Patterson man draws ‘best in show’
by Nick Rappley | Patterson Irrigator
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A classic charcoal drawing of Audrey Hepburn caught the eye of judges and took home “Best of Show” honors at this year’s Apricot Fiesta Art Contest.

Jose Lopez, a Patterson resident and Patterson High School graduate, not only took home the top honor, but also swept the adult drawing category, winning first through third in the category.

“This time, I wanted to do an iconic actress portrait,” said Lopez, who draws in his spare time since earning an Associate of Arts degree in art from Modesto Junior College. “I do it mostly for fun.”

Lopez said he has been honing his skills since he graduated from high school.

“The more effort I put into it, the more realistic they come out,” he said. “I go to Starbucks every day and spend two hours drawing.”

Lopez said the portrait of Hepburn was inspired by three photographs he found through an Internet search. He incorporated elements from all of the images to make up his portrait, he said, adding that he wants to be an art teacher someday.

“It feels good to win the award,” he said, noting he has entered just his second Fiesta Art Contest. “It’s even more gratifying when you see someone get excited about the work you give them.”

Lopez also took the first, second and third prizes for portraits of his friend’s children, including a boy in a Little League baseball uniform.

Other first-place winners in the adult category were Joe Yonan for photography, Dorlene Durham for mixed media and Elizabeth Benitez for painting. In grades 11 and 12, John Diesser won first for mixed media. Brooke Garro won the painting and photography categories for grades 9 and 10. Abriela Cabrera won first-place drawing honors for grades 7 and 8. Kayla Carman won both the painting and drawing categories for grades 5 and 6, and Jocelyn Sagapolu won top honors for her 3-D craft for grades 3 and 4. Sabreah Leal won in painting for grades 3 and 4. In grades 1 and 2, Katie Carman won for painting and drawing, Grant Hooper won the mixed-media category, Abigayle Hernandez won for 3-D crafts and Timothy Benefield Jr. won for photography. The prize for preschool and kindergarten 3-D craft went to Cheyenne Ruelas, while the mixed-media winner was Cristiann Vasquez, Genesis Lujano was first in drawing and Anthenny Hernandez created the winning painting.

Second-place finishers included Timothy Benefield Jr., Elizabeth Benitez, Abriela Cabrera, Katie Carman, Kayla Carman, Brooke Garro, Nevaeh Goins, John Kiesser, Jose Lopez, Elena Martinez, Jake Sagapolu, Jocelyn Sagapolu, Cristian Vasquez Joe Yonan, Logan Zenger and Wyatt Zenger.

Claiming third-place prizes were Elizabeth Benitez, Katie Carman, Kayla Carman, Brooke Garro, Abigayle Hernandez, Grant Hooper, Jose Lopez, Samuel Schneider, Joanna Szeto, Cristian Vasquez, Joe Yonan and Logan Zenger.

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Second-place finishers included Joe Yonan, Jose Lopez, Elizabeth Benitez, John Kiesser, Elena Martinez, Brooke Garro, Abriela Cabrera, Kayla Carman, Jocelyn Sagapolu, Jake Sagapolu, Logan Zeneer, Katie Carman, Timothy Benefield Jr., Nevaeh Goins, Cristian Vasquez and Wyatt Zenger.

Claiming third-place prizes were Joe Yonan, Jose Lopez, Elizabeth Benitez, Samuel Schneider, Brooke Garro, Kayla Carman, Grant Hooper, Logan Zenger, Katie Carman, Abigayle Hernandez, Joanna Szeto and Cristian Vasquez.

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