SWA-SJVC Participation in 68th Annual SWA Membership Exhibit
San Joaquin Valley Chapter participation in our big annual membership exhibit this year was alarmingly light, with only a handful of members submitting entries. That said, our chapter was honored by the judges with 2 of the top exhibit awards shown below. Thanks to all who submitted and congratulations to those who's work was accepted and those who received awards.
Portrait Award, "Attitude," by Trowzers Akimbo
Oil Third Place, "Leader of the Pack," by Ron Jarvi
Former SWA President, Dennis Lewis, Passed Away Early the Morning
Monday, September 18, 2017 - Bill Davis (Trowzers Akimbo)
He left this world early this morning, at home, surrounded by his family, the end of a courageous, multi-year battle with cancer. Dennis is survived by his wife Sheryl, 3 children, Christopher, Nathanial and Christina and several beautiful grandchildren (4?).
A master painter, teacher and lecturer, Dennis has been a dear friend for over 50 years. For those of you who were privileged to call Dennis friend or to have even experienced one of his demos, you know he was also quite the entertainer and presented stories in a way that would have you in stitches.
This sweet man always made time to share his vast accumulated painting knowledge with anyone who requested it.
Dennis worked for many years as an illustrator, creating images and designs for countless album covers and movie posters, before turning to fine art. Several of his works, commissioned by the Air Force, hang in the Pentagon.
I've attached a couple of my favorite paintings from Dennis' vast portfolio of works. "Rose of Sharon," features his wife, artist, Sheryl Lewis and "Hair," (an afro growing challenge to his son).
He will be missed, tremendously!
I love you, Bud!
Congratulations 65th Annual SWA Membership Exhibit Local Award Winners
Thanks to all SJVC members who participated in our 65th Annual Membership Exhibit, in our new Art Center headquarters in San Bruno, CA. A large number or our membership's entries were selected for inclusion is the exhibit this year. Congratulations to each of you, the quality of the show is "top drawer," you can be proud.
And special congratulations to those SJVC members who's work was recognized for distinction by the judges. These works are presented below.
Portrait Award, "Bobby," by Dennis Lewis SWA
2nd Place Oil, "Just 2 More Seconds," by Claudia Fletcher
Honorable Mention Oils, "Manzanita Lake, " by Trowzers Akimbo
3rd Place Watercolor, "Low Tide-Oregon Coast," by Dean Dallin SWA