Laurel Lake McGuire, “In the Spotlight,” Best of Show

The 47th National Exhibition of Women Artists of the West has been so well received at the McBride Art Gallery in Annapolis, Maryland, that it is being extended until December 31.

The first East Coast exhibition by the Women Artists of the West (WAOW) — judging by the number of sales and the interest in the show — will certainly not be the last. Over 150 paintings and sculptures by members of the organization are on exhibit at the historic McBride Art Gallery in downtown Annapolis, Maryland. WAOW is the oldest juried women’s art organization in the country. A member must be juried into the organization, and then her work must be juried into the National Exhibition as well. This show encompasses work in all painting mediums and sculpture by some of the most talented and recognized women artists working today. WAOW has over 300 members from across the country. The variety of work in this show is impressive.

Kim Shaklee, “Party Wave,” Best of Masters

The exhibition also recognizes outstanding works through several awards. Laurel Lake McGuire took Best of Show honors for her brilliant painting “In the Spotlight”; Kim Shaklee’s “Party Wave” was the Best of Masters winner; Carlene Wallace took First Place in the two-dimensional category for “Tiny Dancer”; and finally, Kathryn Vinson’s “Wild Honey” was the First Place winner in the three-dimensional category.

Carlene Wallace, “Tiny Dancer,” First Place, two-dimensional
Kathryn Vinson, “Wild Honey,” First Place, three-dimensional

There is still time to see the exhibition before it closes on December 31. If you can’t get to Annapolis, be sure to visit the show online at You can also see the show and learn more about Women Artists of the West by visiting their website —

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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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