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)

WSO Spring 2020 Convention and Workshop Cancelled

From WSO President, Barb Sulek


Thank you all for your patience while the Executive Board has worked to make the best decision for WSO members regarding our Spring convention in Astoria.

Given global concerns regarding Covid-19 (the Corona virus), we have determined that the best course of action is to cancel both the convention and the workshop led by Michael Reardon. While we would have been a smaller group than 250, many of us are considered “at risk”; therefore, we feel this is the most responsible course of action due to the uncertainties of the virus. The thoughtful, insightful input received from so many of you over the last few days has helped lead us to this decision.


All registered members will be refunded the full amount that was paid for the Convention and the Workshop (if applicable). All refunds will need to be processed manually. It is our goal to accomplish this prior to April 30, 2020. Please be patient while our treasurer works through this task.
Those who paid with a credit card will have the full registration fee refunded to the card used for registration.

If you sent a check to cover your registration, it will be returned to you if it is uncashed, or you will be issued a refund check from WSO. Do not send a check if you have not already done so.


As we worked through the decision, I have received many emails asking how to donate the refund to WSO if people wish to do so, to help WSO offset the financial impact of cancelling the convention. If that is your decision, please contact treasurer@watercolorsocietyoforegon.com no later than April 1, 2020. You will receive an acknowledgement of the gift.

If your work was juried into the Spring Show

You will receive one point towards signature membership for getting into the show, as is typical. If your entry has made you eligible for Signature Membership, your certificate will be mailed to you.
Editor’s Note (March 22, 2020): We are working with juror Michael Reardon to jury the show digitially. More information will become available soon. Because of this, the following statement is no longer true: You are encouraged to reenter the work juried into this show in a future WSO exhibition. The prohibition due to the long-standing rule against resubmitting work previously juried into a show has been lifted for this single instance.

We will post all of the work juried into the show on the website as soon as it can be arranged, so that you can enjoy all of the outstanding entries selected by Michael to be our WSO Spring Exhibition. Watch for the Show Exhibition Catalog, which will be mailed to you in April or May.

If you were to pick up your award-winning work from our Fall 2019 exhibition in Astoria, you will be notified when and where to pick up your work by the Astoria convention committee. If you were notified your work from the Bend show has sold, please reply to this update, we will help you determine the best way for you to get your work where it is needs to be.


Items that were to have come before the membership will be deferred to our Fall 2020 convention in Newberg. Basically, everything that can be deferred to the Fall convention will be rescheduled accordingly.

May Watermark & Future

Our May digital Watermark will be packed with updates and further information about the things that have been moved to the Fall 2020 convention in Newberg. You will read about the lineup that Anji and Patrice have planned for us – and you’ll be able to register for the workshop to be held with our Newberg juror – Kristi Grussendorf.

This information will impact some of our local partners and vendors significantly. Please keep MerriArtist in mind for your art supplies, as well as American Easel for your painting panel needs, and Menucha art retreat for your next amazing creative get-away.

Finally, a most grateful thank you to our Astoria convention team (Zsuzsa Vamos, Sandra Wood and Becky Meier) and the WSO members who have worked alongside them – all have spent countless hours dealing with logistics and details to create for us a weekend worth remembering. I heard more than once from them – “We want this to be fun!” I am confident it would have been fabulous – a heartfelt thank you to you all!

P.S. Don’t forget to cancel your lodging and restaurant reservations!

Barb Sulek

WSO 2019 Fall Watercolor Exhibition Award Winners

Congratulations to our WSO 2019 Fall Watercolor Exhibition Award Winners!

Placed Winners

Best of Show Winnie Givot Sisters Fred’s Fiddle
Second Place Founders Award Jennifer Armitage Salem Bringing Down The House
Third Place Pacific Coast Region Award Judy Hoiness Bend Protect Oregon Wildlife And Wildlands 1
Fourth Place High Desert Region Award Rene Eisenbart Portland Ferry To Dubrovnik
Fifth Place Willamette Valley Region Award Helen Brown Sunriver Glacier View
Sixth Place Crater Lake Region Award Sandra Wood Portland Chrome Of Fire II

Awards of Distinction (in no particular order)

JoAnn Pari-Mueller Banks Raven Finds The Key
Yvonne Knoll Sandy Girl Talk
Charlotte Peterson Medford Frog Parking Only
Elizabeth Schilling Gresham 59 Beads
Mary Rollins The Dalles Contemplating Van Gogh
Sarah Bouwsma Portland Outcropping
Chris Stubbs Carlton The Dream Lives On
Kris Preslan Lake Oswego Waterfall Grill
Rebecca Sentgeorge Redmond Shrine Sale Memories
Kim Ellen Smith Bend  On Location – Secret Cove
Leslie Boyce Tigard Got Clover?
Jennie Chen Portland Making The Right Turn
Geoffrey McCormack Eugene String Theory 2
Vernon Groff Sandy Miles To Go Before I Sleep

People’s Choice

Mila Raphael Portland Have You Any Wool?

To view the show, or for information about the gallery, please contact the Rotunda Gallery, COCC Barber Library.

We’d like to extend a special “thank you!” to our Juror Joyce Hicks, AWS. It has been a pleasure having you with us for our Fall Watercolor Exhibition, Conference and Workshop.

Thank you to all of you who entered our 2019 Fall Watercolor Exhibition. Your interest and support help to make sure our exhibition is a tremendous success!

We would like to thank all of our many volunteers! Your service to WSO and our watercolor community is invaluable! Thank you indeed!

Please note that the images included are copyrighted by the artist and used with permission.