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Art honors: a billboard of his own and more

Let’s catch up with some visual arts honors:

BILLBOARD EXPOSURE: Some artists get their work displayed in galleries or museums. Arturo Rios Mercado of Fresno can see his on billboards in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Austin, San Antonio, Dallas and Houston.

Rios’ drawing of an Aztec warrior won a national Indio beer contest in which artists were asked to explore the theme “Make It Yours.” He headed to Los Angeles recently to see his winning entry in person:


Rios was featured in an August profile in Vida en el Valle. He won $5,000, which will buy a lot of beer. On the jump, another look at his winning design, plus art honors for Mac Mechem and Leslie Batty.

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PENNSYLVANIA HONORS: Mac Mechem, a Fig Tree Gallery member, had two pieces accepted in the Lore Degenstein Gallery Fifth Annual Figurative Drawing and Painting Competition at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Penn. Two of his oil paintings were accepted for the exhibition: “The Last Acre of Eden” (pictured) and “Self Portrait with Muses” (which won the $2,000 first prize). The exhibition runs through Dec. 6.


Mechem taught art at McLane High School for 35 years and concurrently taught oil painting in the evening division at Fresno City College for 28 years. He is beginning his 10th year as an adjunct drawing instructor at Reedley College.


PARIS SHOW: Fresno artist Leslie Batty, recently featured in the Fresno Art Museum’s “Breakthrough” exhibition, had three small-scale pieces from the Corridor 2122 show “Scale” accepted in an international juried show at the Galerie Métanoïa in Paris. The show is titled “A Single Grain of Rice.” You can read her artist’s statement, translated into French, here. Says Batty on Facebook: “Wish we could all go to Paris for the exhibition!”


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