An oil portrait of Cedaredge sculptor Daphna Russell that was painted by a Montrose friend of hers took best of show honors in the annual Delta Fine Arts show at the AppleShed.
Daphna is a well-known and energetic advocate and contributor to all things touching on community or having to do with art.
She wasn't at the DFA show opening reception on May 25 to see her portrait honored. She was halfway around the world in the African nation of Rwanda on a church mission sharing her love of art and teaching it to children there, her friends at the DFA reception event said. The DFA donated some of the art materials Daphna took along for use on the mission trip, explained Dave Rasmussen, DFA board member.
Frank Gauna is the multi-talented artist from Montrose who painted Daphna's portrait. Gauna is an accomplished graphics and jewelry designer, in addition to his oil painting accomplishments.
His portrait of Daphna shows her sitting with a lamb sculpture which Daphna created and which Gauna owns. Gauna said that Daphna participated in five, hour-and-a-half long sittings for the work.
The DFA show is hosted annually by the AppleShed. Owner Connie Williams and the Loading Dock Deli staff prepared a complimentary buffet for the several dozen artists and others who attended the event.
Sixty artists from Fruita to Ouray entered some 170 framed works, sculpture, photography and mixed media pieces in the show. Entries were judged by Carol Vance Courtney. Awards were given for first place and honorable mention in several categories.
First-place honors were taken by the following artists: James Dawson, "Almost There," oil; Carol Ann Rasmussen, "Red Dog," sculpture; Laurae Fortner-Welch, "You Look That Way, I'll Look This Way," pastel; Norman Gibbs, "Iris," photography; Sharon Marolf, "Old Iron," drawing; Virginia Blackstock, "Grand Gulch Ruins," watercolor; Joyce Lee Peterson, "Burst of Color," water media.
Honorable mention honors were won by the following artists: Anna Clarie Johnson, "Wyvern Song," alcohol and ink; Tommie Howerton, "Painted Lady," pastel; Ron Henry, "Playful Fillies," oil/acrylic; Judy Leonard, "They Lurk Beneath," sculpture; Daphna Russell, "Chasing Cats," bronze sculpture; Sandy Williamson, "Indian Reds and Umber Vinegar Painted Chest," mixed media; Catherine Deuter, "Retired," oil/acrylic; Craig Hammer, "Ash Mesa Corn Field at Dawn," photography; Linda Aubry, "Trophies and Time," photography; Rae Ann Simmons, "The Gobblins," photography; Susan Blackstock, "Contemplation," photography; Barbara Torke, "Three Girls Wading," pastel; Sherry Moon, "Melange Flying Carpet," mixed media; Loretta Casler, "Yosemite Serenity," color pencil; Dani Tupper, "Golden Aspen," watercolor; Wanda Brunemeier, "Kristin N. Destin," watercolor; Cassydy Zamarripa, "Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow," pastel; third grader Zachary Kuta, "Making the Goal," pencil; David Kuta, "Moon for Alex," watercolor; and Carol Vinz, "Far Horizons," watercolor.blog comments powered by Disqus