WPA 2018 SPRING EXHIBIT:    at the Art Bar, "Unintended Consequences,"

April 20 - May 23.  (Exhibit judge was Chuck Weber.)

Julia P. was given First Place Award for Sands of Time.

Our judge for the evening was Jerrold Belland who has won over 100 awards in various art exhibitions. His work hangs in hundreds of private and public collections. ​In 2012, he won a Racine Art Museum fellowship. At that time he decided to return to cartooning. He returned with a vengeance. In quick succession, he has published four books of cartoons.

In his Artist Statement, Belland says: "Each day, driving to my studio down Memorial Drive, a story unfolds before my eyes like a movie being played out on a screen. I am drawn to stories and I make art that tells stories. It’s a long tradition, this business of narrative art, and I’m proud to be part of it.  I am told that there is a genuine comic element in my work. I am happy about that. I am happy that I can translate my dark view of the world into something that will make people smile."  To see Belland's remarkable work, click here!​

Thank you, Gallery of Wisconsin Art, for hosting our Fall exhibit.  And a big thank-you to Dani Marino Graf, for acting as judge - not an easy job!  

Here are the award winners:               

OUR FALL, 2019 EXHIBIT  - "Perspectives" - was held at:

Re:Vision Gallery, 4625 Sheridan Road in Kenosha, WI
​November 1 - December 22, 2019

The Fall Exhibit at Re:Vision Gallery was a great success

and the opening reception on Dec. 14th very well attended!  A big thank-you to Marjorie Meyer,

gallery owner, for hosting us before the holidays.

Patti Belbin, for "Woosh"

Kathy Kamin won an Honorable Mention for Gourd Play.

Suzanne Manthe for “Sensory Overload.”

Best of Show​: "In the Valley" by Colette Odya Smith, on the left with Judge Dani Graf.​

Third Place Award went to Julia Pagenkopf for “Waters Edge i.”

OUR FALL, 2018 EXHIBIT:  "Unwilling Adjustment

was at the Gallery of Wisconsin Art, 303 Water St.,

West Bend, Wisconsin, November 3 through December 28, 2018.​​​​​​​​

There were two Honorable Mentions:
Judy Grochowskii for
 “Foreboding Skies - Plein Aire - Horicon, WI” ​and William Church for “High Country Trail”

Susan Klabak said: "The subject of the painting "Snowy Lane" is the driveway leading to my home. It depicts one of those beautiful winter days after a heavy snowfall and is  symbolic of the way I like to see the world, that there is always light at the end of the tunnel.

Third Place​:  "Driftless Dawn"  by Chris Zylka.


And Honorable Mentions went to:

  Nancy Armitage for "Winter Blues"

  Karen Brittain for "Hero"

  Cynthia Dirtzu for "Waiting for Spring"

  Susan Klabak for "Snowy Lane"

  Darron Lillian for "Center Drive"

  Suzanne Manthe for "Along the Way"

​  Julia Pagenkopf for "The Forest Speaks"

  Mac Schueppert for "A View of Snake Island"


Jeanne Panka won

First Place Award for:
​“Cornfield, Lone Rock”

Breakwater Sunset by Chris Behrs won Second Place award.

  • "Snowy Lane" and "The Forest Speaks" were both sold at the show!


"Child's Dance #22" by Debbie Callahan. Judge's comments: "Wonderfully hypnotic and mixed-media, non-specific portrait. Lots of visual interest with the text appliques, and abstracted color. Dynamic tension create by violating the edges."

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Artists' Choice Award: to Cynthia Dirtzu ​for "Water, Fire, Earth and Sky."

Karen Brittain's “Silence” won Second Place Award.

Of "The Forest Speaks," Julia Pagenkopf said the inspiration came from a meadow in Door County on a late afternoon day in the spring. The light seemed to perfectly center on the meadow behind the trees, which seemed to be whispering to each other.

FIRST PLACE AWARD: 'Beginnings" by Julia Pagenkopf

SECOND PLACE AWARD: "Greenhouse" by Nancy Armitage​

THIRD PLACE AWARD: "Birthday Bash" by Chris Behrs

HONORABLE MENTION: "One Last Look" by Karen Wick

HONORABLE MENTION: "Sunset on the Prairie" by Marcia Hero

HONORABLE MENTION: "Gray Day" by Judy Grochowski

ARTISTS' CHOICE AWARD: "Koi A Plenty" by Jim Edlebeck

OUR SPRING, 2019 EXHIBIT:  "Raw Energywas held at the 

Roberta Avonn Fiskum Art Gallery, ​

James R. Connor University Center, 
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater​​​

May 15 - June 14, 2019.

We shared gallery space with Tony Armendariz,

a renowned watercolor artist from ​Illinois and the juror for

the WPA show.  Born in and raised in Chicago to a graphic arts

family, Tony attended the American Academy of Art where he studied under renowned watercolor instructor Irving Shapiro.  Prior to graduation from the Academy, Tony began a twenty-two year career in the corporate world in which he worked as an illustrator, graphic artist and web designer. In 2007 Tony left the corporate world to pursue his interests in watercolor painting and teaching.

Tony is a signature member of six national artistic societies and for the last ten years has served as the director of the Illinois Watercolor Society.  He has won many awards including an Artistic Project Grant from the Illinois Arts Council in 2014. Tony has also participated in many local and national juried exhibitions and has exhibited his work in many group and solo shows. He currently lives and teaches from his studio in Palatine, Illinois. His work is currently represented by the Hilliard Gallery in Kansas City, Missouri.

We are very appreciative that Mr. Armendariz agreed to be the judge for this show.  Please check out his website here.

Here are the Award Winners from the Show!​​​​

Second Place​: "In Utah, the Clouds Always Scud" by Roberta Condon, left.

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Chris Behrs won Best of Show for: 
Green Beans, Yellow Beans West Bend Farmers Market."

Chuck Weber, our judge for the evening, and Debbie Callahan, winner of the Best of Show award.

​A Wisconsin native, Chuck studied marketing and art at St. Norbert College, followed by an MBA from UW-Madison and Marquette University. He was Creative Director and Principal of a Milwaukee-based ad agency and design firm. Now in his "encore" career, Chuck chases his one "true" passion, fine art. His preference for oils and an impressionist style translate into high energy works, featuring sun-lit subjects saturated with color. In recent years Chuck has gained a national reputation as a portrait artist.

​Chuck is a member of Oil Painters of America, The American Impressionists Society, the Portrait Society of America and the Society of American Portrait Artists. He is also a member of Wisconsin Visual Artists, the League of Milwaukee Artists and Waukesha West End Artists. He also serves on the Board of Directors of ARTS Waukesha and the Waukesha County Art Museum. 

The WPA members wish to extend their heartfelt gratitude to Chuck Weber for the time he took in judging the exhibit and for the wonderful advice he generously gave at the opening reception to the artists.

Here are the artists who received awards:

And the Three Merchandise Awards:

Suzanne Manthe's Searching for Blue Bonnets was awarded Best of Show and Artists' Choice awards

Marcia Gorra-Patek, fo“3 Tiny Views”

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For the first time, the WPA was able to give out Merchandise Awards in addition to our regular place awards.  We are very grateful to the Merchandise Award Donors: Blick Art Materials, Richeson School of Art and Gallery, and South Shore Gallery and Framing.

First Place​: "Koi Ripples III" by Denise Presnell, right.

​Bobby Brown's Kickapoo Valley Reserve won Third Place award.