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”

Honorable Mention: Nels Femrite – “Peaceful Fall Pond”

Beautiful traditional landscape; good space break up; fresh color

Honorable Mention: Jim Nelson – “Forgotten Orange”

Delightful pattern; great use of watercolor and negative painting; edge variety


Honorable Mention: Ann Bond – “Wild Hydrangea”

Lovely composition; edge quality; travel of lights and darks through the surface

Honorable Mention: Beverly McDonald – “The Tourists”

Terrific handling of flat shapes; simplification; wonderful pattern of light

Juror Award: Pat Kodet – “Outcropping”

Love the dynamic; good shapes; like the directness and energy of the whole thing

Juror Award: Sky Richardson – “Dillon Creek Bridge”

Good fresh direct color; simplified shapes; good values

Juror Award: Cindy Mason – “ Budgie Buddies”

Lovely lace in bottom against lost and found qualities above; calligraphy brushwork

Juror Award: Nels Femrite – “Hacienda Del Gato”

Like the negative shapes; figure-ground relationship; negative painting yucca

Special Merit: Nina Harlan – “Fankenthaler-esque”

Subtle value and temperature contrasts

Special Merit: Sonja Price Ravel – “Madame Butterfly”

Delightful surface explorations of masking and lift offs

Special Merit: Delpha Lucka – “Ribbons of Color”

Aptly named; ribbons flowing through; semi-abstract

Special Merit: Marilyn Blitz – “Bed of Barrels”

Fresh color, strong composition