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Iowa Watercolor Traveling Show Coming to Willis Gallery this Summer


Here’s your chance to see some of the best watercolors in Iowa.

The Willis Gallery in the Kent Campus Center at Simpson College is pleased to host the Iowa Watercolor Society’s 2017-18 Traveling Show.

The exhibit includes 30 paintings that were among the 60 paintings that were selected for the final competition. Internationally known artist Ann Abgott juried and judged this year’s annual competition. In all, 117 paintings were entered.

The traveling exhibit at Willis Gallery will include five IWS Awards of Excellence, Best Transparent Watercolor and seven Honorable Mentions.   The 30 paintings in the traveling show represent the work of 24 Iowa artists.  One can truly say that the IWS Traveling Show is the best of the best.

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 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 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 organization’s primary purpose is to promote and support the arts in Iowa with an emphasis on watercolor painting.

You can see the exhibit at Willis Gallery from June 4 to July 31. Gallery hours are from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM on weekdays.