One winning photograph showed a father and son standing proudly in front of their dairy farm. A few steps away, a blue ribbon adorned a watercolor painting that perfectly portrayed a cow grazing timidly behind a barbed-wire fence.
What all the paintings, photographs, and sculptures on display at the Madera County Arts Council Circle Gallery on Wednesday night had in common was their dedication to agriculture as part of the council’s 20th annual Celebrate Agriculture with the Arts competition.
“Agriculture plays such an important part of our Valley and so we feel it’s important to give it the respect it’s due with these awards and show,” said Dianna Marsh, Madera County Arts Council president. “It’s really our area’s livelihood.”
The council received more than 200 entries from across California, Marsh said, and the 90 or so on display at the Circle Gallery — enjoyed by the more than 150 people who attended the awards show and social hour — will remain there until Nov. 16...