Chesley Pence’s People’s Choice winner, a handmade motorcycle shown in the foreground of this Art Barn picture. Photo submitted

Plumas Arts announces People’s Choice winners at the Art Barn

In announcing this year’s People’s Choice Art Barn winners at the Plumas Sierra County Fair, Plumas Arts Executive Director Kara Rockett-Arsenault said,  “Many attendees approached staff and docents saying that they love the Art Barn and its one of their favorite exhibit buildings at the fair.”

Plumas Arts staff works hard to coordinate the Art Barn by accepting, hanging, and returning the hundreds of submissions. Plumas Arts thanks Ginny Yagerhofer, Linda McDermott, Dale Ready, Erika Jaynes, and students Aubrey Schramel, and Leighna Guanzon for assisting us.

Plumas Arts also thanks  everyone who voted for People’s Choice! It was very close in many of the categories. A HUGE Thank you to all the artists who entered art into the Art Barn. “We couldn’t do it without you!,” Rockett-Arsenault said. Everyone’s art brings a great deal to the fair. Keep making art; it brings true joy to viewers, is thought provoking, and healing!

Teresa Bertocchi’s People’s Choice winner “Family” A beautiful lion print available for purchase at Plumas Arts. Photo submitted

People’s Choice winners for this year’s Art Barn are as follows:


Adopted Animal (wooden trout) – Kris Gunn

Children’s Arts and Crafts – Embrace Madarang

Professional Photography – Teresa Bertocchi

Adult Amateur Photography – Kelsey Marchus

Professional Arts and Crafts – Chesley Pence

Adult Amateur Arts and Crafts – Shawndra West

Jr./Sr. High Photo/Arts and Crafts – Danielle Weaver

The people have their say at the Art Barn during the Plumas-Sierra County Fair with People’s Choice awards. Each year the most coveted awards are chosen by the folks who attend the fair and take the time to cast ballots for their favorites in a variety of categories. All who enter the Art Barn are able to vote for the People’s Choice. In addition to the honor of being selected for this award of People’s Choice, each of the winners will receive a beautiful ribbon from the fair and a cash award or gift card contributed by Plumas Arts.

Did you know the judges for the Art Barn come from other areas? This year we had a teacher from Chico judge the arts, crafts, and collections. All photography was judged by a professional photographer and editor from Redding. Plumas Arts staff assists with the judging and monitors the tags to be sure names are not known. Once judging is over, we flip the tags so names are visible and place all ribbons except People’s Choice which comes after a few days of voting.


A big thank you to this year’s Art Barn docent volunteers! Docents look after the art, help people vote for people’s choice, keep the displays clean and orderly, and answer questions whenever the Art Barn is open. This year’s docents:  Sierra Blanton, Juliette Williams, Tracy Weaver, Diane Mackel, Sue Jackson, Jackie Dubois, Jane Braxton-Little, Sofia O’Connell, Margaret Garcia –Upton, Ryan Upton, Julie Lewis, Linda McDermott, Brenda Lantow, Tracy Ball, Ryan Schramel, Jodi Beynon, Erika Jaynes, Leslie Froggatt, Lucinda Wood, and Nance Reed.

The Animal Adoption fundraiser helps us purchase small items to make the wonderful Art Barn a success. This year participants decorated and added their artistic style to a trout! Thank you to everyone who “adopted” a trout. It was a fun display of artsy swimming trout.

Contact Plumas Arts with questions at 530-283-3402. If you missed the times to pick up your art or have any fair questions, the Fair office has any art left and can be reached at 530- 283-6272.


Plumas Arts was established in 1981 as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, private public benefit corporation. To learn more about the work of Plumas Arts, or to lend your support as a docent at next year’s art barn, e-mail Events Coordinator, Jennifer Ready at [email protected] or visit for info about the organization.