Twelve Elk Grove artists have works that were recently selected for the 36th annual KVIE Art Auction.

The public auction that celebrates the talent of regional artists and benefits KVIE’s local productions and community service will broadcast on the public television network on Oct. 6-8.

“The KVIE Art Auction has grown significantly in the past three years with increased visibility through social media and the growth of our on-site KVIE Gallery,”  KVIE’s art curator, D. Neath said in a press statement. “Our commitment to celebrating local art has brought in more artists and allows us the choice of the best of the best. This year’s collection reflects the continued growth of this area’s talented art community.”

Among the 12 selected Elk Grove artists were Dave Kent and Jolene Matson who were recognized with Juror Awards after submitting their art to the annual juried competition.

Kent’s “Running through the Woods” won a Juror Award in the Photography category and Matson’s “Blue Horse” won a Juror Award in the Sculpture category.

Matson has been creating sculptures for nearly 30 years and studied art at Crocker Art Museum, the Elk Grove Fine Arts Center, and Cosumnes River College with instructor Yoshio Taylor.

Blue Horse is one of a series of equine sculptures the artist has completed.

“My piece was chosen for a Juror’s Award this year by juror Lee Kavaljian, noted local sculptor and professor at California State University, Sacramento,” Matson said. “My inspiration for equine sculptures derives from my love and experience with horses since I was a child, and then from my experience as a professional horse trainer with Coffey’s Arabians in Wilton.  I feel that horses are works of art in action, and I try to express that in my artwork. I work in hollow-built ceramic sculpture.”

As an art major, Kent worked in mediums of watercolor, acrylic and oil. He later taught ceramics to students in grade levels from kindergarten through college focusing on ceramics.

The artist has devoted his time to developing his photography skills upon retiring in 2003.

His “Running through the Woods” image is one of a series of images taken at Teton National Park.

“I have found digital photography a pure joy. My wife, who is also a fine artist, and I have devoted all our time to travel and photography,” Kent noted in his artist statement. “I use a Canon Camera and Epson Printers. All images are printed on archival paper with archival inks.”

The additional Elk Grove artists whose work was accepted for the auction are: Roberta Bailey, Caroline Bowker, Esther Cheng, Mathew Glaisyer, Gay Kent, Richard Munoz, Jan Rau, Sandy Ridley, Dee Tschida, and Michelle Vershaw.

A complete list of artists juried into the collection is online at

Images and information on every piece of art up-for-bid (including air dates and times) will launch on Sept.1 and an awards ceremony to announce the Best of Show and first place in each category will be held during the Preview Gala on Oct. 2 from 5:30-8 p.m.

Tickets to the Preview Gala will be available at beginning Sept. 1.