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Merced College Art Gallery opens new exhibit Nov. 21

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Merced College Art Gallery will feature “The Land in Use,” an exhibition by Visalia artists Matthew Hopson Walker and Matthew Rangel.

The exhibition opens Nov. 21 and will continue to Dec. 8. A reception for the artists will be held Nov. 30, from 6-7:30 p.m.

“The Land in Use”, title and exploration, creative research by artists Matthew Rangel and Matthew Hopson Walker. In his work, Rangel aims to link the natural world to the human world and with that he embodies physical aspects of landscape in his personal narrative and art work. Rangel’s work is primarily expressed through traditional printmaking but also drawing and oil painting.

Rangel holds a BFA from California State University, Long Beach and a MFA from the University of Alberta. His work has been featured in solo and group shows throughout California as well as nationally and internationally. Rangel lives in Visalia and teaches drawing and painting at the College of the Sequoias.

Hopson Walker observes people and places, which he often finds often contradictory. He focuses his printmaking artwork within culture and his particular interest is in the motives that lurk beneath our conscious one.

Walker was born and raised in Fresno. He holds a BFA in Printmaking from Kansas City Art Institute and a MFA from the University of Iowa. He is the recipient of several awards and his work is collected in private and art museums.

Walker was given the prestigious James Phelan Award in Printmaking for California, through the KALA Institute.

He is teaching adjunct print making and art courses at College of the Sequoias and CSU Fresno.

His Work has been included in over 100 juried and group exhibitions since 2006.

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