Local artists win exhibit awards

‘Construction Site’ by Nancy Grieves, oil on wood, 2002, won a

Three Gilroy artists have been recognized for their work in the
exhibit

My California: Views from the Golden State

at the National Steinbeck Center.
Three Gilroy artists have been recognized for their work in the exhibit “My California: Views from the Golden State” at the National Steinbeck Center.

Lamar Nix won the $1,000 second-place prize, and Nancy Grieves and T.E. Alper won special Trustee Awards for their artwork.

Nix’s piece, “Dawn Fog,” is a digital photograph taken in 2003.

Alper’s acrylic-on-canvas “California Bound,” and Grieves’ oil-on-wood “Construction Site,” garnered the artists their awards.

The Steinbeck Center received almost 600 slides of two-dimensional work from artists, said Robin Venuti, development officer for the center. Artists were asked to present their interpretation of the California experience and what it means to be a part of the California landscape. Forty images were chosen for the exhibit.

This is the second year for the exhibit, which received major funding from the James Irvine Foundation. California artist Nathan Oliveira juried the exhibit,

saying he looked for artists who were “more able to internalize subjects and make them more visually unique.”

The exhibition runs through June 5, and admission is included with regular paid admission to the museum, which is $10.95 for adults, with discounts for seniors, students, children and groups. The museum is open daily from 10am to 5pm, excluding Easter. For more information on the National Steinbeck Center, located at One Main St. in Salinas, visit www.steinbeck.org or call (831) 775-4721.

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