The reception turned out just perfect, tons of food, wine and music. Everyone arrived and the awards started at 7:00pm. I was honored to have won 3rd place with my pastel of the oranges at Citrus Park. I also was again surprised and excited to have my painting selected to receive the purchase award. PAAR has an award where they purchase a painting to keep in the archives representing PAAR and the paint outs representing each year, so my painting will be this years purchase! Here are some pictures of the evening, most of my pictures didn't turn out. The lighting was a big factor but user error also contributed. I am the giant smile in this first photo, could it be any worse, I hate photos. I had some friends who came to support me which was so nice! All in all, I feel like this was my night! We were tempted to go to Vegas right after I then won a drawing for a book of the Fox Theater! I am sure people thought I was stealing things from the museum as I was leaving with my arms full of goodies!