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Fort Madison Area Arts Association is pleased to present the Iowa Watercolor Society Annual Traveling Show for 2014 – 2015 as the feature exhibition for October.   A reception for the show will occur on October 10th from 5:00-7:00pm, featuring wine tasting from Baxter’s Vineyards.  Lee County Bank&Trust is the sponsor for the show.  This exhibit includes this year’s top five award winning paintings, as well as, Best Translucent Watercolor, and five Honorable Mentions.  There are a total of 31 watercolor paintings in the show representing the work of 29 Iowa artists.   Internationally known artist Carol Carter, from St. Louis, Mo, juried and judged this year’s annual competition that was held in West Des Moines, Ia.   There were 142 entries for this year’s juried show, of these, sixty-one where chosen for the Annual Show. Carol Carter chose the eleven award winners and twenty additional paintings for the traveling show.  One can truly say that the IWS Traveling Show is the best of the best.

The Iowa Watercolor Society (IWS) is an organization made up of beginning, amateur and professional artists.  The only requirement for membership is an interest in watercolor painting.  The IWS was organized in 1977 by a group of devoted artists that loved watercolor painting.  They were led by Joe Messner of Cedar Rapids.  Each year the organization holds an annual meeting, an annual juried show and one or two watercolor workshops.  The organizations primary purpose is to promote and support the arts in Iowa with an emphasis on watercolor painting.

The traveling exhibit only occurs every two years.  FMAAA gallery at 825 Avenue G is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10:00-5:00pm.  The IWS traveling exhibit will make a most opportunistic backdrop for the Southeast Iowa Studio Tour on October 18th-19th.  FMAAA gallery at 825 Avenue G is a location on the tour again this year.  On Saturday 18th  from 9-4, Carol Gunn and Julie Long take over the action.  Carol  was 1st Place winner in 2013 Iowa Pastel Society competition for her “Under the Sun” storefront, which she will have in-house.  Julie Long is a photographer who just won the Ft. Madison Partners $250 purchase award at Art-in-Central Park.  On Sunday October 19th from 12-4, painter Carlene Atwater will have models on hand for figure drawing throughout the afternoon.  Drop-in figure sketchers are welcome!  There will be a Lunch-ala-Art program attached to the Iowa Watercolor Society show on October 31st at noon.   Call the gallery at 372-3996 for lunch reservation prior to Oct. 29th  with Ft. Colony as the food vendor.