California Art Club Honors American Watercolor Weekly Publisher

The California Art Club (CAC) recently awarded Eric Rhoads with the William and Julia Bracken Wendt Award at the CAC’s 2020 Holiday Party, which was live-streamed on Sunday, December 6. “We were thrilled to present Eric with this award,” said CAC representative Beverly Chang.

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The William and Julia Bracken Wendt Award was named after two of the most instrumental figures in California art history. In 1909, the husband-and-wife team of painter William Wendt and sculptor Julia Bracken Wendt helped co-found the California Art Club to include the most prominent local artists of that period, subsequently shaping Southern California’s cultural identity and bolstering the reputation for the California Art Club among top artists and patrons. Due to the vision and administrative skills of the Wendts, the California Art Club quickly gained professional alliances with important institutions, community leaders, and other artists throughout the country.

Previous recipients of this award have included: Richard Lindenberg, Joan Irvine Smith, Jean Stern, John Geraghty, Richard Lack, Karl Dempwolf, Patricia Trenton, Sheryl Smithson, William Stout, Jack Walker, Donald Baker, Michael Zakian, Chuck Kovacic, Gayle Garner Roski, Jack McQueen, Jim Rea, John Cosby, Keith Renken, Michael Pearce, and James Irvine Swinden.

Peter and Elaine Adams presented the award during the CAC Holiday Party via Zoom this year.

Eric Rhoads was selected for this honor because of the innovative art educational opportunities provided by Streamline Publishing, which have allowed artists to refine their techniques and skills, while also learning tools for furthering and enhancing their careers. We also recognize that through this process, Eric has helped to dramatically expanded the interest in and appreciation of traditional art forms among both artists and collectors.

Watch as Eric Rhoads Accepts the California Art Club’s 2020 William and Julia Bracken Wendt Award:

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Kelly Kane
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.


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