Santa Cruz Artist Mary Karlton Wins Award at California Celebrate Agriculture with the Arts Competition and Exhibition

Santa Cruz artist, Mary Karlton, was awarded second prize in the "Human Factors" category for her painting "Sweet Summertime" by the Madera County Arts Council's 2013 Celebrate Agriculture with the Arts juried art exhibition.

Ms. Karlton with her award-winning piece
"Sweet Summertime"
Santa Cruz, CA, USA (October 10, 2013) -- Santa Cruz artist, Mary Karlton, was awarded second prize in the "Human Factors" category for her painting "Sweet Summertime" by the Madera County Arts Council's 2013 Celebrate Agriculture with the Arts juried art exhibition. The annual art exhibit, held at the Circle Gallery in Madera, was juried by renowned Santa Cruz, California painter and teacher Mike Bailey.

Ms. Karlton's painting, which depicts a young boy enjoying a juicy red watermelon, celebrates the abundant fruits of the summer season. With its high-contrast chiaroscuro style and shimmery copper and bronze underpainting, the portrait has a vintage feel that simulates the look of old sepia-toned photography of the mid-twentieth century. The painting was inspired by an old photo of her father that Ms. Karlton discovered in a box of family memorabilia.

In 2012, Mary Karlton was awarded first prize for her painting entitled "How Are You M' Lord?" by the Madera County Arts Council's Celebrate Agriculture with the Arts exhibition, Pomegranate Festival category.

"Sweet Summertime," along with the works of many other fine California artists, will be on display at the Circle Gallery until November 16. For more information about Celebrate Agriculture with the Arts and the Madera County Arts Council, visit

About Mary Karlton

Mary Karlton studied painting and printmaking in Chicago, San Francisco, and Santa Fe. Her style is eclectic with highly textured works that combine elements of collage, photography, and abstraction. She is captivated by the versatility and expressive potential of acrylic media. Her heroes in the art world are multifaceted and innovative - da Vinci, Lautrec, Van Gogh, Picasso, Dali, Magritte, Klimt, Kandinsky, Schiele, de Koonig, and Richter.

Her work has been displayed in a wide array of exhibitions in Northern and Southern California, including museums, competitions, and galleries, and reproduced in various books and on wine labels.

Mary lives in the scenic coastal town of Santa Cruz, California with her husband, musician, and photographer Peter Sterbach. To learn more about Mary Karlton or to view her online gallery of artwork, please visit

About Madera County Arts Council's Annual Celebrate Agriculture with the Arts Showing

Originally funded by a grant from the California Arts Council, Celebrate Agriculture with the Arts has been a tradition and source of pride in Madera County and the state of California for 20 years. The contest promotes a broader interest in and understanding of agriculture as an industry while showcasing the work of professional California artists. It is a juried show, with approximately $8,000 in prizes offered across seven categories. In 2013, 180 entries from 79 artists around the state (up 27% from 2012) were received. Jurors selected 93 pieces, including watercolor, acrylic, and oil paintings; pencil and pastel drawings; metal and clay sculptures; photography; and mixed media. 2013 marks the first year that photographic entries were fully integrated into all of the show categories, and the first year that paintings and sculpture were included in the "Human Factors" category.

For this year's list of winners, or for more information about the Circle Gallery, Celebrate Agriculture with the Arts, or the Madera County Arts Council, please visit

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Russian Railways and two of URALCHEM's Companies sign an agreement on cooperation to improve Transportation Efficiency

Russian Railways, URALCHEM's Kirovo-Chepetsk Chemical Works Plant and URALCHEM-TRANS signed a cooperation agreement for the period 2013 to 2015 at the Volga Coordinating Council meeting held in Nizhny Novgorod.

Moscow, Russia (October 10, 2013) -- Russian Railways, URALCHEM's Kirovo-Chepetsk Chemical Works Plant and URALCHEM-TRANS signed a cooperation agreement for the period 2013 to 2015 at the Volga Coordinating Council meeting held in Nizhny Novgorod. The meeting was chaired by the head of Gorky Railway, Anatoly Lesun.

The agreement will increase interaction efficiency between the parties to guarantee the transportation of raw materials and finished products from the plant in Kirovo-Chepetsk. The parties agreed to combine their efforts in priority areas such as: accelerated transportation of the consignor's cars, provision of track to be used for parking cars, automation of the process for organizing shipments.

Sergei Momtsemlidze, Director of the Kirovo-Chepetsk Chemical Works Plant, said: "Gorky Railway has always been one of the plant's most important and reliable strategic partners. Increased cooperation between URALCHEM and Gorky Railway will give a new impetus to our strong relationship and will help to improve transportation of raw materials and finished products from the plant, including products for the domestic agricultural sector."

Vsevolod Kovshov, director of URALCHEM-TRANS said, "The development of cooperation between Russian Railways and URALCHEM has been one of our priority tasks. We appreciate the constructive partnership with Gorky Railway, and especially the customer-oriented approach of the departments that we are dealing with, as well as the way they strive to always meet the needs of shippers. By signing the agreement, we will be able to work together on specific tasks that will ensure more effective and mutually beneficial cooperation between Russian Railways and URALCHEM. The most important area of work is the creation of a system allowing acceleration of transportation of the consignor's cars within the Russian Railways network. Our cooperation will also improve planning efficiency and traffic coordination."


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American Defense Project Supports Veterans, Truckers, & Impeachment Protesters in DC

Raleigh, NC, USA (October 10, 2013) -- Contact: / (919) 964-0538

The American Defense Project is releasing a statement today encouraging members and the public to support the three major protests against the nationally destructive policies of Barack Obama this coming weekend October 11-13.

"The AD Project is forming to support American activists who are fighting to preserve our nation's freedoms, principles, traditions, security, and integrity, and we see those desires reflected in the three major protests occurring this weekend." said Jack Lawrence the Director of the American Defense Project. "We will help spread the word and encourage people to join with our veterans, truckers, and overpass protesters in what is clearly becoming a new and rising movement in America against Obama's abuses of power that threaten the freedoms of all Americans."

The American Defense Project, "AD Project," is found online at where activists are encouraged to sign up for e-mail activism and newsletter alerts. The group has also started a Facebook group found at

AD Project hopes that supporters of the three protests will take an interest in reciprocal support for this new national organization.

The three protests AD Project is endorsing and supporting are...
Million Vet March on the Memorials

Truckers Ride For The Constitution

Overpasses for Obama's Impeachment

For more information, interviews, or to lend your support and participation, please visit