McAllen Arts Council announces winners of the 8th Annual Fine Art Exhibit

cropped-MAC.NoBackground.logo_.pngThe McAllen Arts Council, 8th Annual Fine Art juried show encouraged local Artists to submit artwork related to the History of the McAllen Area.  The McAllen Arts Council had a select panel of Judges, observe the technical quality, originality, artistic merit, and overall appeal, when awarding the photographs.
Over all 20 Entries were received and the best were awarded 1st 2nd & 3rd place.
We proudly congratulate, Valeria Pena, Irene Wazgowska and Luis Suñer for their winning entries.

1st Place
Valeria Escareño Peña, Art piece titled: Shipley’s Donut
Valeria is currently a high School Student.  She is pursuing a career in medicine, but her hobby is photography.  She likes to document her travels near and far.  One of her favorite places to capture is Chicago.  Soon she plans to travel to New Mexico and Arizona for some landscape photography.


2nd Place
Irene Wazgowska, Art piece title: Nuevo Santander Gallery
New to the Valley, Irene is excited to have the opportunity to explore the McAllen arts scene. On a recent first friday, she was out with her family and caught an image of the Nuevo Santander Gallery on north Main St. She was taken with both the beauty of the building and the treasures that were found within the gallery walls. As she learns more about the city and the Valley as a whole, Irene hopes to continue to capture the gems that reside throughout this part of Texas.


3rd Place
Luis Suñer, Art piece titled: Sacred Heart Church
Luis Suñer is a Mexican graphic designer with more than 20 years of experience in traditional and digital photography. Luis enjoys shooting without flash or any other set up light, almost all his work is based on the light he faces in every situation, even modeling photos.  Now with the help of computer software, he experiments with a variety of options moving his work to a different level


Winning entries will be on display at the McAllen Creative Incubator located at 601 N. Main St in McAllen, from May 1st through May 26th.  Visit for free daily from 9am to 5pm.