Honors for Ceseña at juried show
Modesto's Ed Ceseña took best-of-show honors in the Turlock City Arts Commission's 26th annual Spring Juried Art Show. His winning watercolor, "Now's the Time," and 34 other works are on display at the Turlock City Hall Gallery, 156 S. Broadway, through April 17. A reception is set for 7 to 9 p.m. April 17. Viewing hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and during evening public meetings. Admission is free. Nearly 150 pieces of art were submitted for consideration for the show. Read on for other winners:
Acrylic & Oil — 1. Setsuko Geary. 2. Francis Haidar. 3. Ken Nisson. Honorable Mention: Elisaeo Contreras Vasquez, Eleanor Wood.
Drawing & Graphics — 1. Justin Blizzard. 2. Gordon Senior. 3. Tinna Savini. HM: Ottilie Moore.
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Mixed Media — 1-2. Claudia Silva-Doo. 3. Marjorie Johnson.
Photography — 1. Geary. 2. Gity Miller. 3. Mike Boggeri. HM: Sheldon Carpenter, Shirley Stevens.
Three-dimensional — 1. (tie) Scott Fergusson and Laurie Sylwester.
Watercolor — 1. Jan Rapp. 2. Nita Gunnarson.
Auction celebrates art
Congregation Beth Shalom holds its To Life! To Art! art auction Saturday at the synagogue, 1705 Sherwood Ave., Modesto. Appetizers, desserts, wine, coffee and tea will be served as a collection of art is displayed, including lithographs, engravings, etchings, watercolors and more. A preview of the art is at 6 p.m., with the auction beginning at 7. A second look is planned for Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon.
Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. For information, call 571-6060.
The Modesto Community Concert Association Series, one of the cheapest ways to see live performance, is now selling tickets for its 2008-09 season at the Gallo Center for the Arts. Season tickets to all five concerts in the Rogers Theater are $90 for box seats, $75 for adults and $20 for students through high school. The concerts planned are:
Sept. 29 — Cantabile, London quartet
Oct. 22 — William Nyaho, pianist
Nov. 13 — Craicmore, Celtic music — Nov. 13
March 8, 2009 — Dance Theater of Oregon
April 26, 2009 — Franc D'Ambrosio, tenor
To order season tickets, call 338-2100 or go to www.galloarts.org.
Playhouse Merced '08-09 sneak preview
Want to find out what shows Playhouse Merced is planning next season? Go to the preview program March 29 at the Old Tower Merced Theatre, 301 W. Main St. The event begins at 7 p.m. with appetizers and drinks and continues at 8 p.m. with scenes and musical selections from each of next year's shows. Sorry, you can't find out what the shows are in advance. Tickets are $40; 725-8587.
Merced Theatre hopes
The Merced Theatre Foundation is launching a fund-raising campaign in hopes of raising $1.5 million by August. Up for sale are naming rights to every seat inside the theater, as well as bricks that will eventually pave the way to its front doors. Last August, city leaders announced they'd won a $1.9 million matching state grant to renovate downtown's most recognizable landmark, built in 1931. Seat-naming rights are $500 to $1,500 for individualized brass nameplates affixed to seat backs once the renovation is complete. Large bricks will cost $250, smaller ones $150, installed near the theater's entrance. The fund-raiser kicked off Thursday at the theater. For more, call 722-3266 or see www.mercedtheatre.org.