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The year closed with AWA announcing the 2015 Annual Member Show & National Juried Exhibition to be in Scottsdale, AZ. More in the December 2014 newsletter

The year closed with AWA announcing the 2015 Annual Member Show & National Juried Exhibition to be in Scottsdale, AZ. More in the December 2014 newsletter

Introducing 2015 Master Signature members

American Women Artists congratulates the four accomplished artists who have achieved the distinction of Master Signature status with AWA for 2015.

Paula Holtzclaw in the studio, Waxhaw, NC

Paula Holtzclaw


“I paint what is beautiful and meaningful, knowing that this act of celebrating and communicating the beauty in this world, has the power to uplift and inspire.”

Kim Kori with her exhibit at the 
Lowe Gallery, Sedona, AZ
Kim Kori


“People tell me my work is magical. I think it’s because I’m inspired by nature. What is more enchanting than a butterfly emerging from a cocoon, a tree growing from a tiny seed? When I add my imagination to miracles of nature, I find the essence of my work.”

Krystii Melaine at work in her studio in Washington

Krystii Melaine
A classically trained figurative and portrait artist, Krystii’s natural fascination with her favorite subject matter, people and animals of the American West, prompted her to move from Australia to Washington State. Krystii’s work is included in several major museums and collections internationally.
Gladys Roldan-de-Moras
San Antonio, TX
Gladys Roldan-de-Moras 

“The dream of being an artist has been with me ever since I can remember. I have the most beautiful memories of so many art related events in my life. I can recall, with great amount of detail, paintings that I saw when I was very young. “  

AWA 2015 Annual Member Show & National Juried Competition Exhibition
Coming to Bonner David Galleries in Scottsdale Next November!
Bonner David Gallery Owners Carrie Bacca and Clark Olson
AWA is delighted to announce the Annual Master & Signature Member Show and National Juried Exhibition is scheduled for Nov. 12-15, 2015 at Bonner David Galleries in historic Old Town Scottsdale. The exhibit will run through Nov. 30, 2015. Gallery co-owners Clark Olson, Christie Manuelito and Carrie Bacca are working hard to make this an unforgettable experience for both AWA and the greater Scottsdale-Phoenix metropolitan region.   
AWA is verexcited to be partnering with the Scottsdale Artist School to offer 3 daysof classes and demos in conjunction with our opening week next November.  The workshops will feature some of our most accomplished members as instructors and the Scottsdale Artist School will be offering special pricing for AWA members. More details to follow in the New Year.

Associate Members are encouraged to apply for the 2015 National Juried Competition, which will once again be conducted through Juried Art Services starting mid-April and running through mid-July; prospectus available in February 2015. Associate Members must be current paid members for 2015 to be eligible to apply for the juried show. Visit for details on joining AWA or renewing your membership for 2015.  2015 is a great year for AWA, marking our 25th anniversary of inspiring, celebrating, and encouraging women in the visual fine arts.
Beautiful mountain views outside Scottsdale, AZ
Getting to know AWA’s newest board members

Leah Lopez was born in New Mexico and the age of 18, she decided to pursue a career in art. Leah spent the next few years immersed in the study of drawing and painting. When possible, she’d take classes then return to her studio and experiment for days and nights. Eventually, she developed a dexterous handling of her favorite medium and Leah became a well-known emerging artist in the Southwest.

 Leah Lopez 

Leah Lopez in her studio,  
New York City, NY 

Embracing a sense of adventure, Leah decided to move her studio to New York City. “I’ve always been an explorer and a seeker,” she recalls. “These experiences serve as inspiration for my paintings.” New York would prove to be Leah’s greatest challenge. She had to work harder than ever and this hard work paid off when she opened up the Leah Lopez Atelier at Union Square.

As an artist, she is highly respected and her paintings are celebrated. With gallery representation across the states and students flocking to the Atelier to study, she maintains the same hard working schedule to develop her latest body of work. More than ever, Leah’s paintings are passionately inspired by her life and experiences on this riveting, creative journey.

Laurie Stevens working on a mural in the early days of her career.
Laurie Stevens

From Billings, Montana, Laurie began her career as an artist in Los Angeles where she spent 12 years working for the entertainment industry as a scenic artist and muralist for television, theme park, theater and movie productions. She spent time as a member of the Walt Disney Imagineering team, lending her talents to many Disney theme park projects worldwide. She also did some set design, illustration, and matte paintings for several animated children’s movies.

 “Blue Moose”,
Laurie Stevens

In the 1980’s Stevens returned to her native Montana, first to the mountains near the Scapegoat Wilderness and then to the ranch near Great Falls where she currently lives and works.


Stevens’ work reflects daily wonders of the land she calls home: the first crocus of spring, the resilient beauty of the plains, or that special sense of hope and possibility that is found in the West. Stevens is also interested in regional history, particularly the interactions of Native Americans and white settlers during the Reservation Period. Many of her paintings are an exploration of this dynamic and a meditation on the “taming of the West.”