Surfing Madonna Oceans Project has announced its award winners for “Ocean/Earth/Air,” a juried regional show about a “beautiful, fragile and fascinating world.”
Over 100 artists and poets from across California showcased their work on the environmental theme during the month of April. A reception is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on April 23, Earth Day weekend.
The event will feature poetry readings, awards, Mission Bay High School band “The Preservationists,” and a special presentation of recognition from the State Senate at Poway Center for the Performing Arts.
The event is free to the public and sponsored by the California Arts Council and a community enhancement grant from Supervisor Joel Anderson’s office. The artists in this show represent all areas of San Diego, Orange, Riverside and Los Angeles counties.
Art Exhibit Awards
Dirk Harman, Chula Vista – First Place Award
Brian Belfield, Rancho Bernardo – Best Ocean Award
Susan Coppock, Vista – Best Earth Award
Ira Cosmos, Vista – Best Air Award
Julia C R Gray, Cardiff – Second Place
Darina M Baebler, Black Mountain Ranch – Third Place
Pamela Ingwers, Point Loma – Honorable Mention
Leon Cain, Pasadena – Honorable Mention
Isabelle Verona, Rancho Penasquitos – Honorable Mention
John Linthurst, Oceanside – Honorable Mention
Robin Street-Morris, Rancho Penasquitos – Honorable Mention
Kathleen Paoni, Encinitas – Honorable Mention
Noel Fishman, Rancho Bernardo – Honorable Mention
Lorraine Cote, San Marcos – Honorable Mention
Jeff Bettger & John Henry Bettger, Chula Vista- First Place
Robt O’Sullivan, Escondido – Second Place
Janet Janszen, Black Mountain Ranch – Third Place
Mike Farber, Encinitas – Honorable Mention
Carol Shamon, San Diego – Honorable Mention
Keith Denny, Fallbrook – Honorable Mention
The art show was juried by Cathy Carey, Cheryl Ehlers and Mike Redman. The poetry was juried by Danny Salzhandler, and all board members of the Surfing Madonna Oceans Project.
For all details, visit: www.surfingmadonna.org/artshow
Surfing Madonna Oceans Project wants to spread our message of hope and appreciation for the ocean and support the arts. We believe that creating art and public appreciation of art increases cognitive abilities and eases anxiety and depression in these difficult times.
Art can make a difference in the community, and collective action can greatly impact the world. Surfing Madonna Oceans Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Encinitas, California and was officially formed in 2013 by Robert Nichols and Mark Patterson (artist of the Surfing Madonna mosaic).