Peninsula art scene takes off

<I>Mary Erner photo</I><BR>Kay Buesing, left, director of the World Kite Museum in Long Beach recently hosted a Peninsula Art Association show organized by Chris Goodwin, right, president of the association.

LONG BEACH -The 15th Annual Peninsula Art Association Show at the World Kite Museum signaled a significant change in the area's art scene. With more than 168 entries from 41 exhibiting artists, the show was the largest the Association has had.

The show, which ran from March 27 through April 3, also had the largest turnout and the highest sales of any PAA show to date. The entries covered a variety of media, including watercolor, oil, acrylics, ceramics, photography, wood and metal sculpture, charcoal and pen and ink works. In addition, there was a separate craft section that showcased 12 craft artists, including fine art jewelry.

Friday evening's "Meet the Artist" reception drew approximately 250 people. They enjoying hors d'oeuvres and beverages catered by Betty Moehnke. "The reception was so successful that we actually ran out of food!" said Wes Moehnke, chair of the Spring show.

Featured artists for the show were Claire and Richard Schaubel. Judges for this Spring show were Jo Pomeroy-Crockett, president, Trails End Art Association; Cathy Russ, photographer and fine art artist; and Leslie Brophy, community supporter and art collector.

Judge's Choice Winner, Mary Anne Hirst, will be the featured artist in the Association's Fall Show, Sept. 7 to 10.

"We are impressed by the increase in artists in the area," said Goodwin. "The Association roster has more than doubled in less than one year."

Membership in the PAA is required for participation in any of its shows. Interested parties can contact Chris Goodwin by e-mail at: (silkdesign1@ips.com).

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