There was no telling what was hotter Friday night: the patrons sweating it out on the streets and in galleries downtown or the art scene itself. Artists lined 19th Street and the surrounding sidewalks for the art walk, and both Metro Galleries and The Foundry (in its new home next door) drew more in with new art exhibits.
"Latination" at Metro drew about 2,500 people throughout the evening for the fourth annual art exhibit. None of the three winners, from among the dozens of artists who entered, had won before. Betty Leonor took best of show with "Traje De Mariposa," a striking acrylic on canvas of a woman preparing for an evening out. Christina Sweet, who dashed through the night between Metro and The Foundry (which she co-owns), won first place for her painting of charging bull titled "Run!" And Susan Roussel, who entered a number of festive skeleton ceramics, was awarded second place for her Aunt Jemima-like "Trata De Tias."
Of the winners, Metro's Don Martin said the race was close. "This was a very tight vote. As little as one vote separated the two top winners. The judges enjoyed the subject of Betty's piece, the color and whimsy of Christina's and the fun of Susan's."
Martin was also pleased by having a fresh crop of winners, selected from more than 150 works in contention.
"It was nice that all three are new winners this year. Competition is obviously improving."