Salida artist Judy Sprague was the top People's Choice Award winner at the Friday Grand Opening of Salida's 7th Annual "Valley Visions" art exhibition. Sprague received over $350 in cash and merchandise prizes for her painting, "Buffalo Soldier".

More than 220 people filled the SteamPlant Annex throughout the evening for a first look at Salida's biggest art show, sponsored by Salida Council for the Arts (SCFTA). The non-juried annual event features new works by forty established and emerging area painters, sculptors, fiber artists, and photographers.

People's Choice Award winners this year were: 1st — Judy Sprague, "Buffalo Soldier" -- pastel 2nd — Mary Hansen Wolfe, "Full Day on the Farm" -- watercolor 3rd — Richard Smith, "Dark Reef and Lost Horizon" -- digital print 4th — Jennifer Price, "Window to the Woods" -- wire and frame 5th — Denise Micciche, "Transitions" -- wood block print

Winners of the coveted Valley Visions Awards received over $1,300 in cash and merchandise prizes contributed by more than thirty local business sponsors.

Proceeds from the show's voluntary admission donations help fund the SCFTA's visual and performing arts scholarships for local high school students. This year's opening night crowd raised a new record total of over $1,400 for future scholarship winners.

Grand opening patrons wined and dined on a lavish spread of gourmet hors d'oeuvres, enjoyed music by guitarist Red Tischer; voted for their favorite entry; and carried off assorted door prizes. Several also took the opportunity to purchase a chosen work of art at special exhibit prices.

The Valley Visions 2018 show will remain on display in the SteamPlant Annex through May 29--Fridays and Saturdays from 10 am-6:30 pm, and Sundays from 1-6:30 pm. Admission is free; and all entries are available for purchase.

Salida Council for the Arts is an all-volunteer organization working to enrich the arts and artists in Salida. For more information visit salidacouncilforthearts.org.

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