Yountville, California, was the host of the Napa Valley Art Festival, a grass-roots event that bestows Artists’ Choice and People’s Choice awards to talented painters in California’s wine country. So who took home the prizes?

Paul Kratter demonstrates for an attentive audience.

Wayne McKenzie of Telluride, Colorado, won the Artist’s Choice award for “Afternoon Walk.” Dick Cole of Sonoma, California, earned the People’s Choice award for his watercolor “Pismo Beach.”

Kratter’s completed demo

“Pismo Beach,” by Dick Cole, 2013, watercolor, 16 x 24 in.

Tim Tien stands in front of his display of paintings at the event.

Paul Kratter gave a demonstration that captivated the audience, and the steady stream of tourist crowds ensured key sales for participating artists.


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