Art aficionados immerse themselves in ‘Art off the Walls’

Nicholas Ortiz, a 20-year-old Temecula artist, works on a piece for the public during the “Art off the Walls” art walk sponsored by the Temecula Valley Art League.  Meghan Taylor photo
Nicholas Ortiz, a 20-year-old Temecula artist, works on a piece for the public during the “Art off the Walls” art walk sponsored by the Temecula Valley Art League. Meghan Taylor photo

Victor Miller

Special to Valley News

Temecual Valley Art League’s “Art off the Walls” made a successful return to Old Town Temecula, Aug. 4.

It had been nine months since the Temecula Valley Art League’s last show and while it gave the appearance of inactivity, it was a busy period for the art group.

A shift in another art club, the Canyon Lake Art Association, brought some new members to the Temecula Valley Art League during that time and one of the TVAL’s resident artists, Marilyn Latimer, had been hard at work on a next event for the art group.

Latimer is as passionate about organizing art shows for her group as she is her painting. She found a new “canvas” in an old building – The Hotel Temecula. New owners Richard and Chris Beck graciously loaned the venue to the TVAL for a juried art show for both adults and students that took place on the Old West-style grounds of the Hotel Temecula.

Upwards of 100 entries “shot it out” for awards and notable water-colorist and judge Betty Pilley “found the judging to be difficult” but eventually awarded ribbons to Madeline Eventoy, first place, student category for “Clear.,” and Malia Townsend for second and third place in the student category for “Fawn” and “Boy with Glasses.”

First place in the adult category was awarded to Soon F. Chung for “Beautiful.” Donald Van Selus took the prize for second with “Kenny D” and Christine Wichers was awarded third place for “Dutch Masters.” Adult honorable mentions were awarded to Elizabeth Addington for “Fountain at Myrtle Creek,” Soon F. Chung for “Red Festival” and Christine Wichers for “Dirty Birdie.”

There were also non-winners deserving of praise as well. For one, Lisa Cabrerra’s “Buried in Day of the Dead” imagery and her, Cabrerra’s “Eternally Yours” is alive in rich colors and was possibly the best received of all the evening’s entries.

After the easels and tents had been packed up, the Becks seemed pleased with their alliance with the Temecula Valley Art League. TVAL president Robin Wayland also seemed pleased as she offered the event’s bouquet of flowers to Marilyn Latimer for realizing yet another successful event for their art group. It’s not hard to imagine those flowers showing up as still life at the Temecula Valley Art League’s next offering.



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