Award Winners, Raffle Results, & More

It’s convention weekend, and while COVID-19 may have us a little more separated than normal, we are still a busy group.

We have prepared a list of videos that we hope you will enjoy. “Until then, keep painting! The Spring Convention is only a few months away!

The videos are scheduled to premiere at 5:15 pm on Saturday.

Raffle Results:

Lifetime Art Achievement ~ John Bradley:

Outstanding Service Award:

WSO Fall Awards (short version):

WSO Award Winners with commentary:

Fall 2020 Accepted Paintings

Congratulations to all who have been accepted into the WSO Fall show, juried by Kristi Grussendorf.

You can see a preview of the show by going to our You Tube channel.

  • Mark Adcock – Wetlands
  • Jenny Armitage – Empty Nest II
  • Ruth Armitage – Dizzy Eddy Out
  • Sally Bills Bailey – Branching Out
  • Bill Baily – Poire Jaune
  • Maria Berg – To What Future
  • Linda Boutacoff – Fall Journey
  • Sarah Bouwsma – Wave Action
  • John Bradley – After the Storm
  • Helen Brown – Mentors Matter
  • Mary Burgess – Rhapsody in Blue
  • Patrice Cameron – He Did What???
  • Leslie Cheney-Parr – Vienne Rhone Curve
  • Jennie Chen – Disco O’Hare
  • Tara Choate – The Escape
  • Cathy Cramer – Crystalline
  • Leslie Dugas – Dear Old Friend
  • Rene Eisenbart – Passages
  • Mary Elle – The Karaoke Singers-Lara
  • Susan Escobar – Down to the River
  • Alexandra Eyer – The Library Bench
  • Airi Foote – The Spirit No. 2
  • Jean Gale – Patchwork Paradise
  • Winnie Givot – Adriano
  • Margaret Godfrey – Teach Me: Ethiopia
  • Angela Grainger – Winter Into Spring
  • Vernon Groff – The Bull
  • Elizabeth Haberman – ‘Pin’demic
  • Kathleen Haney – Getting Ahead
  • Christine Helton – Song for Ireland
  • Dianne Hicks – Break Is Over
  • Judy Hoiness – Protect Oregon Rivers #40
  • Nancy Holzhauser – Following the Breath of Malheur Canyon
  • Eileen Holzman – Under the Bridge
  • Laura Hopper – Artichokes
  • David Howell – Grotto 26
  • Marjorie Kinch – Last Roundup II
  • Yvonne Knoll – Saturday Night in Morelia
  • Karen Kreamer – She Walks in Beauty
  • Ed Labadie – Frozen Moment
  • Doyle Leek – Olive Oil
  • Debbie Loyd – Hat’s Off
  • Steve Ludeman – Days End
  • Kathie McEvers – Fresh
  • Britt McNamee – Spring Fling
  • Phyllis Meyer – Under the Big Top – Acrobats
  • Emily Miller – High Tide at Harris Beach
  • Kristie Mooney – Water Lily
  • Marcia Morrow – ‘Bee’thoven in Bee Major
  • Judy Nigh – Night Watch
  • JoAnn Pari-Mueller – Proteus
  • Charlotte Peterson – Frogs From Amazon
  • Kara Pilcher – Learning the Steps
  • Hazel Reeves – Porcine Paradise
  • Patricia Renner – Sunshine Song
  • Mary Rollins – Western Grit
  • Steve Rothert – Hands Down
  • Marjett Schille – Slipping Into Darkness
  • Elizabeth Schilling – In Grandma’s Closet
  • Kim Smith – Red Tulip
  • Ron Spears – Lavender Vista
  • Susan Spears – Free Fall
  • Ginny Stevens – Late Spring Snow
  • Chris Stubbs – Modeling Day
  • Sandra Swanson – Evening Rocks
  • Sandra Takabayashi – Owl Dreams
  • Lynne Taylor – Heart of the Forest
  • Kathy Tiger – If Venus Had a Tattoo… ?
  • Anna Timm – Hawaiian Beauty
  • Bergen Todd – On the Luckiamute
  • Cindy Triplett – South Pacific Portals
  • Ted Vaught – Blue Creek Shells
  • Liz Walker – Out of the Darkness
  • Harold Walkup – Not So Still Waters
  • Rose West – Adjacent Impossibles
  • Dona White – Play Time
  • Jeanne Ann White – Aqua and Shell Pink
  • Alisha Whitman – Seeking Wisdom
  • Sandra Wood – Chrome of Fire III
  • Loisann Young – The Gossips

Please read the acceptance documents and instructions carefully

As you know, this is an “in-person” show, but strict social distancing protocols will be in place for painting check in on October 1, 2020 (Thursday.)

There will be four volunteers; 5 paintings will be received every 15 minutes. We will be adhering to social distancing and encourage face masks. Hand deliver to the Chehalem Cultural Center at 415 E Sheridan St., Newberg, Oregon 97132.

If you are transporting another artist’s painting please sign up for the appropriate number of consecutive timeslots. Be aware you may have to wait if all the timeslots chosen do not follow one another. Each painting must be unpacked in your car before bringing in for painting check in. There will be no unpacking of paintings in the facility.

Please sign up here for your delivery timeslot(s).

Fall Convention Updates


“Share Divide” by juror, Kristi Grussendorf

Due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 Coronavirus we’ve made significant changes to our usual convention and workshop “formula.” You’ll find we’ve created an alternative, safe experience for all. We’ve all been inspired to look at this unparalleled time in our history as a series of new opportunities for the Watercolor Society of Oregon. We will not be registering for a physical fall convention or workshop. However, your convention co-chairs have put together a fabulous plan! Some features of our upcoming 2020 Fall Convention:
  • Our juror, Kristi Grussendorf is offering a virtual demo for all members. It is scheduled for our typical “Convention Sunday;” and the cost is the same $15 we’ve paid in the past for our juror demos. To register, go here.
  • 30 lucky members will be able to register for a 2-day virtual mini-workshop and Paint Along with Kristi. Members that had previously registered for the physical workshop remain registered for this event.
  • We will have both a virtual show and a physical show in old town Newberg. Paintings will hang in the Parrish Gallery through November and will be featured on both the WSO website and that of the Chehalem Cultural Center.
  • The 80 artists whose work is selected for the 2020 Fall show will receive further information regarding our new safe painting drop off process.
  • Exhibition Awards will be fully funded with ribbons affixed to the award winning work at the Parrish Gallery. Kristi will comment specifically on each of the award winners via video, which will also be available on the WSO website.
  • We will again select our “People’s Choice” award winner virtually.
  • WSO will not have a dedicated reception; however, the Parrish Gallery’s “First Friday” community reception is open to all. The Cultural Center will manage physical distancing, visitor volume, and any other recommended safety measures in place at the time of the exhibition.
  • We have 2 special awards which will be granted. YouTube videos of both presentations will be featured on the WSO website. You’ll want to tune in for those!
  • The WSO 100 Club will be raffling 4 first-rate gift baskets full of items every artist will love. This traditional raffle and the patron drive are typically held at each WSO convention. The events this fall are critically important, since there was no Spring 2020 convention. Our patron donors fund both our exhibition awards and our educational grants.
  • We have a new slate of Officers! As mandated by our bylaws, you will receive an email link so that you may place your vote for the incoming WSO leadership team. As always, we need a quorum voting to recognize the vote. So please vote!
I hope you are as excited about the upcoming events as we are! On August 1, 2020, you will be sent an email with a link to your digital Watermark newsletter. The Watermark “Yellow Pages” article from your convention co-chairs Patrice Cameron and Anji Grainger will provide specific, detailed convention information and links for you, including the link to the Mini-Workshop and Paint Along registration. There is also an article about our vendors by Sharon Rackham-King. If you plan to attend the exhibition at the Parrish Gallery, consider a side trip to Merri-Artist (I know I will). They are in McMinnville, only a short distance from the Chahalem Cultural Center in Newberg.
Please watch closely for emails from “WSO”. There will be several over the next few weeks, keeping you informed and providing links to the critical information and opportunities available to you.
My thanks for your time!
Barb Sulek

Enjoy this preview of the planned Fall Convention in Newberg! We’re sorry it won’t happen like we envisioned!

Spring Show – Award Winners

In spite of the Spring Convention being cancelled, juror Michael Reardon agreed to jury the show digitally! Below is a list of award winners followed by a video of the award winners. Check out  YouTube channel at any time!

Best of Show Elaine Hoffman Memorial Fund, WSO 100 Club $600 Bill Baily Golden Glow
2nd Place Founders’ Award $525 Bruce Ulrich OMG Wall
3d Place Pacific Coast Regional Award $500 Liz Walker Dispossessed
4th Place High Desert Regional Award $400 Loisann Young Baby Eagle
5th Place Willamette Valley Regional Award $350 Airi Foote Sunny Side
6th Place Crater Lake Regional Award $300 Angela Wrahtz Eye Mind
Award of Distinction Another View Critique Grp, WSO 100 Club     $150 Jenny Armitage Heart Of Salamanca
Award of Distinction Viewpoint Critique Grp, WSO 100 Club     $150 Helen Brown Oregon Native
Award of Distinction Central Oregon Critique Grp, WSO 100 Club     $150 Carolyn Canoy Desert Wind
Award of Distinction Splash Critique Grp, WSO 100 Club     $150 Tara Choate I Feel Pretty
Award of Distinction Westside Artists Critique Grp, WSO 100 Club     $150 Alexandra Coogan Ponderosa Pine Bark
Award of Distinction Metro Critique Grp, WSO 100 Club     $150 Elizabeth Mikie Doolittle Native Dreams
Award of Distinction Roseburg Critique Grp, WSO 100 Club     $150 Kay Gifford Hope Springs Eternal
Award of Distinction Linda Rothchild-Ollis, WSO 100 Club     $150 Patty Hendricks Urban Echoes 2
Award of Distinction WSO 100 Club     $150 Geoff McCormack Rock Dance Revisited
Award of Distinction WSO 100 Club     $150 Kristie Mooney Mr. Crabby
Award of Distinction WSO 100 Club     $150 Elaine Frances Moriarty La Vie En Rose
Award of Distinction WSO 100 Club     $150 Judy Nigh Joy
Award of Distinction WSO 100 Club     $150 Jennifer Ramerman Facing Change With Courage
Award of Distinction WSO 100 Club     $150 Mary Rollins Radiance
Peoples’ Choice Award WSO 100 Club    $150  Liz Walker  Dispossessed

Spring 2020 Convention Award Winners (video)