The Latest from American Women Artists

Carrie Waller Abundance

Master Signature Gold to Joy Kroeger Beckner, Chesterfield, Missouri for
Life’s A Ball, Bronze, (shown left with judge Rosalind Cook). Master Signature Silver
Diane Massey Dunbar, Denver, Colorado for Raindrops, oil (shown below). Master Signature Bronze to Pat Rohrbacher, Loveland, Colorado, for Plums & Freesia, oil

Signature Gold to Paula Holtzclaw, Waxhaw, North Carolina, for Sounds of Silence, oil
Signature Silver to Tucker Bailey, Belews Creek, North Carolina, for Sweet Jennet, bronze (shown below).
Signature Bronze to Julie Rogers, Glendale, Utah, for Girl with Chicken, pastel (shown below)


Award-Winners Announced / show continues through November 24 at RS Hanna Gallery in Fredericksburg, Texas 


Montana sculptor Sherry Salari-Sander took Best in Show honors in the annual Juried Competition for her bronze, Summer in the High Country (shown left).   Salari-Sander was one of fourteen AWA Associate members who received recognition in what jurors and patrons alike called an outstanding exhibition of work from around the country and Canada.
We’ll be posting images of all the award-winning works on our Facebook page this month.  Many thanks to the RS Hanna Gallery family of fine folks for hosting us this year!

On The Road by Linda Dellandre won the Western Art and Architecture Magazine’s Award of Excellence

Juried Competition Award Winners continued…
Western Art & Architecture Magazine Award of Excellence
Linda Dellandre, Montgomery, Texas, for On the Road, pastel, 20″ x 24″
Southwest Art Magazine Award of Excellence
Carol Arnold, Northbridge, Massachusetts, for Nasturtiums, oil, 10″ x 13″
Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine Award of Excellence
Kristan Le, Walnut Creek, California, for Noelle, oil, 14″ x 11″
Award of Merit 2-Dimensional
Valerie Craig, St. Davids, Pennsylvania, for Standing Tall, oil, 16″ x 20″
Award of Merit 2-Dimensional
Gladys Roldan-de-Moras, San Antonio, Texas, for Springtime, oil, 22″ x 28″
Award of Merit 3-Dimensional
Carol Alleman, Tucson, Arizona, for Remembering Gratitude, bronze, 8.25″ x 3.5″W
Award of Merit 3-Dimensional
Angela de la Vega, Dallas, Texas, for The Young Thinker, bronze, 22″H x 10″W x 7″D

The Signature and Master Signature Awards go to….


Master Signature Gold to Joy Kroeger Beckner, Chesterfield, Missouri for

Life’s A Ball, Bronze,  (shown left with judge Rosalind Cook).  Master Signature Silver

Diane Massey Dunbar, Denver, Colorado for Raindrops, oil (shown below). Master Signature Bronze to Pat Rohrbacher, Loveland, Colorado, for Plums & Freesia, oil 

Signature Gold to Paula Holtzclaw, Waxhaw, North Carolina, for Sounds of Silence, oil 
Signature Silver to Tucker Bailey, Belews Creek, North Carolina, for Sweet Jennet, bronze (shown below).
Signature Bronze to Julie Rogers, Glendale, Utah, for Girl with Chicken, pastel (shown below)

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Demo Day in Fredericksburg, Texas



“I am totally happy I came,” said associate member Carol Amos after watching Master Signature Member Elizabeth Robbin’s still life demonstration (shown below).  “This whole weekend is sensory overload. I’m just consumed with things I could be doing, should be doing!  How do I raise my level of performance to keep up with what I’ve been seeing?”  Robbins was joined by Signature members Jeanne Mackenzie (shown left) and Judeth Davis (shown below) for a full day of art in the making.

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Outstanding national coverage of AWA November event

Western Art and Architecture celebrates it as an “Event of Note” while Fine Art Connoisseur offers a 2-page spread andSouthwest Art and American Art Collector feature in-depth editorial and member-profiles.  The 16th Annual AWA Member Show and Juried Competition received the best coverage yet, bringing our member artists to a national attention and acclaim.


During this month of gratitude… 

We’re thankful for all the people who made this exhibition happen.  We’ll wrap this edition of our newsletter with an assortment of candid shots from the AWA 16th Annual National Juried Competition and Member Show.  Please visit the Sponsors Page on our website for an appreciation of just how many individuals and businesses stepped up to make this event a success!  


Below – Row 1:  AWA President Ann Larsen announced awards while Events Manager Diane Larsen and Awards Judge and Guest Artist Nancy Bush look on.  Awards Judge Gay Faulkenberry joins Signature member Leah Lopez, who flew in from New York for the festivities.
Row 2: A beaming Paula Holtzclaw, representing the fine state of North Carolina, stands by her Gold medal award winning painting, Signature Member Suzanne Owens  and Founding Member Donna Howell-Sickles get a hug of appreciation from AWA Vice President Kathy Lemke Waste. Suzanne generously provided housing for Demo Artists and Donna added her keen eye to the judging process.
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Below – Row 1:  AWA President Ann Larsen presents Tenessee artist Janel Maher with the Marilyn Newmark Memorial Award. Texas artist Dina Gregory shares a moment with Grace Kim in from Maryland.
Row 2:  Everything’s coming up roses for members Elizabeth Robbins, Gladys Roldan-de-Moras, Kim Casebeer, Ann Self and AWA Events Manager Diane Swanson.

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Below – Row 1: Linda DellandreLaurie Stevens and Laurel Daniels share a moment at the Opening Reception.
Row 2: Women of mystery appear as more Halloween hijinks ensue with Carol Swinney at the Halloween Night Opening Reception.
Row 3: Awards Brunch camaraderie with Julie Wiegand, Abby Warman, Board Treasurer Judeth Davis and Best 3D winner Burneta Venosdel


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AWA Board and Officers 2013
Ann Larsen, President, Edinburg, NY 
Kathrine Lemke Waste, Vice President, Sacramento, CA
Paula Holtzclaw, Secretary, Waxhaw, NC
Judeth Davis, Treasurer,Glendale, CA
Carol Swinney, Immediate Past President, Casper, WY
Bethanne Kinsella Cople, Past President, Alexandria, VA
Nancy Boren, Past President, The Colony, TX 
DeBob Jacob, Maypearl, TX