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2021 Mother Lode Show Details





Entries open June 1

Deadline for entry: September 30, 2021

Show Dates: October 26 thru November 13

Judge: Frank Ordaz

Exhibit your exceptional artistic works at the Sacramento Fine Arts Center, a California nonprofit corporation gallery. Anticipated awards valued at $3,000 including $500 for Best in Show.

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LOCATION:   Sacramento Fine Arts Center, 5330-B Gibbons Drive, Carmichael, Ca. 95608
Exhibition dates Oct. 26 thru Nov. 13. Gallery hours Tues. thru Fri. 11-3, Sat 11-5.  Closed Sunday and Monday.



Sept. 30, 2021                 Final entry deadline at (until midnight Pacific Time)

Week of Oct 5                 Accept/Decline notices are emailed to artists and are also available at

Oct 18 thru Oct 22          Shipped entries due

Oct. 24 & 25                     Hand deliver entries to Sac Fine Arts Center. Sunday, October 24, 11 am - 4 pm or Monday, October 25, 9 am to 11 am

Oct. 26                             Show opens 11 am

Nov. 13                             Last day of show: awards reception 12:30 pm and presentation by judge at 1:30.

Pick Up                              Artists who hand deliver their works must pick them up after judge’s presentation between 3:00 and 5:00 pm on November 13 or from Sacramento Fine Arts Center November 16 thru 20 during business hours.

Note: Unsold, shipped works will be returned within two weeks after the end of the show.


JUROR/JUDGE OF AWARDS:  Frank P. Ordaz grew up in Southern California . At the age of 12 he studied with portrait artist Theodore N. Lukits. It was at the Lukits academy that Frank was introduced to the academic method of painting from plaster casts and from life. He was later mentored by landscape painter Sam Hyde Harris who was noted for his tonal quality of light. Frank attended the University of Southern California and graduated from the Art Center College of Design in 1980. He began painting for George Lucasʼs Special Effects Company Industrial Light and Magic where he worked on such Oscar winning motion pictures as E.T. and Return of the Jedi . In 1986 he was recognized with an Emmy for his matte paintings in the Ewok Movie. His painting style is heavily influenced by his time working on cinematic movie features. He has continued the tradition of early California Artists in painting in the field and learning firsthand the qualities and mysteries of Light. Frank also has a passion for Art History and the artists place in the continued evolution of painting Styles. His paintings are a celebration of life and the profound influence of light in animating our emotions and responses to our environment. Painting, for Frank, has a spiritual and philosophical component . His portraits explore the Existential identities of his subjects. Frank ventures to go beyond the surface of skin and capture the spirit within. His landscapes are Iconic Metaphors of our American Homeland . His work harkens back to the Romantic Movement where the translation of the subject is realistically traditional but also very Modern in the use of paint application and point of view.


AWARDS:      All awards are made at the discretion of the judge.
All awards are final with no exchanges or substitutions.

ELIGIBILITY: Open to all artists. Work must be original, not previously shown at Sacramento Fine Art Center or in a Mother Lode show and must have been created in the last two years. No copies of published work, no class or workshop artwork, crafts, videos, film or work produced by any commercial printing process (exception: photography and digital imagery) No Giclées.  Accepted paintings must be identical to the image submitted for entry.

SIZE LIMITATIONS: Two-dimensional works must not exceed 96” total of two adjacent sides with frame. Diptych and Triptych entries must be in one frame, not exceeding the above dimensions. Sculptures over 50 lbs. are to be set up by artist. Installations must meet fire and safety code rules and free standing work must be stable and safe for viewing. All hanging pieces are not to exceed 25 pounds.

MEDIA: watercolor, oil, acrylic, scratchboard, pastel, pen & ink, pencil, charcoal, collage, photography, digital imagery, mixed media and 3D. No copies or reproductions will be accepted. Accepted art must be the same as submitted online.

PRESENTATON: Works must be framed, with the exception of canvas on wide bars i.e. gallery wrap, and these should have the edges painted, or if photography or digital, the image should extend around the edges. All pieces must be ready to install with backs of paintings wired and taped. No saw tooth hangers or screw eyes, clip frames or plastic box frames. Plexiglass strongly recommended for all shipped art works. PAA reserves the right not to hang works that do not meet these guidelines.

CONDITIONS OF ENTRY: Entry into this exhibition constitutes agreement with all conditions set forth in this prospectus and forms and is your commitment to participate. Accepted work must remain for the duration of the show and will only be released at the end of the exhibit. Work left after November 20  will be assessed $5.00 per day per work by Sacramento Fine Arts Center. Work left after one month becomes property of SFAC.

ENTRY FEES: Up to 5 entries may be submitted, preferably on the same entry form, of which only 2 may be accepted. Cost is $15 per entry. Entry fees are nonrefundable and due upon entry. Fees are the same for PAA members and non members. All entries must be made at

ENTRY FORM:  must be filled out in its entirety. This entry form is considered a contract. List sizes to the nearest inch. Submitted images must not include matting or frame. Be sure your images are right side up. Before uploading your images check that they are smaller than 4MB. Images should be JPEG format, RGB color.

For 2D work, one image of each entry will be accepted. 3D art entries will allow up to 3 images per piece.  If you need help entering your images,

SHIPPING: Accepted art being shipped to this show must have prepaid return shipping and arrive at designated location by Oct 22.  Additional instructions, shipping address, unpacking and repacking information will be sent to accepted artists. Artists will be responsible for the cost of crating, handling and shipping artwork to and from the exhibition.

LIABILITY:   The Sacramento Fine Arts Center and Placerville Arts Assoc. will be diligent in care of artwork but are not responsible for loss or damage that might occur. Insurance is the responsibility of the artist.

SALES:  All artwork must indicate a sale price, of which only one may be listed as “not for sale” (NFS) in the entry information. Sacramento Fine Arts Center will retain commissions on work sold. 50% for nonmembers of SFAC, 30% for members of SFAC. Artist should adjust prices accordingly. Membership of SFAC is $60 per year and includes discounts to shows and workshops throughout the year.

NOTIFICATIONS:  are sent by email. Please be sure to read your letters in their entirety. Acceptance letters may ask you to RSVP or have special instructions to follow. Notices also available at


ENTRIES DUE: June 1st through Sept. 30, 2021

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