The competition was fierce at the South Delta Artists’ Guild annual Oil and Water Show with 440 artists sending in their favorite images.
A total of 96 paintings were selected by the three-member jury (Andrew McDermott, Dominique Medici and Michael Warren) who are members of the Federation of Canadian Artists.
One painting was sent in from Brazil.
Art lovers who wanted first dibs on the show and sale came to the opening on Thursday, June 2.
Patrons who wanted to congratulate winners enjoyed first-hand contact with the artists.
First prize of $1,500 was donated by Century Tsawwassen Southlands and went to Dayle Byhre for “Sun Setting Through Rain Clouds.”
Second prize went to Reha Sakar for “Venice” while third prize went to Jill Charuk for “War of the Roses.”
Honourable mentions were presented to Perry Haddock for “Backyard Bouquet,” Monica Burrow for “Cloud Symphony,” Jungmin Ko for “Shannon Falls,” Susie Cipolla for “Boats at Dusk,” and Michael Jell for “A Walk Down Robson.”
The show is on display from now until June 26 at Gallery 1710 (1710, 56th Street in Tsawwassen) home of the South Delta Artists Guild.
Visit the gallery from noon to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday and noon to 8 p.m. on Thursday.
See more photos from the winners on-line at www.delta-optimist.com. More on the Guild can be found at: www.southdeltaartistsguild.com.