Sacramento – Senator Andy Vidak (R-Hanford) today announced that Ma Ly of Fresno was selected as the winning artist representing Senate District 14 in this year’s State Senate’s Contemporary Art Collection display. Ly’s painting (shown below) will be displayed in the State Capitol for the next year. Ly was chosen by an independent panel overseen by State Capitol Museum Curator Koren Benoit.
Ly’s winning oil painting is called “Vernon Conrad: The Garden of the Old Man” which portrays the late farmer, Vernon Conrad, who served as a Fresno County Supervisor. Conrad later planted a garden with the help of his daughter. The famous “R” (for Reedley) is shown on the mountain in the left background of the painting, which is on loan from the private collection of Ms. Angela Turner.
There were also four “Honorable Mention” awards given to Louis Ferreira of Hanford, Cecile Garrison of Visalia, Lea McAndrews of Fresno, and Ivan Mendoza of Visalia.
Ferreira’s paintings are “Phil” of the late legendary cattle trader Phil Stadtler and “Cold Call” showing the corralling of cattle for vaccinating and branding.
Garrison’s “St. John’s River” is sculpted out of the Lagenaria Gourd Squash which she grows and later carves, dyes, and enhances with pine needles for a “winding river” look.
McAndrews’ “Hazel Saves the Tree” is an unframed painting depicting the O’Neals area of California with a photo-insert of Hazel hugging the mossy tree to protect the tree from McAndrews, who once thought about removing the tree from the painting.
Mendoza’s “Yokohl Valley” photograph is of a pasture in the picturesque mountainous area of Tulare County just after a rainfall.