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Valley Art Association Showcases Local Works
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Enjoying some pieces showcased at the Carriage Art Show, Oakdale resident Gary Cox took some time on Saturday, Feb. 16 to visit the annual event staged in Oakdale featuring artists from around the region, put on through the Valley Art Association.

With over 100 pieces of artwork on display, the Valley Art Association show had plenty of variety for everyone to enjoy over the weekend.

The annual Carriage Art Show was staged at the Gene Bianchi Community Center in Oakdale on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 16 and 17. Hosted by the Valley Art Association in cooperation with the City of Oakdale and the Oakdale Tourism and Visitors Bureau, officials said they were pleased with the entries and excited to see some breaks in the rainy weather that allowed people to come in and enjoy the show.

“I’m just looking,” said Oakdale resident Gary Cox, perusing some pieces on Saturday.

He added that he had a friend who had some artwork on display and said he is just getting involved sculpting in wood himself, and may take part in future shows.

“We have all varieties, all styles,” said Valley Art Association President Vonnie Muniain. “I think we got a great variety and the judges were really impressed.”

Judges for this year’s show were Modesto Junior College art teacher Chelsea Gilmore, Stanislaus State art history professor Dr. Staci Scheiwiller and local artist Judy Darby.

Other officers for the group this year are Vice President Marilyn Zinner and Secretary/Treasurer Steve Park. The Valley Art Association features members from Oakdale, Riverbank, Escalon, Knights Ferry, Valley Home and beyond. Meetings are the first Tuesday of the month at the Scout Hall in Riverbank, 3017 High St., at 6:30 p.m.

Best of Show for the 2019 Carriage Art Show went to “Larry’s Vintage” by Chella Gonsalves and that was a double winner, also receiving the Carriage Painting Award. Western Award went to “Patches of Time” by Cheryl Bloomfield and the Mayor’s Award was presented to “Seeking the Strays” by Andrea Morris.

Categories were Oil and Acrylic, Watercolor, Soft Pastel, Mixed Media, Photography and Sculpture.

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First place in the Sculpture category went to artist Tom Molletta with this piece, ‘Greetings from a Yemenis Child’ which was on display over the weekend at the annual Carriage Art Show, staged in the Bianchi Community Center in Oakdale.