Women Artists of the West holds its 48th an­nual ex­hi­bi­tion at Price Tower Arts Cen­ter.

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One of the coun­try’s old­est ju­ried women’s art or­ga­ni­za­tions, Women Artists of the West, will host its 48th na­tional ex­hi­bi­tion at Price Tower Arts Cen­ter in Bartlesville, Ok­la­homa, open­ing Septem­ber 20. The or­ga­ni­za­tion is made up of award-win­ning, pro­fes­sional women artists, in­clud­ing Lee Tisch Bial­czak, Pa­tri­cia Rose Ford and Rob­bie Fitz­patrick.

The Price Tower Arts Cen­ter where the show will take place is an art­work in it­self. De­signed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1956, the 19-story build­ing is a land­mark in Bartlesville, only 40 min­utes north of Tulsa. As host of the show, it will award $20,000 in cash and prizes to the women artists par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Women Artists of the

West’s ex­hi­bi­tion, ti­tled Tall­grass Ren­dezvous.

This year’s awards ju­ror is tra­di­tional re­al­ist painter Krys­tii Me­laine, who has been given the task of se­lect­ing award win­ners from the more than 175 pieces of art­work from the ex­hi­bi­tion. Of the re­spon­si­bil­ity, Me­laine says. “I am very hon­ored to be the ju­ror of awards. This ex­hi­bi­tion rep­re­sents an out­stand­ing group of women artists and I look for­ward to a fab­u­lous show.”

Founded in 1971, Women Artists of the West orig­i­nated in Norco, Cal­i­for­nia, with a small group of women artists want­ing to net­work and com­pete in the art world. Ini­tially, they lim­ited their mem­ber­ship to 35 women who played an ac­tive role, in­vest­ing time and money to pro­mote pro­fes­sional growth. Since then, they have ex­panded their mem­ber­ship to 350 pain­ters and sculp­tors, as well as ex­pand­ing the fo­cus of the art­work from solely Western works to all gen­res and sub­ject mat­ter.

The Women Artists of the West Tall­grass Ren­dezvous will kick off with a donors’ and pa­trons’ pre­sale and re­cep­tion on Septem­ber 20 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. An open­ing re­cep­tion and awards pre­sen­ta­tion will take place Septem­ber 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. Artists will demon­strate their work Septem­ber 22, and take part in a ren­dezvous and paint out at Bartlesville’s Woolaroc Mu­seum and Wildlife Pre­serve on Septem­ber 23. The ex­hi­bi­tion re­mains on view through Novem­ber 4.

1Lee Tisch Bialz­cak, McDon­ald Creek, soft pas­tel, 12 x 9"

2Rob­bie Fitz­patrick, Dog­gie in the Win­dow, wa­ter­color, 17 x 11"

3Pa­tri­cia Rose Ford, Rocked Again, pas­tel, 11 x 14"

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