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Preview of Award Winners

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Notes from Juror Dorrie Rifkin 

I want to acknowledge all of the amazing artists who entered this year’s PWS 2021 Online Members’ Show.  Entering your art in a competition, my mom would say, takes chutzpah.  (English translation, in case PA is not close enough to NYC: “Colossal gall with verve and flair.")  Sharing your work is an important part of the process of creating and being in artistic community. You cannot win – neither an award nor that state of being -- if you do not enter. 

Some 237 paintings were entered! First, I reviewed each painting individually, and forced myself choose from among them 45 paintings that were masterfully painted and designed.    

Next step: Cut the list of 45 to only 15. This was the toughest stage for me.  To determine which made this cut, I sought ambitiousness but also needed to see originality. 

Finally: All of the top five awardees’ paintings had all these qualities and also a story, a felt emotional response.  Looking at them again and again just made me want more, and they delivered. 

Congratulations to the award winners for their truly exceptional work, and to all. 

Thank you the PWS Officers and Chairs for the extreme honor of being asked to judge the show.   

2021 Online Member Show Award Winners 

  • FIRST PLACE: “Cookies Ain’t Just for the Big Guy” by Ona Kingdon 
  • SECOND PLACE: “Pasta Girl” by Charles Rouse 
  • THIRD PLACE: “Time Slot” by Denny Bond 
  • FOURTH PLACE “Zebra Lunch” by Teresa Cromwell 
  • FIFTH PLACE: “Twin Sons of Different Mothers” by R. Mike Nichols  
  • HONORABLE MENTIONS: (in no particular order) 
    • “Izzy” by William Perry “Backstreet of Portofino” by Shirley Kleppe 
    • “The World Fades Away” by Kathleen Giles 
    • “Dock of Despair” by Frank Wengen 
    • “Men at Work” by Eileen Sudzina 
    • “Tiffani” by Chris Misencik Bunn 
    • “Jean in a Yellow Hat” by Pam Wenger 
    • “Reflections, Brussels Linen Shop” by Kris Preslan 
    • “Little Fish” by Sarah Bent
    • “Square in Front of Salute” by Sih Shian Wu


** Entry Period was January 15 - February 12 ** Prospectus is shown below for reference purposes. The entry period has passed.CLICK HERE FOR the PROSPECTUS and all the Details For any questions about the Member Show email: 

Juror of Awards – Dorrie Rifkin

Juror’s Bio: An Englewood, NJ, resident, Dorrie Rifkin paints from her passions. Thirty years’ experience as an award-winning art director ignited and cemented a life-long love affair with typography. Her other passions -- music, New York City, and family – are palpable in her work. Every painting has a personal story. “I’m lucky to live near the City, and spend a lot of time there,” Rifkin says. “Usually, I bring a camera or sketchbook. Running out of things to paint would mean that I am not doing much of anything with my life.” Every painting has a personal story. Her paintings have won more than 60 prizes, many in international and national juried shows, and are exhibited in private collections, worldwide. Dorrie was featured in the article “Ones to Watch,” Watercolor Artist (December 2010), and her work was selected for Splash 14, 15, 17,18, 19 and 20. Her painting, “Leaving the Highline” was selected for the cover of Watercolor Artist magazine (February 2015). She is a signature member of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, and the Northeast, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, New Jersey and Baltimore Watercolor Societies.


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