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Annual fine art show coming to Delicato Vineyards
The wine tasting room at the Delicato winery.

Delicato Family Wines is hosting its Dorothy Indelicato 34th annual Fine Art Show in February and entries are being accepted from local artists.

The show itself runs from Feb. 4 through Feb. 25 at the Delicato Tasting Room in Manteca.

Artists who would like to participate in the art show can submit entries to the Delicato Tasting Room from Thursday, Jan. 4 through Friday, Jan. 19. An application may be obtained by calling 209-824-3678 or 209-824-3501; e-mailing; or visiting the Tasting Room four miles north of Manteca, off Highway 99 at Exit 246.

Up to five pieces per artist may be entered, with a cost of $9 per entry, into the competition. The Fine Art Show is open to entries by the creators of original art produced within the last three years. Entries will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. throughout the entry submission period.

Mediums of acrylic, watercolor, pastel, oil, charcoal, and ink will be accepted. Judging of the original pieces will be done in seven categories: Landscape, Floral, Portrait, Animals, Whimsical, Seascape, and Other. Judging will be on Saturday, Jan. 27. If all categories have sufficient entries, 20 awards totaling over $1,600 will be presented to category winners.

The artwork will be displayed daily from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 4 through Sunday, Feb. 25.

The judge for 2024 is Debbie Wardrope, a Bay Area native and longtime Pleasanton resident who has pursued painting for most of her life, even during a 20-year career in mortgage banking.

She graduated “With Distinction” from the California College of the Arts in Oakland with a BFA in illustration. Her work has been recognized through numerous awards; she has exhibited in group and solo shows, including the Art Expo in New York and in galleries from Yountville to Carmel.

A signature member of the Pastel Society of the West Coast, Wardrope teaches oil, acrylic, and pastel painting classes for adults and art classes for children. Her primary medium is pastel, but she also paints in oils and acrylics.

“I believe that art should be beautiful, accessible and evoke an emotional response in the viewer,” said Wardrope.

Numerous styles of art will be on display at the Delicato Fine Art Show. All art will also be available for sale on a first come basis.

Visitors are encouraged to call the Tasting Room to reserve a tasting flight and cast a vote for their favorite piece of art. The winning artist will receive the coveted Visitors’ Choice Award.