Surfing Madonna art exhibit names winners


The first place went to “Wave Ride Mosaic Surfboard” by Cherrie LaPorte of fused glass, dichroic glass, colored mirror and stained glass. His inspiration was the waves of Torrey Pines Beach.

ESCONDIDO – The winners were chosen as part of the “Save the Ocean” art exhibition, sponsored by the Surfing Madonna Oceans Project. The exhibition runs from October 1 to November 30, with a reception from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on October 9 at the Municipal Gallery of Escondido, 262 E. Grand Ave., Escondido.

The Surfing Madonna Oceans Project art exhibit supporting the “Save the Ocean” theme received over 160 submissions and 62 were selected for inclusion on the show. Mediums ranged from traditional painting and digital photography, inlaid woodworking, ceramic sculpture, many types of fabric artwork, mixed media, photography and mosaic.

“We were so amazed at the quality of the work and the large number of participants that we added an award for ‘Best in Show – Theme’.

These grand prizes were awarded to two candidates. First place went to “Wave Ride Mosaic Surfboard” by Cherrie LaPorte. Best in Show went to “Sunny Dreams at Moonlight” by Don Manor and Nancy Hunter. LaPorte’s mosaic was custom made with fused glass, dichroic glass, colored mirror and stained glass. His inspiration was the waves at Torrey Pines Beach in Del Mar. Manor and Hunter’s recycled surfboard was covered in hand-cut glass, crafted in a mosaic medium.

“We were delighted to know that Mark Patterson’s Surfing Madonna mosaic inspired this piece.” Cathy Carey said.

Second place went to Mac Hillenbrand for his “Cardiff by the Wooden Sea” wooden table. You’ll have to see this in person to really appreciate the complexity. Judge Mike Redman said, “I thought it was a painting when I first saw the photo online, I’m passionate about carpentry and this piece is amazing. This is an original depiction of inlaid wood inlay from Cardiff, California at low tide north to Dana Point.

Third place went to LaRetta Small for her mixed media painting “Times Up”, dealing with the health and beauty of our oceans. Originally providing for three honorable mentions, the judges decided on nine. Honorable mention artists included:

  • Karen Wurfel for the “Joyful Abundance – The Womb of Life” fabric piece.
  • Catherine Cooke Dudley for the digital photography “Oceanful 3”.
  • Cathy Wessels for the oil painting “Happiness Comes in the Waves”.
  • Maya Rosenbaum for the oil painting “Milan and Maya at the beach”.
  • Julia Gray for the ceramic sculpture “SHE -Jellyfish / NOTJellyfish”.
  • Oil painting by Manjula Chinnappa “Help the kelp”.
  • John Peugh for the “Dinosarous Bitchen” mosaic surfboards.
  • Arlette Poland for the acrylic painting “Down by the Seashore Star”.
  • Donna Doyle for “Ocean is Life” Mixed Media.


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