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Pleasanton Weekly

Arts & Entertainment - February 24, 2012

Conservancy winners on display

Photographers show their love of the Tri-Valley

by Dolores Fox Ciardelli

The top 25 photos from the Freeze Frame Photo Contest sponsored by the Tri-Valley Conservancy are on display at the Firehouse Arts Center. This local Land Trust holds more than 4,300 acres in agriculture and open space, which is being preserved through easements on private land.

The contest winners were:

* 1st Place, Marc Davis, "Livermore Farm"

* 2nd Place, Eric Ahrendt, "Zinfandel Grape Clusters"

* 3rd Place, Lawrence Piggins, "North Livermore Sunset"

The photos will be in Pleasanton until Feb. 29, and they will then be moved to the Livermore Library for display the entire month of March.

"How better to share our vision than with a photo contest," said Barbara Graham of the Tri-Valley Conservancy. "We hope to bring awareness to the beautiful open space and viticulture of our valley."

The photo entries are of local places and spaces, broken down into three categories: agriculture, scenic locales, or recreational uses and activities. They highlight all the things that residents love about the Tri-Valley.

The next TVC photo contest will begin Aug. 27, and all entries need to be in by Sept. 17. Rules and entry forms will be available this summer at www.trivalleyconservancy.org.

The Tri-Valley Conservancy's mission is to permanently protect the soil, rangelands, open space and biological resources in the Tri Valley area and to support a viable agricultural economy. Its office is in Livermore.

The Firehouse Arts Center is located at 4444 Railroad Ave. in Pleasanton. Its hours are noon-5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday; or by appointment. Call Julie Finegan at 931-4849.

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