The Gold Medal Award winner at the OPA Salon was Vadim Dolgov for his piece

The Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey, Michigan, recently hosted two notable events, and awarded thousands of dollars in prizes. Who won the $3,000 top prize?

Participants at Crooked Tree’s paint-outs had a variety of subject matter in the area from which to choose.

Vadim Dolgov nabbed the Gold Medal Award and $3,000 cash in the Oil Painters of America Salon for his painting “Waiter.” The Silver Medal went to David Riedel for “Lanterns,” and the Bronze Medial was awarded to Bill Farnsworth for his painting “Charleston Stories.”

Louis Escobedo won the $1,000 cash Honorable Mention for “City Streets,” while Nancie King Mertz and Robert Hagberg won Honorable Mention honors as well. The Crooked Tree Arts Center’s Visual Arts Committee gave the Award of Excellence for Most Original piece to Susan Elwart-Hall for “Low Fat…”

A happy painter at the event

In the paint-out, John Michael Carter won the Gold Medal Award and a full-page advertisement in PleinAir magazine for “View From Howard Street.” Elizabeth Pollie won the Silver Medal Award for “Pond No. 12,” while the Bronze was won by Jerry Smith for “Howard Street View.” Kristen Hosbein won a five-day plein air workshop with Marc R. Hanson and the Award of Excellence for the painting “Two in the Creel.” Honorable Mention awards went to Vadim Dolgov, Caesar Citraro, and Ken Cadwallader.


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