November/ December 2012

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2012  Competition Winners

American Women Artists ~ Master Signature & Signature Member Show and Juried Competition Exhibition - 2012 Award Winners



Best of Show: Angela De La Vega - Summer

De La Vega  



Best 2-Dimensional: Ann Hardy - Samovar

  Hardy, Ann   



Best 3-Dimensional: Angela De La Vega - Summer



Award of Recognition 2-Dimensional: Susie Hyer - Cub Lake Trailhead, Nocturn #1





Award of Recognition 3-Dimensional: Kristen Visbal - The Trumpeter




Rogue Guirey Simpson Memorial Award: Cathryne Trachok - Cattails in the Fall


Leonard J. Meiselman Foundation Award Best Sculpture:

Done in a realistic & academic manner: Carol Alleman -  In Vino Veritas


Award of Merit : DeBob Jacob Pusch Ridge Mtn. Oil

Award of Merit : Rita Cirillo The Long Ride  Oil

Award of Merit : Marsha Davis  Path to the Precipice  Oil

Award of Merit : Tammy Bality  Cliff Dwellers - Bronze - Crystal

Award of Merit : Pokey Park  La Bamba - Bronze

Award of Merit : Carolyn Sato  Connecting to the Source -  Bronze


Southwest Art Magazine - Award of Excellence: Katie Dobson Cundiff  Rollin' Stone  Oil


Western Art Collector Magazine - Award of Excellence: Nancy Denzler  Ephemeral Gold - Zion National Park  Oil


 See more images of the exhibit here 

2012 Competition Show Sponsors

We are pleased to announce the Grand Total of Awards for this year's Juried Competition Show was $22,375.00!  Our sincere appreciation goes to our sponsors for their generous support, without you this would not be possible. 
Thank you:
Montgomery Frames
Scottsdale Artists School
Western Art Collector
Friends of Western Art
Southwest Art
Western Art & Architecture
Fredericksburg Artists School
Utrecht Art Supplies
JRKfoto- Jack Kulawik/Photographer

See the complete list of sponsors

The Board of Directors and the entire membership of AWA would like to extend our wholehearted appreciation to the Friends of Western Art for their generous contribution to help underwrite our beautiful Visions of the Southwest Museum Catalogue.
Letter from The Friends of Western Art

"The Friends of Western Art has been proud to support the American Women Artists and to have benefited from their success in our common mission to provide art scholarship, education, and public exhibitions. We are especially indebted to the membership of the American Women Artists for the generosity of its talented members in the sharing of their time and energies to provide art workshops for thirteen aspiring local women artists through the auspices of the Friends of Western Art."

Photo Gallery

Festivities and events during the Master Class and receptions at K. Newby Gallery and the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum.

Enter through these doors to the 2012 AWA Master & Signature Member Show at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, AZ. Thank you, ASDM, for presenting our exhibit at your beautiful Ironwood Gallery. 


Museum entrance #1

Carol Swinney during her demo at the Master Class 2012.


Demo #3

Kim Casebeer demonstrating at the Master Class

Demo #6

Stephanie Birdsall explaining her still life technique at the Master Class.

Demo #7

Birdseye view of the reception at the 2012 National Juried Competition at K. Newby Gallery, Tubac, AZ.  AWA would like to thank everyone from the K. Newby Gallery for hosting this year's exhibition.

K. Newby crowd

President's Message

     Sales continue to be strong for the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum Visions of the Southwest show, and with hundreds of museum visitors viewing the show each week we anticipate more sales by the conclusion of the show. We have already realized over $18,000 in sales, and the museum is very happy, especially with the high quality of artwork exhibited.
     We are also happy to report at least two AWA artists accepted offers for representation from the K. Newby gallery, the host of our 2012 Competition exhibit. Based on the compliments by participants and collectors alike the show was a critical success. Tubac's economy seems to be suffering this year as we understand many gallery owners expressed it has been one of the slowest season starts ever, so our show sales were modest. The weekend events afforded many opportunities for many artists to network with their peers and representatives from three national publications.
     I am deeply grateful for each and every member who submitted the outstanding artwork that made our exhibits such huge successes. Also, I would like to extend my appreciation for all of the Master Class instructors, board members, participants, sponsors, assistants, photographer, galleries, patrons, and each and every person that helped make this happen. We could not have done it without the outstanding energy and assistance from all of you.

Carol Swinney

Scholarship Program

A letter of appreciation from, Yvonne Colclasure, a 2012 Master Class Participant.

   "I have never been in a group of women who were so supportive of one another and so accepting of new members. I felt like I had been a part of the group forever. Joining AWA has been the best thing I have done. The paint out and Master Class events were both very well organized and I had a blast!
   I am extremely proud to be a member of AWA and looking forward to more events and opportunities to get to know you all better. Thank you so much for the individual attention I received from you and the time and energy each of you put into pulling off such a wonderful weekend. I hope I will be able to be a contributing member and not just a recipient of all the good stuff.
   The demonstrations were all fantastic and I gained a tremendous amount of insight and knowledge from the privilege to attend them. I am truly excited to get back to my easel and begin my journey forward using what I gained from all the ladies who gave so generously of their time, energy, knowledge and experience. I will remember this weekend every time I pick up a brush and treasure this experience forever."

Scholarship group

Master Artist Member Spotlight- Linda Glover Gooch

Gooch Canyon Bliss
Canyon Bliss  Oil 22x24
   Born and raised in Southern California, Linda's desire to create art started at a young age.  Beginning with private lessons at the age of 12, Linda continued her education studying with fine painters such as Scott Christensen, Matt Smith, Joni Falk, Joan Potter and many more.  Living in Santa Fe for eight years, working around other artists and the unique culture of Santa Fe, was a big influence on her.
  It was here that she was introduced to Plein Air painting and the importance of painting from life.  Linda and her family now reside in Mesa, Arizona where she continues to share her enthusiasm teaching at the Scottsdale Artist School.  See more of Linda's work

Signature Member Spotlight - Tucker Bailey 
Rocket Man
Rocket Man Bronze 19x25x9.5
    Tucker Bailey's sculptures and paintings are strongly influenced by her life experiences.  She was born in northern Minnesota and spent her early years along the ruggedly beautiful shores of Lake Superior.  It was there she developed a deep love of nature and animals.  She also became an equestrian at an early age and horses continue to be a large part of her life.  
   "From the first time I saw a bronze sculpture as a young girl, at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, I've been totally captivated by the reality of three dimensional sculptures.  It became my goal to one day create bronze sculptures.  I try to bring more to my sculptures than just surface anatomy.  I think of the work I do as a portrait of each animal.  I try to bring out its personality-making the space at once internal and external." 
  View Tucker's work.


Signature Member Spotlight - Sandra VanderWall

Sunflowers and Stoneware
Sunflowers & Stoneware 20x16
   "Painting only what excites me, it is my desire that the viewer will see some of the beauty and fascination in each subject of work as I tell it's story."
    Sandra VanderWall lives in the foothills of the Catalina Mountains in Tucson, Arizona.  Whether still life, landscape or figurative, she paints exclusively in oils in a representational style emphasizing the light source and a strong design.  Sandra has studied at the Art Institute of Chicago as well as additional studying with master painters David Leffel and Sherrie McGraw.
    See Sandra's work.


Member News

AWA would like to send heartfelt blessings to Master Signature Member, Marilyn Newmark, and other AWA members who have suffered the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Marilyn and many others were left without heat or electricity and phone service for an agonizing two weeks. Your words of support would be welcomed. Contact her at:

Kim Casebeer, Master Signature Member, Small Works Great Wonders, Winter Show, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, through January 6, 2013, 405-478-2250. And, Strecker-Nelson Gallery, Only the Best Exhibit through January 12, 2013.

Bonnie Conrad, Signature Member, Mountain Oyster Club, 43rd Annual Contemporary Western Art Show, Tucson, AZ, through December 2012.

Joy Kroeger Beckner, Master Signature Member, was awarded the Anna Hyatt Huntington Horses Head Award (Best sculpture in Show) at the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club 2012 Members Exhibition; Kathryn Thayer Hobson Mem. Award, 84th Annual Grand National Exhibition of American Artists Professional League; 2nd Place, Sculpture, at the 79th Annual Int'l. Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature, Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers Society of Wash., DC; and the Juror's Award of Merit at Red River Valley 11th Annual Int'l. Juried Art Exhibition. In addition, Beckner's work graces the cover of Dog Gone Art Magazine, Winter Issue.

Marilyn M. Cuellar, Associate Member, won Best of Show in Drawing at the 2012 Uptown Art Fair in Minneapolis.

Margret Short, Master Signature Member, will present Lessons in Chiaroscuro with new paintings using hand ground pigments on First Thursday, December 6, at Gallery 903, in Portland, OR, along with an open discussion.

Susie Hyer, Associate Member, was chosen for the Art of the National Parks book and won the Collectors Choice Third Place Award in the Windows to the Divine Exhibit in Denver at Abend Gallery in September.

Judy Joy Nocifora, Associate Member, won Third Place at the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Council Fall Plein Air Festival in September for her painting, All About Shapes.

Helen Bailey, Associate Member, won First Place in Drawing at the Grand Prairie, TX Annual Juried Art Show & Sale in October, for her piece, Looking Out For Me. Also, she garnered the President's Award at the Irving Art Association's 4th Annual Unconditional Love National Pet Art Exhibition in September, and Best of Show at the May 2012, 57th Annual Irving Art Association Exhibit.

Cathy Ferrell, Signature Member, was presented the Roger Tory Peterson Award for excellence in a depiction of the natural world for her bronze entitled Cortez Hatchlings at the SKB workshop in Dubois, Wyoming, last week. In addition, eight of Cathy's sculptures will be featured in the Holiday Art Festival at the A. E Backus Museum and Gallery, November 23, 2012 to January 11, 2013.

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AWA Board and Officers 2012
Carol Swinney, President, Tucson,AZ
Ann Larsen, Secretary, Edinburg, NY
Nancy Boren, Treasurer, The Colony, TX
LaNell Arndt, Brenham, TX
Bethanne Kinsella Cople, Alexandria, VA
Kathrine Lemke Waste, Sacramento, CA
Paula Holtzclaw, North Carolina
Debbie Leeuw, Consulting Director, Dallas, TX