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March 2022

Rotunda Visitor’s Choice Awards Announcement

By Events, Exhibits

Dear IWS Members,

The Idaho Watercolor Society is proud to announce the Capitol Rotunda Art Show Voter’s Choice Award Winners.

We have Drenda Duff’s “Portrait of a Young Woman” and Sharon Herther’s “Spring Valley County” in a tie for 1st Place! Please be sure to view the award-winning paintings and read a brief statement from our award winning artists at the end of this announcement!

The Voter’s Choice Award runners up were:

2nd Place – Jane Shimon, “Happy Hour”

3rd Place – Beth Trott, “Laws and Roses”

4th Place – Anne Watson Sorensen, “Pond-er #8”

When we informed the IWS Board that we had TWO 1st Place winners they generously increased the award amount from $200 to $300, so that each artist could receive $150. It’s quite remarkable that we had a tie, considering there were over 400 votes cast by attendees of the Rotunda Show! Visitors were from all across the State of Idaho. Many more were from other Northwestern states and some were as far away as Alabama, Tennessee and even London and Zimbabwe!

Congratulations are in order, not only to our Voter’s Choice Award Winners, but to each and every artist who participated in bringing this outstanding exhibition to the public. Our members represented the Idaho Watercolor Society, and our beloved medium, with passion, skill and grace. Thank you and BRAVO!

Thank you to the Idaho Watercolor Society for providing an opportunity to share our artworks in this non juried exhibit at the Capitol Rotunda. I am surprised and grateful for the kind response to my submission, “Portrait of a Young Woman.”

I can describe the process of this particular watercolor simply as a personal challenge. Normally, I prefer using vivid color and contrast in my paintings. This painting of my friend, Devin, was an effort to create a simplified portrait using a limited color palette, trying not to overwork it.

-Drenda Duff -“Portrait of a Young Woman”

First… I love Idaho. I feel very blessed to have this talent that God has gifted me with. As for the “Spring Valley County” painting it is from a photo I took and tucked away till I felt qualified to paint it.

Well that day came and it was appreciated by those who came to view all of the beautiful art at the Rotunda. I am thankful to share and participate.

The Best To All,

Sharon Herther – “Spring Valley County”

Jessica Bryant Workshop

By Events, Workshops

On behalf of the Palouse Watercolor Socius, attached is information about an upcoming watercolor workshop for IWS members.  The workshop will be taught in Moscow, Idaho by Jessica Bryant.  She is an accomplished artist and an IWS North Region member.  Please see the workshop flyer as well as the registration form that should accompany a deposit.  Space in the workshop is limited and we think it will fill quickly.

Cheryl Root
Secretary, Palouse Watercolor Socius

Jessica Bryant Workshop 


Artist Opportunity

By Events, Exhibits

“Be Still”

VineArts Boise invites creatives of all ages and skill levels to submit to our upcoming community gallery exhibit & performing arts showcase. We’re looking for works of visual, writing, and performing art portraying peace, stillness, and/or lack thereof. Your art entry may be religious in nature but is not required to be.

DEADLINE: August 2022
No Entry fee.
For more information and to submit your art for entry: Visit

VineArts Boise

Iain Stewart Workshop

By Events, WFWS, Workshops
All IWS Artists,
Ian Stewart will present a 4 day watercolor workshop, May 3-6 in Albuquerque, NM in conjunction with the WFWS47 exhibition. There are still a few spaces available for this workshop. If you are interested please see the attached flyer for more information on applying.
I urge you to act quickly as there are not many spaces left. Go to and see listing in the left lower column.
Dennis Hayzlett

WFWS IWS Delegate