California Artist Mary Karlton Debuts Two New Collections at Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. - July 22, 2013 - PRLog -- SANTA CRUZ, Calif. - The Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History (MAH) is exhibiting the work of fine artist and Santa Cruz resident Mary Karlton at the Octagon Café. Opening on July 23 and running through September 22, the show will feature two series from Ms. Karlton’s extensive body of work:  the “Pomegranate Series” and the “Anduze Series,” which celebrate human diversity and individuality.  The public is invited to meet the artist at the opening night event on Friday, August 2, from 5 pm to 8 pm at the Octagon Café at the MAH. This coincides with the Santa Cruz First Friday Art Walk.

The bright and vibrant Pomegranate Series portraits depict individuals from all walks of life and diverse ethnic backgrounds. The first painting in the Pomegranate Series, “How Are You, M’ Lord?” received first prize in the Madera County Arts Pomegranate Festival in 2012. This painting is an homage to the late Frank Snell of Santa Cruz, medical professional in the US Army who served in Vietnam, professor at Cabrillo College and Hartnell College, world traveler, and benefactor. The pomegranate held special significance to Mr. Snell, as he had hoped to publish a book about his life experiences which he planned to call “The Pomegranate.” The project was cut short by his untimely death.

In the Anduze Series, Ms. Karlton explores the lively and fascinating characters encountered during a recent trip to the South of France and Paris. In this collection, Ms. Karlton brings together mixed media and bold contemporary design inspired by street art and the Cubist style of Picasso to capture the rich personality of each figure.

Fine art giclée prints on canvas of all works from the two collections will be available for purchase.

About Mary Karlton

Mary Karlton studied painting and printmaking in Chicago, San Francisco, and Santa Fe. Her style is eclectic with highly textured works that combine elements of collage, photography, and abstraction. She is captivated by the versatility and expressive potential of acrylic media. Her heroes in the art world are multifaceted and innovative - DaVinci, Lautrec, Van Gogh, Picasso, Dali, Magritte, Klimt, Kandinsky, Schiele, DeKoonig, and Richter. Her award-winning work has been included in a wide array of exhibitions in Northern and Southern California, including various books, galleries, and wine labels.

Ms. Karlton lives in the scenic coastal town of Santa Cruz, CA with her husband, musician and photographer Peter Sterbach. To learn more about Mary Karlton or to view her online gallery, please visit
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