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Promising Picassos win awards

Winners in the Promising Picasso Show at the Pasco Fine Arts Center have been announced.

Kay Wedder, a year-round New Port Richey resident, won first place for an acrylic titled A Dream of Spain. She strives to express "action, depth and aspiration" in each of her works.

Susan Galassi of Hudson won second prize for a Crotons, a watercolor. She was inspired to paint this subject at a larger-than-life scale while taking a watercolor class last year at the center.

Jo Schmidt, a Bayonet Point retiree and a member of the West Pasco Art Guild, won third prize for Bird Series III. She has painted the bird of paradise plants in her garden for the past three seasons.

Edward S. Gazsi served as an independent judge for the event. He is a graduate of Cooper Union School of Art in New York City. He created illustrations for two published children's books and has completed the art for another book to be published in September.

There were 62 entries, which included 112 pieces in various media.

The Members Choice Award will be determined by ballots cast by visitors during the show's six-week exhibit, which continues through the end of August. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday at the center, 5744 Moog Road in Holiday. The public is welcome.

Information about people and special events in west Pasco (including Holiday, Port Richey, New Port Richey and Hudson) must be sent in writing one week before the event or one week before deadline for reservations or tickets to Carolyn Hopkins, Pasco Times, 11321 U.S. 19, Port Richey, FL 34668. For information in most of west Pasco, call (813) 869-6231. From Holiday, call (813) 842-9465. Submissions will be considered only from organizations based in Pasco County, and then only if the special events are open to the general public. Unless otherwise noted, all phone numbers are 813.