The Mother Lode Art Association will hold its 61st annual exhibition Friday through Oct. 16 at the Sonora Opera Hall at 250 S. Washington St. in Sonora.
An opening reception and awards ceremony will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. Wine and appetizers will be served.
Admission is free to the show and reception.
Exhibition hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, Oct. 13 to 16.
This year's jurors are Don Hukari of Tuolmne and Jim Leitzell of Coulterville. The judging categories are: 1) Acrylic and Oils, 2) Water Media, 3) Mixed Media and Graphics; 4) Three-Dimensional, 5) Pastels, 6) Portraits: People and Animals, and 7) Foothill Favorites.
Monetary awards in each category will be $100 for first place, $75 for second and $50 for third.
Also awarded will be $300 for Best of Show and $100 for People's Choice.
A ribbon will be bestowed as the City of Sonora Mayor's Award.
Rocklin artist Timothy Mulligan, the best of show winner at the Mother Lode Art Association's 2012 exhibition, has donated an original acrylic painting for this year's fundraising raffle.
The drawing will be held at 2 p.m. Oct. 16. Other prizes also will be awarded.
Proceeds from the drawing will help fund two Columbia College art scholarships and support children's outreach programs.
Mulligan attended Sacramento City College and received a fine arts degree from California State University, Sacramento.
After graduating, he worked as a printmaker creating etchings and linoleum prints, during which time he also produced several watercolors, pastels, and pen and ink drawings, also creating a series of large pencil drawings.
He decided to return to art full time and pursue his lifelong interest in painting after his daughter and son graduated from college in 2011. His works have been exhibited at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, Haggin Museum in Stockton, California State Fair and national and international art competitions.
The prize painting, "Tug Boat No. 1, Sacramento Deep Water Channel," was framed by A&M Framing in Sonora, and is valued at $650.
Tickets are 6 for $5, available at the Aloft Gallery at 167 S. Washington St. in downtown Sonora and online at www.motherlodeartassociation.org.