Five “professional and emerging artists” will win People’s Choice Awards during the opening art reception of Salida Council for the Arts’ Valley Visions Art Exhibition at the Salida SteamPlant Annex from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 5. The winners will be announced near the culmination of the evening and will receive a cash prize and gift certificates from area businesses.

Included in the reception festivities will be music by Red Tischer and “40 bites” will feature hors d’oeuvres from restaurants around town, said Lisa Marvel, SCFTA Valley Visions Committee chair. “We like to showcase culinary arts in addition to the visual arts;” plus, in past years she and other committee members would make the appetizers themselves.

The suggested donation for the reception is $5-10. Marvel said the donated money will go toward the Salida Council for the Arts Visual Arts and Performing Arts scholarships for high school students. People who pay the suggested donation receive appetizers and a ballot to vote for the People’s Choice Award winner. All guests will be eligible to win valuable door prizes as well.

Marvel said 40 entries is the cut-off for Valley Visions because that’s the number of pieces that fit best in the available space. Usually the first 40 that adhere to all the guidelines are accepted; however, Marvel said they had about 40 submit in total this year. The exhibit will remain on display through May 30.

Artists participating in this year’s Valley Visions include Bill Althoff, Joanie Barbier, Dan Bishop, Orlin Camerlo, Cary Carlson, Carol Cartwright, Wanda Dammeyer, Mary Drawbert, David Eckstein, Gail Franke, Linda Frances, Hannelore Gabriel, Linda Gibas, Jean Hanfelt, Ginny Holzwarth, Sue Ann Hum, Licia Iverson, Martin Jolley, Dvora Kanegis, Erica Kinsella, Julie Maas, Sally Mather, Susan Mayfield, Lila McClellan, Padgett McFeely, Jessica Miller, Dana Mortenson, Conrad Nelson, Tia Pleiman, Zoe Rayor, Max Ruppeck, Jude’ Silva, Susan Spohn, Starpoint, Mel Strawn, Rich Tyler, Donna Wagle and Mary Hansen Wolfe.

New to the event this year are extended hours, made possible by Valley Visions artists volunteering their time, which will allow the exhibit to remain open to the public Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 2:30 p.m. and 5 to 7:30 p.m.
All the pieces will be for sale, with 80 percent of the profit for the artist, and the rest going to the SteamPlant, Marvel said. “We have a great committee, we are comprised of art appreciators and lots of artists.” Marvel puts herself in the “art appreciator” cateory, and she supports the arts personally and at her business, The Book Haven. “I am absolutely amazed by the creativity and ingenuity of artists.”

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