SOURCE: California Art Club

California Art Club

April 05, 2012 13:19 ET

California Art Club Awards Gold Medals for Its 101st Annual Gold Medal Exhibition at the Autry

Veteran California Landscape Painters Ray Roberts and Charles Muench, as Well as Up-and-Coming Former Tattoo Artist Sergio Sanchez, Receive Honors at This Annual Showcase, on View Through April 22

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - Apr 5, 2012) - As a nod to its rich history and a glimpse into its future, the California Art Club bestowed Gold Medal honors upon both veteran and up-and-coming artists at the opening of its 101st Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition, on view through April 22 at the Autry National Center.

Renowned landscape painter Ray Roberts and sculptor Lynn Christopher received Gold Medals for "Best of Show" before more than 400 in attendance at the exhibition's preview reception. Christopher's sculpture "The Silence of No" and Roberts' seascape "Crashing Waves at Garrapata" were selected for honors by the 163 exhibiting artists.

The Club also presented Gold Medals named after two founders. The Guy Rose Award for Best Multi-Figurative Composition was awarded to Sergio Sanchez, an up-and-coming painter and former tattoo artist, for "No Pain No Gain, Portrait of the Artist Jeffery Lutz," an internationally acclaimed tattoo artist. The Edgar Payne Award for Best Landscape Painting was presented to Simon Lok for "California Temple, San Diego." Charles Muench received the Irvine Museum Gold Medal Award for "Parker Lake Waters."

Other honors announced included six magazine awards. Eleinne Basa received Art of the West's award for "Warm Spring Dawn" and Brian Blood was singled out by American Art Collector for "China Cove, Point Lobos." David Kassan received Awards of Excellence from Southwest Art and Fine Art Connoisseur for "Solemn." Fine Art Connoisseur also honored Tanya Ragir for her sculpture "Doubt Kills the Warrior," and Plein Air selected Jeffrey Horn for "Crown of the Sea."

The artwork can be viewed at

Majestic Realty Foundation, Tejon Ranch Company and Tejon Mountain Village and First Foundation Bank are exhibition sponsors.

About the California Art Club
The California Art Club, established in 1909 by early California Impressionists, is recognized as one of the oldest, largest and most active leading professional arts organizations in the world. Its mission is to promote traditional fine arts in the fields of painting, drawing and sculpture; produce and promote art exhibitions that foster greater understanding of traditional art heritage and California history; and furnish educational opportunities in the fine arts.

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