FALLBROOK – Daniel Martinez received a third place award in the Adult Acrylic Art Division at this year's San Diego County Fair. His painting "Grandma's Kitchen" was painted on a wood plank, depicting a still life scene of his abuela's fabulous Mexican cuisine.
As one looks at this work of art, one can inhale the aromas of the various traditional foods he grew up with. Martinez said, "The scent of rabbit mole cooking slowly for hours and fresh tortillas on the hot plate, chili and vegetables basting from the grill and fresh frijoles made visiting her humble house a delightful pleasure."
He recently introduced digital prints of the painting that can be purchased at Village Copy and created a large scale canvas banner that adorns his booths at the recent Low Rider Event this past week and other future festivals.
Martinez's students from his afterschool art program at the Fallbrook Community Center also received recognition in the Youth Category. Fourteen works of art in watercolor and acrylic won numerous ribbons for seven students.
Participants in this category include Elan Green, Remi Schuessler, Ares Miramontes, Anza Ackerman, Kehano Herron, Tindra Ramirez and Eden Pollard with two first place ribbons in the watercolor division. Martinez said, "I have a great group of young artists that love to express themselves, some have been in my Summer Art Program at the community center for years, and I'm very proud of all of them."
Along with the students' paintings, four of the seven large mural pieces from his Summer Art Program were exhibited in the Homemade Pavilion. They were all painted in acrylic on canvas. His summer mural class of students created large works including Jurassic Park, Wacky Ocean, County Fair and Farm animals and more were selected for this year, as the fair had been closed since 2020.
Martinez's Summer Art Classes are in the last three week sessions of the summer and he said, "They have been very fulfilling with creativity, entertainment and artistic expression." Visit https://fallbrookcommunitycenter.com/ for his fall programming for elementary, middle and high school students.
Submitted by Daniel Martinez.