State fair announces fine arts winners

SACRAMENTO – California Fine Art, the juried art show of the California State Fair, announced the award-winning artworks for 2013.

Open to California artists aged 18 and over, the 2013 competition received more than 1,500 entries. The jury selected 180 artworks from this field to be exhibited and receive awards.

A Juror’s Award and Best of Show went to “Water Leak — Building 7” a sculpture by Kurt Barton of Meadow Vista.

A Juror’s Award also went to “I Am Your Chief,” an oil painting by artists Patricia Mills of Fair Oaks and Michael Rowden de Portola of Sacramento.

“Casey ‘The Damned,’” by Annie Murphy-Robinson of Carmichael, won the Juror’s Award for Other 2-D Artworks — Drawing.

“Madonna Dreaming,” a digital drawing by Sarma Karsiere of Sacramento, received the Juror’s Award for Digital Art.

The Juror’s Award for Photography went to Gail Parris of Sacramento for “Letter From My Daughter” a color photograph printed on mulberry paper.

Jurors also selected 20 artworks to receive Awards of Excellence and 154 artworks to receive Awards of Merit.

Additional recognition was given to the following artists: Sandy Follett of Cameron Park won the Mike’s Camera Award; Judy Lew Loose of Folsom won the Kay Boron Memorial award donated by Awards by Kay Inc.; Ed Chaney of Citrus Heights won the Northern California Arts Award; Ferial Nassirzadeh of Aliso Viejo won the Sacramento Fine Arts Center Award; GayLynn Ribeira of Castro Valley won the University Arts Award; Denise Howard of Santa Clara won the Utrecht Art Supplies Award; Douglas Thielscher of Berkeley and Faye Schoolcraft of Nevada City won the two Valley Sculpture Artists Awards; Alan Barnard of Roseville, Charles McDonald of Woodland and Ivan Sohrakoff of Woodland won the three Viewpoint Photographic Art Center Awards; David Peterson of Sacramento won the Watercolor Artists of Sacramento Horizons Award; Emily Swansick of Carmichael won the Blick Art Materials Award; and Sheryl Leamer of Sacramento, GayLynn Ribeira of Castro Valley and Arlene Whiting of Corte Madera won the Publication Awards from Inside Publications.

The members of the 2013 California Fine Art jury were Drew Johnson for photography, Professor Brenda Louie of California State University, Sacramento for painting, Professor Erik Friedman of San Jose State University for 2-D Artworks (other than painting), Professor Clay Jensen of California College of the Arts for 3-D Artworks and Professor Rachel Clarke of California State University, Sacramento and Curator of Photography and Visual Culture at Oakland Museum of California for Digital Art.

The California Fine Art exhibit, located in Expo Center Building 7, will be open each day of the State Fair through Sunday, July 28. Many of the artworks in the exhibit are available for sale. In addition to the art show, Expo Center Building 7 will feature live art demonstrations every day of the Fair.

For a complete list of award winners visit the State Fair Website at

For more information about the 2013 California Fine Art award winners or the competition contact Carol Buchanan at 916-263-3161.

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