WFWS-45 Update

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Dear IWS Members,   

We hope you and your loved ones are all safe and are navigating wisely through these uncharted historical and tempestuous waters. With the governor’s latest 21 day Stay-at-Home order now in force, we hope at the very least you are painting and staying connected.  We will try to keep the IWS – WFWS-45 portion of the website updated with changes. 

Although we had planned the most exciting and wonderful WFWS-45 for our IWS members, guests and the public, we had not planned on a pandemic that has now replaced great excitement with rising caution. We had our WFWS-45 Team Leader meeting Friday, Apr 20th via videoconference on Zoom (yes, we all learned how!)   

In light of the pandemic and increasing personal risk factors, we have cancelled the convention portion of WFWS-45 at The Riverside Hotel. The hotel generously let us out of the contract with no fees if we cancelled Friday, Mar 20th. Our WFWS-45 Team Leaders feel that the health risks are too high for our artists and attendees and are not optimistic that this will be a distant memory by late April or May.   

Rather than risk you and attendees’ lives and up to $10000 in non-cancelation fees, we voted to cancel the Riverside portion which was home base for the Opening Banquet, Delegate Meetings, Convention and excursions. Should the environment reverse itself and surprise us all in the next few weeks, we will reconsider and reformulate plans to host special activities June 4-7.  However, that seems quite unlikely. Sorry to all of us! Our plans were extraordinary as you all know and helped create!  

If you have made Riverside Hotel reservations, please cancel them.  

We are forging ahead with the WFWS-45 Exhibition however.  We will make a final decision no later than May 1.  We have 3 plans and time will tell which door we will get to open:

A.  If health conditions miraculously rally, the Gala, Awards, public reception and Exhibition will proceed as planned June 5-July 26 at the museum. 

B.  If ISM is closed for June, the Exhibition will be framed and hang for only one month – July. We would hope to host a small catered public reception at the museum. 

C.  If the museum does not reopen,  we will have an online Exhibition with video including Quiller comments.  This will be posted on our IWS website, YouTube channel, and social media.  

The Quiller workshop has been cancelled.  We hope to be able to reschedule his workshop later this year (November) with those in the cancelled class getting first chance.  The Quiller free presentation at JUMP has been cancelled. Awards will be juried by Quiller via live video and digital viewing. Quiller will help create a video with his comments of the top 20 award winners, as mentioned above.  

Our beautiful WFWS-45 catalogs will be created and available.

The Riverside Art Show has been postponed at least until the end of  April.  Joyce Green will keep accepted artists updated.  

We are all hoping for the best and planning for the worst.  We are making decisions out of love, not fear. We have faith we can weather this mighty storm together that has “rock”ed our WFWS-45 and our lives. 

Stay safe and use that social distancing to your right brain advantage!  If we can be of help to you, please let us know!  Peace to each of you!  We shall keep you updated.   


Anne and Pam
Anne Watson Sorensen
WFWS-45 Project Chairman

Pam Grant

Update: 36th Annual Capitol Rotunda Show Cancelled

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Today, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare confirmed the first case of the novel coronavirus in Idaho.

In addition, we received notification from Mary Sue Jones, Chief of Staff, Idaho State Senate letting us know that the Pro Tem asked her to let us know that since Governor Little has announced the coronavirus a state of emergency and now that we have a confirmed case in Idaho, that all have agreed to discourage all outside events and to encourage us to re-schedule at a later date.

In the best interest of our members and general public, we are cancelling the rotunda show.

Thank you for your understanding and support.

Bonnie Liles
Rotunda Show Chairperson


36th Annual Capitol Rotunda Show Still Scheduled

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The Annual Capitol Rotunda Show is still on. We confirmed with our representative at the capitol.

 Entries are to be delivered on Sunday – March 15, 2020    – between 1pm and 3pm.  Deliver entry to the 4th floor of the Capitol Building. LATE ENTRIES ARE NOT ACCEPTED.

Paintings NOT shipped must be picked up by you or your designee on check out day Sunday – March 29th   –  Check out time is 1pm – 3pm.

Please direct any questions you may have to Bonnie Liles at 208 867 3876 or email

IWS Directory Update and Dues Reminder

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We will be publishing the IWS Membership Directory for 2020. To ensure your information is correct, please take a few moments to review your information in the current directory. If any changes need to be made, please email those changes to our membership chairperson, Sue Antonich, by the end of this week.

If you have not renewed and want to be included in the directory, please send in your annual dues of $40 (or $45 if you want the newsletter mailed to you).

Sue can be reached by email at

You can renew your membership online by clicking here for the Open Membership Form or you can mail your dues to the following:

Sue Antonich
872 E Bergeson St
Boise ID 83706

Juror’s Selection of Art for WFWS45 Announced!

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watercolor rocks

This past weekend our WFWS45 project managers announced Stephen Quiller’s selection of artworks for the Western Federation exhibition to be held here in Boise this coming June.

The WFWS show is always highly competitive and this year 945 paintings were submitted and 100 chosen for the exhibition. Members of IWS have always done well and the number of IWS artists selected has increased every year since we joined the federation ten years ago.

This year 72 IWS artists submitted 148 paintings to the juror and12 were chosen for inclusion in the exhibition. An additional IWS painting was chosen as an alternate.

The artists selected and their respective works are:

Gloria Allen                                         Outstanding

Sally Ellis                                             Wilderness Adventure

Pam Grant                                          Revolution

Dennis Hayzlett                                  Bath’s Roman Bath

Laurel McGuire                                   Pleasure Palace

Anne Merkley                                     Bridesmaids

Lori Seale                                            Pondering Pup

Carol Smith                                         Braided Onions

Nyla Tillery                                          Light Reflecting Innocents

Mareth Warren                                    Like A Whisper

Barbara Watkins                                 Frisbee Dog

Jackie Zumalt                                      Daylight Reveler


            Betty Runcle                                       Dog Tired


All artists who submitted an entry have been individually notified and will receive a catalog from the exhibition. Please join me in congratulating our friends who were selected for the show and thanking everyone who entered for making this the best year ever for IWS representation at the Western Fed!

Notice – Entries for the 36th Annual Capitol Rotunda Show No Longer Accepted

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Entries for the 36th ANNUAL CAPITOL ROTUNDA SHOW are no longer being accepted. Our entry limit has been reached!

New entries received after this announcement will be used as a backup for the show.

The show date is March 15th – March 29, 2020.

QUESTIONS &  INFORMATION?  Contact Bonnie J. Liles at 208 867-3876 or email her at

**Note – for any applications in transit, your 2020 annual dues of $40 (or $45) must be paid or your entry cannot be accepted.**

 Bonnie J. Liles

WFWS-45 All Team Meet & Eat Potluck!

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Join us for the WFWS-45 All Team Meet & Eat Potluck!
IWS is hosting this semi-national Juried Exhibition and Convention in June of this year! We have been planning for years and now we are 17 weeks away and counting!
Come and hear the updates!  Come and see how you can get in on the fun and the action! We will close with watching the IWS entries into WFWS!
Date:  Thursday, Feb 20
Time:  12:00-2:30
Place:  Anne Sorensen Studio  2725 N Duane Dr., Meridian
Please bring:  Potluck dish to share
For more WFWS-45 information, check out the WFWS tab here on the Idaho Watercolor Society website.
Don’t miss clicking the WFWS-45 video link at the beginning too!