California Art Club Awards Gold Medals for 'Best of Show' at the Opening of the 100th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition

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Sculptor Béla Bácsi and painter Steve Huston received Gold Medals at the opening of the California Art Club's 100th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. Bácsi's marble sculpture "Camouflaged" and Huston's large-scale painting "The Actor" were selected for Gold Medal honors by their peers, the 154 artists whose artworks were juried by a panel of art experts and museum curators for inclusion in this extensive exhibition of contemporary-traditional fine art.

Artists Steve Huston and Béla Bácsi were honored with Gold Medals at the 100th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition of the California Art Club.

Painter Steve Huston and sculptor Béla Bácsi received “Best of Show” honors at the California Art Club's 100th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition at the Pasadena Museum of California Art, which opened on Sunday, April 3. American artist and Club president Peter Adams announced the winners before more than 400 in attendance at the exhibition's Artists' Gala Reception on Saturday, April 2.

Bácsi and Huston were selected for Gold Medal honors by their peers, the 154 artists whose artworks were juried by a panel of art experts and museum curators for inclusion in this extensive exhibition of contemporary-traditional fine art.

The winning sculpture by Bácsi, "Camouflaged," features the image of an octopus beautifully hiding upon a round disk, all of which were painstakingly carved in marble. Huston's large-scale painting, "The Actor", spotlights a thespian preparing for the role of an Ancient Rome Gladiator.

In honor of the 100th occurrence of the Club's hallmark exhibition, Richard Schmid, who is considered to be one of the most influential realist artists working today, was awarded a special Centennial Gold Medal Award for his vast contributions in cultivating greater appreciation for traditional fine arts. Another Centennial award, the Board of Directors' Special Centennial Recognition Award, was presented to Jeremy Lipking for his figurative painting "Enchanting Depths."

Paying tribute to the Club's founders, who influenced the first artistic movement to be defined as uniquely Californian, the organization also presented two awards named after leaders of the California Impressionism movement. The Edgar Payne Award for Best Landscape Painting was bestowed upon West Fraser for "Before the World was Made." Mian Situ received the Guy Rose Award for Best Multi-Figurative Composition for "Waiting."

Other honors announced that evening included awards presented by magazine sponsors of the exhibition. Marcia Burtt received Art of the West's Award of Excellence for "Ruffled Water" and Charles Muench received the award of the same name from Southwest Art magazine for his landscape "Winter Orchestration, Markleeville Coda." Fine Art Connoisseur presented Awards of Excellence to Robin Hall for her painting "Nido del Alma" and Victor Riseau for the bronze sculpture "Mystic Dancer."

Richard Schmid received a second honor - the Award of Excellence from American Art Collector magazine - for his Gold Medal still-life "Joy," and William Wray was the recipient of art ltd. magazine's Urban Landscape Award for "Rex."

The award-winning artworks can be viewed at http://www.californiaartclub.org.

Majestic Realty Company, First Foundation Bank and Wells Fargo are sponsors of the 100th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, which is on display through Sunday, April 24.

Note to Editor: Photos are available of the Artists Gala Reception and the artists with their award-winning works.

About the California Art Club
The California Art Club (http://www.californiaartclub.org), established in 1909 by early California Impressionists or plein air painters, is recognized as one of the oldest, largest and most active leading professional art organizations in the world. A unique aspect of the organization is that it includes among its members nationally renowned artists, art students, hobbyists, art scholars and art enthusiasts, in order to interject different perspectives into the dialogue about traditional arts. The mission of the Club, which is headquartered in Pasadena, Calif., is to promote traditional fine art in the fields of painting, drawing and sculpture; to produce and promote art exhibits that foster understanding and interpretation of traditional art heritage and California history; and to furnish educational opportunities in fine arts.

About the Pasadena Museum of California Art
The Pasadena Museum of California Art (http://www.pmcaonline.org) opened in 2002 and is dedicated to the exhibition and development of California art, architecture, and design from 1850 to the present. Informed by the state’s rich mixture of cultures and inspired by its impressive geography, California art has long been defined by a spirit of freedom and experimentation. Located in Pasadena's historic Playhouse District, the PMCA is an intimate museum that engages the public, encourages involvement, and fosters creativity through innovative events and programs. The PMCA is located at 490 East Union St. Hours are noon to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for seniors, students with valid ID, and AAA members. Children under 12 and museum members are free. Admission is also free on the first Friday of the month. All galleries are handicapped accessible.

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