EL CENTRO – The evening was filled with merriment Thursday, October 27, at St. Peter and Paul’s Episcopal Church as Valley residents mingled in dress attire and indulged in exquisite wines, refreshing craft beer, and a variety of flavorful cheeses as they admired the work of 29 of the Valley’s talented artists at the 57th annual Fall Festival Palate & Palette.
Attendees also enjoyed tunes performed by a live jazz group.
The event served as a fundraiser where proceeds go towards outreach and the community. Frances Rice, church treasurer, has organized the event for the past 18 years. For Rice, it is always a delight to see the community show support while dressing up nice and hanging out with friends and acquaintances.
“The most fun of this event is people seeing their friends,” said Rice.
The art itself was one of the main highlights of the event. Seventy-five pieces of various mediums were exhibited and ranged from oil to acrylic, water color to mixed media, and photography. Some of the pieces were up for sale for those interested in taking home beautiful décor or to be added to a personal gallery. One fun aspect of the event was that the attendees were able to vote for their favorite pieces in each category.
Father Paul Gambling is the priest in charge at St. Peter and Paul’s, and has attended the Palate & Palette event for 15 years. He said he enjoys the art and company.
“I love the artwork, which is delightful,” said Gambling. “Mainly, I enjoy seeing the company and seeing people who attend this event. It brings out a lot of people from parts of the community and it brings them together in a common venue in which they can all relax and enjoy the food, the wine, and the art.”
Imperial resident Adriana Arroyo was one of the 29 artists who exhibited their work. Arroyo displayed three oil paintings entitled “Going through the Storm,” “Beautiful Alaska,” and “The Lighthouse – The Sailor’s Compass.” Arroyo has been a painter for six years.
“A friend invited me; that’s why I knew about this. And I love painting,” said Arroyo.
Arroyo primarily enjoys painting landscapes and loves oil and watercolor paints.
“I love oil paintings, but I also really like watercolors,” said Arroyo.