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Traveling watercolor show opens Friday

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First place in the Iowa Watercolor Exhibit is “Beneath the Below” by Richard Hanson. The Fairfield Art Association will host the Iowa Watercolor Society’s traveling exhibit Friday through the end of January in the Fairfield Arts & COnvention Center’s Main Gallery.
PHOTO SUBMITTED First place in the Iowa Watercolor Exhibit is “Beneath the Below” by Richard Hanson. The Fairfield Art Association will host the Iowa Watercolor Society’s traveling exhibit Friday through the end of January in the Fairfield Arts & COnvention Center’s Main Gallery.
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The Fairfield Art Association presents the Iowa Watercolor Society’s 2018-2019 Traveling Exhibit Friday through the end of January in the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center’s Main Gallery.

Coming from Osmond, Florida, artist Janet Rogers juried and judged this year’s IWA exhibition that consisted of 60 paintings chosen from 150 entries from Iowa Watercolor Society members across Iowa. Rogers has been a professional artist for 30 years and is a signature member of the Florida Watercolor Society and the American Watercolor Society and is a nationally recognized instructor.

The traveling exhibit of 30 paintings is selected from the main exhibition and includes five Iowa Watercolor Society Awards of Excellence, Best Transparent Watercolor, and seven Honorable Mentions. The 30 paintings in the traveling show represent the work of 26 members, making it the “best of the best.”

The Iowa Watercolor Society is an organization with over 170 members that are beginning, amateur and professional artists. The organization offers the opportunity for watercolorists of all skill levels to network with artists statewide. The only requirement for membership is an interest in watercolor painting. Iowa Watercolor Society was organized in 1977 by a group of devoted artists who loved watercolor painting. They were led by Joe Messner of Cedar Rapids. Each year the organization sponsors an annual meeting, a juried exhibition, a luncheon with an award ceremony and workshops. The organizations primary purpose is to promote and encourage interest in water based media in Iowa.

The Traveling Exhibit opening is set from 6-8 p.m. Friday. Gallery hours are during normal weekday business hours and during public events on weekends in the center.

An Iowa Watercolor Society member will be giving a gallery walk through and demonstration in January with the date to be announced.