"Kissed by the Golden Sun"

“Kissed by the Golden Sun” by Marvella Blome of Thompson, a first-place Award of Excellence winner, is part of the Iowa Watercolor Society Annual Traveling Show on display at the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum.

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MASON CITY — The 2015-16 Iowa Watercolor Society Annual Traveling Show is on display at the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum.

The Iowa Watercolor Society is made up of beginning, amateur and professional artists. The only membership requirement is an interest in watercolor painting.

Now in its 38th year, it was organized in 1977 by a group of artists who loved watercolor painting.

Each year, the organization holds a juried show, annual meeting and one or two workshops. Internationally-known artist Iain Steward, a signature member of the National Watercolor Society, judged this year’s competition in Perry. The 60 paintings were chosen from more than 140 entries.

This year’s traveling exhibit, selected by Stewart, is on display in the museum’s Weston Gallery. The 27 paintings by 25 artists include the top five Awards of Excellence, eight honorable mentions and the painting chosen as Best Translucent Watercolor.

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