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Local Painter Wins Top Award At Stanislaus County Fair
A painting of a cocker spaniel won Eva Williams of Riverbank a 'Best of Show' award at this year's Stanislaus County Fair.

This was in the senior professional class as opposed to adult amateurs and children at various age levels.

"I paint a lot of animals and children," said Williams. "This was a neighbor's dog which is very attractive. I take photographs and then work from the photograph, especially with animals and children that move so quickly and are difficult to pose. I'm always asking to take pictures of dogs and have only been turned down once."

Williams won a Best of Show last year as well with "a painting of my husband when he was four. That was from a childhood photo of him."

A resident of Country Manor Drive, Williams belongs to the Valley Art Association. That group used to meet at the Santa Fe Gallery but now gathers at the Scout Hall on High Street. It is hoping to secure space at the Del Rio Theater when that building is renovated as an arts center.

The Santa Fe Gallery and framing shop on Talbot Road owned by Wayne Overholtzer recently closed because of illness and death in his family and his need to concentrate on the adjacent wood molding business which he also owns, said Williams.

She often paints with or receives instruction from Carol Earle of Escalon.