Seven artists have won honors in the 2010 Art in Oro Valley Competition and Exhibition, arranged by the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance.

The ninth annual exhibition takes place at the Oro Valley corporate campus of Ventana Medical Systems, a sponsor of the annual event.

Every year since the contest's inception, artists from the Greater Oro Valley region enter original works for consideration based on an overall theme. This year's theme was "cultural diversity," with artists asked to demonstrate how their works, which were created expressly for the Art in Oro Valley contest/exhibition, related to the central theme.

Winners are:

First place: Meg Newberg, for her oil painting "Sunday Afternoon," which depicted a gathering of Zapotec women cooking a Sunday meal. The Zapotecs were an indigenous people of Mexico.

Second place: Victoria von Elbe, for her four-color woodcut "My Village," an interpretation of a classic Shaker settlement. Shaker architecture commonly was viewed as sparse, highly utilitarian, unadorned and beautifully proportioned.

Third place: Magdalena Nowacka-Jannotta, for her paper-cutting "Lacey Gwiazda (Star)," a work combining the intricate style of traditional Polish paper-cutting with colors and textures of the Southwest.

Honorable mentions went to:

Allison Alexandra, for a pastel portrait of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

Alice Barnhart, for a pastel portrait of a Korean broom-maker.

Pam Davidson, for her acrylic featuring the iconic imagery of Dia de los Muertos, an annual celebration of remembrance in Latin America.

Shirley Richards, for a collage that evokes classic Southwest imagery.

Works by contest winners and recipients of honorable mentions, as well as works submitted by nearly 30 other artists, remain on display through June 30 at the gallery at Ventana Medical Systems, 1910 E. Innovation Park Drive.

The gallery is open to the public, free of charge, from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays and from 1 to 4 p.m. Fridays.

In a second gallery space at the Ventana campus, SAACA also will display works by featured artists Sherrie Posternak, Gale Prososki-Marsland and Wall Batterton. Works by these three visual artists will remain on display through June 25. For more information about their works, go online to http://saaca.org/events-ventanagallery.html">http://saaca.org/events-ventanagallery.html.

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