Erickson wins Best of Show at Exhibition of Fine Art

Fallbrook painter Robin Erickson won Best of Show at the San Diego County Fair’s Exhibition of Fine Art.

As well as the Best of Show award, Erickson won first place in the Watercolor – Representational, Cityscapes class, for “A Life’s Work,” which features a metal craftsman surrounded by his creations. The painting also received a donated award from the San Diego Watercolor Society.

Erickson added a second-place award in the Watercolor – Representational, Landscapes category for “Looking Skyward,” which portrays a tree from a close-up perspective on the ground.

Paula Collins of Fallbrook took second place in the Ceramics competition. Her work, “Pearl Clutcher,” depicts a female holding a pearl necklace.

Fallbrook’s Ray Fedorchak was given two honorable mention awards, and one of those paintings also won a donated award. His Pastel – People and Animals ribbon was for “Woman in Shadow,” which is a side view of a woman. The painting also received the Vera Sickinger Memorial Award; Sickinger was an award-winning pastel artist who died in 2015. This year’s fair theme was “Where the West is Fun,” and Fedorchak also received honorable mention distinction for his Fair Theme entry called “High Tailin’ It,” which features a man on a moving horse.

Debbie Forbes of Fallbrook also received two honorable mention ribbons. “There’s Still Guacamole” was entered in the Acrylic – Representational, Still Life and Florals class. The piece shows avocados on a plate along with San Diego Chargers memorabilia and the front page of the San Diego Union-Tribune the day the Chargers announced their move to Los Angeles. “Miami Nights” was an Acrylic – Representational, Cityscapes submission and features a pier in the foreground with water behind the pier, tables behind the water and high-rise buildings in the background.

Fallbrook artist Ruth Parker was another recipient of two honorable mention awards. “Calm” was a Watercolor – Representational, Landscapes entry with a water body in the center of the painting and the shore on the sides. Parker also was recognized in the Non-Representational, All Media category for “I See Things,” which utilizes denser colors on the left and softer shades on the right.

Peg Klinger of Fallbrook was given honorable mention recognition in the Non-Representational, All Media category. “About to Erupt” can be interpreted as having an “eruption” of rising fluid in the background.

Skipp McCunney of Fallbrook received an honorable mention ribbon in the Drawing – Black and White competition for “Hanna,” which is the head and bust of a female.

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