Saturday, October 30, 2010

NWS 90th Anniversary Luncheon and Exhibition

This has been such a wonderful day!!  My husband and I attended the NWS Awards Luncheon and Opening Exhibition.  I didn't even enter, let alone get accepted, but I was taking the advice of Judi Betts.  At our workshop, Mrs. Betts said that she attended the national shows for years before getting accepted.  It's a means of viewing excellent art and seeing the juror's eye. It's a great opportunity to get advice from seasoned professionals.  Rick Warren (Purpose Driven Life) has introduced a new series called "Decade of Destiny" where he encourages outlining a goal process for the next 10 years of our lives.  Without a hopeful plan of action, it's easy for goals to go by the wayside as the years disappear.  So I've made some long-term aspirations for myself, both  personally and with art.  Attending the exhibition was a little bit of vision-casting and an amazing event.

When we first walked in to the luncheon, I could not believe my eyes!  My Wetcanvas/Facebook friend, Marvin Chew, had flown in from Singapore as one of the artists juried into the 90th NWS Exhibition.  I have such an admiration for this accountant-by-day watercolorist who is brilliant at perspective and more!  He does some of his work plein air on a little low stool that makes my back hurt just describing it.  It was such a joy to get to meet him in person. Check out Marvin's watercolors at :
He has a new book out, as well, that is shown on the website.
We sat with Marvin at lunch, and he introduced me to another artist at the table, Keiko Tanabe.  My mouth dropped, because I realized that I had just read the most lovely article in the December 2010 Watercolor Artist about Keiko. It highlighted a beautiful blog post  she'd written about the importance of Cherry Blossoms emerging in Japan. ( Keiko has been juried into the 12th Biennial Salon de l'Aquarelle de Belgique, was a finalist in the Southwest Art's 21 over 31 Emerging Artist's competition, and was awarded the Merwin Altfeld Memorial Award and Signature Status at today's NWS Exhibition.  She is so NICE!  Her son served as Mr. Van Winkle's helper in distributing Richeson door prizes to lucky winners. Keiko has studied with Alvaro Castagnet, who is an obvious influence in her work.  One of his magnificent watercolors was also part of the paintings juried into the show.

Other outstanding artists at our table were both from California, too.  Nancy Near's "Sunlit Andrew"(right and below) took my breath away when I saw it at the gallery.  Khris and I were both surprised it didn't nab one of the awards.
Sally Tippman's "Body Language" was a super figurative work!  I misapplied the term gestural to it -thinking that term meant full of movement in the figures, but I intended it as a compliment.  Her figures came to life on the paper. View her work at

At one point, I nearly accosted Jack Richeson for a photo. He was also a super nice guy.  Among the other honored guests, including several past NWS presidents, I was rather star-struck with John Salminen and Mike Bailey. 

At the exhibition, we got to see  paintings from Castagnet, Paul Jackson, Frank Francese, Judy Morris, Todd Levetzow,  Fealing Lin, Kathleen Maling, Kim Seng Ong, Sandi D'Alessandro, Donna Zagotta...the list goes on and on.  One of my favorites in the show was the amazing work of Myrna Wacknov.  Talk about a creative individual - WOW!

If you have the opportunity don't miss out on the exhibition in San Pedro, CA!


  1. good post, glad you had a great time and met all those people. Are you living in CA now? I'm afraid I didn't get around to entering that show this year, I'll have to give it a go next time - if we're lucky, maybe we'll meet out there. :)

  2. Nick - Yes, we moved to CA in August. It was a job move, but we were glad to be closer to our granddaughter! Blogger Nancy Goldman was so kind to get me plugged right in to the art groups here. Hope you will let us take you to an MSG-free dinner if you come this way. Marvin's dinner wish while here from Singapore? - IN AND OUT burgers!! That was an inexpensive act of hospitality!

    Congrats on your continued success!

  3. I love In & Out!!!! But don't give me one of those lettuce burgers, I want the real deal :)

  4. Love your blog! So surprised to see Nancy Near here. We live close by each other and had a class together at a local community center a few years ago. Thanks for your comments on my blog too.

  5. Marvin Chew, Keiko Tanabe both are my FB friend.