Hot & Cold: Wax Artists of California

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About the Exhibition

Blue Line Arts is proud to present the final exhibition for the Sierra Wax Artists, a group of Northern California artists who have convened in the Sacramento Region for the last decade to share knowledge and support for artists working in wax mediums.  Founding members include Charlotte Cooper, Don Barnes, and Karen Brooks.

The group has previously organized exhibitions at the Crocker Art Museum, Arthouse on R, and 48 Natoma. 

While this marks a bittersweet conclusion to the SWA's history, the group has chosen to end in celebration, sponsoring this juried showcase of some of the top talent working in both hot and cold wax mediums throughout California.  

Juror's Statement

"Serving as juror for this exhibition was a delightful experience. The excellence and variety of technique and the strong visual command of the submitted work is what impressed me most. I spent many hours looking carefully at everything while making my choices before finally selecting the prize winners. It was not easy, because there were so many stunning works. I am honored to have served as juror and wish to thank all the artists, as well as Blue Line Arts Co-Director MaryTess Mayall for requesting my participation." - Nancy Youdelman

About the Juror

Nancy Youdelman has been exhibiting her artwork since 1971. She has the distinction of having been part of the very first feminist art class that was taught by Judy Chicago in 1970 at California State University, Fresno. She continued her participation in the Feminist Art Program (1971—1973) at California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, where she participated in the internationally acclaimed project, Womanhouse (1972), receiving her BFA from CalArts in 1973 and her MFA with an emphasis in sculpture from UCLA in 1976.

Youdelman has been the recipient of numerous awards including grants from the Pollock/Krasner, the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb and the Tree of Life Foundations. Her extensive exhibition record includes many national and international exhibitions; her work is in many private and public collections including the Brooklyn Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

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Juried Prize Winners

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First Prize: 

Mira White, Reaching For the Sun

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Second Prize: 

Joe Celli, please wait for me


Third Prize:

Karen Frey, Rain in SF II


Honorable Mention:

Sara Post, Cold Canyon in Summer



Honorable Mention:

Melissa Stephens, Next to Near

Selected Artists

Erika Adkins
John Angell
Eirene Archolekas
Bev Barnett
Diane Bell
Karen Buttwinick
Rhonda Campbell
Kim Cardoso
Joe Celli
Charlotte Cooper
Gabriel Cooper
Kathy Coulson
Darlene Engellenner
Karen Frey
Rinat Goren
Florence Gray-Ybarra
Randy Hilliker
Eileen Hopkins-Sheets
Karen Ruth Karlsson
Helen Kim
Tom Krempa
Patricia Leeds
Marcy Mignone
Barbara Nilsson
Linda Nunes
Nancy Crandall Phillips
Dianne Poinski
Sara Post
Kate Riley
Pacia Sallomi
Francesca Saveri
Ruth Shapiro
Kathy Sinclair
Hildie Spautz
Caryl St. Ama
Melissa Stephens
Charlynn Throckmorton
Stephanie Thwaites
Craig Upson
Kim Vagt
Cathy Valentine
Vlatka Varga
Mira White
Larry Wolf



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