A Perfect Trifecta Pairing of Friends, Charity, and Cuisine

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Gil and Rae Perez discuss the artistic talent of Monica Bermudez, the artist of the painting, Madonna.
Gil and Rae Perez discuss the artistic talent of Monica Bermudez, the artist of the painting, Madonna.

EL CENTRO — Patrons of the 56th Fall Festival of Palate and Palette filled the church and backyard of the Church of Sts. Peter and Paul sipping wines and beers from around the world, eating exotic pate´s, savory cheeses, and fresh fruit, Thursday evening.

A varied art display greeted everyone as they entered, from watercolors, oils, acrylics, mixed media and photography from local artists were portrayed, most for sale, to be voted upon for the crowds favorite in each medium.

Many expressed the thought that those who attended were the real winners, getting a preview of the talent that resides in the Valley, along with meeting new friends while sampling beverages and cuisine not normally encountered in the desert.

Ruth Marquez and Giorgina Ramsay, both of El Centro were delighted to have been invited by friend Joe Cosio. Neither had ever been, but both agreed they would be back next year.

“What’s not to like? We get to dress up, see all these people, drink wine, eat, listen to live music, this is a great night,” Marquez said.

Ramsay agreed, “I am definitely returning next year. This is a fun night.”

Gil and Rae Perez of El Centro, took their judging artists task seriously, checking each artwork against their playbill, and marking their favorites.

“We love coming and seeing these fabulous pieces of work by locals and our friends,” said Gil.

The hosting church, Sts. Peter and Paul Episcopal Church, uses the event as their annual fundraiser. According to Frances Rice, chairman, the net proceeds will be used for outreach in the Valley.

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