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July 24, 2009 (El Cajon)--Gloria Chadwick, noted local artist and community art activist, received the Best in Show award at the Third Annual Alley Cat Juried Art Show produced by Friends of East County Arts, Inc. (photo (l to r): Bonnie Fredensborg, president of Friends of East County Arts, Inc., artist Gloria Chadwick, and El Cajon Councilwman Jillian Hanson-Cox.)


Chadwick is regularly selected to contribute to national art ventures. Most recently, she was chosen in the PaintAmerica competition as one of the artists whose paintings will tour the country for one year. All work in the tour represents National Parks; Chadwick’s entry depicts a condor in Pinnacles National Monument.


The Third Annual Juried Art Show reception was held at Sophie’s Gallery in El Cajon. Prize money was sponsored by Friends of East County Arts, Inc, St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center, Silver Creek Fine Arts Gallery and Custom Framing, Olaf Wieghorst Museum and East County Art Association. The show will hang through August 14, 2009. Friends of East County Arts, Inc., organizers of the event, has provided over $500,000 in funds to community organizations and school programs in support of the visual and performing arts over the past 25 years.


The Alley Cat Summer Festival also included showings of artwork at other local galleries throughout downtown El Cajon. Artist Marty Barnard (photo by Joel Ryerson) demonstrated her crafting of custom leather pieces at Silver Creek Fine Art & Framing. She got started 20 years ago, when she had a custom saddle made. Barnard had a passion for drawing so she started studying leather work under John Bianchi, who is well known for his leather work.


Also on display at Silver Creek Fine Art & Framing are works by Carlos Castrejon, who is best known for his intricate Western bronze sculptures such as “A Signal”, which depicts a Blackfoot warrior and took 50 to 60 hours to create. (photo by Miriam Raftery) Also on display are wooden jewelry pieces and a contemporary sculpture which Castrejon designed as part of the Little & Large project, in which sculptors were invited to expand their creative talents by designing works outside their chosen mediums.

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