Two new exhibits are coming to the Kings Art Center with the annual Spring and Young Masters art shows in April. 

The open entry exhibit Spring Show, which is the center’s biggest local show, is running Saturday through May 20 in the Marcellus Gallery. An opening reception will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday. The exhibit, which is hosted by the Kings County Art League and the Kings Art Center, features work by local and regional artists.

Exhibitions include paintings, photography, sculptures and more. Ribbons and cash awards will be presented to the top three winners in six categories: watercolor; painting; photography; mixed media and drawing; fiber arts; and three-dimensional art.

Allison Kleinsteuber, an instructor/supervisor in the art education program at Fresno State, art instructor at Golden West High School in Visalia and the regional director of the California Arts Projects, will serve as a judge.

“For me as the curator for the Kings Art Center, it’s always wonderful to see what our local artists are doing,” John Robinson, curator, said. “So the work that’s in these shows is new work. So it’s always exciting to kind of see what the artists are currently doing. I’m also pleased when I see new members or people from the area who are showing for the first time there.”

“[Attendees] can expect a wide array of local artists [showcasing] vibrant colors and designs that really represent spring in the valley,” Bruce Kane, executive director for the center, said.

The spring exhibit is expected to consist of at least 75 pieces of work from artists.

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In the Banister Studio, the Young Masters show will take place April 2-22. An opening reception will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday. This annual exhibit, sponsored by the Kings County Office of Education, features the art of K-12 students in Kings County schools.

“That’s an exciting show where we can really brag about the creativity and artistry of students in our county,” Kane said.

“For me, it’s really important because in a community when you have such strong support for all kinds of programs for students, […] those kids who are in the arts in some ways get left out. They don’t have many situations where people come to validate what they do,” Robinson said. “[The opening show is] a very exciting afternoon for the kids and for their parents and their families.” 

Susan Quinn, an artist and art educator from Fresno, will serve as the exhibition judge.

“These are some of the most exciting shows we do because it displays local talent. We are here to build an artists’ community in Kings County,” Kane added.

The shows have special significance for Robinson, who is leaving his position. He has commuted from San Francisco to perform his duties at the museum for 10 years.

“It’s been a wonderful opportunity for me,” he said. “This is something that I have done for 10 years now so I have a little bit of history with this show. I’ve seen a lot of work and [...] I am always impressed by the quality of work.”

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