Watercolor Is in Full Bloom in Minnesota

Get a first look at the watercolor paintings that took home top prizes in the Minnesota Watercolor Society spring show.

Minnesota Watercolor Society Spring Show Award Winners will be on display at the Reedy Gallery, University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska, Minnesota through May 1, 2019. Juror David Feinberg, an Associate Professor of Drawing and Painting at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, had this to say about the entries to this year’s exhibition, “I believe I experienced juroring the most talented artists ever applying for an exhibition and thus it was extremely difficult to eliminate so many works that I really liked.”

Best of Show: “Tea Birds” by Julie Allen
Emerich Stordahl Founders: “Geisha” by Sonja Hutchinson
First honor: “Rural Chaos” by Virginia Haines
Second honor: “Safe Harbor” by Rick Lundsten
Third honor: “Up North” by Nancy Webert


Awards of Merit

“Rolling Acres” by David Smith
“Not Feeling It” by Tara Sweeney


Honorable Mentions

“Trust” by Julia Jaakola
“We Shall Be Counted” by Janice Morris
“Tree in a Boat” by Fred Dingler

With over 300 members, the Minnesota Watercolor Society (MNWS) is one of the largest associations of watercolor artists in the Midwest.

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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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