GOLDEN, COLORADO – Join Foothills Art Center to celebrate 42 years of Rocky Mountain National Watermedia (RMNW), an annual juried exhibition of top watermedia artists from around the country.

Explore work that pushes beyond the boundaries of traditional watercolor by expanding into other water- based media: acrylic, casein, gouache, egg tempera, and mixed media.

Seventy paintings, illustrations, and collages reflect a wide range of creative expression. Visitors will enjoy the hazy countrysides, lyrical abstractions, whimsical dreamscapes, and exquisitely detailed still lifes.

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

Juror Mark Mehaffey has achieved international recognition as an artist, including signature membership in the National Watercolor Society and the title of American Watercolor Society Dolphin Fellow. He holds Transparent Watercolor Society of America Signature Life Member-Master Status and membership with Watercolor West and Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Society.

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Contact - Mary Ellen Williams, Executive Director 303.279.3922, ext. 29

Located in historic downtown Golden, Foothills Art Center (FAC) leads and inspires the community through art, education, and cultural excellence. A nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, Foothills Art Center is committed to delivering engaging exhibitions and diverse educational programs for adults and children. 

Founded in 1968 and an official member of the United States National Registry of Historic Buildings, the main gallery is housed in an 1872 Gothic style church and an 1892 Queen Anne style manse, set behind a sculpture garden designed by Saarinen Landscape Architecture. The Foothills Art Center Community Gallery is located next door, in a Victorian-era mansion built in 1899 by Perre O. Unger. 

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