Battaglia wins People’s Choice Award

It’s a stunning piece of art when you closely examine Jean Battaglia’s ‘Steaming Down the Track’ entry in the October Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery Flight of Fancy art exhibition. Hundreds of tiny pieces of paper are layered upon each other in a 3-D paper tole creation depicting an old-fashioned steam engine train running down the track. It had to have taken hours and hours of patience and talent to create the masterpiece.

Jean Wiensch, left, presents Jean Battaglia with the People’s Choice Award at the October Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery reception on Thursday, Oct. 22. Photo by Barbara Ellestad.

Jean Wiensch, left, presents Jean Battaglia with the People’s Choice Award at the October Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery reception on Thursday, Oct. 22. Photo by Barbara Ellestad.

Jan Hansen, right, receives a cash award from Jean Wiensch, President of Virgin Valley Artists Association, for her blue ribbon watercolor, “Fanciful View,” in the October Flight of Fancy art exhibition at the Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery. Photo by Barbara Ellestad.

Jan Hansen, right, receives a cash award from Jean Wiensch, President of Virgin Valley Artists Association, for her blue ribbon watercolor, “Fanciful View,” in the October Flight of Fancy art exhibition at the Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery. Photo by Barbara Ellestad.

Apparently many people appreciated Battaglia’s work as she won the prestigious People’s Choice award for her artwork. The award is voted on by the public in each month’s art competition.

Her work also garnered her the Best of Show award decided by a panel of judges in the October exhibition. Jean Wiensch, President of the Virgin Valley Artists Association presented Battaglia both awards at the monthly reception held Oct. 22 at the Gallery.

Cash prizes were also awarded to Jan Hansen for her blue ribbon watercolor, “Fanciful View,” Floyd Johnson for his red ribbon acrylic work, “Sand Trap,” and photographer Walt Alder won the white ribbon and cash for “Floating on the Wind.”

Honorable mention ribbons were presented to Judith Hetem, Linda Roach, Susan Holladay, and Janet Trobough for their entries in the Flight of Fancy art contest.

The public is invited to view the monthly art exhibitions free of charge at the Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery located at 15 W. Mesquite Blvd. The Gallery is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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