YOSEMITE – Yosemite Renaissance is celebrating its 29th year with an exhibit of 49 paintings, photographs, prints and sculptures by 45 artists.
Drawn from over 700 entries, this year’s exhibit includes a broad range of works from the representational to the abstract, all interpreting the majesty of Yosemite and the Sierra.
The goals of Yosemite Renaissance are to bring together the works of contemporary artists that do not simply duplicate traditional representations; to establish a continuum with past generations of Yosemite artists; and to help re-establish visual art as a major interpretive medium of the landscape and a stimulus to the protection of the environment.
Historically, the arts have played a major role in the establishment of our parks. It is the hope of Yosemite Renaissance that they can be just as important in future efforts to preserve, protect and expand our parks.
Yosemite Renaissance XXIX will be on display at the Yosemite Museum Gallery from Mar. 1, until May 11, from 10 a.m. to noon, and 1 to 4 p.m. The public is invited to the opening reception on Friday, Feb. 28 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Roxanne Robbin, Professor of Art History at California State University, Stanislaus and Ted Orland, photographer, photography workshop instructor and exhibiting artist in many past Yosemite Renaissance exhibits, will be this year’s judges, awarding $4,000 in prizes to selected artists. The award-winners will be announced at the opening reception on Friday, Feb. 28.
This exhibit will travel to the Kings Art Center in Hanford during June and July, and the Carnegie Arts Center in Turlock during August and September.
Exhibiting Artists–Yosemite Renassance XXIX, 2014
Rebecca Alex, Barn Owl in Flight, egg tempera, india ink on panel, 12 x 24, $900.
Jody Sears Barbuta, “redeeming graft”, wood, sealer, wax, 32 x 20 x approx. 20, $2500.
Annie Barrett Cashner, Let the Fire Fall, acrylic, 24 x 36, $2500.
Robin Black, Winter’s Bones (Aspens, Bishop Canyon), photograph, 12 x 36, $400.
Ann C. Buell, Sierra Falls, watercolor, 13.25 x 13.25, $650.
Jerilynn Bush, El Capitan, quilt, 18 x 17, $550.
Jerilynn Bush, Nevada Fall Mist, quilt, ink, 28 x 20, $975.
Richard Castillo, Boulder, Olmsted Point, photograph, 8 x 14, $200.
Jeffrey Clark, Sawtooth Ridge, mixed media, 24 x 30, NFS.
Marci Crestani, Creek Walk, cherry, walnut, alder, oak, mahogany, maple, stones, 41 x 20, $1600.
Stephen Curl, Granite Sentinels, watercolor, 9 x 12, $650.
Starr Davis, Falls In Fall, watercolor, 15 x 12, $475.
Dean Detrick, Jr., Vernal and Nevada Falls, watercolor, 9 x 12, $3000.
Dawna Ellis, Sentinel, textile, 10.5 x 6.5, $230.
Steve Emery, Pine Branch, acrylic on paper, 27 x 11, $2300.
Sandy Follett, Autumn Leaf, archival pigment print, 19 x 13, $400.
Denise Gilroy, Good Morning Moon, oil, 12 x 16, $775.
Susan Lea Hackett, Cascade, textile, 33 x 22, $400.
Juanita Hagberg, Geologic III, watercolor on collaged watercolor paper, 14.5 x 18.5, $975.
Tony Hertz, Sunrise and Lone Tree at Alabama Hills, photograph, 16 x 20, $700.
Tony Hertz, Trees in Exchange, triptych, photograph, 8.5 x 21, $700.
David Hoffman, Aspen Trunks, photograph, 14 x 21, $320.
Vaughn Hutchins, Royal Arches Falls, YNP, platinum/palladium print, 8 x 10, $400.
Susan J. Klein, “Yosemite Free!,” acrylic, 24 x 20, $1500.
Kathy Kleinsteiber, Bay with Bushtits, watercolor, 14 x 11, $1500.
David Lee, Rancheria Creek, stereo photograph, 6.5 x 20, $250.
Marek Matusz, Winter Storm No. 1, hand-made photograph, gum bichromate with graphite pigment, 11 x 13, $375.
G. Dan Mitchell, Fractured Granite, Reflection, photograph, 18 x 24, $475.
Jennifer Murray, Circuit Raven, charcoal and acrylic, 28 x 48, $1800.
William Neill, Elderberry Leaves #5, Ahwahnee, photograph, 16 x 16, $650.
Glenn Nelson, El Capitan II, digital photograph, 16 x 20, $575.
Glenn Nelson, Forest, digital photograph, 16 x 20, $575.
Penny Otwell, Douglas Fir Grove, High Sierra, acrylic inks, 28.75 x 22.75, $1650.
Marc Pandone, Below the 38th Parallel, Fugitive Series, watercolor, pencil, collage, ephemera, 8 x 8, $750.
Bonnie Peterson, Mono Lake, Brewer & the Public Trust, embroidery on silk, 43 x 50, $3000.
Cozette Phillips, Preserved, aluminum, steel, pewter, concrete, 24 x 12 x 2, $1000.
Nancy Robbins, Aspen–Eastern Sierra, photography, 15 x 20, $395.
George Robertson, Landscape in Dana Fork Ice, inkjet print from photograph, 12 x 18, $360.
Gayle Simpson, Rim Fire 2013, fabric art quilt, 23 x 42, $600.
Jeff Skelly, Gaylor Lakes Trail, pastel, 12 x 18, $750.
Mike Tauber, Deep Woods at Yosemite Falls, ceramic, 12 x 32, $950.
Vicki Thomas, Cascading Nevada Falls, watercolor, 22 x 30, $1150.
Keith Walklet, Pebbles and Ice, photograph, Ultrachrome pigment print, 16 x 20, $550.
Sarah Watts, The Fault Line, oil on linen canvas, 11 X 14, $800.
Victoria Weller, El Capitan: Dawn, linocut, 5 x 7, $150.
Victoria Weller, Yosemite Falls, linocut, 5 x 7, $150.
KathyAnne White, Forest Surfaces 21, mixed media, digital prints on beverage cans, 22 x 19 x 5, $1200.
Melissa Woodburn, At The Apron of The Falls, pine needle, ceramic, waxed thread, 5 x 9 x 12, $600.
John Yerden, Greenstone Lake, oil on canvas, 24 x 36 x 1.5, $1500.
Yosemite Renaissance is a non-profit organization for the arts of Yosemite, supported, in part, by funds and services from the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors, Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts and the National Park Service.
Editor’s note: The first painting in this article was created by Sarah Watts, and is called “The Fault Line.” Exhibit judges awarded this painting one of three “second place” awards. The painting can be found on the website: www.sarahwattsfineart.com