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IWS Traveling Show on display at Sanford Museum

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Pictured next to the watercolor exhibit at the Cherokee Sanford Museum is Intern Zooey Reisdorf. The watercolor is a traveling show from the Iowa Watercolor Society and is currently displayed at the Museum until March. Photo contributed
Membership renewal under way

If you know someone who enjoys painting with watercolors and lives in Iowa you may know a member of the Iowa Watercolor Society.

Beginning in January, the Iowa Watercolor Society Traveling Show is on display at the West Gallery at the Cherokee Sanford Museum until the end of March.

The Iowa Watercolor Society organization has been active since 1977 and has a mission of supporting and encouraging the advancement of water-based media both by artists and the viewing public.

Each year the Iowa Watercolor Society sponsors a juried exhibition of watercolor paintings submitted by Iowa artists. A nationally recognized artist in the field of watercolor is asked to judge the paintings and choose winners from all the entries.

Awards of cash and prizes are given to the highest award winners and about 30 of the top-rated paintings are selected to be included in a traveling show that is displayed in galleries within Iowa throughout the year.

The current exhibit was juried by nationally know artist and teacher, Don Andrews. As a judge of entries, Don says his primary focus is on the originality of concept and design organization. He looks for visually exciting pieces and ones that look like they were fun to paint.

Because all artists in this traveling show are Iowans, you may even know some of the artists in the current display. To learn more about watercolors and see some paintings done by society members, come to the Sanford Museum.

At the Museum you can view work by some of Iowa's top watercolor artists and find out how you too might become a member of the Iowa Watercolor Society.

The Sanford Museum Association makes exhibits and programs at the Sanford Museum possible. The Sanford Museum Association is an organization of volunteers who contribute time and money to enrich the offerings of the Sanford Museum and Planetarium.

Working with museum officials, the Association hosts' exhibits, lectures and purchases equipment and books used at the museum.

The Association President is Linda Ducommun and Association Directors are Roberta Boothby, Bill Jentz, Jodi Feser, Duane Kent, Brian Fulton, Ann Tell, Diane Rochleau, Joyce Goodrich, and Robert Schroder.

You too can become a Member of the Sanford Association. There are several types of Memberships available starting with a Contributing Membership at $10, School Membership at $15, Sustaining Membership at $25, Associate Membership at $50, Patron Membership at $100, and Lifetime Membership at $500.

Ducommun recently expressed the following to all members; "Thank you for your continued support of the Sanford Museum Association, Your dues have helped bring in many great presenters for our monthly Association programs. Our attendance was extremely great of the October Haunted presentation at the American Theater. Your dues also helped purchase a new microscope to enhance the exhibits and school programs provided at the Sanford Museum.

"We have a great 2012 program schedule, including woodworking, Hollywood Cowboys, the Kennedy Assassination, photography of National Parks and many more," added Ducommun.

"We hope to have your continued support of the Association this year. Your support is greatly appreciated," said Ducommun.

To become a member feel free to contact the Sanford Museum at 225-3922 or email them at sanfordmuseum@iowatelecom.net.

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