40th Area Artists' Annual Exhibition: Meaning Through Making

Press Release and Exhibition Program

40th Area Artists' Annual Exhibition: Meaning Through Making

Exhibition Dates: 
September 23–November 11, 2017

Gallery Hours: 
Thursday through Saturday, 11am – 3pm

Artists may pick up unsold work on November 11 from 3-5pm and November 13 from 10-12pm.

Location: Adobe Art Gallery
20395 San Miguel Avenue, Castro Valley, CA

Artists Reception:
September 23, 2017 | 1pm-3pm. All are invited! The event is free and open to the public. Awards will be announced at 1:45pm.

Juror, Christine Koppes, Assistant Curator at the Bedford Gallery, had the extremely challenging task of selecting 50 works of art for exhibition from the 131 high-quality pieces submitted. Here is her statement.

Congratulations Artists!!!

Exhibiting Artists:
Hollie Adamic, Jonathan Barber, Tanna Bellia, Shari Benson, Louis Bodas, Nick Calarco, Susan Chung, Debra Collins, Susan Deming, Philip Denst, Anthony Michael Diaz, Patricia Doyne, Ulysses Duterte, Kim Gabel, Phillip Garbutt, Jamila Harris, Mercie Harris, Glenn Hemanes, Juanita Hemanes, Susan Howell, Vaughn Hutchins, Geir Jordahl, Natalie Juntz, Niambi Kee, M. Kathleen Kelly, Elizabeth Kennen, Sally Lampi, Nicole Leming, Carol J. Marlin, Ray McGinnis, Edward Ortman, Kathy Ries, Lynne Shephard, Kevin Street, Ruey Lun Syrop, Susan Taira, Gerald Thompson, Renea Turner, Doyle Wegner, Grace Yun

Merit Award, $150

Juanita Hemanes, Wentle Trapgelatin silver print
Susan Howell, The Tattooed Lady, clay
Geir Jordahl, Huangshan China from the Circle of Life seriespigment print on cotton rag
Ray McGinnis, Outside The Box, oil on canvas
Susan Taira, Family Reunionacrylic, collage and fabric

Honorable Mention

Hollie Adamic, Diamond Beach, Iceland #2,
photography–inkjet print
Ulysses Duterte, My Eyes Have Seen, acrylic on canvas
Phillip Garbutt, Artichoke in Bloom, gum-bichromate
Vaughn Hutchins, Tamarack Creek, 1994, Yosemite National Park, monochromatic single-transfer carbon print
Sally Lampi, Abstract Doodle, watercolor, pencil and ink 
Carol J. Marlin, The Scent of Lemons, oil on canvas
Kathy Ries, Mind Travelerblack and white photograph
Lynne Shephard, Demise of the Impatiens, mixed-media
Susan Taira, Sakura, acrylic, collage and fabric
Doyle Wegner, Rabbit Country, giclee/original, acrylic on board

Mona Froyland Memorial Award, $250

Sponsored by Karen Froyland in memory of her mother, Mona Froyland, who owned and operated the Froyland Gallery and Picture Frame Company.

Debra Collins, End of Summer, Mendocino, acrylic

About the Juror
Christine Koppes has assisted in organizing and curating a number of exhibitions as Assistant to the Curator at the Bedford Gallery. She has worked on a wide range of contemporary art exhibitions, including those that have traveled nationally such as BLOW UP: Inflatable Contemporary Art and Cut Up/Cut Out. Koppes also assists with the City of Walnut Creek’s Public Art Program and organizes the annual Craft Fest event at the Bedford Gallery.

Prior to the Bedford Gallery, Christine Koppes worked for the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, CA. Koppes studied at New York University and University of California, Berkeley where she earned a BA in Art History.