Santa Paula Times

The Sentinel-Prairie Dog top winner of SP Art & Photography Show

March 02, 2005
Santa Paula News

In spite of rain, the mood was festive for the 68th Annual Santa Paula Art & Photography Show awards reception held February 19 at Blanchard Community Library.

By Peggy KellySanta Paula TimesIn spite of rain, the mood was festive for the 68th Annual Santa Paula Art & Photography Show awards reception held February 19 at Blanchard Community Library. The top dog, winner of not only the Best of Show, sponsored by Santa Paula Chevrolet, but also topping other major categories, was Charles G. Hodgson’s watercolor The Sentinel-Prairie Dog.About 200 art lovers and artists attended the reception, said Virginia Gunderson of the Santa Paula Society of the Arts, which again sponsored the annual show. “Rain did not deter the hearty art lovers in our area,” she noted, and although “not everyone stayed for the awards, some just come to gaze,” the Mardi Gras themed decorations were a big hit on a rainy day.Artist Judy Dressler used bright-colored tablecloths with matching balloons and the traditional Mardi Gras necklaces to create a fun, festive atmosphere for the discerning art lovers and artists, and area restaurants made sure there were plenty of nibbles suitable for art viewing. Cookies baked by SPSA members topped off the array of delicious snacks.During the event, “We had three special things occur,” noted Gunderson, the first being new sponsor Limoneira Co. funding the Founders-Judges prizes honoring the late Douglas Shively, Jessie Arms Botke and Cornelis Botke, all notable artists who created the annual exhibit, the oldest juried show in the state. “Without their inspiration and hard work, this show would not have been happening for all these 68 years,” said Gunderson, who studied art with her late Uncle Douglas Shively. “We are very grateful for the opportunity to remind our patrons of the dedication of these fine people, and again we thank the Limoneira Co. for their support.”Artist Robert Herrera announced that his family is donating $1,000 to the SPSA Scholarship Award in the name of John D. Herrera Jr. and family.“Because of his dedication to and support of our society, our members, and his funding of the mural depicting the Artists and Architects of Santa Paula, we presented an honorary life membership with our gratitude to Dr. Trygve Forland.”
Show Chairman Gerald Zwers was again the Master of Ceremonies, and without the “unquestioning help of BCL Librarian Dan Robles and his staff we would not ever be able to put on this show,” said Gunderson.Glenna Kurz, Laura Long and Christopher Zsarnay, acclaimed artists (oils-acrylics, watercolors and photography respectively), as well as teachers, were the judges for the show.Winners of the 68th Annual Art and Photography Show are:Peoples Choice/Pat Johnson Memorial, Santa Paula Chamber of Commerce: Oil & Acrylics, 1st Indian Pottery by Tony Jankowski; 2nd Pride by Yvonne Chaban; 3rd A Lovely Impression by Young Lee. Watercolors, 1st The Sentinel-Prairie Dog by Charles G. Hodgson; 2nd Grandma’s Rocker by Norman Kirk; 3rd Movements by Bienvenido Sibug. Mixed Media & Graphics, 1st Shattered Blues by Gwenlyn Norton; 2nd Afternoon View by James Wilson; 3rd Jimi Hendrix by James Ducusir. Photography, 1st Creek in Winter by Dewey V. Schorre; 2nd Grimes Canyon #7 by Lady Jan Faulkner; 3rd My World by Phyllis Stafford.Founders/Judges, sponsored by the Limoneira Co.: Oil and Acrylics, 1st Complements by Elizabeth Azcarate; 2nd Our History: It’s in the Books by Xavier Montes; 3rd Country Barn by Eugene Marzec; Honorable Mention was earned by Judy Klement for Sisters’ Contrast, Young Lee for A Lovely Impression, Kristi Krafft for Autumn Trail, Pride by Yvonne Chaban and Adjustment Break by Irena Jablonski. Watercolors, 1st Movements by Bienvenido Sibug; 2nd Orange Tulips & Goldfish by Laura Roth; 3rd Midnight by Stephanie Elise and Honorable Mention to Morning Shadows by Cherice Hatton, Orchid Cactus by Leslie Wright, Wendy Lefkowitz’s Provence Morning, Grandma’s Rocker by Norman Kirk and Reflections by Erwin Treuherz. Mixed Media & Graphics, 1st The Eyes by Shela Levine; 2nd Full Fathom Five by Liz Buis; 3rd Tears of Transcendence by Jose Recendez and Honorable Mention to California Gold by Gwenlyn Norton, Ann Hall’s Symphony in Brass, Music is Forever by Norman Kirk, Daniel Mooney’s Dawn Patrol and Ming Dynasty by Karen Brown. Photography, 1st My World by Phyllis Stafford; 2nd Shoes on Sidewalk by Anthony Satori; 3rd Sadistic by Alex Cooper and Honorable Mention to Katana & Marita by Phyllis Stafford, James Sweeney’s Three Calla Lilies, Sierra Lily by Hank Stoutz and Robert Immel’s Dawning.Jury of Your Peers/Douglas Shively Award of Excellence, sponsored by Santa Barbara Bank & Trust: Oil and Acrylics, Indian Pottery by Tony Jankowski; Watercolors, The Sentinel-Prairie Dog by Charles G. Hodgson; Mixed Media & Graphics, “No” by James Menzel-Joseph; Photography, Grimes Canyon #7 by Lady Jane Faulkner.Best of Show, which combines all votes to determine the top work and is sponsored by Santa Paula Chevrolet, was won by Charles G. Hodgson for The Sentinel-Prairie Dog.