Art Association hosts ‘Artists’ Choice’ exhibit
Art Association runs a lively gallery within Studios on the Park
–Paso Robles Art Association (PRAA) is a member organization for artists and art lovers. It strives to provide a community of art for all. PRAA promotes art displays, sponsors themed fine-art exhibits and sells members’ original fine art in the Association’s Showroom Gallery and at partnering locations such as Odyssey World Cafe. PRAA provides a space for art classes, interactive demonstrations, workshops, member meetings and guilds.
Members are active participants in every area of the organization. Members manage the administration, develop the interaction, the art, and ultimately the experience. Within the group there are guilds for specific kinds of art—the Photography Guild, the Painters’ Guild and the Pastel Guild.
The gallery displays monthly, themed juried shows of members’ work. In February, artists submitted works in a variety of mediums for the theme “Artist Choice.”
At the reception on Feb. 3, Julie Dunn, artist and co-owner of the Park Street Gallery, judged PRAA exhibit and awarded ribbons for the winners in each of three categories. Julie’s depth of knowledge and interactive delivery made for an enjoyable and insightful time. Many commented on her articulate description of what made her select a particular piece for recognition.
February show award winners
3D Sculpture, Glass, Ceramic, Jewelry and Mixed Media
1st Place: “Engaged” by Stephanie Wilbanks – Kilnformed Glass. (not pictured)
2nd Place: “Turquoise Fantasy …” by Cheryl L. Keast – Polymer Clay Beads.
Honorable Mention: “Ethan’s Request” by Millicent Sabin – Acrylic/Ink. (not pictured)
2D Drawing, Painting, Pastel
1st Place: “Latter Day Pre-Raphaelite” by Jeannine Bringman – Acrylic.
2nd Place : “Green and Gold” by Carolynn Braun – Pastel
Honorable Mention: “Purple Passion” by Tonya Oberndorfer -Acrylic
Digital Art, Photography
1st Place: “Inner Demons” by Bruce Cook – Digital Art. (not pictured)
2nd Place: “Eye Contact…” by Tim Bryant – Photograph.
Honorable Mention: “Come Fly With Me” by Joseph Amanzio – Digital Photograph.
Best in Show
“Underwater Wonderland” – Artist: Deprise Brescia – Encaustic/Mixed Media
The March exhibit theme will be “Light.” Artists will submit works that depict their interpretation of light in different mediums and different concepts. The reception and award presentation will be Saturday, March 3 at 5 p.m. in the PRAA Gallery Showroom. It is open to the public and visitors are encouraged to come and meet the artists.
Paso Robles Art Association (PRAA) is a non-profit 501c organization, membership, volunteer organization. Volunteers who are artists, art lovers and art sponsors. The PRAA mission is to provide the North San Luis Obispo County with quality artwork, raise awareness and appreciation of the arts in the community. PRAA supports youth education in local schools, community outreach programs and provides scholarships to further art education.
The PRAA Showroom Gallery is located inside of the Studios on the Park in Studio #7, at 1130 Pine Street in Paso Robles, across from the historic downtown park. The PRAA gallery is open 7 days a week. Monday through Wednesday from 12 – 4 p.m, Thursday & Sunday from 12 – 6 p.m and Friday & Saturday: 12 – 9 p.m. During the other hours, PRAA hosts a variety of member activities.
For more information, visit pasoroblesartassociation.org.