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Noted artist Dan Petersen declares Almond Festival art show success
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Ninety-one entries in the weekend’s Almond Blossom Festival Art Show drew a number of awards for their artworks and photographs.  Noted artist Dan Petersen said he had fun judging the show, adding that it has improved much in the past year.

Shirley Sharp won best of show for her entry “From the Garden.”  She also took a first place for “Rising Storm.”  Anne Endres won a second place for “Callie Cat.” Corrie Vander Helm-Davis took third for “Yosemite Chapel.”

Honorable mentions went to Salvador Batton with his entry “A Natural Resounding.”  Shirly Brocchini, “Tuscany.” Paris Douma, “Northern Shore.” Ann Endres, “Beagle.” Barbara Feichten, “Aspen Trees.” Mike Peral, “Divinity.” Shirley Sharp, “Summer at the Bay,” and “The One that Got Away.”

The Best of Show in  photography competition went to Darlene Winchell with “Awaiting a Solo.”  Marian McGlothin with “Whee.” Anna barber took a second with “Tulip Farm Revisited,” and Winchell also took a third for “Time is Perishable.”

The Honorable Mentions for photography went to Judy Baker for “Owl,” to Anna Barber for “Foothill Orchards.” Barbara Kamps was noted for her “City Scape” and “La Sirena.”  Tim Kuesthardt received  an honorable mention for “Peekabo.” And,  Shannon Kuhn was honored for her “Flight Over Blossoms.”  Dennis McCoy for “Volkswagen” and Margaret McCoy with her entry of “Lady” followed by Marian McGlothin with “Ridin” and “Zonin” and Darlene Winchell for “Mystic Oak.”

Two Ripon women who were instrumental in the art show’s beginnings were Barbara Feichtmeir and Marylou Tornell.  Both were on hand at the First Congregational Church Friday afternoon and honored for their continued interest and support in continuing the shows over the years.

The show drew a crowd of over 300 people.

Voicing their appreciation for the turnout at the event were members of the Art Show Committee made up of Travis Babb, Anne Endres, Linda McPherson, Gaynl Trotter, Deb Tornell, and Pat Van Dorst.