Local artist showcased at City Hall

Tour the temporary downtown arts center this weekend

From now until Sept. 15, Gilroy City Hall will showcase artwork
by local painter and illustrator Julie Franco.
From now until Sept. 15, Gilroy City Hall will showcase artwork by local painter and illustrator Julie Franco.

Franco works in several different mediums including gouache (an opaque watercolor technique), watercolor, oils and carved wood.

With an associate’s degree from Gavilan College and a bachelor’s degree from the San Francisco Academy of Arts, Franco has won several awards at various art shows.

A member of the Gilroy Public Arts Committee, she has taught at Kids Discover Arts in Gilroy for more than 10 years and has worked with the Gilroy Family Resource Center’s Youth Leadership Program on a community mural project.

According to Gilroy Cultural Arts Supervisor Cathy Mirelez, Franco is the first of many local artists who will have their work showcased in City Hall.

Though Gilroy used to hold an annual Adult Art Exhibit, Mirelez said the event has been discontinued. Instead, the city will exhibit various artists’ work in the hallway.

The next exhibit will open in January and will feature a Young Artist Poster Contest.

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