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New Exhibit At The Ankeny Art Center

Posted July 23, 2013 in Ankeny, Community Web Exclusives

Iowa Water Color Society
36th Annual Juried Exhibit
in the main gallery & side gallery

Exhibition Showing: August 1 – September 26
Opening Reception: Thursday, August 1st, 5pm-7pm

The Ankeny Art Center gallery and receptions are free and open to the public
Wine and appetizers will be served

Iowa Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition –This will be the Iowa Watercolor Society’s 36th Annual juried exhibit showcasing outstanding original watercolor painting by Iowa artists. This year, the Iowa water color society is excited to announce internationally renowned water colorist Birgit O’Connor as the show’s juror and workshop instructor.

The Iowa Watercolor Society was founded in June of 1977 in order to promote the advancement of water media and garner support and appreciation for the artists and the viewing public. This active and dedicated group includes professional, amateur, and beginning painters, as well as interested observers from around the state. The Iowa watercolor Society ha swell over 150 members and offers the opportunity for interested painters to network with artists state wide.

Each fall, the IWS sponsors an annual luncheon, award ceremony, and workshops. This is a juried exhibition with monetary awards. The IWS accepts entries in water media on watercolor paper. From this exhibit a traveling show is created and provides outreach around the state.

This year’s luncheon and awards ceremony will be held at the Best Western Metro North in Ankeny, IA on September 8th. Opening Reception for the exhibit will be at the Ankeny Art Center on Thursday, August 1st from 5-7pm. To learn more about the IWS or to become a member, please visit

This year’s juror is Birgit O’Connor. She is a self-taught watercolor artist who specializes in florals and landscapes. She is currently living in Bolinas of West Marin, California. Her award-winning work has been recognized and published in over 24 national and international artist publications, including Australian Artists and International Artist Magazine.  Birgit contributes regularly to the Watercolor Magic, Artist Sketch, Watercolor Basics, and Artist Magazine. She received the 2003 People’s Choice Award at the Aqua Areas Show in Santa Rosa for her land Scape “evening Sky” and Sailis International Award in New Orleans for florals.

Birgit’s memberships include: California Watercolor Society, North California Chapter of the Women’s Caucus of Art, Marin Art Council, Bolinas Living Artists, Louisiana Watercolor Society, Who’s Who in America, An Who’s who in American Women. Birgit has shown her work all over the world including a one-woman show in Hong Kong. Her art is represented by galleries in Seattle, Washington; and palm Desert and Atherton, California. She has produced a wide variety of instructional videos as well. To view visit

The Ankeny Art Center is located in a city park at SW Third and State Front Road.  Gallery hours are Tuesday and Wednesday 9 am to 1 pm, Thursday 4 pm to 7 pm, Friday 9am to 1pm and Saturday 9 am to noon.  The Center is closed Sunday and Monday.  For more information about the Ankeny Art Center, please visit

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