44th Annual Western Federation Exhibition

Entries must be received by

NOVEMBER 12, 2018

To enter, provide digital images, signed entry form and fee to:

Lynda Burruss

13828 W Terra Vista Dr

Sun City West, AZ 85375

Please don’t wait!  Enter today!


Questions may be directed to Tanya Lemma or Linda Burruss

Tanya Lemma, Alternate Delegate

Text, cell:253-222-1432


2019 Western Federation of Watercolor Societies Show

Enter this prestigious show held in beautiful San Diego!

Put these key dates on your calendar:

Monday, November 12, 2018 ….Deadline to enter

Wednesday, April 3, 2019………..Last day to register for hotel and hospitality events

Wednesday, May 1, 2019………..WFWS44 exhibit opens to the public

Friday, May 31, 2019………………Exhibit closes

August 2018 News

President’s Message

Welcome to our new year!  We have an exciting schedule ahead of us with newly established goals established by the Board / Committee Chairs at our annual spring retreat.  These leadership members demonstrate a wealth of knowledge, talent, and enthusiasm for AWA.  We are so fortunate to have them donating their time to help our organization continue to grow.

To continue to be a viable organization, we need to expand our membership to include younger artists; update our methods of communication and continue to make our programs and exhibitions challenging and worthwhile.  Toward this effort, we are focusing our goals on:

  1. Expanding our membership to youth by
    1. Introducing a Student Membership (for high school and college students)
    2. Providing Watercolor Workshops for Art Teachers from local public schools
  2. Utilizing updated methods of communication by
    1. Expanding Media Center during our programs (collaboration with AAG) to include large screen TV and camcorder for direct viewing of demonstrations on large screen TV
    2. Expanding our Advertising
  3. Expanding our Monthly Programs
    1. Re-introducing monthly critique during the social hour (limit 1 painting per person)
  4. Clarifying our Title by adding a Tag Line to AWA which would give the message that our watercolor organization also includes acrylic and other water media (more information will be forthcoming)
  5. Posting our Membership Directory on the website on a quarterly basis.
  6. Other goals were established to provide direction for ongoing committees and will be addressed in Board Meetings and programs as indicated.

Please thank all the volunteers of the AWA Board and Committee Chairs for sharing their time and expertise.  We still have a few positions open on the Board, so think about volunteering.  One newly created position is that of the President Elect.  This person will become President of AWA next year and gives the upcoming President an opportunity to gain a lot of experience in the year preceding his/her presidency.

See you in September!

Ruth Philliben, President

May 2018 News

President’s Message

Our business year is coming to a close.  It has been a very successful year and I want to thank AWA members for their contributions to this success.  Additionally, I’d like to highlight the contributions of the more than 30 members who have served on the AWA Board and in Committees this past year.  We are all indebted to those who continue to make our organization run smoothly.  THANK YOU.

News from the Board:

  • Our Board Member Retreat will be held May 18. A major focus of this year’s retreat is expanding our membership.  We will be discussing ways in which we can reach out to a younger group of artists.  If you have ideas about how we can reach more people, please let one of the board members know.
  • We are also collaborating with AAG to update our media capabilities in the AAG building, so stay tuned!

I enjoyed being able to hand out awards to 12 well deserving artists at our Spring Exhibition held at the West Valley Art Museum in Peoria, AZ.  If you haven’t had a chance to see this exhibit, please take the opportunity to do so.  I am also fortunate to be able to select one painting from each exhibition for the President’s Choice Award.  This time I chose Carol McSweeney’s painting: “Sign of the Times”, a painting of a homeless man sitting in a doorstep with a newspaper on his lap.  Having worked some with the homeless population, I am moved by their plight and admire Carol’s decision to reach out to them.

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”  – Henry David Thoreau

Ruth Philliben, President

April 2018 News

President’s Message

“The Good Samaritan” etching by Rembrandt is a black and white composition depicting the good Samaritan standing at the arched stone entrance to a building, talking with the inn keeper.  At the bottom right corner of the 1663 version of this piece is a dog, squatting and dumping his ‘business’ on the ground!  It is well known that Rembrandt had a mischievous sense of humor and introduced it into much of his artwork!

Like Rembrandt, we do best what we are passionate about, and that is certainly true for Sherry Kimmel.  I just attended her water media collage workshop and it is evident that her enthusiasm shows in her wonderful collage paintings.  Whatever sparks our creativity is certainly worth our best efforts.

AWA is fortunate to have so many talented artists who are willing to share their skills with members, whether through teaching workshops or volunteering to help keep our organization viable.  We still have a few positions that remain unfilled, so think about helping out in one of these positions; we need help with the Newsletter Publication and with the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies representative.  Contact Jeremy Jones if you are interested in one of these.

May is our annual member business meeting during which we will be having our election of officers and voting on proposed bylaws changes.  The bylaws changes will be sent via email to members a month before the May meeting.  Please read these carefully so you can be an informed voter at the meeting.


  • Keep informed with our activities through our website:
  • Pay your dues: if you pay at one of our next meetings, you will receive a free raffle ticket for our monthly scholarship drawing!  If you pay after the end of May, you will incur a late fee.

“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”  – Andy Warhol

Ruth Philliben, President

March 2018 News

Presidents Message

As our organization continues to move forward I hope you are taking advantage of the wonderful opportunities AWA is presenting to you.  There is so much going on right now and, as I was struggling to sort it out, my husband suggested I not forget to have fun.  As always, he helps me get through the chaos and get straight to the point.

“I hope you are loving your art”, he said… “Enjoy it.”  He’s right… I get so busy, it’s easy to forget why I am involved; it’s because I LOVE TO MAKE ART.

So let’s make a toast to making art!  Take a class, teach a class, paint with friends, put a painting in a show, give a painting to a friend.  Celebrate your artistic self.

I also want to encourage you to become familiar with our website:  as this is our main method of communication.  Whether you are looking for Information on Monthly Programs, Workshops, Exhibitions, Membership or Community Outreach you will find what you need there.

It’s also time to pay your dues and sign up for an open Board Member or Committee Chair position.  Think about how you can help AWA.  It takes a community to keep the organization healthy!

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”    – Thomas Merton

Ruth Philliben, President

February 2018 News

Presidents Message

As I sit by the ocean (on the island of Kauai), I watch the paddle borders manipulate the waves, looking graceful as they catcha wave and follow it into the shore (well, some of them are graceful). I am studying them with a new viewing point, that is,using the principles of composition described by turn of the century author, Arthur Wesley Dow. Arthur Dow was inspired by Japanese art, especially the prolific Hiroshige Ando. In his book, he suggests a number of exercises focusing first on line, then on notan (light and dark) and finally color. Photos of exercises pictured in his book remind me of the Polynesian art found so often herein Kauai. One of my favorite places Havaiki, a gallery featuring a world of Hawaiian, Polynesian, Melanesian & Oceanic art. Check out the website:

Each time I take a class or read a book is an opportunity for me to explore another style of art. Making art is about translating nature, not about transcribing it. Each of us finds our way of translating nature into art; some of us continue to experiment with a variety of techniques and styles; others find their ‘style’ more quickly. In your journey to discover your style, you have so many opportunities to explore different styles by taking one of the many workshops AWA offers. Consider taking a class…you may find a style that fits you well.

Back to the business of AWA. We are in the process of putting together a nominating committee to select officers for the upcoming year. As you are aware, our year starts in June and we need members willing to fill board member positions and members who are willing to reach out and find those members. Please consider serving your organization by either becoming an officer, or being on the nominating committee.

“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?”  Vincent Van Gogh

Ruth Philliben, President

February 2018

During social hour at our February AWA meeting we will be able to view last years WFWS show accepted entries that were exhibited at The Jordan Snitxer Museum in Oregon, with over 100 wonderful paintings from our western 11states!!

From Lynda Burruss

JAN 2018 – Raffle Tickets




To purchase tickets by mail, send your request, payment and a self addressed, stamped envelope to C. Diane Parnitzke, 12712 S. 177th Ave., Goodyear, AZ 85338. Make check out to AWA. Be sure to write AWA Community Outreach on the memo line. Also, please write AWA Community Outreach on the bottom front of the envelope.

Tickets will be sold at each meeting through MAY 10th when the drawing will take place. The prize is for a two day Juror Workshop given in the AWA year 2018-2019. For email requests, payment must be received by MAY 9th for raffle entry eligibility.



October 2017 News

President’s Message
I just saw our fall juried member exhibition at the Scottsdale
Artists School…What a great show and what a wonderful
way to start the year! We look forward to the reception and
awards presentation at our next meeting (October 12).
Hope you can join us. I can’t wait to see who the winners
are! There are so many excellent pieces.
I just signed up for our 2017-18 workshops… We have 2 juror workshops and 4 member
workshops scheduled for this year, with a variety of styles and subject matter. I look
forward to learning from these excellent artists! “We are a part of all that we have
experienced”, so I look forward to learning.
I look forward to a great year. We have a wonderful Board of Directors, active members
and lots of fun. Please join us.
“To create one’s own world takes courage.” Georgia O’Keeffe
Ruth Philliben, President