Shirley Isola's beautiful scratchboard, "McClintok," won Best in Show in Richeson's annual "Animals, Birds, and Wildlife" competition.
The Judge's, Terry Stanley's, comments were posted on the website with each of the winners. Here are the comments about Shirley's:
"Mastery is evident in every aspect of this artwork. Composition, anatomy of the subject, perspective, and textures achieved with scratchboard are all spot-on. "McClintok" caught my eye on the first run through of the finalists and I came back to it time after time. This is simply a fantastic piece that continues to hold my attention and admiration."
All so very well deserved praise!
Cathy Keil's in Style!
Check out the current issue of Style Magazine for a lovely interview-style article about Cathy Keil. In addition to Cathy's interesting insights, there are photos of many of her pieces as well as a photo portrait of the artist at work! Congratulations, Cathy!
January's Paint-Out will be on Tuesday, January 17 and Tuesday, January 24 from 9 to noon at Village Green Park in El Dorado Hills by the library off Silva Valley Parkway. Two weeks at the same location will provide opportunity for more study of the location and/or weather delay. Click
for photos, directions, and more information. Hoping for good weather, but you never know this time of year, so if it's too cold, rainy or windy, the event is cancelled. To be on the e-mail announcement list contact Vesla by e-mail -
Membership Renewal Reminder
For those of you who haven't yet sent in your membership renewal for 2017, please do so. We rely on your dues to pay our basic but necessary expenses such as insurance, rental for the Senior Center for our meetings, payment for our demonstrators, and so on. We need you! And at the same time, we need your ideas. If you have any suggestions for PAA, please get them to one of the board members.
A Show to Enter
Every two years, St. John's Lutheran Church sponsors an art festival featuring works from artists throughout the northern California region and emphasizing spiritual and religious themes.
This year the theme is "Let The Spirit Sing!" and the art will be juried by noted Sacramento artist, Jerry Silva. The show begins with a champagne reception, open to the public, on March 9 and will continue through March 19, 2017.
They accept work from all media and encourage participation from beginning artists, as well as well-seasoned ones. Submissions will be accepted March 4 and 5. For all the details, visit