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ART GUILD OPENS SHOW TONIGHT

Sixty works will vie for eight ribbons in the appropriately named "Great 8."

Oil paintings, watercolors, pastels, acrylics; modern, traditional, representational, abstract; pen and ink, photography - the West Pasco Art Guild's "Great 8 Exhibition" opening today has all that and then some.

"We're calling it 'Great 8' because there will be eight ribbons: first, second and third, and five honorable mentions," said Darla Wilhite, who is organizing the show with Joan Spinnanger.

Thirty-nine existing and new guild members entered nearly 60 of their works in the nonjuried show.

A reception and announcement of the winners will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 tonight at the guild's gallery, 6206 Jefferson St., New Port Richey.

"We have a very interesting show with lots of interesting things," Wilhite said. One artist entered mixed-media works, three of them scenes in New Port Richey.

"One is a street person pushing a cart," Ms. Wilhite said. "Another is of a police officer, and another of a hot dog vendor around Circle (Boulevard)," she said.

"One lady painted a painting and her teacher said to continue that theme," Wilhite said. It became sunrise to sunset at a local beach.

Wilhite praised show judge David Roland, an artist based in Brooksville.

"He said some of the paintings remind him of (Winslow) Homer," the 19th century American naturalist painter, she said.

Most of the work is for sale, for $60 to $750.

IF YOU GO

'Great 8'

What: West Pasco Art Guild's "The Great 8 Exhibition"

Where: West Pasco Art Gallery, 6206 Jefferson St., New Port Richey

When: Reception from 4:30 to 6:30 tonight; exhibit continues through Nov. 5. Hours are 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturdays; 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays; and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays

Admission: Free

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