Iowa Watercolor Society exhibition reception no washout

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The immense arched windows and overhead lights at La Poste LLC reflect on the under-glass art works, rendering them hard to see well.

Marvella Blome's "Kissed by the Sun," left, took first place in the 2015 exhibition. Mayela Fonseca's "Self-Portrait" took the Transparent Award the same year. Both watercolorists have works in the 2016 exhibition.
Marvella Blome’s “Kissed by the Sun,” left, took first place in the 2015 exhibition. Mayela Fonseca’s “Self-Portrait” took the Transparent Award the same year. Both watercolorists have works in the 2016 exhibition.

The Iowa Watercolor Society (IWS) is staging its annual exhibition for the second year running in Perry at La Poste LLC, with Thursday’s opening reception to be followed by an awards ceremony and luncheon in late August.

Forty-five painters from around the state entered 60 works in this year’s annual IWS exhibition, including two works by Adel artist Tom Holcomb. The works will hang until Aug. 28 in La Poste LLC’s expansive upper floor, where reflections from the natural light flooding in through the marvelous arched windows and from the artificial lights overhead make adequate viewing and photographing of the watercolors, transparent watercolors and watercolor-gouache works practically impossible.

Nora Burrier, 2, of Des Moines sat for her mother's painting, "Seedling."
Nora Burrier, 2, of Des Moines sat for her mother’s painting, “Seedling.”

Sara Burrier of Des Moines entered her work, “Seedling,” and she attended Thursday’s opening reception with the model for her painting, her 2-year-old daughter, Nora Burrier, whose pixie-like smile perfectly suits the little fairy child or sprite she portrays in the watercolor and gouache painting.

Musical entertainment was provided in the Cellar in the familiar form of by Blue Stem Shannon and Cindy Bryan, with friends sitting in.

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