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Pablo Picasso would be proud

Two Land O'Lakes artists win first place at the annual Pasco Art Center exhibit.

Land O'Lakes residents Jessica Kahle and Regina Stadnik won top honors at the annual Promising Picasso art exhibit at the Pasco Art Center in Holiday.

The show opened April 11 and continues through Aug. 28.

The residents' winning entry, a screen-printed book titled Scale, Seed, Feather, was chosen over more than 120 works by 71 regional amateur and professional artists who entered the popular show.

Second place went to Ann Kavanagh of Palm Harbor for a watercolor of what the artist calls "painted music," Brahms - Hungarian Dance 5. The third-place winner was Ellie Millar of New Port Richey for a watercolor, Promising Picassos, depicting two children painting.

Merit awards were given to artists in five different categories:

Acrylic: John Senatora, Holiday, untitled painting of a nude woman;

Oil: Eva Fender, Holiday, Pottery Class at the Art Center;

Pastel: Art Andre, Holiday, Ursula;

Watercolor: Donna Lyle, New Port Richey, Homosassa II; and

Mixed Merit: Nathan Golub, New Port Richey, colored pencil, Self Portrait in Primary Colors.

The Youth Award was given to Marcia Shapiro or Port Richey for a pastel titled Michelle.

Honorable mention awards were given to Loretta Maxwell, Holiday, for a pastel, Lightning in the Sink, a depiction of a gray cat curled up in a lavatory; Bruce Kotchey, Oldsmar, for a colored pencil portrait, Joe Burley; Eliana Kaesberger, Hudson, for an oil, Mountain Man; Joanne Laspina, New Port Richey, for a photograph, Flowers; and Fern Ursa, New Port Richey, for a collage, Tinbu (elephant eye).

"We're still voting on the community choice award and will be until the end of the show," said Marj Golub, executive director of the center. That award goes to the work that receives the most votes from gallery visitors. Exhibit hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.