Featured Artists

Hinkley Optometric is proud to be a supporter of local artists. Currently we have works on display from Chella and we invite you to come and see why she has been such an accomplished local artist.


Name: Chella (professional name); Chella Gonsalves (full name)

Chella is a visual artist working in a variety of media, but prefers oils, created ‘en plein air”

Residency: North Modesto

Retired High School Art Instructor with Modesto City Schools after 27 years in the district. Married to now deceased Dan Gonsalves, district athletic director of Modesto City Schools. Mother to three children and eight grandchildren.

Brief Bio: Over 50 years of creating art, Chella has been involved with public and private instruction for all age levels. She has accomplished educational art awards for her teaching methods; is an Outstanding Woman of Stanislaus County (2002); has been Artist-in-Residence in Yosemite with the National Park System (2002); is past president of National League of American Pen Women, Delta Kappa Gamma (Beta Sigma chapter), and two time president of Central California Art League. With her art she has been awarded many ribbons, both regionally and nationally. Most recent honors have been: Award of Merit, California State Fair Fine Art Competition (2013); Second Place in the statewide Plein Air Contest at the 2013 California State Fair; and Participant in the Great California Paint Out Show and Sale, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA (2013). Five galleries show her artwork: (1) First Street Frames and Gallery in Turlock, CA (2) John Natsoulas Gallery in Davis, CA (3) Knowlton Gallery in Lodi, CA (4) Courtyard Boutique in Warren, Indiana (5) Trewin Gallery in Modesto, CA. Elsewhere in Modesto, Chella’s works can be found at West Dermatology of Northern California MD on Orangeburg Ave, Zwahlen Dentist office on Orangeburg Ave, and HINKLEY OPTOMETRIC on 16th Street in downtown. View her variety of works on her website at: www.chellag-artist.com

“To exhibit my works in this pleasant and artful business environment is an honor and pleasure. I strive to record visually our Valley landscape and agricultural scenes and Hinkley Optometric and associates are great supporters.”

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