Two student artists carve out Pumpkin Patch Poster awards

July 19, 2013
Santa Paula News

The work of two young Santa Paula artists will appear on the posters, postcards and other promotional materials for October’s Rotary Club Faulkner Farm Pumpkin Patch & Harvest Festival, after they carved out the top awards in the second annual art contest.

First Place winner Marietta Collins and runner-up Carlos Monsalve received their awards at Monday’s Santa Paula Rotary Club meeting. 

Contest Chairwoman Ginger Gherardi noted the second annual contest had a similar result to last year: “We had two outstanding artworks” by the students depicting the annual Faulkner Farm Pumpkin Patch & Harvest Festival. The 7th Annual Faulkner Farm Pumpkin Patch will be held every weekend in October. 

Gherardi said the winning entries were again given to graphic artist Patti Fallini, who adapted the artworks for poster and postcard use and added promotional information about the Pumpkin Patch. 

Marietta, accompanied by her mother Karen Collins, received the top $250 prize. Gherardi said the work by the “almost 16” year-old St. Augustine Academy 11th grader would be used on the poster and postcards.

Carlos’ work, which garnered the 14-year-old Briggs School 8th grader the $150 second place prize, will appear on the back of the postcard. His mother Xania Ontiveios and stepfather Gil Ontiveios also attended the Rotary luncheon.

Both artists can expect wide exposure for their designs: Gherardi said 5,000 postcards will be printed to promote the Pumpkin Patch & Harvest Festival.

The event, which draws thousands of visitors from throughout Southern California, is held at the UC Hansen Trust Agricultural Center AKA Faulkner Farm. Each year all proceeds benefit an array of area nonprofits, with an emphasis on youth programs and activities.

The 7th Annual Faulkner Farm Pumpkin Patch will be held every weekend in October, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about the Faulkner Farm Pumpkin Patch visit

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