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Longtime Nescatunga Arts Festival Vendor Yusuf Etudaiye Takes Best of Show Honors

Yusuf Etudaiye of Tulsa won the Best of Show honors at the 53rd Nescatunga Arts Festival May 31-June 1 at Alva Recreation Complex’s Pete and Ruth Leslie Fieldhouse. Etudaiye’s sculpture and pottery earned first-place prizes. Giving Etudaiye his awards are this year’s judges Larry Hill and Berneta Venosdel.

The sculpture and pottery of longtime Nescatunga Arts Festival fine arts vendor Yusuf Etudaiye from Tulsa earned first-place prizes as well as the Best of Show award at the close of the 53rd Nescatunga Arts Festival held at the Alva Recreation Complex’s Pete and Ruth Leslie Fieldhouse May 31-June 1.

                More than 50 fine artists, crafters and sugar show artists participated in the event this year.

                A list of other fine artists who earned ribbons at the 53rd festival follows:

  • Designer Arts and Jewelry – first, April Kellman, McLoud; second, Blair Tillery, McLoud

  • Fiber Arts – first, Jennifer Croy, Yukon

  • Graphics/pen & ink/pencil – first, Angelia Case, Alva; second, Salye Gorrell, Enid; third, Warren Little, Alva

  • Mixed Media – first, Salye Gorrell, Enid; second, Elliott Ridgway, Tulsa

  • Oil and Acrylics – first, Jennifer Croy, Yukon; second, Marsha Campbell, Tulsa; Angelia Case, Alva

  • Pastel – first, Salye Gorrell, Enid

  • Photography – first, Valarie Case, Alva; second, Angelia Case, Alva; third, Mikel Robinson, Woodward

  • Watercolor – first, Salye Gorrell, Enid

  • Student winners:

    • Oil & Acrylic – Adrienne Simpson; Printmaking – Cameron Dorsey; and Sculpture – Cris Carwile, all from South Barber Schools in Kiowa, Kansas.

Larry Hill of Woodward and Berneta Venosdel of Tahlequah served as this year’s fine arts judges.

                To learn more about the festival and other ways to become involved with the Nescatunga Arts and Humanities Council, visit


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