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Lathrop’s Mayor Art Show to mark 20th anniversary May 10

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POSTED April 30, 2013 2:01 a.m.

LATHROP – The City of Lathrop is celebrating a milestone on Friday, May 10.

It was 20 years ago when a grass-roots community effort launched a project that began when the newly incorporated city was just four years old, and City Hall was just a few rented rooms at the J.R. Simplot facility on South Howland Road.

Twenty years later, the Mayor’s Art Purchase Award Show & Sale is still going strong. To mark that red-letter day, the Parks and Recreation Department in cooperation with the Mayor’s Art Show Committee will host a 20th Anniversary Celebration on May 10. All those who have supported the project in the last two decades will be recognized. The program will be held in conjunction with the presentation of awards to the winners in this year’s art show. Displayed in the lobby will be all the art pieces selected by the incumbent mayors during those years which comprise the city’s permanent collection.

The annual springtime event this year drew approximately 150 entries from artists in seven counties in the San Joaquin Valley and the foothills for this spring’s show. Judging was held Saturday, April 27, which was the deadline for entries. The different art works, from three-dimensional sculptures and a quilted wall hanging (under miscellaneous) to oils, watercolors, multimedia and acrylics, will be on display at City Hall until May 10. The exhibit, located in the Council Chambers at City Hall, is open for public viewing Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Judging the winners in the different categories was Monica Meler, an assistant professor in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of the Pacific in Stockton. The winner of several prestigious awards including 2005 Juror Award, Inside Out Exhibition at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, Meler earned her B.F.A. from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and her master’s along with an M.F.A. from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University. She also studied in Rome, and in 2007, received the Teaching Assistant Award at Temple University in Rome.

The equivalent of Best of Show is the Mayor’s Art Purchase Award, with $500 cash given to the artist whose entry is selected by Mayor Sonny Dhaliwal. The Mayor’s Purchase then becomes part of the permanent art collection of the city and displayed in the Joyce Gatto Gallery located in the north wing of City Hall along Towne Center Drive.

In addition to the first-, second- and third-place ribbons, sponsor awards are also given away to art works selected by various donors in the community. In addition, a People’s Choice and a Students’ Choice award will be given to the entries that receive the highest votes from viewers during the two weeks the exhibit is on display.

Lathrop City Hall is located at 390 Towne Centre Drive at Mossdale Landing west of Interstate 5.

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