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Delicato Vineyards art show entries now on display thru Feb. 6

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Delicato Vineyards art show entries now on display thru Feb. 6

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin

POSTED January 19, 2010 1:57 a.m.

Claire S Verbiest, the judge of the Twenty-Second Annual Delicato Fine Art Show, was surprised with the quantity and the quality of art received.

Almost 400 entries were received, which amounted to a 25 percent increase from last year. The variety of entries allowed for many subjects, mediums and styles to be exhibited.

Verbiest, a native of Belgium and devoted teacher and artist, kept uttering “wow!” as she took a tour of the art being staged for her judging task. 

The “animals”, “wine/grapes” and “portrait” categories generated the most “wows”.  “Whimsical” generated laughter.  

The accepted art will be on display in the winery’s Tasting Room in Manteca through Saturday, Feb. 6.  All Delicato visitors and friends of the artists are welcome to visit, taste the wines, and vote for their favorite piece of art during the next three weeks.  The voting ends February 5.  The artist who collects the most votes will win the coveted Visitors’ Choice Award.

All pieces of artwork are for sale including the Best of Show oil landscape by Marilyn Eger who has been teaching art at Bear Creek High School in Stockton for almost two decades.  Eger entered five pieces, three of which were accepted by the judge

There will be an award ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 6, and art lovers as well as wine tasting visitors will be encouraged to visit with the artists from 2 to 4 p.m,.

 “We expected Ms. Verbiest to have a very difficult time judging because of the amount of pieces that were entered,” Dorothy Indelicato said. “The plan was to write down her comments on every painting, but with 400 entries, we soon discovered that was too much of a task.  It was a promise to last year’s artists that we were not able to keep.  Ms. Verbiest had difficulty keeping the amount of art to display down to what will fit in the Tasting Room, which is an indicator of the quality of work that was received.”

Delicato Vineyards is located on Highway 99 at the French Camp Road exit, four miles North of Manteca.  The tasting room, where the art is displayed, is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

South County residents who placed included Daniel Riqueros of Manteca with a second place for “Rocky Point” in the landscaping division, Cindy Wilbur of Ripon with a first for “Dancing Vines” in the wines/grapes division, Jayne Branscum of Manteca with a third place for “Still Life with Grapes & Pear” in the wines/grapes division, and Robert Wheeler with an honorable mention for “Curiosity” in the animals division as well as an honor mention in the “other division” with an entry dubbed “A Boy and His Dog.”

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