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Temecula Valley Art League Fall Show Winners Announced

The Temecula Valley’s artistic landscape is even wider this month with the addition of another stellar opportunity for the public, the Temecula Valley Art League’s Fall Juried Art show, now open in Old Town.

On Friday, August 1st, dozens of art enthusiasts packed the Gallery at the Merc to kick off the annual exhibit. According to Temecula Valley Art League President, Marilyn Latimer, over one hundred attendees were able to view beautiful works from local artists while enjoying refreshments and mingling with the talented individuals whose creations surrounded them.

The competition was open to all 2D artists, including art league members, with the exception of photography and digital works. Due to the gallery being in a large traffic area of the theater and the hazards they might provide to patrons in the intimate space, 3D works were not eligible.

Oil and acrylic painter, Elin Pendleton, judged the 35 accepted submissions from a total of 25 artists; all hoping to take home one of the coveted prizes and earn the right to call their works ”award-winning.”

The winners of the TVAL Fall Juried Art Show Were:

First Place ($100) – “Darwin” by Artist Ronald Schley
Second Place ($75) – “Fisherman in Paradise” by Artist Si Osgrove
Third Place ($50) – “New Zealand Valley” by Artist Rosemarie Mei

Honorable Mention:

“Farmer’s Market” by Artist Carol Landry
“Orbital” by Artist Greg Stogner
“Buck Road” by Artist Elizabeth Addington
“Butterfly Window” by Artist Terry Kvitkey
“Olive Oil Tasting Bar” by Artist Kathy Stradley
“Parade” by Artist Richard Wynne

Schley’s first place award-winner, “Darwin,” came from the artist’s memorable encounter with a 300-pound Galapagos tortoise on a trip to Casa De Tortuga tortoise rescue center.

“He was about the biggest guy that they had. He was huge but not too sociable,” Schley said during a recent interview. “Still, he really struck me so I took some pictures of him and, later on in the year, I made a painting and that’s him.”

Schley’s TVAL Juried Art Show win was especially thrilling to the artist, as it was the first time he took home the grand prize.

“I’ve entered a number of shows with different paintings and honestly it really floored me. It was an excellent feeling,” he said.

Art show submissions are on display and available for purchase from now until September 1st at the Gallery at the Merc. The show is free to the public and open during box office hours. For more information on the gallery and business hours, visit

With a new exhibition debuting the first Friday of every month, the Temecula Valley Art League continues to provide the community with new and exciting ways to learn about and enjoy the fine arts, as well as celebrate the talents of some of their Inland Empire neighbors.

Temecula Valley Art League Fall Juried Art Show

Gallery at the Merc, Old Town
Now through September 1st

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Holly Herndon

Holly Herndon

Holly has been covering arts & entertainment in the Temecula Valley for as long as she has been a part of the community. She loves San Diego sports almost as much as she loves her family.

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