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Arbor Gallery
A co-op gallery located on the first floor of The Merced Multicultural Arts Center.

Successfully owned and operated by member artists for over a generation, the Arbor Gallery represents award winning artists who all live regionally and some of whom are known internationally. The beautiful gallery features a wide selection of original art including paintings, ceramics, photography, textiles, sculpture, glass, turned wood, jewelry, giclee prints, and greeting cards.

Learn more about the Arbor Gallery at their website

Visit with the artists anytime during our regular business hours:

Tuesday thru Friday 11:00 AM -4:00 PM

Saturday 10:00 AM -2:00 PM

Events while the MCAC is open

(209) 384-8338

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Meet the Artists

I believe painting is like language and paintings like words.
Iris Asai – painter

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I moved to Chowchilla from San Jose ten years ago. I work primarily on unique pieces of furniture. My medium of choice is acrylic.
Darlene Bennett – painter on furniture

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I enjoyed a wonderful week painting watercolors of waterfalls and landscapes at Gray Eagle with painting friends Susan Regert and Rose Eager.
Margaret Bever – painter

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I have always painted on any surface but a canvas, and when I tried silk, it seemed that I had found my best medium. My favorite subjects are animals, but I have worked in the past year to try more abstract representations of various nature-inspired images.
Elizabeth Boretz – silk painter

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This has been an exciting year, my focus being on semi-abstract watercolor and on new and positive ways to interpret my subjects. Ovid called it, “the divine fire by which we are animated.
Marian Brooks – painter

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The seascapes of California continue to greatly inspire my art. This year I’ve spent a lot of time on the Santa Cruz coastline and God never ceases to amaze me with the incredible sunsets He offers. I can only aspire to paint what He so beautifully created.
Sue Cauwels – painter

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I have been painting or drawing for as long as I can remember. Most of my work is in landscapes and portraits. I like to use rather loose strokes with a palette knife so the viewer can get the feeling of the movement of the trees, grasses, water and even wind.
Henry DuPertuis – painter

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Memories of summers spent in the high mountains east of Taos are reflected in the shapes and colors of my pottery. I enjoy doing both functional and decorative pieces in high fire, pit and raku. The time I spend in the clay is my joy and my enthusiasm!
Sharon Gossett – ceramics

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Painting ships and boats is my passion. In October I toured the Gulf coast, from Florida to Texas and took some great pictures of shrimp boats, river boats, boat yards, and ships of all sorts. Now it’s time to paint some awesome watercolor and acrylics scenes!
John Harrell – painter

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Although I am primarily known as a watercolor painter, I enjoy experimenting with acrylics and pastels using a variety of subject matter. Most recently working with colored pencils has captured my interest. Teaching others what I have learned also gives me great pleasure.
Mary Harris – painter

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I work to express my love of nature and for all of God’s creations through stone, copper wire, and acrylic paint. A special thank you to Toni‘s Courtyard Café for displaying my art and supporting all of the artists at Arbor Gallery.
Marcus Harris – various

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I am a local artist that enjoys painting watercolors. I am primarily known for my bright colorful paintings and my custom semi-precious jewelry. I also work in glass and wire creating brightly colored sun catchers and wind chimes.
Carole Kamerer – painter, jewelry maker

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I seek to achieve forms that are organic and pleasing to the eye and hand. I am particularly interested in the interplay between smooth, finished surfaces and rough edges and cracks that evoke a sense of wildness. All wood turnings are from wood I find in the Central Valley of California.
Pope Lawrence – wood turner

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This year I have focused on painting watercolors of local landscape and West coast scenes. I also enjoy painting flowers, and recently fruits and vegetables.
Ethel Nelson – painter

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Being an art quilter allows me to blend the disciplines of visual art with the structural, sculptural, and tactile manipulation required in my fabric medium. One of the unexpected benefits of becoming an artist is learning how to see better. I believe the most powerful words for me are, “What if…” , what often follows is “why not”; that is art for me.
Lori Nelson – fabric artist

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When I get an idea in my head, I visualize what I will make and then create it in clay.
Joan Rafel – ceramics

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For the past year I have been testing beautiful Swarovski crystals for durability outside for use in my garden sculptures. They passed and will be featured in a new design of a sun and moon and a lovely pink crystal will be featured in the ribbon for breast cancer.
Susan Regert – painter, metal sculpture

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My joy is painting. My job is operation of a nut company. This makes my painting time very special.
Sharleen Robson – painter

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Art is expression of the soul, all of who we are. I’m a bold painter using bright, vivid colors with realistic abstraction. I love painting flowers which is a passion of mine.
Deanna Lynn Schmitz –painter

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I have been busy completing two commissions. One is a large watercolor landscape of the Pariera’s Buffalo Ranch in Snelling for a San Jose attorney who grew up there.
Margaret Stevenson – painter

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I love painting with watercolors, and my favorite place to paint is Yosemite Nation Park. In addition to my paintings, I also have note cards of Yosemite scenes available in the gallery.
Helen Swickard – painter

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I am doing all mediums and Chinese painting. I am making “pine cone” ornaments for Christmas. I love all the colors that make the world beautiful.
Penny Waha – painter

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Pat had a unique mind and used her ability to see the world in her own way. Her use of pen and ink was her forte, but when she added color it was exciting. We miss her originality in person and in art.
In memorium: Pat Schuh – painter

Merced County Arts Council, Inc.

645 W. Main Street
Merced, CA 95340

209.388.1090



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