The 24 contestants who participated were all hand picked and the battle was to paint one word (drawn from a hat) on a 16 x 18 canvas. Judging was based on concept, form, color palette and technical proficiency.
Even though I was born and raised in Oakland, I had never been to DeFermery which is located in West Oakland. I remember my mother's stories though of swimming there (back in the 30's) and I even think that the DeFermery Park Center is where my grandmother took her citizenship classes in the 40's.
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And the First Place Winner is.......
Vyal One LOD of Los Angeles