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Plant City Observer Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 3 years ago

Strawberry Festival art show winners announced

by: Amber Jurgensen Managing Editor

     Many have been anxious to learn the results of the judging for the 2015 Florida Strawberry Festival Fine Art Show presented by East Hillsborough Art Guild since they submitted their pieces to the competition Feb. 20. With thousands of dollars in prizes and multiple winners in each category, the show is sure to impress visitors to the festival.

     Two additional award opportunities were announced this year. First was an exclusive sponsor for cash awards for all Youth division placements.  Jim Scott of Jarrett-Scott Ford in Plant City accepted the sponsorship for the long term, donating all the division prize money and adding to the scholarship fund. The second addition is also exclusive. Suncoast Credit Union has offered a $500 Purchase Award, creating an opportunity for an artist to sell a piece from the show.  According to Plant City Service Center Manager, Derek Yates, this piece will be on display at the Suncoast Credit Union office here in Plant City for a number of months, and then may be a traveling piece, going on exhibit at their other area branches. Included with their purchase is a duplicate ribbon to remain with the artwork, so that those viewing the painting, will understand its roots in our community.

     Here are the winners:

Best in Show: Charles A. Rager

Strawberry Theme Award: Leroy West

Suncoast Credit Union Purchase Award: Kim Wells

Professional Oils

First: Gale R. Lee

Second: Jose Eliu Vazquez

Third: Sharon Burger

Fourth: M. Tiffany Gullage

Professional Acrylics

First: John Brennan

Second: Alan Metzger

Third: Lynn Rattray

Fourth: Evelyn M. Portuguez

Professional Watercolors

First: Colleen Justin

Second: Sue Tihansky

Third: Nelida Dilorenzo

Fourth: Deborah Lulei

Professional Graphics/Mixed

First: Sheryl Unwin

Second: Pat Leggett

Third: Jane Lewis

Fourth: Barbra Joan Araneo

Amateur Oil

First: Nadine Cooley

Second: Elizabeth Corey

Third: Anita Estrada Zorrilla

Fourth: John Paul Jones

Amateur Acrylics

First: Susan Greer

Second: Scott Lawson

Third: Carrie Horne

Fourth: Georgia Mazanet

Amateur Watercolors

First: Peggy Hart

Second: Leona Schonher

Third: Deborah Biasetti

Fourth: Carol McSpadden

Amateur Graphics/Mixed

First: Sharon Hester

Second: Terrence Parmegiani

Third:Annie Dwyer

Fourth: B.B. Blackwelder


First: Gunni Nilsson Price

Second: Peggy Little

Third: Carlene Earl

Fourth: Antoinette Gaynor

Adult Sculptures

First: Ira McEachern

Second: Leland Williams

Third: Diane Newsome

Fourth: Aleksandra Vargas

Youth Drawing/Painting 15-17

First: Robert Tindale

Second: Samantha Coville

Third: Jamiee Salcido

Fourth: Emily Burgess

Youth Drawing/Painting 12-14

First: Kaydee Jones

Second: Darryl Smith

Third: Zeni Coffee

Fourth: Eric Zarycki

Youth Drawing/Painting 9-11

First: Domanic Betancourt

Second: Akshat Pant

Third: Aarushi Pant

Fourth: Zachary Trammell

Youth Drawing/Painting 6-8

First: Aiden Alford

Second: Harnoor Kaur

Third: Carlos Moore

Fourth: Shelby Livingston

Business Leader's Choice Awards

Osprey Observer, Kathy Collins: Joan Supkay

St Clement Catholic Church, Fr. Mike O'Brien: Deborah Biasetti

Desco Printing Company Inc., Tom Westlake: John Paul Jones

O'Brien's Irish Pub, Mike Goodwin: Scott Lawson

State Farm, Tony Lee: Kate Osborne

Nadine Clark Hairstyling, Nadine Clark: Heidi Kelly Phillips

Hopewell Funeral Home, Marsha Passmore: Voncille Boan

Center Place Fine Arts & Civic ASSN., Dawn Galia: Brien Hockman

Plant City Entertainment Inc., Paul Hetrick: Petera Semple

Plant City Arts Council, Audrey Montella: Morgan Minnick

Tampa Tribune, Rita Logan: Curtis Watkins

Oracle Home Heath Care, Jackie Goddard-Wycoff: Evelyn M. Portuguez

Ezstreet Studio, Jane Murray-Lewis: Richard Wagner

Cannon Automotive, Terry Cannon: Jose Eliu Vazquez

The Cottage in Plant City, Michaela Messer: John Brennan

Peyton & Associates Inc., Dennis Peyton: Libit Jones

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