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“Voz de mi Tierra” by Maria Lopez, an acrylic of her husband Luis, won the People’s Choice Award at the 11th Annual Artists & Friends of Judy Klement art exhibit on display at Blanchard Community Library through October 29.

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October 14, 2015
Santa Paula News

Maria Lopez’s “Voz de mi Tierra” was the favorite of the public and “Let’s Play Ball” by Pamela Salem caught the judge’s eye for 1st Place in the 11th Annual Artists & Friends of Judy Klement Art Show at Blanchard Community Library.

A tribute, art show and community favorite the October 3 Artists Reception & Awards packed the library where the show will be on display through October 29.

The show was founded by Judy Klement and her late husband Walt to show their support of the artists — many whom become friends as they study under Judy — and arts education; she is an arts instructor for Ventura Continuing Adult Education and those featured in the show are students.

“Walt loved the work of the students and he’s the one that said we had to show them off,” said Klement. 

The show remains a family affair with Walt’s son Rhodes traveling every year from his San Francisco home and daughter Genie Klement attending with grandchildren to honor their father and his devotion to art.

Klement said the annual show is “Is a tribute and a beautiful show,” that has represented the first artwork sale by a student, many that go on to become professionals.

“It’s a wonderful thing to see people go as far as they want to with their creativity,” said Klement, herself an award-winning artist in various mediums whose work is featured in numerous private, public and corporate collections. 

The fine art shown in the Artists & Friends exhibit is available for sale with a percentage of the purchase price benefiting the Santa Paula Society of the Arts.

“We had a packed house for the reception and more than 100 ballots for the People’s Choice Award,” said Klement. “It’s a wonderful show with great artists, supporters and sponsors.” 

Judge Meli Calkins waived her fee to allow a tie for 2nd Place awards.

Winners of the 11th Annual Artists & Friends of Judy Klement exhibit are: People’s Choice “Voz de mi Tierra” acrylic by Maria Lopez, who received an Aaron Brothers Art Set and $15; 1st Place “Let’s Play Ball” pastel by Pamela Salem who received a La Cabana restaurant gift certificate and $45. The two 2nd Place awards were “First Embrace” a pastel by Debbie Patterson who received a Rabalais Gift Certificate and $30 and “Ventura County Agriculture” a watercolor by Laurene Daly who received $50 and 3rd Place “Daddy’s Girl” an oil by Lorene Solis who received a Gonzalez Framing Gift Certificate and $20.

Three Honorable Mentions received $15 each: “Flower Truck” by Jack Berwick, “Glimmer of Hope” by Maria Lopez and “Relax on Mediterranean” by Lorene Solis.

Blanchard Community Library is open noon to 8 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The library is closed Friday, Sunday and holidays.

For more information about Ventura Adult Continuing Education classes, offered free, or to discuss workshops or private lessons call Klement at 805-330-7782.