Founded in 1960, the Arizona Watercolor Association (AWA) is comprised of artists and instructors, whose influence and prestige extends beyond our state’s borders. Fueled by the energy of enthusiastic members, the AWA actively elevates the Fine Art of Watercolors to new heights and serves as an advocate, promoting this historical form of painting. This exhibition highlights some of the artistry of 35 local watercolorists.

Artists Include:

Ardelle Antonelli
Norbert Baird
Marjorie Barritt
Gayla R. Bonnell
Gerald Buechner
Sandy Camp
Mickey Daniels
Mary Dove
Bonnie Ender
James Farrah
Ellen Fountain
Kimberly Harris
Donald M. Harvie
Grace Haverty
Tom Herbert
Nancy L. Herbst
Carole Hillsbery
Kim Johnson (Nechtman)

Jeremy A. Jones

Diane Kent
Shirley R. Kleppe
JoEllen Layton
Nancy Neaher Maas
Patricia Mayberry
Alex Pekala
Julie Gilbert Pollard
Harold Raap
Karen T. Riehm
Pam Rusch
Peggy Sample
Marilyn Schutzky
Bruce Sink
Hazel Stone
Kathryn Tartaglia
Mary Van Deman
Sandra Neumann Wilderman
Norman Wilson 



Opening Reception:
Friday, January 27, 2012 (6-8pm)

FREE and Open to the Public

• Musical Entertainment by Bliss Kickers, performing their "Countrified Roots Rock" music
• Artists in Attendance
• Light Refreshments
• Cash Bar


The jurors for this exhibition were Patty Haberman and Betsy Dillard Stroud. 


Since 1997, Patty has been the Curator of Mesa Contemporary Arts and she is experienced in selecting and curating shows of work by local and nationally-known artists.  She received her MFA from ASU in Ceramics and served as artist-in-residence for the Arizona Commission on the Arts before becoming Curator of Exhibitions and Education at the Tempe Arts Center and later serving on the design committee for the Mesa Arts Center.


Betsy has long been a respected favorite artist with the AWA and has extensive experience selecting art shows in many media. Stroud is a signature member and Dolphin Fellow of the American Watercolor Society in New York and a signature member of the National Watercolor Society in California, the Rocky Mountain Watermedia Honor Society in Colorado, the Southwestern Watercolor Society (of which she is a former president) and a Royal Scorpion and life Member of the Arizona Watercolor Society.  A nationally acclaimed and award winning artist, Stroud is also a former art historian who received her M. A. in art history from the University of Virginia.  After completing her course work for a doctorate, she wrote her first book which changed her life.   Her most recent book on creativity: The Artist’s Muse: Unlock the Door for Your Creativity (also published by North Light) was released in December, 2006.


Stroud served as the former Associate Editor of International Artist Magazine from 1998-2003 and was a contributing editor to Watercolor Magic Magazine, for which she wrote an continuing article on creativity for five years.