From Brian Riggs
Fort Madison Area Arts Association Director
FORT MADISON – Best of the Best is so worth the wait. Ft. Madison Area Arts Association is the next stop in southeast Iowa for the Iowa Watercolor Society’s 2018-2019 traveling show. Reception will occur February 9th from 2:00-4:00pm. At 3:30pm the current president of IWS, Mayela Fonseca, will give a watercolor demonstration. Member Jan Vander Linden will be on hand to answer questions as well. Two Rivers Insurance is the sponsor for the exhibition.
The Iowa Watercolor Society (IWS) 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 the artists statewide. The only requirement for membership is an interest in watercolor painting. IWS was organized in 1977 by a group of devoted artists that loved to paint. They were led by Joe Messner of Cedar Rapids. Each year the organization sponsors an annual meeting, a juried exhibition, and a luncheon with an award ceremony and workshops. The organizations primary purpose is to promote and encourage interest in water based media in Iowa.
Coming from Osmond Florida, artist Janet Rogers juried and judged this year’s annual IWS exhibition that consisted of 60 paintings chosen from 150 entries from Iowa Watercolor Society members across Iowa. Janet has been a professional artist for 30 years and a signature member of the Florida Watercolor Society. She is a member of the prestigious American Watercolor Society and a nationally recognized watercolor instructor.
The traveling exhibit of 30 paintings is selected from the main exhibition and includes the five IWS Awards of Excellence, Best Transparent Watercolor, and seven Honorable Mentions. The 30 paintings in the traveling show represent the work of 26 IWS members. One can truly say that the IWS Traveling Show is the best of the best. The watercolors are for sale available after completion of the southeast Iowa tour. The show has been in Ottumwa and Fairfield prior to arriving in Ft. Madison. Muscatine and Iowa City will be the last destinations in this territory.
Viewing available all month of February with new hours at 825 Avenue G when weather permits 10am-7pm Tuesday-Saturday. Adult Beginning Painting Class will be offered by Bill Hall on February 20th at 5:30pm with Hall’s Ice Cream treats. Next Early Out for students age 6-12 will be on February 27th from 2:30-4:30 with Native American molla paintings with instructor Lois di Prima. Call 372-3996 for to register. FMAAA is Painting Out in February! Rinse your brushes….and spark your creativity!