Local artists shine at 62nd Catalina Art Festival

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Courtesy Photo Pictured is Daniel Felts with his photograph that was voted “Best Catalina Scene.”

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The 62nd Annual Catalina Festival of Art brought out artists and artisans from all over, including a big contingent of local islanders who came out to display their works.

Aside from painters, sculptors and mixed media artists, hand-crafted jewelry and personal products were also on display. Also on hand was islander Ryan Montgomery, who builds unique big rig trucks out of Lego bricks. Look close and you can see that the each truck is built with color coordinated bricks and accessories, but does not follow a pre-set pattern.

In the judging, Christopher Ross Driggs won first place in the jewelry category, with John Haupt taking second place and Pam Sweeney was awarded third. Daniel Felts was awarded Best Catalina Scene in the photography category. Estelle Sweeney won first place in photography, with Juan Rodriguez taking second place.

Organizers said that of the 58 booths, at least half were local artists and that the return of the festival seemed to bring a lot of excitement and a sizable crowd of people who were eager to see some new art.

“We had beautiful weather and great attendance we will be announcing our Christmas craft boutique, which will be our next event, after that will be the Easter craft show,” Lola DiMiele said.

In the Fine Crafts judging, Buck Lopez took first place. Laura Minuto was second and Kathy Smith was third. An Honorable mention went to Jason Greene.

In the Fine Art category, Jacqueline Courday was first place, Larysa Johnston was second and Ron Libbrecht was third. Ray Hart earned an Honorable Mention.

Local artists shine at 62nd Catalina Art Festival