City of Fairfield-Suisun Visual Arts Association Announces Jury Art Exhibitions Winners


Show until January 8 at the Solano shopping center

FAIRFIELD – The Fairfield-Suisun City Visual Arts Association has evolved over time.

This year’s 58th Annual Nor-Cal Regional Art Show with Jury had over 160 entries submitted online. After the three jurors reviewed each entry, 102 works of art were selected for display at the Solano city center gallery through January 8.

Artists from across Northern California participated and submitted original artwork in 14 categories: acrylic, oil, watercolor, color photography, glass, ceramic vessel, black and white photography, digital art, mixed media and collage, art on fabric and textiles, pastel and drawing, Engraving, Sculpture and assemblage, and Jewelry.

This year’s jurors were Sarah Barsness, professor of photography at Solano Community College; Jean Lorenz, professor in the art department of Solano Community College; Tomye Neal Madison, Master Artist and Associate at the Richmond Art Center.

The artwork was judged on October 30. All participants were notified by email that day.

A virtual awards ceremony will take place on Saturday via Zoom.

The artwork was selected for first, second, third place and honorable mention in some categories. Other awards were the jurors ‘choice selected by each juror and at the end of the show, the audience’s choice award will be presented at the jurors’ conference on Zoom.

The People’s Choice award winner will be invited to exhibit the winning artwork at the Solano downtown gallery during the upcoming exhibition, “Sea, Wind, Storms and Fog”, from January 12 to February 26.

This year’s winners are:

• Acrylic: Ken Chew, Fairfield, first; Yves Daos, Suisun City, second and honorable mention; Tia Price, Fairfield, third; Fayola Fasuyi, Fairfield, Honorable Mention.
• Oil: Chao Ding, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, first; Kate Blue, Elverta, second and honorable mention; Niloufar Farzam, Pleasanton, third and honorable mention; Ian Clark, Fairfax, Honorable Mention.
• Watercolor: Emma Enav, El Cerrito, premiere; Barbara Smithson, Fairfield, second; third place not awarded; Bahiya Spaulding, Fairfield, Honorable Mention.
• Glass: Margo Scarpulla, Vacaville, premiere. No other prize in this category.
• Ceramic vase: Margo Scarpulla, Vacaville, first and honorable mention. No second and third were awarded.
• Black and white photography: Steve Cozad, Fairfield, first; Jodi Webber, Suisun City, second and honorable mention. No third place was awarded.
• Digital art: no prize awarded.
• Mixed media: Carl Bradford III, Vacaville, first; Janet Barnes, Fairfield, second; Chris Meade, Benicia, Honorable Mention. No third place was awarded.
• Fiber / Textile: No first, second or third given. Laura Klein, Fairfield, Honorable Mention.
• Pastel / Drawing: Robert Simmons, Sacramento, first and honorable mention; Gary Keeter, Vacaville, second; Adrienne Emmering, Fairfield and Travis Straw, San Francisco, Honorable Mention. No third place was awarded.
• Engraving: Carol Brent Levin, Fairfield, first. (An entry in this category.)
• Sculpture / Assembly: Kitty Gordon, Oakland, first; Doug Cooper, Suisun City, Honorable Mention. No second or third place was awarded.
• Color photography: Barbara Brundage, Soquel, first; Tim Aston, Mammoth Lakes, second and honorable mention; Steve Cozad, Fairfield, third; Jodi Webber, Suisun City, Honorable Mention.
• Jewelry: No award has been given.

This year’s juror’s choice winners are:

• Sarah Barsness: Tim Aston, color photography.
• Jeanne Lorenz: Niloufar Farzam, oil.
• Tomye Neal Madison: Carl Bradford III, mixed media.

To watch the awards ceremony on Saturday and the jurors speaking from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on January 8, request a link by emailing [email protected].

The Downtown Solano Gallery, 1350 Travis Blvd, Suite D-8, is located on the second floor of the mall outside of Macy’s, next to the AT&T store. The opening hours of the gallery are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday. Visitors are required to wear masks.

For more information, visit or call Dennis Ariza, association president and gallery director, at 707-688-8889.


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