Yosemite Renaissance art exhibit opens this weekend

-- Yosemite RenaissanceFebruary 21, 2013 

Yosemite Renaissance is celebrating its 28th year with an exhibit of 46 paintings, photographs, prints and sculptures by 41 artists. Drawn from almost 600 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. It is the hope of Yosemite Renaissance that they can help preserve, protect and expand our parks.

Yosemite Renaissance XXVIII will be on view from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and then from 1-4 p.m. Feb. 23 through May 5 at the Yosemite Museum Gallery. The public is invited to the opening reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22.

Hope B. Werness, retired Professor of Art History at California State University, Stanislaus and exhibiting artist and Keith Walklet, photographer, photography workshop instructor and exhibiting artist will be this year's judges. They will award $4,000 in prizes to selected artists. The award-winners will be announced at the opening reception Feb. 22. The 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 XXVIII are: Rebecca Alex, Annie Barrett Cashner, Stacey Best, Calvin Bohner, Andrea Broglio, Sue Chapman, Jane Culp, Steve Curl, Clark Davidson, Steve Emery, Ira Estin, William Bradford Frost, Michael Frye, Franka Gabler, Jeff Grandy, Peggy Hansen, David Hoffman, Daniel Horner, Iretta Hunter, Kirk Keeler, Susan J. Klein, Kristal Leonard, Maria Lupo, Jon McCormack, Michael Paul McKay, G. Dan Mitchell, Vidya Narasimhan, Penny Otwell, David Peterson, Troy Poeschl, George Robertson, Hugh Sakols, Ronald Saunders, Jeffrey Skelly, James Swanson, Mike Tauber, Joanna Taylor, Lance Trott, Richard Wagener, Kathyanne White and Brian Wolf.

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.

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