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Maceo Montoya art exhibition begins July 1
Maceo Montoya art exhibition begins July 1

WOODLAND - People overcoming hardship and staking claim to a place provide the inspirational thread for the paintings of Maceo Montoya, featured artist in the July exhibition at Gallery 625.

Montoya grew up in Elmira, CA and graduated from Yale University in 2002. He received his Master of Fine Arts in painting from Columbia University in 2006, and has lived in Woodland since that time. A painter and a writer, Montoya has exhibited his work around the country and internationally. His first novel, The Scoundrel and the Optimist, was published in 2010 by Bilingual Press. The Indiana Review described it as "a vigorous book, full of humor and gnarled beauty, whose simple, furious language captures the world of a precocious adolescent."

Montoya is an assistant professor in the Chicana/o Studies Department at UC Davis.

Montoya will attend the exhibition's opening reception will be held on Friday, July 1 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., coinciding with Woodland's downtown First Friday Art Walk. Copies of his novel, The Scoundrel and the Optimist, will be available for purchase and signed personally by the author.

Gallery 625, located in in the Erwin Meier Administration Building, 625 Court Street in Woodland, has regular gallery viewing hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For additional information, call YoloArts at (530) 406-4844, or visit the website at www.yoloarts.org.

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