Monsoon art from all over southern Arizona was unveiled to the public during a reception at the Douglas Art Gallery on 10th Street Saturday.

Throughout the months of June and July, an invite went out encouraging local artists to submit pieces of art depicting what the monsoon looks like to them.

The show which is in its third year and is being called “Monsoon Art Storm 2019”, will take place throughout the month of August at the Douglas Art Gallery. Submissions were accepted July 27 – 31 and the judging took place August 1–2. The winners were announced Saturday at the reception.

There were 11 different categories, each sponsored by a local business or individual. The only award that wasn’t announced Saturday was the People’s Choice sponsored by Vicky Merritt with Edward Jones. That winner, who will receive $50, will be announced at the end of the August show, Saturday, Aug. 31.

Event organizer Mary Fogleman reported there were 57 submissions this year, more than they have had in previous years. Eleven of those submissions were by one artist, Sandy Shiloh of Portal who won two awards sponsored by Douglas Realty Group and High Desert Veterinary Service.

The other winners that were announced along with the award sponsors Saturday were: Deb Warner of Pearce, SWC Interiors, Best Use of Color; Zachary Morales of Douglas, Fogleman’s Piano Service Youth award; Sarah Valasco of Pirtleville, Agua Life; Linda Stacey of Benson, Mayor’s Award; Hollie Barajas of Douglas, Mayor’s Youth Award; Jonathan Arvizu of Douglas, Best Back Story; Sarah McFann of Pearce, Mirror Image. Linda Ekstrum of Tucson, won the Gadsden Hotel Award. Each winner received $25.

Shiloh told The Douglas Dispatch she learned of the contest through the Dispatch website.

“This is the first time I have ever displayed any of my work,” she said. “I happened to see a post on the Douglas Dispatch Facebook page that was requesting art. I contacted them and asked if amateurs were welcome and they said ‘oh yes, everyone is welcomed.’ I couldn’t decide what to submit so in the end I ended up submitting 11 different pieces.”

Shiloh says she has been taking pictures for a number of years, but never really shot landscape until moving to southern Arizona in 2012.

“I used to do celebrity photography for a country music magazine,” she said. “I was not used to landscape, lighting that when I moved here, I was so in awe of the beauty I had to start shooting landscape. Seven years later I’m still in awe of the beauty here.”

Shiloh says she uses different types of cameras one of which is a Cannon, the other a Nikon.

“When I go out and shoot, I look for anything beautiful,” she said. “It doesn’t always have to be landscape. I shoot wildlife, birds, sunsets, anything that has beauty to it. I even shot some graffiti that had a nice look to it.”

Velasco said she used her cell phone to take her award-winning photo.

“Most of my shots are from right in front of our house,” she said.

Both Shiloh and Velasco said they are happy they entered the competition.

“It’s kind of out of my comfort zone because I have never done this before,” Shiloh said. “It’s been exciting and I am very happy to have won a couple of awards.”

The Gallery will be open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. all this month so the community can stop by and check out the exhibits and also vote on the one they feel is the Best of Show.

For more information please visit The Gallery, call (520) 227-8926 or email: Stay up-to-date by visiting the Douglas Art Gallery on Facebook.

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