2014 Christina Davis Memorial Scholarship Award


Winner Marilyn Hirshleifer, with Chris’s daughter and Scholarship Chair, Dorcas Greene

The second recipient of the Coachella Valley Watercolor Society’s Annual Christina Davis Memorial Scholarship is Marilyn Hirshleifer of Palm Springs, CA.

“I started my art life in New York City at the Art Students League and became a textile designer. What inspired me today is Color-Abstract Art, Plein Air Painting. In 2000 visiting friends in Africa, I was very attracted to the African designs and continued to visit Africa for 13 years. I see all my pictures as designs of color-balance and the many facets I see around me and in my travels.”

The 3 judges found her work to be “unique with strong color and composition”.

The scholarship award is a 4 day workshop with Pat Dews or a 5 day workshop with Stephen Quiller, hosted by the Coachella Valley Watercolor Society.

Ms. Hirshleifer has generously offered the value of her award back to the club to use for the grants made to youth art programs in the valley.

Chris’s daughter spoke to the audience after the presentation, saying “You all were a strong influence on my mother’s creativity and harmony. She thanks you.”


The late Christina Davis was a member of the Art Student League in New York, the Association of Botanical Artists, the National Association of Women Artists, the Palm Springs Museum and the Coachella Valley Watercolor Society.
Her work is exhibited in museums, galleries, universities and private collections throughout the US, Western Europe. Scandinavia and SE Asia.

More information about the Watercolor Society can be found at www.cvws.org.
For more information about the scholarships, contact Dorcas Greene at 760-301-5247 or email her atwww.artscholarshipscvws12@gmail.com