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Bonsall Woman's Club members take top honors at Festival of Arts

BONSALL – On February 23, the California Federation of Women’s Clubs, Palomar District, hosted the Festival of Arts at the Escondido Woman’s Club. Entries in photography, crafts, art and literature were on display for all to see. A special creative skit was performed by the members of the Woman’s Club of Escondido and other members showcased their musical talents. A delicious luncheon was enjoyed by more than 100 members from 13 clubs in the district.

There were 77 entries entered in six photography categories. Mary Jane Poulter is the first person in the 25 year history of the event to achieve the distinction of receiving the Best of Show award in three photo contest categories: Natural History, “A spider flower,” Feature, “Couple with a dog,” and Volunteers in Action, “BWC Needy Christmas toy wrap.” She also received first place in Scenic, “Live Oak Park, Fallbrook.”

Sonja Longley received top honor when her Great States Update photo, “Joshua Trees, CA,” was awarded overall Best of Show in the six categories.

Shirl Bennett’s claim to fame is that it was her very first time ever to enter a photo contest. She entered her Best of Show photo of a “California Cactus Flower, Napa County” in the calendar category.

In the crafts category, Marlene Rantanen, a well known Fallbrook artist, won overall Best of Show.

In Art - Oil & Watercolor, Elizabeth Johnson, a local Bonsall oil painter, won Best of Show in both Portraits and Scenic. She has won top honors in the Palomar Art Festival for many years and has gone on to win top honors at the state level too. Barbara Chahbazian has improved every year. Her floral was judged Best of Show for the watercolor category.

The Best of Show winners will go on to compete at the state level on May 12 in San Francisco.

To see the entire list of awards for the Bonsall Woman’s Club, visit the Art Festival page of the Club’s Web site,


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