MAC Staff Spotlight: Julia Contaldi

Please give a warm welcome to the latest addition to the MAC Gallery Staff, Julia! Julia is a longtime supporter and enthusiast of arts in the Eastern Sierra. Now, she brings her passion for the arts to our Gallery and Community Arts Center. Let's learn a little bit about Julia here:



1. What is your connection to the arts? Are you an artist yourself or do you have a particular interest in the arts?

I think I was born an artist. I don’t remember a time when art wasn’t a part of my life. Sketch pads and pencils were my constant companions. When I was young, my mother enrolled me in oil painting lessons at our local art studio. Spending Saturday mornings with the smell of oil paints are some of my fondest memories.


2. What is your favorite art medium and why is it your favorite?

I like acrylics, they make a spontaneous canvas so much easier to do. I don’t like to sketch; I prefer to go with inspiration and see where it takes me.

3. If you could learn any arts medium, what would it be? Why?

I would like to go back to where my artistic journey began, with oils.

4. What is your favorite part of your job as MAC Gallery Associate?

Getting to spend the day in the gallery is a treat. The more time I spend with the art, the more I “see” it. So even if I have looked at a piece 30 times, I will find something new it most days. It’s always wonderful to meet and connect with other Artists. I’m so amazed at the high level of artistic skill in our community.


5. Why do you think the arts are so important right now? Art can help us align our thoughts & feelings. When these feelings are too big for words (especially in children & teens), we can channel it into our art, or we can feel it through the art of others. I’m a bit obsessed with the old masters, and when we were in lockdown, doing virtual museum tours brought me so much peace and joy. In a world that is still seeking a return to normal, art is more important than ever.