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Wanted: Artists for Lathrop City Hall exhibit
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LATHROP – The City of Lathrop is looking for artists who would like to have their work exhibited inside the Council Chambers.

Mayor Kristy Sayles made the initial invitation during the artists’ reception last month at the conclusion of this year’s Mayor’s Art Purchase Award Show and Sale.

Artists chosen will have their work on display for about two months and will be open for public viewing during regular business hours at City Hall: Monday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; closed on Fridays for Friday furloughs as part of the budget tightening for the fiscal year starting July 1.

The first to respond to this invitation was artist Judy Jackson whose body of work has become quite familiar to those who avidly follow the annual Mayor’s Art Purchase competition. Several of her paintings are currently on display in the Council Chambers. They occupy the entire north wall of the chamber. A set of photographs by another artist hang on the opposite side of the room.

Jackson, who lives in the Sierra foothills, is a member of the Amador County Artist Association and is also exhibiting her work in the Left Bank Gallery in Jackson, Calif. She has participated in a number of juried works and has been the recipient of numerous awards.

Jackson grew up in Santa Clara Valley when the way of life revolved around farming and ranching, far removed from the high-tech urban area that is now home to the world-famous Silicon Valley. She started painting in 1975 and has studied under William Squglio, Karen Harper Barone, and Stefan Baumann. Additionally, she attended many art workshops and seminars. Florals, landscapes, seascapes and animals dominate her painting themes which focus on her innate love for the natural wonders of the Golden State.

Artists interested in hanging their work at City Hall can call (209) 941-7200 for more information.