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Santa Cruz Artist Mary Karlton Wins Award at California Celebrate
Agriculture with the Arts Competition and Exhibition
Santa Cruz artist, Mary Karlton, was awarded second prize in the "Human Factors"
category for her painting "Sweet Summertime" by the Madera County Arts Council's
2013 Celebrate Agriculture with the Arts juried art exhibition.
Santa Cruz, CA, USA (October 10, 2013) -- Santa Cruz
artist, Mary Karlton, was awarded second prize in the
"Human Factors" category for her painting "Sweet
Summertime" by the Madera County Arts Council's 2013
Celebrate Agriculture with the Arts juried art exhibition.
The annual art exhibit, held at the Circle Gallery in
Madera, was juried by renowned Santa Cruz, California
painter and teacher Mike Bailey.
Ms. Karlton's painting, which depicts a young boy enjoying
a juicy red watermelon, celebrates the abundant fruits of
the summer season. With its high-contrast chiaroscuro
style and shimmery copper and bronze underpainting, the
portrait has a vintage feel that simulates the look of old
sepia-toned photography of the mid-twentieth century. The
painting was inspired by an old photo of her father that Ms.
Karlton discovered in a box of family memorabilia.
Ms. Karlton with her award-winning piece
In 2012, Mary Karlton was awarded first prize for her painting entitled "How Are You M'
Lord?" by the Madera County Arts Council's Celebrate Agriculture with the Arts exhibition,
Pomegranate Festival category.
"Sweet Summertime," along with the works of many other fine California artists, will be on
display at the Circle Gallery until November 16. For more information about Celebrate
Agriculture with the Arts and the Madera County Arts Council, visit
About Mary Karlton
Mary Karlton studied painting and printmaking in Chicago, San Francisco, and Santa Fe.
Her style is eclectic with highly textured works that combine elements of collage,
photography, and abstraction. She is captivated by the versatility and expressive potential
of acrylic media. Her heroes in the art world are multifaceted and innovative - da Vinci,
Lautrec, Van Gogh, Picasso, Dali, Magritte, Klimt, Kandinsky, Schiele, de Koonig, and
Her work has been displayed in a wide array of exhibitions in Northern and Southern
California, including museums, competitions, and galleries, and reproduced in various
books and on wine labels.
Mary lives in the scenic coastal town of Santa Cruz, California with her husband, musician,
and photographer Peter Sterbach. To learn more about Mary Karlton or to view her online
gallery of artwork, please visit http://www.marykarlton.com.
About Madera County Arts Council's Annual Celebrate Agriculture with the Arts
Originally funded by a grant from the California Arts Council, Celebrate Agriculture with the
Arts has been a tradition and source of pride in Madera County and the state of California
for 20 years. The contest promotes a broader interest in and understanding of agriculture
as an industry while showcasing the work of professional California artists. It is a juried
show, with approximately $8,000 in prizes offered across seven categories. In 2013, 180
entries from 79 artists around the state (up 27% from 2012) were received. Jurors selected
93 pieces, including watercolor, acrylic, and oil paintings; pencil and pastel drawings; metal
and clay sculptures; photography; and mixed media. 2013 marks the first year that
photographic entries were fully integrated into all of the show categories, and the first year
that paintings and sculpture were included in the "Human Factors" category.
For this year's list of winners, or for more information about the Circle Gallery, Celebrate
Agriculture with the Arts, or the Madera County Arts Council, please visit