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Chico Masters, Past & Present

Chico Masters, Past and Present Works:

Jerril Dean Kopp, Chris Cantello, and Waif Mullins

July 8 - 29

Reception: July 8, 5:00–7:00pm

Three local “Masters” will display past and present works.

Jerril Dean Kopp

Jerril Dean Kopp started drawing as a child. A teacher recognized her gift for art and encouraged her to continue drawing. It is because of this encouragement that we may enjoy her paintings, drawings, blown glass, and sculptures today. Water colors, oils, pastels, and colored pencils are her favorite mediums, though enjoys enjoys all media. Kopp's work has been seen all over the country from her home town of Chico, California to as far away as New York City, New York. She earned a Bachelor and a Master's Degree in Art from CSU, Chico. Children and adults from all over the North Valley have been mentored by her and her love of drawing.

Jerril Dean Green Kopp was born on April 19th,1944 in Northern California. She is the wife of the late Patrick Kopp, the mother of two daughters, Lis and Kerrie and grandmother of four grandchildren whom are the loves of her life. Kopp has been a member at the Chico Art Center for decades. She was the original gallery director. She has taught paper making as well as a plethora of studio art classes at CSU, Chico and Butte College.

Waif Mullins

People most often mention the sense of light when commentingWhether painted from life or developed from photographic references, I search for a dramatic presentation in my artwork through the use of lighting, color, and value to lead the viewer through the painting, to focus attention on the main subject. Relationships of scale are often used to add depth and an enhanced sense of reality.

Waif Mullins was born in Jackson, Tennessee, but has lived in Northern California (Chico)for most of his life. After his Bachelor of Arts degree at California State University (1972), Waif completed a Masters Degree program in 1980. Waif is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, a member Society of Western Artists, and of the Pastel Society of the West Coast.

Waif began teaching oil painting and pastel painting classes in 1998, and has given demonstrations and critiques for artist organizations throughout the Sacramento and San Francisco Bay Area. His paintings have received numerous awards from regional and National juried art exhibitions. In addition, Waif’s work has been featured in national art magazines, including The Artist’s Magazine (August 2003 issue in Greg Schaber’s cover story article, "Secrets to Sparkling Water"); and in Pastel Artist International. For more information visit

Chris Cantello

"In the pursuit of excellence, I'm always pushing the edges of my understanding of clay, glazes and firing. This seems to be the reality of my path. It's the magic in the process that intrigues me and keeps me seeking more. I strive to make each piece of work reveal its gifts. Be it functional or not, the magic and artistry must be there or it's just another pot. A quality piece of ceramics will have a life force and this force must captivate the viewer. It has always been my intention to inspire, excite and sometimes challenge those who experience my art."

“Chris Cantello stands of his work that renders each piece a work of art, no matter how functional it may be.” - Charles Moore, Fine Art Ceramics Magazine, March 2002

Interview with Waif Mullins on Weekend Showcase, KCHO/NSPR
(Go to minute 18:08)


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We'd like to offer a special Thank You to Frazee Paint, Knight's Paint, and Sherwin-Williams
for donating new paint for our Gallery!

Upcoming Exhibits

Exhibition Opportunities:
Look for prospectus and entry forms below in the list of exhibits.

All Media 2016

National All Media Juried Exhibition

August 5 – September 2

Reception: August 5, 5:00–7:00pm

The Chico Art Center hosts its annual juried show, offering artists the chance to compete for the chance of winning an Award. All submitted pieces will be examined by the juror, and the top candidates for the prize will be exhibited. At the end of the exhibit, the winner will be chosen by the juror, and receive a cash prize! This is a fun opportunity for the serious artist, and a chance to add “award-winner” to a portfolio.

Juror Bio

DeWitt Cheng, trained in art history and studio art, is a San Francisco Bay Area art critic/writer and curator. He has written for many web (SanFranciscoArtMagazine, VisualArtSource, DailyGusto, Art21, HuffingtonPost) and print (ArtLtd., Artillery, Sculpture, Arte, East Bay Express, East Bay Monthly, Artwork, ArtVoices) publications over the past sixteen years. He is the author of Inside Out: The Paintings of William Harsh, as well as the writer of many catalog essays and press releases. He curates contemporary art exhibitions for Stanford Art Spaces.

Online Entry Form | Entry Form Document (MS Word)

Small World, Small Works 2016

Small World / Small Works

September 9 - 30

Reception: September 9, 5:00–7:00pm

Entry Form

Open Studios Art Tour 2016

OSAT Gallery Show

October 7 – 30

Reception: October 21, 5:00–7:00pm

The Chico Art Center’s Open Studios Art Tour is an exciting way to discover all of the amazing talent working in our own community! The Art Tour invites the public into our local artists’ studios, providing not only a glimpse into the working process of the community’s talent, but also a chance to meet the people that make Chico an Art Community.

Artist Invite | Application

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Day of the Dead 2016

Day of the Dead

November 4 - 23

Reception: November 4, 5:00–7:00pm

Chili Cook-Off: held during the reception

A fun and interesting show now in its third year. Fun for serious artists and those who have never created art before. This show is a celebration of the Festival by the same name.

Winter Art & Crafts

December 1 – 28

Reception: December 2, 5:00–7:00pm

The Chico Art Center rents space in the gallery to artists to exhibit their works for sale during the Holiday Season. Artists control how their works are displayed within their space, it is a way to “Set Up Shop” for the holidays.

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