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Residents, Artists Take In Award Winning Show
Taking time to peruse the artwork on display is Kathleen George, an Oak Valley Art Society member. She entered three photographs in the weekend show and went home with two awards.Times Photos By Marg Jackson

More than two dozen artists were featured in the recent Oak Valley Art Society Fall Art Show, staged at the Escalon Library on Oct. 20 and 21.

Set up in the Ekholm Meeting Room at the library on Second Street, there were a variety of works on display, from oil and acrylics to photography and pastels, mixed media and three dimensional/sculptures.

Best of Show honors went to Barbara Carnahan for her watercolor painting ‘Peck of Peppers’ and the photography award went to Dana Gookin-Owens for her ‘Diamond Ring Effect’ photo from this year’s solar eclipse, taken in Oregon.

She also was the People’s Choice honoree in the photography category, while Joan Cardoza earned the People’s Choice in art for her ‘Soonyin’ soft pastel piece.

In the Youth category, Wailea Espino of Escalon received first place honors for her ‘Winter Barn’ painting.

“It makes me feel good,” the 15-year old Escalon High School sophomore said of being recognized for her artwork. “I can see that I’m progressing in art and I want to continue with that.”

She is a member of the OVAS and was at the show on Sunday as part of an afternoon reception with the artists.

Also enjoying the chance to view the artwork was Kathleen George, a member who took home a couple of ribbons in the Photography category.

“There are some great artists in this club,” said the Modesto resident.

Originally from Oakdale, photographer Dana Gookin-Owens said she traveled to family property in Oregon to capture her award-winning photo of the solar eclipse.

“It was awesome,” she said of watching the event and documenting it in photos.

Serving as judge for the show was Georgia Herrick. Oak Valley Art Society meets the third Saturday of each month at the Escalon Library, 1540 Second St., Escalon, at 10:30 a.m.

Members come from several communities around the Central Valley.

Look for full results from the Fall Art Show in the Nov. 1 issue of The Times.