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California Art League


June 9, 2017 through September 8, 2017


Otto Sturcke

Otto's talent became apparent as he delved into creating his high school yearbooks. During this time, he became more appreciative of the art world, drawing inspiration from Disney artists to the Renaissance masters.  He would be greatly influenced by the Dutch Masters of still life and their concept of “Chiaroscuro.”

While in high school, at the age of 17, Otto joined the U.S. Marine Corps in hopes of attaining financial aid for an art college. He was recognized for his drawing ability and was named the "artist private"; although, his plans were momentarily altered when he was called to serve in Desert Storm.

Soon after his military service, Otto enrolled in art workshops and courses at several local art associations and colleges while launching his illustrative career for toy, television and film studio projects.  These years served him as a training ground for honing many techniques and mediums. After an introductory workshop on pastels by noted artist Dianna Ponting, Otto found his principal medium of choice.  He continues to use different media to reflect his insight, including his love for oil painting, while seeking to refine his methods to enjoy every aspect of painting.

As a representational artist, Otto seeks to find common ground between the contemporary and the classical. He aims to depict, the personal, the emotional, and the quiet elegance in his paintings through light, shadow, and texture.

In recent years, Otto has garnered several awards for his works including the Art Spirit Foundation Dianne B. Bernhard Gold Medal Award by the Pastel Society of America, the “Best of 2012” by Art Los Angeles Magazine, and has also been chosen to be part of the American Latino Collective at the Smithsonian Museum.

CALL FOR ENTRIES – DEADLINE: Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Artwork will be juried using digital images (jpgs) through Online Juried Shows:  Submitted artwork reflects the artist’s interpretation of the theme, “Dreams” – Use your imagination.  Where do you go in your mind?  Is it a special place – a special feeling or person - or is it a fantasy?  Is it a whirl of color and shapes or is it based more in the real world or even a mix of edgy parts of the world?   It’s up to you.

ELIGIBILITY - The California Art League Exhibit, “Dreams” is only open to exhibiting CAL members.

Friday, June 9, 9:00 am – 11:00 am.  Local artists whose work is juried into the show should hand-deliver accepted artwork with entry form attached, to the Blinn House, 160 N. Oakland, Pasadena, CA 91011 on Friday, June 3 between 9 am and 11 am. (Ample parking is available in rear lot off Madison.)

The Blinn House has limited space for sculptures without pedestals. All large or heavy sculptures should be accompanied with a pedestal.

Non-local artists whose work is accepted may ship their artwork to Kenneth Ronney for delivery to the exhibit at the Blinn House. Schedule shipping to arrive on or before Wednesday, June 1, 2016. On all shipments, include Ken's phone, 818-996-1630 and e-mail, You MUST include a prepaid return shipping label or check made out to CAL for return postage.

If using US Postal service, ship to Kenneth Ronney, 7357 Hesperia Ave, Reseda, CA 91335.

For Fed Ex, ship to K. Ronney, C/O Fed Ex Office Print & Ship Center, 9000 Tampa Ave, Northridge, CA 91324.

If Using UPS, ship to K. Ronney, 7357 Hesperia Ave, Reseda, CA 91335. Do not ship directly to the Blinn House. No one there is part of the show take-in process.

Contact Ken with shipping information, tracking number.

Do not under any circumstances use loose Styrofoam “peanuts” to pack artwork. Work packed this way will be immediately rejected when the box is opened.

Saturday, June 10, 2017 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

TAKE-DOWN & ARTWORK PICK- UP Friday, September 9, 2017, 9 - 11 am.

The Women’s City Club of
Pasadena at the Historic Blinn House
160 North Oakland Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91011

REGULAR GALLERY HOURS Monday – Friday 9:00 am –5:00 pm Call (626) 796-0560 for additional visiting opportunities.

SELECTIONS OF AWARDS “Dreams” will be juried by Otto Sturcke.

Awards and prizes will be presented at the Awards Reception:
•    First Place $300
•    Second Place $200
•    Third Place $100
•    Various Merchandise Awards
•    Various Honorable Mentions

Artwork entries must be original and of the artist’s own execution, completed by the entrant within the past 3 years, and not previously shown in any CAL Juried Show. DO NOT SUBMIT student work, workshop work, paint-along work, copycat work or works which violate copyright laws.

Once artwork is submitted it may not be withdrawn by the artist. Accepted artwork must remain hanging until the end of the show.

“The Women’s City Club of Pasadena will be reviewing all work to insure that it is suitable for viewers of all ages and a variety of sensitivities as may be found in a private club environment. Although nudes are not specifically excluded, we request that there be a consciousness for "good taste." Those that are sensuous, suggestive, or which depict the pubic area will not be hung.”

Artwork submissions are limited to three (3) original artworks per artist in the following media: drawing, mixed media and painting and sculpture. Maximum width or height of any artwork is 36” not including the frame. All works on paper must be matted, framed and covered with glass or Plexiglas. Frames must be in good condition. Entries must be dry, properly prepared for exhibition and properly equipped with wire for  hanging. The wire and eye screws must not show when the artwork is hung. Gallery wrapped canvas does not require framing unless the edges are unfinished. Maximum weight for any artwork is 20 lbs. per piece. Damaged artwork, mats, frames, glass and Plexiglas, and frames which have brackets will not be accepted.  If the artwork is entered as a diptych or triptych, all parts must be mechanically attached together.  Otherwise, it will be considered two (or three) separate pieces.

Entries will be made on line to Online Juried Shows:

One or two entries: $40.00 for CAL exhibiting members. (One additional entry for $10.00.)  Payment is made through Online Juried Shows via credit card or Pay Pal.  Fees are non-refundable and must be paid by the entry deadline. There is no guarantee of acceptance into the show.

FORMAT FOR DIGITAL IMAGES (JPGS) AND HOW TO SEND THEM All entries must be submitted in a digital JPEG format. Take with a digital camera on a black background without a mat and not through glass. Image quality is critical: Poor photography and presentation may affect acceptance by the juror. The digital image must represent the painting.
•    Entry form must be filled out in its entirety.  List sizes up to the nearest inch.  Submitted images must not include matting or frame.  Crop the photos to include only the artwork.  Be sure your images are right-side-up.
•    Before uploading your images, make sure they are smaller than 4MB, but at least 1920 pixels on the longest side at 72 dpi.  Images should be in JPEG format, sRGB color space.  Help in photographing your work and properly sizing your images can be found at:  If you need help entering your images or are unable to, please write to us here:
•    Please add and to your safe senders list to ensure notifications are received.
•    If all else fails, email or call Marian  (818) 342-4601 for questions.

All members submitting work will be notified of acceptance by EMAIL by May 24, 2017.

Send a stamped envelope to Marian Fortunati, 3944 Rock Hampton Dr., Tarzana, CA 91356 ONLY if email contact is not available.

By signing the Entry Form, the artist acknowledges that all reasonable care will be taken to safeguard the artwork and the premises and said person accepts that CAL and its agents, associates, directors, officers and volunteers, Women’s City Club of Pasadena staff and volunteers will not be responsible for any damage, injury, liability loss or theft should any occur. Insurance for artworks entered in this show is each individual artist’s responsibility.

Any artwork entered in this show may be reproduced for advertising, marketing, and promotional purposes for this show or future shows without consent of or notification to the artist or the artist’s agent.

All sales are final and will be handled through CAL. CAL will not take a commission from sales. The Women’s City Club will receive a 20% commission on sales. The artist will receive 80%. All works will remain in the show until the show ends. Any artwork without a sale price on the entry form will be considered “Not for Sale” (NFS). Prices cannot be changed from those stated at submission.

TAKE-DOWN AND PICK-UP All artwork must be picked up on Friday, September 9, 2016 between 9:00 am and 11:00 am.


Please be sure the box is in good enough condition to be accepted by the shipper for the return trip. If it is not, the shipper will require a new box and charge the artist for the box and repackaging.


Marian Fortunati
Email:  Phone: (818) 342-4601

Important Dates:
Application and Artwork Digital Images Online Juried Shows Submission Deadline Tuesday, May 16, 2017.

Notification - Artists will be notified of acceptance by email by May 24, 2017.

Hand deliver on June 9th, 9 am-11 am
The Women’s City Club of Pasadena
160 North Oakland Ave. Pasadena, CA 91011

Non-Local Artists Delivery and Drop-off
Ship to Ken Ronney
(Follow directions in prospectus above.)

Do not under any circumstances use loose Styrofoam “peanuts” to pack artwork.  Work packed this way will be immediately rejected when the box is opened.

Exhibit Opens - Friday, June 9, 2017.

Opening Reception, Awards - Saturday, June 10, 2017, 3:00 – 5:00 pm.

Take Down and Pick-Up Artwork - Friday, September 9, 2017 - 9:00 am – 11:00 am.