RS Hanna Gallery is proud to host the 42nd Annual National Juried Exhibition of the Women Artists of the West (WAOW). The WAOW was founded in 1971 in Norco, California by a small group of professional women artists who wanted to work together, network, and pool their efforts in their quest for expanding their artistry, markets and painting careers.
The WAOW is a respected organization of over 250 members who value and appreciate representational art and support each other. They are most well known for their western themed paintings and bronzes and for working in a wide variety of media.
The WAOW National Exhibition is an exciting culmination of several months of effort by many women and this year’s exhibit includes over 130 pieces from 70 guest and member artists from all over the United States. The subject matter is diverse, painted in any representational style, from realistic to impressionistic utilizing a wide range of media types including oils, watercolors, acrylics, pastels, pencil, scratchboards, colored pencil, wax pencil and bronze. The artwork presented is spectacular and offers a great opportunity to enjoy all of these creative, imaginative and expressive gifts. This exhibit is a salute to women in the fine arts and an opportunity for the art lover in all of us.
Highly regarded western artist Nancy Boren has been selected to jury this year’s show. She will have the difficult task of deciding upon the various awards to be presented at the artist reception on December 7th. Nancy Boren grew up in a home surrounded by paintings and drawings, welcome in the studio of her father Cowboy Artist of America member James Boren; she decided early on she also wanted a life in the arts. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Abilene Christian University and cites the influence of notable traditional painters such as Sargent, Sorolla and Fechin. She has exhibited at the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, the Gilcrease Museum, and the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Show at the National Arts Club, NY. Her paintings were used in the feature film 9 Months and the ABC TV show The Benefactor. She was one of five finalists in the state of Texas for the design of the Texas Quarter in 2004. She is a member of the Oil Painters of America, the Outdoor Painters Society (Award of Excellence 2012), and has Master Signature Member Status with the American Women Artists.
This exhibit has garnered special publicity and advertising sections in the current issues of Southwest Art, American Art Collector, Art of the West, and Horses in Art magazines.
We are proud to be a part of Fredericksburg's growing and vibrant celebration of the arts and proud to represent all of these fine artists in our beautifully restored, well lighted place a few steps off the beaten path.
At RS Hanna Gallery.... it's about art. The real thing. That undefinable but very real commodity that quickens the senses, captures us in a moment and connects us somehow to what we consider beautiful, important, desirous.... enchanting us for a lifetime.
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