"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."

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 FALL, 2018 EXHIBIT:  "Unwilling Adjustment

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

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

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.


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

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"


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!​​​​

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. 

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

Breakwater Sunset by Chris Behrs won Second Place award.

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

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.

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:                              

Kathy Kamin won an Honorable Mention for Gourd Play.

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

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

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:

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.

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

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

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