Annual Exhibit

Each year, Valley Watercolor Society holds an Annual Juried Exhibit with rotating judges over the years.

The juror for 2018 was John Paul Thornton, artist, author and educator. John Paul has written “Art and Courage: Stories to Inspire the Artist-Warrior Within.” Educated at Parsons School of Design and California State University at Northridge, John Paul has traveled extensively, enabling him to study global as well as western art. A beloved lecturer on art history, John Paul is also in demand as an art instructor. His series of portraits of America’s missing children has been exhibited widely, most notably at the National Mall in front of the White House and at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. He has received numerous grants and awards and was recognized by the California State Senate and United States Congress for his work linking social causes with art.

2018 Prizes:

First Place/Hawthorne Award: Gregory Radionov – desperado
Second Place/VWS Ruth Cain Award: Gary Friedman – Take Me Home, Skippy
Third Place/Laura Owens Award: Marietta Petrini – Mr. Frank

Special Honors:
Cheap Joe’s Award: Deborah Swan-McDonald – Voices, Holly’s Story
Holbein Award: Karen Holly – Tea Time
Graphaids Award: Natalie Smythe – Daisy
Richeson Award: Charlotte Mullich – Life, Leaves and Twigs
Winsor Newton Award: Beth Pfaffinger – Megan’s Lock
Richeson Award: Lori Pollack – Sweet Xochi
Holbein Award: Joette Snyder – Snow Play
Richeson Award: Peter McDonald – Spring is Sprung

Certificate of Achievement:
Gregory Radionov – Blinded
Marietta Petrini – Girl in Red

Honorable Mention:
Holbein Award: Bennett Levin – Kissed by the Sun
Golden Artist Award: Selina Chang – White Tulips in Glass Vase
Golden Artist Award: Susan Spector – Two Horses and a Fox Walked into a Barn
Salis International Award: Van Do – You and I Against the World
Salis International Award: Fatemeh Kian – Spiraled
Salis International Award: Cristina Gordy – Fallen Flower
Carter Sexton Award: Gail Green – Bouqet in a Jar
Canson Award: Mary Kay Wilson – Magnolia

Certificates of Achievement:
Joette Snyder- Sally’s Sunflowers
Beth Pfaffinger – Drift

Stay tuned for information about next year’s exhibit.

To see the entire 2018 exhibit click here:

2018

To see works from previous years’ Exhibits, click below:

2017
2016
2015 – coming soon
2014 – coming soon
2013 – coming soon
2012 – coming soon

For questions, suggestions, or to volunteer, email Sylvia Crosbie