Don Fotine and wife Connie with his winning painting 'Snow Geese' at the Carson Valley Art 
Assocation Scholarship show.

Don Fotine and wife Connie with his winning painting ‘Snow Geese’ at the Carson Valley Art
Assocation Scholarship show.


Carson Valley Art Association recently displayed the art of more than 40 local artists in their annual Scholarship Benefit Art Show in Minden.

This year’s show was held Nov. 5-7 and 112 pieces were on display, mostly from Carson and Eagle valley artists, with a few from Reno, Markleeville, and Stagecoach.

Several of the entries were from nonassociation members and many were new to the show.

This free three-day art show included a reception, 50/50 raffle, a silent auction, and a flea table.

Eight media categories in the art show were acrylic, water media, mixed media, photography, oil, 3D-art, pastel and other. Mark Tompkins was the judge this year.

Carson Valley Art Association thanked the community for its support in this scholarship fundraising event, and for supporting and promoting

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The annual International Photography Awards (IPA) competition has revealed its professional and non-professional winners across its comprehensive group of categories.

Now in its 19th year, IPA’s annual competition is a sister-effort of the Lucie Foundation, a non-profit charitable foundation that aims to honor master photographers, discover and cultivate emerging talent, and promote the appreciation of photography worldwide.

The competition awards both professional and non-professional winners, each across thirteen categories: Advertising, Analog/Film, Architecture, Book, Deeper Perspective, Editorial/Press, Event, Fine Art, Nature, People, Special, Sports, and Still in Motion/ Video. Each category is also broken down further into sub-categories, such as Advertising: Automotive, Advertising: Beauty, Advertising: Brands Campaign, and more. In short, the competition is extremely comprehensive.

Each individual category winner was selected from over 14,000 entries that were submitted from over 100 countries. The winners were announced at an online event and each professional level entry was awarded a $1,000

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Winners of the 2021 Carmel International Arts Festival Announced

The Carmel International Arts Festival took place this past weekend with an estimated 30,000 or more people visiting the Arts and Design District. All guests enjoyed art created by artists from around the country, local and international entertainers, and delicious food vendors.

Best in Media and Honorable Mention awards were given out to participating artists in nine different mediums of art. Additionally, a Best in Show, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place overall prizes were awarded. A student art show provided several scholarships to local high school students. The 2-day festival had a record number of sales reported by many artists this year.

The Best in Show award was presented to Michael Vagner and Nurit Asher-Vagner from Eugene, Oregon for their work in Jewelry. The couple is pictured along with Jill Gilmer, CIAF President and Executive Director of CIAF, Rachel Ferry.

First-place was awarded to Amy Ferguson from Royal Oak, Michigan

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