Top awards announced for Wild & Scenic art exhibition |

Top awards announced for Wild & Scenic art exhibition

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During the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, works of art by more than 60 artists were displayed in 40 venues in downtown Nevada City and Grass Valley.

This year, for the first time, awards were given in five categories, as well as an honorable mention. While the exhibit was coordinated by Nevada County Arts, the artists were selected by an awards jury comprised of Jane Oleson, Freda Scott and Elizabeth Soderstrom.

“We were challenged in choosing the award winners because there were so many well qualified, imaginative artists,” said Scott. “The subject matter was on target, the exhibit was shown well, and we had a glorious time delving into each artist’s world.”

The award-winning artists issued statements about their work.

Leslie Guinan and Rob Matthews – Best in Show

“Our new work showcased at J. J. Jackson’s in Nevada City is concrete and encaustic. Encaustic, an ancient technique that has a deep, luminous look unlike any other medium,” according to their statement. For more about these artists, go to

Eli Rush – Best in Theme

“My platinum prints, ‘Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, North Slope,’ were exhibited at the Alpha Building during the festival. The photos were taken during a four-week expedition in 2007 in the Refuge,” Rush said. Learn more about his work at

Sarah Coleman and Tahiti Pehrson – Jury Award

“I ‘Heart’ Nevada City displayed at Kitkitdizzi in Nevada City was a spontaneous, collaborative undertaking beginning with line drawings in ink and metal leaf and painted with acrylics,” according to the duo. Visit, and

Reese Sutfin – Jury Award

“My wildlife series, on display at Matteo’s Public in Nevada City, is drawn from the beauty of the wild and directed at raising our awareness of nature through local species. In this exhibit, I chose to paint three birds: the bald eagle, the American kestrel and the barn owl,” Sutfin said. Go to for more information.

Patrick Scudero – Best Emerging Artist

“My work is on display at Broad Street Bistro in Nevada City along with other artists from the Neighborhood Center of the Arts. When I paint, I like to paint animals, and when I work in clay I like to build, cups, bowls and animals,” according to Scudero. Learn more at

The Ridge History Tapestry Project – Honorable Mention

Displayed at The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley, the large-scale embroidered “tapestries” tell the stories about the history of the San Juan Ridge.

Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames, The Center for the Arts, The Louvre Gallery, Nevada City Picture Framing and Szabo Vineyards generously donated the award prizes.

For more about Nevada County Arts, go to

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