Awards were handed out late Saturday night to participants of the Plein Air Competition at the Helper Arts and Music Festival.
Competition judge Douglas Fryer explained his simple judging criteria.
вЂњHow much do I enjoy looking at this piece?вЂќ Fryer said.
Prizes were awarded for three categories: amateur, salon and Plein Air.
Carol JohansenвЂ™s вЂњPainted RockвЂќ earned top billing in the Plein Air division. Charles Snow took home first prize in the salon division for вЂњVictoriaвЂќ, and Kathryn MartinezвЂ™s вЂњGazingвЂќ won the amateur division.
Ted Warr took home the inaugural Artist Excellence award for his painting вЂњIce-O-MatвЂќ.
Fryer encouraged all the artists to keep painting and expressing themselves.