"Bird Dog" fetches $1,000 Award by Anita Amrhein

The National Watercolor Society's Award Committee for the 2018 Member Show picked "Bird Dog"(see below entry) for the Past Presidents Award of $1,000.00.  A very nice and lucrative recognition of my work I am very thankful and happy about.

Return to Virginia by Anita Amrhein

After eight years on the West Coast plus a two-year sabbatical to move across the country and build a new home in Virginia, my husband and I are delighted to be again near our daughter and son-in-law in the State that had been home since 1964.  I still miss the beautiful views of the water, the islands and the Olympic Mountains from my studio on Camano Island.  But the view of the Blue Ridge and Old Rag Mountain from my new studio is an exciting replacement. 

Another "Three for Three" by Anita Amrhein

Working Upstream

For the third year in a row, one of my paintings "Working Upstream" has been has been invited into the California Watercolor Association's Annual International Exhibition at the Firehouse Gallery in Pleasanton, California.  I am very happy about that, as it has in record time earned for me the CWA Signature Membership, which requires three invitations to the CWA's international exhibitions.  It also tells me that three different selecting jurors found my art worthy to be selected for this event.  I can not ask for more than having my art recognized by such distinguished peers.

Flight of Fancy #3 flies to China! by Anita Amrhein

"Flight of Fancy #3", which recently earned me the Signature Membership in the Northwest Watercolor Society has literally taken flight to China.  It has been selected as one of 260 paintings (130 foreign and 130 Chinese) out of 2,825 entries from 54 countries and regions for the 2013 Shenzhen International Watercolor Biennial Exhibition at the  Shenzhen Museum of Art in China (http://www.shenzhenbiennial.com).  The exhibition will then travel to seven more Art Museums in China.

It is a great honor for me to be exhibiting in such a large international show together with some of the greatest U.S. watercolorists I have long admired and some of which have been my teachers.


Three for Three by Anita Amrhein

Flight of Fancy #3

I was very happy when another painting of my creature series, "Flight of Fancy #3". was accepted into the 73rd Annual International Open Exhibition of  the Northwest Watercolor Society.  After the CWA and CVG shows, this was my third succsessful entry into a juried open show in the last six months.  And best of all, I finally earned the Signature Membership in the NWWS following two previous successful entries.  It is very satisfying when your peers recognize your work.  Who could ask for more?

CVG 2013 Selects "Fishy Species" by Anita Amrhein

Fishy Species

Just a few days after "Endangered Species" was accepted at the CWA National Exhibition I received the happy news that another watercolor "Fishy Species" has been chosen for the 2013 Annual Exhibition at the Collective Vision Gallery in Bremerton, Washington.

"Endangered Species" in CWA's 2013 National by Anita Amrhein

Endangered Species

I am very excited about the selection of my watercolor "Endangered Species" for the California Watercolor Association's 43rd National Exhibition.  The exhibition will present 80 paintings, selected from 834 images submitted by 385 artists nationwide.

The show takes place at the Harrington Gallery in the Firehouse Arts Center in Pleasanton, CA from January 17 to February. 16, 2013.  I am looking forward to attending the Opening Reception and to meet the Juror Mike Bailey.  And the trip will provide me with a chance to visit an old friend I haven't seen in 20 years.

The 14th Annual Camano Island Studio Tour by Anita Amrhein

The fourteenth edition of the Camano Island Studio Tour, and my third time to participate, is just around the corner. It has been a wonderful experience so far and I am sure it will be so again this year.  I just love to meet people and talk about my art, and listen to their thoughts regarding my pieces.  I look forward to seeing you in my gallery.

In the meantime, I just don't know where and how to hang all my new paintings!