OCEAN BEACH, CA. There was a great turn-out Friday night for the OB Historical Society’s Photo Exposed contest and exhibit. Held in the Masonic Temple on Sunset Cliffs Blvd, the event swelled to 150 people as the crowd mingled among the wonderful black and white and color photos, catered meatballs, pizza, plus donated and catered desserts.
MC’ed by Society prez Pat James, the night culminated in the announcement of the winners – and in a surprise monetary donation to the Historical Society.
The People’s Choice award went to Emily Sales for her “OB Pier.” Here it is:
Here are the six winners and their photos (we are in the process of requesting the winners allow us to post their photos – those who have responded have their photos up):
Best Special Effects: Kathy Blavatt – “Sunset”
Best Color: Bryce Johnson – “Cliffhanger”
Best Black & White: Richard Micheau – Cliff and Pier NW Swell high tide
Best Vintage: John Ayers – “Girls Gone Wild”
Best In Show: Joe Ewing – “Surfer”
People’s Choice: Emily Sales – “OB Pier”
During the announcing of the winners, some words were spoken of Society friend Maddie Dibble who had recently passed away. Her adult children, Judy and David both also made kind and humorous remarks about their mom. And then it was announced that the Dibble family was donating $2500 to the OB Historical Society.
The show winners will be hung in the OB Library for a month. Then if artists approve be donated to the Ocean Beach Historical Society Archives.
Steve Rowell, a well-known OB photographer, had a series of his old black and white pics on display. Many of them depiced OB street scenes in the heyday of the hippie and youth culture. Steve had worked on OB’s first “underground newspaper” – the OB Liberator.
The Society had a table full of their T-shirts, old potos for sale, and a couple of their little books about OB that they’ve published over the years. Go to the OB Historical Society for more info here.