DIXON – Normally hosted by and at The Next Picture Show in May, the 36th annual Illinois Watercolor Society National Exhibit is an online exhibit this year.
Steve Puttrich, presented awards with comments via a ZOOM feed on May 2. The presentation and exhibit is available at illinoiswatercolorsociety.org/gallery/iws-national-show-2020 and on The Next Picture Show's Facebook page
The event features 62 original works from artists across the U.S. and overseas, including TNPS member Larry Bond of Sycamore with his entry, “UFO.”
• Best of Show: "Touch of Light Snow on the Tibetan Plateau," by Dongfeng Li
• Award of Excellence I: "The Trolley Driver," by Allan Butt
• Award of Excellence II: "Not So Black and White," by Chris Krupinski
Award of Excellence III: "Rose of Sharon," by Lynda Pittman
Schultz Creative Spirit Award: "Flowers From My Garden," by Christine Alfery
Outstanding Figurative: "Too Many Choices," by Kelly Eddington
Outstanding Landscape: "Bridges At Sunset," by Peter Jablokow
Outstanding Abstract, Nonrepresentational: "House Colors," by Lisa Arnold Franklin
Strissel Memorial: "Sweet Autumn Clematis," by Diane Shabino
Works in the Honorable Mention category are: "Say AAAH!," by Dan Danielson; "Blushing Hydrangea," by Megan Ripke; "Hedgehog Aloe Blooms," by Prerana Kulkarni; "Daddy," by Jeannine Swartz; "Forget Me Not," by Thomas Herzberg; "Fastened," by "Denny Bond"; and "Keri and Allie Kayaking in Mykonos," by Lawrence Raffanti.