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March 29, 2011 (El Cajon ) – Twenty artists displayed more than 100 works, met with visitors and shared secrets of their success at “Wine Down Wednesday” last week. The event, held at Westfield Parkway Plaza in the Macy’s court, showcased artwork from St. Clair Gallery with 20% of proceeds benefitting St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center.

Kathy Huneke says she uses texturing compound combining plaster, joint compound and metallics to create eye-catching, large-scale geometric forms.


“I put them on the floor and work from the middle out,” she says of the process, which includes plenty of sanding and about a month from start to finish to complete each weighty project. She made her first creation to dress up a plain drywall area in her home. “It’s fun to do,” she says. “They’re just hard to move!”

“I am the official `Happy Cow’” artist,” said Denise Rich, whose bovine depictions have been used in the Real California Milk and Real California Cheese commercials. “They make me smile.” Rich paints cow portraits based on her own photographs. Recently, prints of hers have been auctioned off for as much as $3,000. Now a seven-feet-tall cow painting of Rich’s hangs in the Alexander Salazar Fine Art gallery in downtown San Diego.

Roberta Henson uses mixed media to create a wide variety of works ranging from relief masks to metamorphic images. A finalist in the Smithsonian National Postage Stamp contest, she has exhibited in numerous juried art shows ranging from Spanish Village to the Del Mar/San Diego County Fair.

East County Magazine Arts Editor Abigail Migala’s stunning digital photography artwork and St. Clair Gallery curator Howard Bagley’s fine photography were also on display. At right, Migala and Bagley pose beside a floral image of Migala's that sold during Wednesday night's show.

Crafts and jewelry by disabled adults form St. Madeleine Sophie's Center were also available for sale at the event, which included winetasting and food provided by On the Border.


To view works by these and other artists from the show, visit the St. Clair Gallery website at . The gallery is located upstairs in the East County Business Center at 270 East Douglas in El Cajon.

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