Topher Straus' "Yosemite National Park" to be presented at Uplift: Celebrating the Sierra Nevada

An exhibition of artworks representing the Sierra Nevada’s terrain, ecology, geology, history, recreation, and endemic species of plant and animals, as well as its effect on the culture and climate of California and Nevada.

About the Juror: Jeanne Lorenz is a visual artist whose work explores ecology and human collaboration with natural systems. She teaches painting, printmaking, mural painting, color theory, and 2-D design at Solano Community College. She holds an MFA from Yale and a BFA from California College of the Arts.

About Arts Benicia: Arts Benicia is a community-based non-profit offering diverse and relevant exhibitions in its gallery and at other exhibition venues in Benicia; engaging public programs; creative workshops for adults; and inspiring youth arts educational programming. Located in the Historic Benicia Arsenal, Arts Benicia has been a vital part of the California Bay Area regional art scene for over 31 years, supporting artistic development and enriching the larger community.

Straus on the event: “I’m absolutely thrilled to have my first showing in California, and it couldn’t be with a more fitting art piece. I created the ‘Yosemite National Park’ painting so I could show it in the state of California, and I know the community of Benicia will appreciate it as much as I do.”