March 5, 2016

Painting Wins Award

I can't believe it's been so long since I last posted.  I've been very sick this winter with all the viruses going around.  But now I'm back to my old self and ready to finish up canvases I've had on my easel.  So posts of those will be here soon!

At Old Borego, oil, 18 x 24 inches, Ann Hovis Wallace

Currently I'm grateful to share that this oil painting recently received an Honorable Mention award from the Gilbert Visual Art League (Gilbert, AZ) at its 13th Annual Juried Art Show.  

This work is based on a plein air piece I did several years ago near Anza Borrego State Park and Borrego Springs, California.  The site is at Old Borego, the historical center of Borrego Valley, where homesteaders first began to arrive around 1910.  The locals spelled the little town of Borego with one "r" in those days.  It had its own post office, general store, public school, Booster Club, and an assigned deputy sheriff.  The thriving little community suffered during the depression, population dwindled, and it lost its post office in July 1940.  After WW II ended, the area began to recuperate; but when a new community went on the market called Borrego Springs, the center was shifted away from Borego.  However, the store there remained open until the late 1950s.  Today Old Borego has new owners and a few of the old historical buildings have been preserved.  This painting is of the desert and mountains facing away from the old Borego post office building.