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Watercolor 2024 Exhibit Open Through April 15; Awards Reception Planned for March 10

Watercolor 2024, the annual Spring show in the Norris Gallery, is on display through Sunday, April 15. The juried show features watercolor paintings depicting a variety of images and different watercolor techniques and surfaces.

The Gallery Committee will host a free, public reception honoring the artists on Sunday, March 10, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the gallery. Show awards will be presented at 3 p.m. Admission is free and refreshments will be provided.

The judge for Watercolor 2024 is Steve Puttrich, a graduate of the American Academy of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago. He travels extensively and teaches at the Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Art and serves as an Artist in Residence for the Plein Air Painters of Chicago.

Puttrich selected eight artists for awards:

Awards of Excellence: Cynthia Ray, Pattie Linden Seifrid, Megan Ripke.

Honorable Mention: Tammy Boxer, Mary Ellen Segraves, Robert Krajecki, Dan Danielson, Wendi Lam.

The 37 artists participating in Watercolor 2024 are: Judith Arvidson, Julie Bargiel, Jessica Baron, Donna Beichel, Angela Boe, Larry Bond, Tammy Bozer, Charles Cassell, Dick Cholke, Dan Danielson, Zarina Docken, Christine Doolittle, Jeanne Dyer, Fatima Figueiredo, Deborah Freerksen, Carole Giovacchini, Barbara Hald, Lori Indovina-Valus, Mary Karr, Herb Kelly, Hannah King, Carole Kling, Robert Krajecki, Kathi Kuchler, Kathleen Manning, Margot McMahon, Nancy Proesel, Cynthia Ray, Megan Ripke, Mary Ellen Segraves, Pattie Linden Seifrid, IWS, Jennifer Soule, Carol Sturz, Wendi Lam Thourson, Thomas Trausch, Rosalie Waranius Vass, and Brittany Worsham.

All work in Watercolor 2024 is available for purchase.

The Norris Gallery is located in the Norris Cultural Arts Center, 1040 Dunham Road, St. Charles, on the Norris Campus which includes St. Charles East High School. Gallery admission and parking are always free. Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and when the Center is open for performances.

Online, visit The Norris channel on YouTube at, where you will find videos of the four seasons of “A Baker’s Dozen Holiday Festival” and the archived recordings of “Behind the Canvas” interviews of Norris Gallery exhibit award recipients.

Note: Image accompanying this post is “The Donkeys, Donna and Danny,” by Cynthia Ray.

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