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Sunday, March 8, 2015

Best of Show at State Watercolor Exhibit 2015!

My five year old son receives the Best of Show award on my behalf

I received an incredible early birthday gift this year: It was a big surprise and a bigger honor to receive two awards at the 2015 Colorado Watercolor Society State Watercolor Exhibit! My painting No Left won an honorable mention, and Twin Elevators was chosen Best of Show by juror Rick Brogan! It was even more special to have my wife and children in attendance at the Award Ceremony to enjoy the moment with me! My two sons were elated to share the limelight and receive the award bags on my behalf.

It is great to get such recognition for my work; these are two of my favorite pieces and I am thrilled that the juror saw merit in them. Thank you, Mr. Brogan! I owe this and other recent success to great instructors that have inspired and guided me along the years, but in particular to Mr. Arne Westerman, whose workshop in 2013 really drove home to me the pitfalls and strategies of design. I did not even get accepted to this show two years ago, but since I started critiquing my own work and applying the learnings from that workshop, I got an award in 2014, and top award this year.

Congratulations to the CWS and its President Greg Chapleski, show chair Gary Nichols and all their collaborators for another beautiful show, with many of the best water media artists in Colorado, and for the successful Opening Ceremony, very well attended on this sunny Saturday afternoon at the Lone Tree Arts Center in southern Denver.

 Family photo with Twin Elevators at the Award Ceremony

 No Left, Honorable Mention at the State Exhibit


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  2. Hi Marcio...glad I decided to check the blogs, which I haven't in a long time...congratulations on receiving two awards, especially Best in Show...that is some crowning achievement!

  3. Thank you very much, Angela and Johanna.

  4. Congratulations Mario! Well deserved :) Arne is a great instructor... I learned so much from him too. Your family is darling - a great creation there too! So glad they could share in your success!

  5. Belated congrats! Your work never ceases to amaze...