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Awards & Honors


  • “Carolyn Huff Photography Studio & Gallery Welcomes Local Artists” - January 2018

  • “Carolyn Huff Photography & Gallery Presents Pen Women” - February 2018

  • Acceptance into 58th Annual Spring Show sponsored by Lodi Art Community Center held at Lange Turns Winery with five artworks. June 2018

  • Acceptance into 60th Annual Juried International Exhibition at the Haggin Museum, sponsored by Stockton Art League with two plein aire oil artworks For two months May –July 2018

  • Judge for the “Farms & Fields” regional art competitive show sponsored by Carnegie Arts Center, Turlock, month of May 2018

  • Acceptance in Carnegie Arts Center’s “Showcase” with three works. July-August 2018.


  • 1st Place Award into 32nd Annual Yosemite Renaissance Exhibition / Yosemite Museum, Yosemite CA - February 25 - April 30th; Opening Reception February 24th. Title: "New Yosemite", oil, 18"x36".

  • Acceptance into National Association Women Artists' show entitled: Women Artists Coast to Coast, EAST, February 28 - March 25, 2017 at Prince Street Gallery, 530 West 25th Ave, New York City, NY.

  • One of two judges/jurors in the upcoming Sacramento Fine Arts Center's show entitled: "Magna Opusi" competitive show. Summer 2017.

  • Judge of Valley Art Association Membership Show; Oakdale, CA, April 2017

  • Acceptance of three artworks into Ironstone Winery's Annual Spring Obsession Exhibition. One entitled: "Approaching Cloud" was given the Judges' Award of Merit. April-May.

  • Acceptance into the co-competitive show by Central California Art Association/Mistlin Gallery, Modesto and the Carnegie Art Center Turlock with two ‘en plein aire’ artworks, “Catalina Park, Tucson” and  “Meyer Road Barn”.  April – May

  • Invitational Exhibition for the Arts Program for the Stanislaus Family Justice Center, Modesto.  March

  • Second Place Award in Oil with "Three Palms". Autumn Art Festival, CCAA/Mistlin Gallery, 1015 J St. Modesto, CA

  • Acceptance into Stockton Art League's 5th annual fall regional open juried show. Sept. 5 - 28th, 2017
    Reception: Sept 9th, 4:00 - 7:00pm -

  • Second place in Oils, CCAA Fall Festival. Open juried, regional show. "Three Palms". September, 2017

  • Honorable Mention Award in Oil; Regional Mendocino Open Paint Out; "Spring Hill Ranch", September 2017

  • First Place in Stockton's Regional Open Juried Show; Stockton, CA. "Original Meyer Road Barn", September 2017


  • Acceptance into regional competitive exhibition, Mislin/Carnegie SHOWCASE, Spring, 2016


  • Featured Artist for April-May 2016, 1015 J Street Window Display, Central California Art Association


  • Invitation Exhibition, Stanislaus Family Justice Center Fundraiser, Spring 2016


  • Commissioned oil paintings (2) of  Turlock Ca residence, March 2016

  • Completion of the 6' x 8' original oil painting of an artists interpretation "Across the Valley" of our Central California valley, pre-1900's. Location of the artwork commissioned by Michael O'Brien DVM is located at the Beckwith Court, off HWY 99, Modesto CA. Open to the public during business hours, free admission.


  • Carnegie Art Center, Turlock CA honored Chella of Modesto CA and a photographer, Dan Kasser of Lodi CA as two outstanding artists / art educators / advocates of the California Central Valley in the “Valley Focus” Exhibition; the dates of the show were January 28th to March 22, 2015. Over 30 artworks were shown by Chella which included all media, several styles and periods of her art career. Two artworks were sold during the show.


  • In February Chella judged the annual prestigious regional show “Expressions”, sponsored by The Tracy Art Association, Tracy CA


  • “Winter Morn”, a 5"x15" oil of the valley’s famous Mapes Ranch, was a commissioned piece completed in March.


  • Chella was the featured demonstrator/speaker at the monthly meeting of the Valley Art Association, Riverbank CA.
    Three different watercolor techniques were introduced to the members.


  • An ‘en plein aire’ small oil painting “Cherries” was sold to a collector from her studio.


  • The National League of Americann Pen Women’s show “Inspiring Women: an Exhibit of Arts & Letters” (February 11 – June 7), was held at the Carnegie Art Center, Turlock CA with a reception showing artworks and readings of poetry and prose pieces on March 1, 2015. Chella exhibited three artworks, (one patriotic monoprint that sold, one ‘en plein aire’ work and one interpretive figurative work).


  • During the month of April three of Chella’s were accepted into two regional shows; 2015 Annual Lodi Art Center Spring Show, held at the Robert Mondavi – Woodbridge Winery, Lodi CA “The Second Annual Central California Arts Showcase which was held at the Carnegie Art Center, Turlock CA and Central California Art Association/Mistlin Gallery, Modesto CA from April 1 – May 8 2015. Works accepted were respectively: “Fog on Carmel River” a 6"x8" en plein air oil and “Self Portrait”, 10"x 10" oil, and “America’s Tragedy”, a 16"x 20" non-objective oil.


  • In May, “Pumpkins”, a 11"x 14" plein air oil painting, featured on the cover of the Fall Issue Pen Women magazine of the National League of American Pen Women was sold to a Colorado an art collector.


  • In the month of June 2015, Chella’s artist book was shown in the invitational show entitled: “12 Artists and 12 artists” hosted by the Peer Recovery Center on J Street, Modesto CA along with her decorated cane that was sold to benefit the Center.


  • Also, in June, two paintings “Young Almonds” shown on my website, a 9"x12" plein aire oil and “Californian State Fair Tractor” 8"x10" plein aire were selected to be displayed at the California State Capital Building as part of the Annual Contemporary Art Collection Show. Each senator selects artwork that illustrates his or her particular part of the state. Cathleen Gagliani of District 5 selected these two rural farming scenes.


  • At the annual fundraising social event of the season, “Garden Party” sponsored by the Greenery in Turlock and the Carnegie Art Center, Chella displayed two paintings of eucalyptus trees.


  • The Annual California Landscape Exhibition held at the John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis CA will show three works by Chella. One entitled “Landswept” a plein air 9"x 12" oil of the La Grange rural area which is published in the show’s catalogue and two larger acrylic studio paintings, both enlargements of small plein air pieces, are titled “Nuts. “Nuts” and “Dry Corn” will be shown until late August. 

  • “Pumpkins”, ‘en plein aire’ oil painting was published as the Art Work of the October 31st Week on the National League of American Pen Women website. The painting was a recent accepted piece into the NLAPW Biannual Exhibition, Washington DC


  • Oct 31, 2104 - Jan 19, 2015 / One of 29 Exclusive Artists chosen to exhibit at “Rooms with a View”,
    Three Decades of YosemiteArtists-in-Residence / Yosemite Museum Gallery, Yosemite National Park

  • Best of Show / San Joaguin County Fair, Stockton CA

    In Open Division: 1st Place in Oils/Acrylics

    Best in Division: 1st Place in Mixed Media

    Best in Division: 1st Place in Pastel
    6th place in Plein Aire Competition


  • Award of Merit, Fine Art Department / California State Fair, Sacramento CA

  • 1st Place in Graphic

    Honorable Mention in Mixed Media
    Mother Lode Art Association

  • Honorable Mention in Landscape, oils/acrylic
    Honorable Mention in Figurative, oils/acrylic
    55th Annual Central California Art Association Spring Show


  • Special Award: Tracy Founders Award
    Honorable Mention in oils/acrylic
    “Expressions” Annual Juried Show

  • 1st Place, Livestock category / “Celebration Agriculture with Arts” competitive show
    Madera Arts Council, Madera CA

Other Honors
  • Best of Show, Robert Mondavi Art & Wine Regional Show, Lodi Art Association

  • Award of Excellence, “Bold Expressions” International Show, Northern California Arts Inc.

  • Award of Merit, Special Award, Best in Wine Division, Fine Arts Department, California State Fair

  • One Person Show, Multicultural Center, Merced Community Art Center

  • Midland Texas National Annual Spring Show

  • Opening Exhibition of Knowlton Fine Art Gallery, Lodi CA

  • Commissioned Oil Portrait, Statewide Competition, “Teacher & Student”, State Headquarters, Delta Kappa Gamma
    Society International, Inc., Sacramento CA

  • 2002 Artists-in-Residence,Yosemite National Park Service

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