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Judy Morris Workshop

We are pleased to offer a workshop by our juror, Judy Morris, in conjunction with our 8th Annual Exhibition. It will be held Saturday through Tuesday, September 20-23, 2003, from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM on all days. 

Finding logical and creative answers to watercolor problems will be the focus of the workshop. Judy will share the materials, the techniques and procedures she uses to create her award winning paintings. Step-by-step demonstrations will show you how to strengthen your painting skills. The week will include slide presentation, personal instruction and a formal critique of work completed in class. Bring your watercolor supplies, your enthusiasm and be ready for four great days of fun!

The fee for the 4-day workshop is $260 for members and $285 for non-members. Arrangements for part-time attendance will only be made after the workshop is full. A $50 deposit by August 1, 2003 will hold your place. The workshop will be held at Storm Mountain Center near Rockerville in the Black Hills. Lodging and meals are available there. More information about rates will be included in the prospectus. Other requests for lodging/meals are processed on an individual basis.

Membership Application/ Workshop Form

Name: _____________________________________________________

Date: _______________________

Address: ___________________________________________________ 

City: ____________________________ State: ________ Zip: _________

Phone: (_____) _________________________  

E-mail: ________________________________________________

Membership Category:
Associate/Active $25 ___ Friends of the society $15 ___ None ___
Renewal ___ New member ___ NPWS Signature Member   Yes ___ No ___

2003 Judy Morris Workshop Fees:
Early Registration: Member $235 ___ if $50 deposit received by August 1, 2003
Non-Member $260 ___ if $50 deposit received by August 1, 2003
Later Registration: Member $260 ___ Non-Member $285 ___
To reserve your workshop space, a deposit of $50 must be received by August
1, 2003, with the balance due by September 5, 2003.
The deposit is nonrefundable if reservation is canceled after September 5, 2003.

Total Due:
Amount Enclosed $____________ Check #____________ 
Make checks payable to:
NPWS. Mark check Dues/Workshop
Send checks to:
Northern Plains Watercolor Society PO box 9724 Rapid City, SD 57709-9724

Past President's Message

Our 7th Annual Watercolor show was a resounding success. What began over seven years ago by a small group of artists hoping to start a competition so regional artists could have a venue for entering bigger shows has developed into an event. Each year it has become better and better, growing in the number of quality entries, prize money awarded, and attendance.  

I truly appreciate all the hard work that has gone into the past competitions, and I especially appreciate all of those who worked hard last year to put it all together. We are indeed fortunate to have the wonderful gallery at Prairie Edge to display our work.  There were many comments about the marvelous historic building. The staff is so helpful and they work extremely hard in the hanging of the show all the way through to the packing and shipping the paintings back to the artists. A special thanks to Brenda Beal for all of her help. The community support and sponsors have been wonderful, and we want to thank Kelly Whitley for her help in getting sponsors for the prize money. 

We awarded over $5,000 in prizes this year. We attained non-profit status last year, which will help our sponsorships even more in the future. Our aim is to continue to use this show as a way for regional artists to learn about entering competitions. As we view the slides of all the entrants and realize how important the quality of the slide is to the acceptance of the work into the show, and as we unpack the paintings and understand the problems associated with poorly packed paintings, we come to understand that producing a good painting is just the beginning. 

This is a  priceless educational experience each step of the way. That is why being involved with this organization has been very valuable to our growth as artists. We hope more of you will join in the fun in the coming months. Come to a meeting and enjoy the association with fellow artists.

Judy Lehner, President 2001-2002

2002 Award Winners

  • NPWS Gold Brush Award
    Jim Gaither, Casper, WY Puerto Penasco I
  • NPWS Silver Brush Award
    Susan Luzier, Aberdeen, SD Santa Fe Bouquet
  • NPWS Bronze Brush Award
    Sandra Newman, Rapid City, SD Silence is Golden
  • Juror's Award
    Jan Fabian Wallake, Stillwater, MN Sun Runners
  • Sufficool Award
    Richard DuBois, Rapid City, SD All That Jazz
  • Sufficool Award
    Barbara Kuxhausen, Casper, WY Frosted Trees
  • United Corporation Award
    Kathy Sigle, Spearfish, SD Rope & Drag-Branding Day
  • United Corporation Award
    Judy LehnerRapid City, SD Hat Trick
  • Rapid City Medical Center LLP Award
    Jill Hartley, Rock Springs, WY Light Shadows
  • Barlow Award
    Wilma Wethington, Wichita, KS Brothers
  • Statz Award
    Marion Toillion, Spearfish, SD Autumn Glow
  • Jensen Award
    Kevin Wechbach, Denver, CO Denham Liquors
  • Colonial House R & B Award
    Joyce Johnson, Rapid City, SD Denham Liquors
  • 2002 Viewer's Choice Award
    Richard DuBois, Rapid City, SD All That Jazz

Workshop Reflection

The workshop with Frank Webb was a great time of learning and painting. Frank's style stressed simple but strong compositions, a contained use of wet into wet technique, finally adding purposeful, limited detail. Frank entertained during his demonstrations utilizing his intellect and interesting sense of humor. We learned, not only from Frank, but also from one another. There's nothing like painting in a group to get the juices flowing! 

Everyone agreed that St. Martin's was a great place for a workshop, and those who stayed there were very satisfied with the accommodations and meals. The short day on Monday was the only part of the workshop that was considered a drawback. Be sure to check the information on the workshop with Judy Morris included with this newsletter, as well as the offering below.

Drawings For Prizes

As a member of Northern Plains Watercolor Society, you now have a unique opportunity to win a free, one-year subscription to International Artist Magazine, the art magazine for artists by artists. This $27 value can be yours just by filling out the entry form and mailing it in by November 15 to:

Northern Plains Watercolor Society,
PO Box 9724, Rapid City, SD 57709-9724
ATTN: Drawing

Once all entries have been received, the board of directors will choose a winner from among our members. He or she will receive a complimentary, one-year subscription to International Artist. But don't worry if your name's not chosen this time, we'll be holding another drawing in every issue of this newsletter! Last month our winner was Kathy Sigle.

International Artist Magazine
Prize Drawing Entry Form



City:______________________ State:____

Zip:_________ Tel:___________________

NPWS Board Members

  • Susan Jones - President
  • Richard DuBois - First Vice President
  • Nancy Ashley - Second Vice President
  • Kay DuBois - Secretary
  • Judy Lehner - Treasurer
  • Judy Lehner - Past President
  • Dale Gunderson - Member-at-Large
  • Barb Downen-Nerison - Member-at-Large
  • Joyce Johnson - Member-at-Large
  • Sandi Laskowski - Publicity Chairman
  • Kelly Vaughn-Whitley - Fund Raising

Contact us at info@npwatercolors, or
or Judy at 348-7802



Northern Plains Watercolor Society
PO Box 849 - Rapid City SD 57709