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State Watercolor Exhibition


2017 CWS State Exhibition

Foothills Art Center
809 15th. St. Golden Colorado 80401
Opening: April 20
Close: June 25
Juror: Vladislav Yeliseyev


2017 CWS State Exhibition Award Winners


Congratulations to the following artist who received awards at the 2017 exhibit:

  • Steve Griggs - Best of Show
  • Nancy Dee - Second Place
  • Naum Katsenelsen - Third Place
  • Anita Winter - Mountain Side Art Guild Award
  • Carol Newsom - Frances Olson Award
  • Diane Fechenbach - Pikes Peak Award
  • Kay Moore - Honorable Mention

Steve Griggs, mpossible Dreamer, best of show


Nancy Dee, Old Farm-site at Sunset, second place


Naum Katsenelsen, Last Rays, third place


Anita Winter, LoDo Action, Mountain Side Art Guild Award


Carol Newsom, Musicians, Frances Olson Award


Diane Fechenbach, Golden Guardian, Pikes Peak Award



Kay Moore, Driving Through New Mexico, Honorable Mention



List of Accepted Artists for CWS State Show 2017


Congratulations to the following artists selected for the 2017 exhibit:

  • Cheryl Annett ‘Spring Delight’
  • Ann Arensmeyer ‘Mixed Flowers with Butterfly’
  • Tanis Bula ‘Cactus Pots’
  • Greg Chapleski ’Smoke, Soot and Steel’
  • Diane Fechenbach Golden Guardian
  • Paul Foster Into the Light
  • Nancy Dee Old Farm-site at Sunset
  • Susan Gordon Shades of Gray
  • Pat Foster Midnight Sanctuary
  • Jay Breese Quiet Morning
  • Robert Gray Mayhem
  • Steve Griggs Impossible Dreamer
  • Pamela Gilmore Hake Earth Dance
  • Larry Haught Runoff
  • Pamela Hostetler Mushrooms
  • Betty Jaggers Blue Plate and Oranges
  • Deborah Jansen Royal Regatta
  • Bronwen Jones Still Waters
  • Susan Kane July In the Rockies
  • Naum Katsenelson Last Rays
  • Jimmy Magouirk Studio
  • Carol Marander Spirit Wall
  • Barbara McAdams Garden Monoliths
  • Pam McLaughlin Deliberation
  • Donna Malpiede McNulty Autumn Still Life
  • Kay Moore Driving Through New Mexico
  • Monique Moore Ruelle Ensoleillee
  • Georgia Mucilli Hillside Houses
  • Carol Newsom Musicians
  • Philip Newsom Sumi Tabby
  • Tom Newsom ‘Bear Creek plein air’
  • Barbara Olsen Always on the Outside Looking In
  • Judy Porzak Return to the Abbey
  • Lisa Rettedal At Rest
  • Jill Riggin Edge of the Thicket
  • Marijane Sharpe The Lady and the Path
  • Becky Silver Aspen Delight
  • Lou Ann Sosalla Emerging Stream
  • Kandice Starbuck Ancient Truths
  • Rita Summers Loving Lions
  • Beatrice Trautman Cave Creek Saguaro
  • Don Van Horn Train and People
  • Lorraine Watry Through the Ages
  • David Wicks Cesky Krumlov Towers
  • Merrie Wicks Line Dancing
  • Dianne Widom Nick
  • Marylouise Widmaier Professor Emeritis
  • Anita Winter LoDo Action
  • Judy Witherell Autumn Gold
  • Gene Youngman Two Buttes

CWS 2017 State Exhibit Award Winners



Past State Watercolor Exhibit Information below:



25th Annual CWS State Watercolor Exhibit at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities in Colorado




24th Annual CWS State Watercolor Exhibit - 2015


March 3 to March 30 at the Lone Tree Arts Center in Lone Tree, Colorado.

Chaired by Gary Nichols, and the selection and awards juror was Rick Brogan.


The Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony was held on March 7th.


President's welcome

President Greg Chapleski welcoming the 450 plus attendees at the opening reception.



Juror Rick Brogan addresses the audience.



4th Honorable Mention - Marcio Correa, No Left



3rd Honorable Mention - Richard Forsyth, Light From Within



2nd Honorable Mention - Bronwen Jones, Afternoon Light



1st Honorable Mention - Zona Janssen, Caldera



Pikes Peak Watercolor Society Award - Lorraine Watry, Fanfare



Painted Toe Society Award - Randy Hale, Red Fusion



Richard Hughes Memorial Award - Diane Fechenbach, 10:45



Presidents Award - Tanis Bula, Cassis, France



4th Place - Paul Valdez, Red Stripes Blue Stripes



3rd Place - Kathleen Lanzoni, After the Rain


(not present at ceremony)

2nd Place - Frank Francese, Grand Mesa 2015



Best of Show - Marcio Correa, Twin Elevators



People’s Choice Award  - Lorraine Watry, Fanfare


Other Images from the Opening Reception:













Congratulations to the Award Winners:

  • Best of Show - Marcio Correa, Twin Elevators
  • 2nd Place - Frank Francese, Grand Mesa 2015
  • 3rd Place - Kathleen Lanzoni, After the Rain
  • 4th Place - Paul Valdez, Red Stripes Blue Stripes
  • Presidents Award - Tanis Bula, Cassis, France
  • Richard Hughes Memorial Award - Diane Fechenbach, 10:45
  • Painted Toe Society Award - Randy Hale, Red Fusion
  • Pikes Peak Watercolor Society Award - Lorraine Watry, Fanfare
  • 1st Honorable Mention - Zona Janssen, Caldera
  • 2nd Honorable Mention - Bronwen Jones, Afternoon Light
  • 3rd Honorable Mention - Richard Forsyth, Light From Within
  • 4th Honorable Mention - Marcio Correa, No Left
  • People’s Choice Award  - Lorraine Watry, Fanfare

Thank You to Juror Rick Brogan.


Thank you to our Award Sponsors:

  • Colorado Watercolor Society
  • Dick Blick Art Materials
  • Creative Catalyst Productions
  • Golden Artists Colors
  • Guiry's Color Source
  • HK Holbein Watercolors
  • Dr. PH Martin's Watercolors
  • Meininger Artist Materials
  • Jack Richeson & Co.
  • Sakura of America
  • Winsor & Newton Watercolors
  • Silver Brush
  • Painted Toe Society
  • Pikes Peak Watercolor Society
  • Bonnie Jones (in honor of her father Richard Hughes)
  • CWS Past Presidents Randy Hale, Sydney Eitel, Chuck Danford, Gene Youngmann, Pat Rucker, Marcio Correa, and Pam Hake

Thank you to our Collaborators and Contributors:

  • Stacie Cisco and The Lone Tree Arts Center Organization
    and Staff
  • Alicia Mitchell, Lisa Selby, Judy Lichtin, Melinda Boyd of Mountain Air String Quartet
  • Serendipity Catering
  • CWS Show Chair Gary Nichols
  • CWS Volunteers John Brasaemle, Greg Chapleski, Chuck Danford, Zona Janssen, Bonnie Jones, Shanthi Kumar, Monique Moore, Gary Nichols, Julie Sikes, and Vicki Tucker




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