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Hometown Fair Community Showcase Winners Announced

Oct 22, 2023 10:07AM ● By Mb News Staff

Daniel Rodriguez shows off his illustration, "LAX in the 90s," which won first place for 2D arts in the Young Teens division (ages 11-14) at the Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair. Photo via MB Hometown Fair.

The Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair has announced the winners from the Art and STEM Exhibition in its Community Showcase.

The far received over 100 entries from 46 artists from throughout the South Bay, according to Joe Touch, Community Showcase director for the Hometown Fair. The panel of judges gave the nod to the following awardees:
Fiber arts
First: Andrea Miranda - By The Beach... (macramé)
Second: Alison Gerber - "Black Stache" for Costa Fall Show (sewing)
Third: Janice Rudolph - Sweet Lavender Dreams (crochet)
Honorable Mention: Nora Maynard - Undone: Upcycled Denim Gloves (painted fabric)


3D arts
First place: Lexi Sawlsville - Coral Reef Lamp (ceramic)
Second place: Marlowe Morgan - Are You Hungry? (ceramic/mixed)
Third place: Marlowe Morgan - Bottle Cottage (mixed)
Honorable Mention: Andrea Hughes - Spinning Wheel (mixed)


2D arts, Child (6-10)
First place: Auden Lui - Monster Party (paint)
Second place (tie): Emma F. Golden - Snitch (paint)
Second place (tie): Mila Kim - Eyes of Space (drawing)
Third place: Ellie F. - Giraffe at Sunset (pastel)
Honorable Mention: Emma F. - Corgis Taking a Nap (drawing)
Honorable Mention: Malcolm M. - Robot Beach Day! (drawing)

2D arts, Young Teen (11-14)
First place: Daniel Rodriguez - LAX in the 90s (drawing)
Second place: Tate Vincent - The Whiting: The Shining meets Tim Burton (drawing)
Third place: Daniel Rodriguez - The Big One! (drawing)


2D arts, Teen (15-19)
First place: Ilana Buholzer - Classic Literature Matters (paint)
Second place: Eva Asiddao - The Presence of Love (drawing)
Third place: Landry Tucker - Illustration of Mermaid (drawing)

2D arts, Adult (20-64)
First place: Jesse Taylor - Grace Slick (drawing)
Second place: Kristen Zukley - Reduce, Reuse, Recycled Hummingbird (mixed)
Third place: Shaila Reddy - Manhattan Beach Pier (paint)
Honorable Mention: Shaila Reddy - Jellyfish (paint)

2D arts, Senior (65+)
First place: Daryl Nelson - In the Blue
Second place: Sue Cutler - Ready to Cut
Third place: Sam Zaman - Bliss
Honorable Mention: Rama Katragadda - Indian Flute Player


Photography, K-12 (18 and under)
First place: Theo Cheng - Orange You Glad I Didn't Say Banana
Second place: M. M. - Bask
Third place: Sophie Ramirez - Photo Study #2
Honorable Mention: Theo Cheng - A Stringy Situation

Photography, Adult (19 and up)
First place: Janice Liu - Pensive Peanut
Second place: Janice Liu - Rear View Passenger
Third place: Janice Liu - Rainy Season


The Community Showcase also included the fair's first “Meet the Artists” session, where entrants of all ages gathered to discuss their interests and inspire each other. Additionally, there was an amateur performance stage that featured the Kelly School of Irish Dance, the Roth Trio, and Mariachi Alma Juvenil for their first appearance and Mx’d Plate for their second. 

The Roth Trio (L-R: Phil, Garrett, and Nick) covered a variety of pop tunes with the audience singing along. Garret’s rousing piano playing earned the event’s first ever standing request for an encore of “One more song, one more song!"

Returning performers included Smokey Hollow (bluegrass), The MB Poetry Circle/MCHS Poets, and the Rise Academy of Dance Performance Team.

The Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair welcomes amateur art and amateur performers from throughout the South Bay area. Applications for the 2024 Fair to be held October 5-6 will be available next June.

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