One artist came away from the Mendocino Open Paint Out with three awards. A hat trick?
Susan Elwart Hall cleaned up in the event’s third year, winning the PleinAir Collector Featured Artwork Award (for “Kelly 202”), the Founder’s Award for Overall Consistency (for “Mrs. Todd’s Wild Ride”), and the Quick Draw competition — a People’s Choice award — for “The Blue Jean House.”

“Spring Ranch,” by Dennis Simpson, watercolor. Best in Show

“Kelly 202,” by Susan Elwart Hall, PleinAir Collector Featured Artwork Award winner

The top winner was Dennis Simpson, who won Best in Show for his watercolor “Spring Ranch.” That earned him $500 and a half-page ad in PleinAir magazine. Other awards were given based on medium, and some were given by “celebrity judges.”

“Sketchy,” by Michelle Murphy-Ferguson, oil. First Place in Oil

Suzi Long accepts her First Place in Pastel award for her painting “Dick’s Place.”

In Oil, Michelle Murphy-Ferguson won First Place with “Sketchy.” Roberta Robbins took Second Place with “Coast,” and William DeRaymond won Third with “Along the Coast.” Wendy Brayton won Honorable Mention.

“Cypress Canopy,” by Judy Tedford, water media. First Place in Water Media

In Water Media, the top prize went to Judy Tedford for “Cypress Canopy,” with Second Place going to Joel Yasskin for “Big River I,” and Third going to Elena Lee for “Ebb & Flow.”

“Mrs. Todd’s Wild Ride,” by Susan Elwart Hall, oil. Founder’s Award for Overall Consistency winner

In the Pastel category, Suzi Marquess Long won First with “Dick’s Place,” Jacquelyn Cisper won Second Place with “Ft. Bragg Alley Scene,” and Rebecca Thompson earned Third Place for “Wind Break Bluff.”

“The Blue Jean House,” by Susan Elwart Hall, oil.
Winner of the Quick Draw competition, a People’s Choice award

Celebrity Judge’s Choice awards went to Susan Shore, Chella Gonsavles (two awards for different paintings), Carol Smith Myer, Leona Walden, and Iris Sabre.


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