Best in the West

Juror Keiko Tanabe had her pick of stellar watercolor paintings to award in Watercolor West‘s 2019 International Juried Exhibition, on display through December 15 at Brea Gallery in Brea, California.

Here’s a sample of the paintings she selected.

FIRST PLACE – $2,000 Ken Call – “In the Moment”
SECOND PLACE – $1,500 Stephen Zhang – “Haircut”
LILY Y. AWARD $1,000 Kerry Waltz “Grey Day 3”
PATRONS AWARD – $700 Phyllis Tseng – “Listen”
HENRY & FUJIKO FUKUHARA MEMORIAL AWARD – $500 Keiko Yasuoka – “Full Bloom”

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PleinAir Magazine and American Watercolor Weekly Editor-in-Chief With more than 20 years experience in art publishing, Kelly Kane has served previously as Editor-in-Chief of Watercolor Artist magazine and Content Director for The Artist’s Magazine, Drawing, Acrylic Artist, and Pastel Journal. She has interviewed many of the preeminent artists of our time and written numerous articles about painting, drawing, art education and art history. She is now the Editor-in-Chief of PleinAir Magazine and the American Watercolor Weekly newsletter. Click here to send her an email.


  1. I was honored to have my “Harbor Lights” juried into the show by Keiko. It was special having a friend and admired colleague unknowingly aid me in attaining my fourth Signature with the selection. Thank you to her and all the volunteers at Watercolor West!


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