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SANTA CRUZ SENTINEL SATURDAY | JULY 23, 2016 WHARF TO WHARF 7 Your Wharf to Wharf ~Poster Connection~ Over 30 years serving Santa Cruz From Custom to Ready-Made 619 Soquel Ave Santa Cruz, CA 95062 at the corner of Branciforte & Soquel (831) 462-0313 www.yorkframinggallery.com Wharf to Wharf 2013 Stirring the emotionS poster artist: louanne korver By Luke Barnes lbarnes@santacruzsentinel.com When it comes to choos- ing the artist to illustrate the poster for Santa Cruz's annual Wharf to Wharf race, York Gallery owner Robin Lerios is very selective. "We try to shake it up as far as type of artist," she said. "Watercolor versus photog- rapher, horizontal versus vertical and so on." When she was present- ed with a sketch from local painter Louanne Korver however, Lerios was imme- diately struck. "Robin had the idea that she'd like it to look like some- one looking out over the race, and I did her a rough sketch and asked her, 'What do you think?'" Korver said. "When Robin saw it, she got teary- eyed." The Wharf to Wharf is a six-mile race h e l d e v e r y July in Santa C r u z s i n c e 1 9 7 3 . W i t h 15,000 runners o f a l l l eve l s , from amateur t o O l y m p i - an, it's one of Santa Cruz's biggest sum- m e r e v e n t s . E a c h y e a r the Wharf to Wharf comit- tee also selects a local artist to create a poster that aims to reflect the spirit and beauty of the race. Korver, a fourth genera- tion Santa Cruz resident, said she was "very blessed and extreme- ly honored" to be chosen as this year's art- ist, especially b e a r i n g i n mind the level of competition in the Santa Cruz commu- n i t y. S h e i s self-trained, having turned t o m a k i n g paintings and portraits a f t e r s p e n d - ing more than 25 years work- ing as a make- up artist. In this year's painting, Kor- v e r w a n t e d to stress the family friend- l y a s p e c t o f the Wharf to Wharf race, as well as paint it with the tropical flair she is known for. "I didn't make it about pro- fessional runners since it's not just a pro-athlete race," said Korver. "It's a happy event. People are running the race, others are playing music, others are spraying the runners with hoses. It's just fun." Korver, who has run the Wharf to Wharf race in the past, is enthusiastic about the event. "I can't think of anything e l s e i n S a n t a C r u z t h at draws 15,000 people," she said. "Everybody's just hav- ing a clean, fun time." Lerios agrees. "It lets Santa Cruz be San- ta Cruz," she said. "It's never had a sour taste." Korver will take part in Open Studios on Oct 5,6,19 and 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 420 Parnell Street in San- ta Cruz. Korver's race-inspired piece coaxed tears from gallery owner Robin LeRioS, YoRk GaLLeRY/Contributed Fourth-generation Santa Cruzan Louanne korver spent 25 years as a makeup artist before turn- ing to a more traditional canvas. She has been selected as the 2013 Wharf to Wharf artist. sunridgefarms.com • Royal Oaks, CA BULK & PACKAGED Organic & Natural Foods Available at your local Natural Food Stores & Supermarkets! Wharf to Wharf SPONSORS 2016 GOOD LUCK RUNNERS! John Ross, far left, makes his move toward the front of the pack during the SCCAL boys cross country championship at Pinto Lake on November 5, 2015. Ross finished second. With a 4.71 GPA, the Scotts Valley harrier is a 2016 Wharf to Wharf scholarship winner.(Shmuel Thaler -- Santa Cruz Sentinel)

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