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Yosemite Renaissance Art Exhibit

Boulder and tree against clouds
"Boulder, Olmsted Point" by Richard Castillo, photograph, from Yosemite Renaissance XXIX Exhibit
Yosemite Renaissance is celebrating its twenty-ninth year with an exhibit of 49 paintings, photographs, prints and sculptures by forty-five 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.

Painting of trees growing on rock

"The Fault Line." Sarah Watts, oil on linen canvas from Yosemite Renaissance XXIX Exhibit

Yosemite Renaissance XXIX will be on view at the Yosemite Museum Gallery from March 1 until May 11, 2014 (10 to noon and 1 to 4 pm). The public is invited to the opening reception on Friday, February 28th from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. 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, February 28th. This exhibit will travel to the Kings Art Center (Hanford), June-July, and the Carnegie Arts Center (Turlock), August-September.

The artists included in Yosemite Renaissance XXIX are: Rebecca Alex, Jody Sears Barbuta, Annie Barrett Cashner, Robin Black, Ann C. Buell, Jerilynn Bush, Richard Castillo, Jeffrey Clark, Marci Crestani, Stephen Curl, Starr Davis, Dean Detrick, Jr., Dawna Ellis, Steve Emery, Sandy Follett, Denise Gilroy, Susan Lea Hackett, Juanita Hagberg, Tony Hertz, David Hoffman, Vaughn Hutchins, Susan J. Klein, Kathy Kleinsteiber, David Lee, Marek Matusz, G. Dan Mitchell, Jennifer Murray, William Neill, Glenn Nelson, Penny Otwell, Marc Pandone, Bonnie Peterson, Cozette Phillips, Nancy Robbins, George Robertson, Gayle Simpson, Jeff Skelly, Mike Tauber, Vicki Thomas, Keith Walklet, Sarah Watts, Victoria Weller, KathyAnne White, Melissa Woodburn and John Yerden.

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.

Did You Know?

Upper Yosemite Fall with spring runoff

Yosemite Falls is fed mostly by snowmelt. Peak flow usually happens in late May, but by August, Yosemite Falls is often dry. It begins flowing again a few months later, after winter snows arrive.