Salida artist Judy Sprague was the top People’s Choice Award winner at the Grand Opening of Salida’s 7th Annual “Valley Visions” art exhibition, which was held on Friday, May 4. 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.

The Valley Visions 2018 Art Exhibition 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.

People’s Choice Award winners this year were:
1st — Judy Sprague, “Buffalo Soldier” — pastel
2nd — Mary Hansen Wolfe, “Fall 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 and culinary art provided by local restaurants: Season’s Café, Amicas, The Bounty, The Lost Cajun and The Drunken Muffin; 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.

Thank You to our 2018 Valley Vision Artists: Joanie Barbier, Joe Beakey, Dan Bishop, Cary Carlson, Virginia Castro, Merry Cox, Christine Davis, Claire Deveney, David Eckstein, Thomas Franke, Linda Gibas, Fay Golson, Jean Hanfelt, Sue Ann Hum, Licia Iverson, Karen Johnson, Martin Jolley, Dvora Kanegis, Nancy Kay, Erica Kinsella, Teresa Koransky, Julie Maas, Jim Marshall, Sally Mather, Padgett McFeely, Denise Micciche, Jessie Miller, Justin Murphy,  Jennifer Price, Judith Reese, Max Ruppeck, Jude’ Silva, Richard Smith, Roberta Smith, Susan Spohn, Judy Sprague, Patricia St. Germain, Hannah Tidechild, Matt Varnum, Mary Hansen Wolfe.

Thank you our Valley Visions Sponsors: Su Casa, The Pony Patch of Salida, Pinon Real Estate Group, Wes Hill Real Estate, and Jeanine Zeman of First Colorado Land Office.

Thank you to our Valley Visions Donors: Local businesses who donated gift items for our People’s Choice Awards Winners: 50 Burger, 7000 Feet Running Company, Anupa Wellness, Arlie Dale’s Jug Liquors, Brady’s West, Chris Spanier/Simply Hair, Chivvis & Lovell Studios, CJ & Company Salon & Bodyworks, Currents Restaurant, Dragonfly Gifts, Floyd’s Barber Salon, Gone To The Dogs, Hodgepodge, In The Current Imports, Kaleidoscope Toys, Krivanek Jewlers, Las Camelinas, Lisa Beaubien, LMT, Moonlight Pizza & Brewpub, Roxy’s Bottle Shop, Ruby Blues, Rushton’s Automotive, Sunshine Market, Sweetie’s Sandwich Shop, Tenderfoot Health Collective, The Book Haven, Vino Salida, Vital Living, Woods High Mountain Distillery, Yolo.