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July 17, 2012 > Fine art infuses local landmark

Fine art infuses local landmark

By Julie Grabowski

For two days, the garden at San Leandro's historic Casa Peralta will bloom with the artwork of approximately 170 local artists when the Festival of Fine Arts celebrates its 53rd show. Sponsored by the San Leandro Art Association (SLAA) since 1956, the festival offers a diverse collection of artwork from the community at large, featuring SLAA members and non-members - youth and adults. The creations of kindergarteners through twelfth graders will be represented in a separate children's show in four age categories. Festival artwork, divided into five categories: oil and acrylic, watercolor, graphics (pastel, colored pencil, computer graphics), photography, and three-dimensional art, may be offered for sale.

Artists were limited to four submissions in each category. Professional judges and artists Larry Wilson and Carol Tarzier will present awards to three winners in each category along with honorable mentions at a reception for the artists held on Friday, July 20 at 6 p.m. A "Best of Show" was selected from among first place winners in all five categories; Patricia Devitt received the honor for her oil painting "Sunlight and Smoke."

In addition to the display of art, attendees can watch demonstrations by member artists and participate in a raffle and silent auction offering items such as artwork, gift baskets, and gift cards to local restaurants and merchants. Kids can put their artistic skills to work creating a variety of fun items in the children's arts and crafts area, open both days beginning at noon. Cookies, coffee, and other refreshments will be available for sale.

Free tours of Casa Peralta will be held during the festival. Built in 1901 on the Rancho San Antonio land grant for members of the Peralta family, the house was remodeled in 1926 in the style of a Spanish villa to reflect the family's heritage. One outstanding feature is the story of Don Quixote told through hand-painted tiles imported from Spain.

The historic location, beautiful grounds, and wealth of art just might inspire a new artist or two and introduce them to SLAA, a resource for those looking to learn, grow, and share art in a variety of mediums. "We're always looking for new members," says SLAA President Patricia Devitt. "We like to grow."

There are currently about 70 members; meetings are held at the San Leandro Library on the second Saturday of each month (except July). A professional artist demonstration accompanies each meeting and is free and open to the public. The association also provides grants each year to San Leandro teachers for art projects; funds raised from the festival's raffle will go toward this cause.

For further information on the Festival of Fine Arts or SLAA, call (510) 357- 4650 or visit online at

San Leandro Festival of Fine Art
Saturday, July 21: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, July 22: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Casa Peralta
384 West Estudillo Ave., San Leandro
(510) 357- 4650
Free admission and parking

Festival of Fine Art 2012 Award Winners

Best of Show: Patricia Devitt "Sunlight Through Smoke"

Oil and Acrylics:
1st: Patricia Devitt "Sunlight Through Smoke"
2nd: Edward Burton "Fado"
3rd: Linda Huggins "Beach Sunset"
Honorable Mention: Jane Tsushima "Fragrant?"
Honorable Mention: Ed Ortman "Hiking Above Sonol"
Honorable Mention: Philip Ng "Waiting at the Station"

1st: Evalyn Seidman "Study: Golden Gate Vista Pt. Trail"
2nd: Ann Schmidt "Santa Cruz Pelican"
3rd: Ellen Bailey "Wonders Down Under"
Honorable Mention: Jane Tsushima "Yellow Hibiscus"
Honorable Mention: Monica Satterthwaite "California Gold"

1st: Paul Fitisoff "Black Swan"
2nd: Arline Butterfield "Flywheel Fantasy"
3rd: John Ries "Scout"
Honorable Mention: Jane Tsushima "Nevada Beauty"
Honorable Mention: Melissa Johnson "Reflections"
Honorable Mention: Susan Hersch "Historic Mendocino"

1st: Ginny Milo "Tickets Please"
2nd: Matthew Viramontes "Cherry Blossoms Kyoto"
3rd: Marzan Woo "Driftwood"
Honorable Mention: Kathy Ries "Reflections on a P51"
Honorable Mention: Randy Grossman "Winter Fence"
Honorable Mention: Elizabeth Nelson "Piano Man"

Three-Dimensional Art:
1st: Bao Le "Along the MeKong"
2nd: Marcus Tikotsky "Blue Whale"
3rd: Nicholas Trickel "Ixtlan's Jungle"

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