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 Last October PWS lost a true friend, a wonderful artist, and loyal member of the PWS Board, Ron Schloyer.  Ron was our Workshop Coordinator for many year.   To honor Ron’s legacy, we will be presenting a Juried Show award in his memory at this year's exhibition.   

As I was thinking about this, I was reminded of an excellent idea that was presented to the Board by our 2VP, Karen Frattalli, who works tirelessly all year coming up with awards for the Juried Show.  Karen’s idea was to present this same opportunity of an Honorary or Memorial Award to the entire PWS membership.  So, if any PWS member or family or group of members knew of someone who deserved such an honor, they could establish an award in his/her honor.  The award could be anywhere from $25 on up to whatever amount desired.  The PWS Board also agreed to match any amount up $100, so if your award was for $100, with PWS’s match, it actually would be a $200 award!  Of course, the donor gets to name the award (perhaps something like “The John Doe Outstanding Watercolor Award”).  If you would like to discuss this idea further, you may contact John W. Walker (717-235-5310) or Karen Fratalli (610-347-0192).  We have set up a form on the website to create this award CLICK HERE, or you can simply send a check to me at 4077 Bowser Road, New Freedom, PA 17349.

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2014 Juried Show
The Pennsylvania Watercolor Society's
35th Annual International Juried Exhibition
At the State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St., Harrisburg, PA 17120
November 8, 2014 – February 8, 2015
Entry Deadline
July 12, 2014 (midnight E.S.T.)
Opening Reception November 16, 2014    2:00-4:00 pm, awards at 3 pm
Juror of Selection and Awards – Sterling Edwards
CLICK on the JURIED SHOW Button above for the prospectus and to enter.
CLICK HERE to see the hanging area inside the State Museum.


35th Anniversary Featured Artist Series

Don Lenker - PWS Charter Member and Past President

Don Lenker is a native of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, a graduate of Penn State and a practicing registered architect. He and his wife, Kathleen, reside in Lower Allen Township where they raised three sons. Don began drawing and painting as a child under the guidance of his mother, Ivan Lenker, a well-known artist and teacher, and studied watercolor painting under Andrew Case at Penn State. He has exhibited in local and regional shows and is a charter member and past president of the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society.  

Lenker’s approach to painting is to maintain careful balance between painting outdoors (en plein aire) and studio painting. Painting outdoors sharpens the artist’s eye and makes him aware of the inconsistencies as well as the broad composition that ties all of the elements of nature together. This is true whether painting landscapes in rural Pennsylvania, along the Susquehanna River, city townscapes, sycamore trees, or the seascapes of Cape Ann or Cape Cod.

He begins most paintings outdoors, but they are usually completed in his studio. There he applies his vast backlog of knowledge acquired from his plein aire experience to complete the painting  

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