Ron Hanner “Buckhorn Cove”



Judge Leo Fuchs awarded the 1st place ribbon for the 2015 Painter of the Year to Ron Hanner for his painting “Buckhorn Cove” with the following comment: “Well handled, shows consistency and continuity, confidence and rhythm.”

Alicia Siegler received Second Place for “Cliff Town.” The Judge said, “A good painting.  Executed with confidence. The artist knew where they were going and moved, and  was able to bring in strong darks without using black.”

David Stokes received Third Place for “Tanahlot”, “Well done, shows expertise and confidence.”


This year’s winners were chosen by Judge Leo Fuchs at the May General Meeting. He also offered commentary on all of this year’s entries in the Painter of the Year Competition.

Leo Fuchs is currently director of arts education for SELMA (SUPPORT and EDUCATION for LOCAL MUSIC and ART) a philanthropic organization headquartered in Palm Desert and serving the entire Coachella Valley.






The remainder of the Field Mice season follows:

Cabot’s Museum By Del Lunde

March 31    Palm Springs Air Museum   They open at 10 AM. You may paint in the Museum or on the grounds. There’s plenty of subject matter.  http://www.palmspringsairmuseum.org/

There is a café, no need to lug a lunch. We have painted there in the past and also held our Art Show there. Ask if there will be a discount when you come in.
The Palm Springs Air Museum is located at 745 North Gene Autry Trail

4/7   Vintage Nursery Bring a lunch. 78755 Darby Rd, Bermuda Dunes      http://vintagenursery.com/, CA 92203    Be sure to visit their store, lots of nice items.

4/14   LaQuinta Old Town  Meet near the Old Town Coffee Co. Luncheon is easy nearby at Stuft Pizza.

Take Washington Street South, Go West on Calle Tampico for 2 blocks.
Old Town La Quinta will be on your left-hand side

78010 Main St
La Quinta, CA 92253


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The CVWS Annual Show and Sale was held at the Palm Springs Air Museum this year, due to a last minute scramble of facilities. All things being equal, and due to a heroic regrouping by Show Chair Sue Elle, the new home received rave reviews from artists, committee members and attendees. The Committee did an unbelievable amount of work to put on the Show. Hats off to them all! The Air Museum is reserved for next year.

Coachella Valley Watercolor Society Annual Show and Sale – February 26-18, 2015

Judge: James Q. Millard, NWS,SDWS,WW

Judges Comments:

On the whole, a very strong show. Good variety of work. You’re trying to get three dimensional perspective

on two dimensional paper, watch the edges.

Best in Show: Kathleen Scoggin -“Nuit Fleur”

Clonard Thomas Best Abstract/Non representational: Kathleen Scoggin -“Nuit Fleur”











“Beautiful example of shapes and composition; lovely exploration of watercolor medium; subtle color note;

beautiful edge quality.”


First Place: Robin St Louis – “Heart to Heart”

“Lovely composition; integrated; well drawn; fresh colors”


Second Place: Moira Johannessen – “Boat Yard”

“Good composition; interesting to look at”


Third Place: Robin St Louis – “Selfie”

“Uniqueness of pose and attitude; unusual to see a figure posed like that”


Fourth Place: Ron Hanna – “Tradition Resort La Quinta”

“Great simplified brush work; great saving of whites; direct painting; simplification”

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