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Gonsalves Will Have Work Displayed At Exhibition
Shown is an example of area artist Chella Gonsalves’ ‘en plein aire’ work called “River Island Bridge”, done in December, 2022. Gonsalves will be among the artists displaying work at the upcoming Valley Art Association show hosted in Oakdale, Feb. 24 through 26. Photo Contributed

Valley Art Association’s upcoming Art Scholarship Art Exhibition is sponsored by the City of Oakdale and the Art Association. The exhibit will be at the Gene Bianchi Community Center, 110 S. Second Ave., Oakdale and is free to the public. The show is scheduled for Feb. 24 through 26. Hours are, on Friday, Feb. 24 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 25 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The non-profit Valley Art Association group promotes the annual Art Show to raise funds for scholarships awarded to college bound students majoring in art. This is their 51st year promoting the arts.

Well known artist Chella Gonsalves will also be participating in this show. She has been a longtime supporter of this show and a member of VAA.

Born in Indiana and a graduate of Ball State University with a BS in Art Education, Gonsalves came to Modesto in September 1956. For 27 years she taught art in the Modesto City Schools District; also through Delta Junior College adult education programs and privately. Over the years, she has received honors including ones through California Art Educators Association and Stanislaus County Commission for Women. Now retired, she is pursuing a career in the professional visual art world, doing non-objective, mixed media, drawing, and specializing in ‘en plein’ oil painting.

In 2008 two of her small ‘en plein air’ works and one of her large non-objective pieces was awarded third place in an annual Yosemite Renaissance Exhibition. Corporations, such as Fireman’s Fund, Kaiser Permanente, Lodi Memorial Hospital and private investors have acquired her works. She was honored to be the Artist-in-Residence, Yosemite National Park in 2002. See her work on her website

Local residents are also invited to exhibit their artwork to family, friends and the general public. As long as artwork is appropriate for family/public viewing and follows the presentation rules, it will be on display at the show. All entry funds raised go to the VAA Art Scholarship Fund. For an entry Prospectus to be emailed to you, contact or call 209-681-4066.