SLOPOKE 2020 – Awards Five Artists

Posted October 6, 2020


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SLOPOKE, an annual exhibition and sale of Contemporary Art of the West Opened Friday September 25th with a reception and award ceremony for the artist. A number of ticket holders also attended and purchased art. Three SLOPOKE awards are presented by the featured artist and jurist Jim Wodark of the California Art Club and two sponsored awards were presented by SLOPOKE owner/developer Tom Burgher. There were 23 participating artists at this year’s SLOPOKE.


Best of Show was presented to Lisa McLoughlin, an Arizona based artist and rancher for her display of multiple paintings of contemporary life on a modern horse ranch. “Irish Cowboy” and “Hell Bent for Leather” are two of the paintings that received early publicity. Jim Wodark on the right was the jurist.

Best Painting was presented to Simon Lok, a California Art Club artist member from Arcadia, CA for a portrait of a young girl that was exquisitely rendered. Simon was also voted the Artist Choice award by the artists, which is a one-half page in a future issue graciously sponsored by Western Art and Architecture magazine.

The Best Sculpture Award was presented to Dino Mehaffie, also an artist member of the California Art Club, for “Pawnee Spokesperson,” a bronze of a Native American.


Carolyne Hawley of Morango Valley, CA was the recipient of the Best Wildlife Award for her 24″ x 24″  oil painting “Being Sheepish.”  This award provides the winner with a one-third page ad in a future issue of Art of the West Magazine, who generously sponsors wildlife art of the West.

The first “live” art show since the March pandemic  shutdown was successful and safe on this 100-acre open air venue. Free SLOPOKE cowboy bandanas commemorating the 10th Anniversary of the show were provided to everyone along with a beautiful keepsake art book of the displaying artists.  We again thank Monty and Pat Roberts for their generous use of Flag Is Up Farms, a beautiful thoroughbred horse that allows SLOPOKE to bring fine art back to the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley. SLOPOKE is presented annually on the last weekend of September as the weather is near perfect and the date is ideally between back to school and yearend holidays. Save the dates: 24-26 September 2021 for another fine art experience.



Tom Burgher
Chair of the Central Coast Chapter

CAC Board Member Keith Renken