Fall 2023 Award Winners, Members Watermedia Exhibition

Congratulations to all of the artists whose paintings were selected for awards in our Fall 2023 Members Watermedia Exhibition. Our judge for Awards Stanley Kurth commented  – 

“This show was well diversified in style and technique. Many fine works are present here.”

The award winners with individual comments are shared below, and can be seen until November 8, 2023 at Project 308 Gallery, 308 Oliver Street, N. Tonawanda, 14120. Gallery hours are Wednesdays 4 – 6 pm and Sundays 12 – 3 pm.  It’s an awesome show, sensitively juried, and hung. Thank you to Martha Rogala and Janet Ide, co-chairpersons of the NFWS Exhibition Committee, and to Natalie Brown owner of the Project 308 Gallery.. Here are some snapshots of the winners with our president Deb Meier, Martha Rogala and Janet Ide. We had fun!  



First Place Award to Catherine O’Neill for “On the Way Down” 

Judge’s Comment: Superb use of value and color to depict diffused daylight

Second Place Award to Barbara Fox for “Primavera”

Judge’s Comment: Expert rendering in this mysterious portrait.

Third Place Award to Christina Paul for “County Fair”

Judge’s Comment: This crowd embedded in textural delights.

Honorable Mention Award to Todd Chalk for “Wildflower”

Judge’s Comment: A composition resplendent in rich color, texture and shape.

Honorable Mention Award to Robert Bemisderfer for “An Uphill Presence”

Judge’s Comment: Excellent serpentine composition moves the viewer up and down and all around.

Margaret M. Martin Award to Kathy Armstrong for “Rust and Rivets”

Judge’s Comment: Beautiful color gradients, shapes and movement.

Board of Directors’ Award to Paulette M. Crooke for “Melange”

Judge’s Comment: Well unified with color and alternation.

Judge’s Choice Awards: 

Sharon Bartell for “Emery Park Spring”

Judge’s Comment: Delightful bouquet of botanical shapes and color.

Brenda Cretney for “Ollie”

Judge’s Comment: Super pet portrait with narrative.

Janet Ide for “Ebb Tide”

Judge’s Comment: Less is more in this delightful seascape.

Martha Rogala for ” Sunset at Freedom Run Vineyards”

Judge’s Comment: Diagonals move you through this vineyard to the sunset sky.

Carol Case Siracuse for “Great Northern 2”

Judge’s Comment: Excellent contrast in color and shape, lines and direction.

E. Jane Stoddard for “Jersey Princess”

Judge’s Comment: Wonderful value and shape alternation.