Check out this e-mail Alisha got yesterday:
"Congratulations! Your painting was one of the 80 entries selected for the Watercolor Society of Oregon’s 44th Annual Transparent Show. Our juror was pleased to have the opportunity to select this show from the 211 artists who submitted 360 total images."
Yeah, you read that right. My wife, one of 211 artists, created a painting that was among 80 selected out of 360! So now she's in the top 80. The next step, as we get closer to the convention date, is explained here: "Twenty paintings that the juror deems to be outstanding are selected to receive cash and merchandise awards. The award winning paintings are exhibited in a six-month traveling show."
This year the convention will be held October 4-9, in McMinnville at the Evergreen Space Museum’s IMAX Theater. More information, if you want it, can be found here: http://www.watercolorsocietyoforegon.com/fall09_conv.html. Unfortunately, because it's conference weekend she won't be able to participate in as many of the events as she would like.
What an honor, though. I'm so proud of her. The funny thing is, there are a lot of paintings she's done that she and I both like better than the one that was chosen. But as she was painting this particular one she knew that it may be good enough to win something, whether it was her favorite or not. She's been saving the painting for this show, putting "Not For Sale" on it whenever it is displayed, knowing it could get in.
When she got the e-mail, I was trying to make the girls join me in a "YEA MOMMY" cheer, but they refused until I explained to them what she did. They couldn't just trust me that she deserved it. They absolutely refused to cheer until they knew. And when they did, it didn't really sound exciting enough to them for a cheer--but they did applaud a little. Weenies.
Without further ado, here is Italian Fruit Market:
So proud of you, babe.