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Dirk Harman's oil painting “Morning Shadows on Wipeout Beach” took first place overall. Photo by Dirk Harman
Dirk Harman's oil painting “Morning Shadows on Wipeout Beach” took first place overall. Photo by Dirk Harman
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Surfing Madonna names winners for earth-themed art, poetry exhibit

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

Brian Belfield's “Children’s Pool. (Best Ocean Award). Photo by Brian Belfield
Brian Belfield, “Children’s Pool,” Best Ocean Award (Oil painting). Photo by Brian Belfield
“Milky Dry Lake Bed” Photograph by Susan Coppock, Best Earth AwardPhoto by Susan Coppock
“Milky Dry Lake Bed,” Susan Coppock, Best Earth Award (Photograph). Photo by Susan Coppock
Ira Cosmos, “Sunrise at Swami’s," Best Air Award. Photo by Ira Cosmos
Ira Cosmos, “Sunrise at Swami’s,” Best Air Award (Airbrush painting). Photo by Ira Cosmos


Poetry Awards

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. 

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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).  

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