May 15, 2014

In brief: Arts events in the Modesto region

Carnegie Arts Center in Turlock welcomes a new exhibition of paintings by Donna Wayman in its Lobby Gallery.

Carnegie Arts Center in Turlock welcomes a new exhibition of paintings by Donna Wayman in its Lobby Gallery.

The show, titled “Reflecting,” started this week and will run through July 27, coinciding with the Carnegie Rocks! exhibition that opens at the end of May. Admission to the Lobby Gallery is free.

The Cressey resident’s exhibit will highlight her love of music, musicians and classic cars. She makes her living as an artist and working on painting restoration projects. She has previously shown in Las Vegas, Carmel and Solvang, among other areas. The lobby instillation coincides with the debut of the Carnegie Rocks! exhibit of rare guitars and rock memorabilia in the center’s Ferrari Gallery starting May 24.

The lobby hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday. For more, call (209) 632-5761 or visit www.carnegieartsturlock.org.

Kenny Rogers

Country music legend Kenny Rogers is coming to the Art Kamangar Center at the Merced Theatre on Oct. 9.

The concert by the three-time Grammy winner will be a fundraiser for the Merced Theatre. Seats will be $49 to $99 and will be for sale via the box office at 307 W. Main St., by calling (209) 381-0500 or visiting www.mercedtheatre.org.

‘Full Metal Jacket’ actor

Get a chance to meet Marine-turned-actor R. Lee Ermey from “Full Metal Jacket” at the grand opening of Comcast’s new Modesto store on Saturday.

The free reception and ribbon-cutting ceremony will include a meet-and-greet with Ermey, who is the host of the new series “Saving Private K-9,” which began this week on the Sportsman Channel. Ermey, nicknamed The Gunny, earned a Golden Globe nomination for his role in the 1987 Stanley Kubrick film. He also has appeared in numerous other movies, including “Seven” and “X-Men: The Last Stand,” as well as voicing the toy soldier in the “Toy Story” franchise.

The event also will include refreshments, face painting and more. It runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the new store, 3801 Pelandale Ave.

Mistlin art shows

The Mistlin Gallery opened three new exhibits this week.

The American Graffiti Art Show, Many Faces of Clay and Central California Art Association Member Show will all be on display at the downtown Modesto gallery through July 12. The American Graffiti Art Show includes works that celebrate the film and city’s car culture. Many Faces of Clay is an invitational featuring original creations in ceramics and clay. The member show features artwork and photography by CCAA members. All of the exhibits are free and open to the public.

Gallery hours are 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and 12 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Visit www.ccartassn.org.

Yosemite author

Yokuts Group of the Sierra Club is bringing outdoor adventure author Matt Johanson to Modesto for a book signing today.

Johanson will sign copies of his new book, “Yosemite Adventures: 50 Spectacular Hikes, Climbs, and Winter Treks,” starting at 7 p.m. at the Congregational Fellowship Hall, 1341 College Ave. The full-color guidebook includes maps, photos and graphics about things to do year-round in Yosemite.

The event is free and open to the public. Visit motherlode.sierraclub.org/yokuts/Yokuts/Home.html.

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