk

Honorable Mention: Lynn Zachreson, “Eucalyptus,” watercolor


about our jurors

Maeve CroghanMAEVE CROGHAN paints luminescent, color-filled, nature-inspired oil paintings en plein air. Her paintings are shown nationally and internationally and she has had numerous museum showings of her work including the Manoogian Art Museum on Mackinac Island, MI; the Museum of the Living Artist, San Diego, CA; the Anchorage Museum of Art, Alaska; Laguna Beach Museum and the Los Gatos Museum, CA; Coos Bay, OR; and Farmington, NM. Her paintings have been chosen for shows in two museum exhibitions in Japan – the Matsumoto Museum in Matsumoto, and the Salt Road Museum in Omachi, Japan.

Maeve’s paintings are in prominent collections all over the United States and Europe. They have been included in numerous juried art publications and books, including the American Art Collector and Artists of Northern California. Castoro Cellars of Templeton, California, uses her paintings to grace their award winning wine bottle labels.


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Sharon GarnerSHARON GARNER’s immersion into the fine art arena began in 2000 when she went back to school to study graphic design. Inspired by her teacher, mentor and friend, nationally acclaimed calligrapher and designer Judy Detrick, she began to explore the beauty of her natural surroundings and became passionate about wildflowers. Sharon now shows regularly at the Elk Studio Gallery as well as other local venues.

In addition to her photography and graphic design, as a lead vocalist Sharon has sung in many blues/rock bands in northern California, singing jazz with The Billy Schieve Trio and Richard Cooper and contemporary songs with Mitchell Holman, formerly of It’s a Beautiful Day. She is also the former owner and creator of the nationally acclaimed Grainful Bread Bakery in San Rafael, CA. The tradition is continued today by Sharon and her husband Steven with their Edible Art.


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