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. (http://ktanabefineart.com/blog) 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.http://www.sallytippman.com/home.