Rocklin artist claims top award in national juried exhibit

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Artists and art enthusiasts crowded the Paul Nystrom Library at Rocklin’s William Jessup University on Nov. 11 to celebrate the opening of the school’s first national juried art exhibition, “Celebrating Artistic Expression.” “This is our second exhibit in what we hope will be an ongoing showcase of local to international art and artists,” said Jessup’s Library Director Kevin Pischke. The idea to bring the silent library walls alive with art came to him several years ago, and now gives unimaginable benefit to the students and staff, not to mention the visiting community. The national exhibition of 51 pieces was selected by juror Natalie Nelson, director and curator at the Pence Gallery in Davis. Nelson chose the diverse collection from more than 360 submitted from across the country, then identified the work of seven of these artists as award winners. Best of Show honors went to Rocklin artist Diane Ruhkala for her assemblage, “Those Were the Days.” Second place winner is Charles Seerey of Sacramento for “November No. 17,” an acrylic painting. Third place winner is Dean Moniz, also a resident of Sacramento, for “Pause,” a fish sculpture made of sticks, brushes, stones and metal. Honorable mentions went to Lani Shapton, from Coral Gables, Fla. and Tamara Staser-Meltzer from San Francisco. “Celebrating Artist Expression” will be open to the public through Dec. 16 at the Paul Nystrom Library, 333 Sunset Blvd, Rocklin. Hours are Mondays through Thursdays from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. For weekend and holiday hours, call (916) 577-2288 or visit Artwork is for sale. Entry and parking are free. -- Staff Report