Marilyn Hill,  Happy Days in Dark Times,  Watercolor and Sumi Ink

Marilyn Hill, Happy Days in Dark Times, Watercolor and Sumi Ink




GOLDEN, COLORADO – Join Foothills Art Center to celebrate 43 years of Rocky Mountain National Watermedia(RMNW), an annual juried exhibition of top watermedia artists from around the country. RMNW kicks off with a member-only preview on Thursday, September 15, 2016 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. The exhibit opens to the public on Sept 16th and will be on view through October 23rd.

Rocky Mountain National Watermedia is generously sponsored by Jane and Leonard Diggs, Hébert Advisory Services, and Patricia and David Rucker. Additional support provided by Golden Software, James and Terrey Harrod, Joyce and Jack Shelton, and Rosalie Silver.

“This national exhibition has a rich history of showcasing the best talent in watermedia from around the country,” says Executive Director, Hassan Najjar. “Our visitors will see an impressive array of styles on display.” 

RMNW’s annual tradition began in 1974 when local artists approached Foothills Art Center with the idea of a national watercolor show. Forty-three years later, Rocky Mountain National Watermedia has become one of the foremost watermedia exhibitions in the country.

“The Rocky Mountain National Watermedia committee, founded in the beginning, extended watercolor to watermedia,” adds Patricia Rucker, Chairperson of the RMNW Committee. “This year’s exhibition includes acrylic, tempera, casein, as well as mixed watermedia.”

The 2016 juror, internationally known artist, Katherine Chang Liu, reviewed more than 500 entries from 228 artists representing 34 states. Works that range from highly articulated realism to engaging works of abstraction in a variety of watermedia punctuate an exhibit that enthusiasts and appreciators alike will enjoy.

Visit to learn how to become a Foothills member and to find more information upcoming exhibits and programs.

Located in historic downtown Golden, Foothills Art Center leads and inspires the community through art, education, and cultural excellence with engaging exhibitions and dynamic arts programming for learners of all ages.

Foothills Art Center was founded in 1968 and is an official member of the United States National Registry of Historic Buildings. The center is housed in an 1872 Gothic style church, an 1892 Queen Anne style manse and a Victorian-era mansion built in 1899 – all surrounded by a sculpture garden at 809 15th Streetin downtown Golden, Colorado.

Gallery hours are Tuesdays – Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Sundays: 12:00 – 5:00 p.m., closed on Mondays. To learn more visit, or call us at 303-279-3922.


Contact – Hassan Najjar, Executive Director 303.279.3922,

Anna Schoen