The Retreat: A “Beautiful Surprise”


“The Retreat” by Daniela Werneck took the Grand Prize in the annual Spring Online Juried Show of the American Women Artists. This year generated over 1,200 entries by 454 artists across U.S. and Canada. Three jurors were Kelly Kane (KY), Claudia Seymour (CT), and Diana Reuter-Twining (VA), who chose 120 paintings and sculptures for the final show.

Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine and the American Watercolor Weekly newsletter, was the awards juror who selected the 15 award winners.

Kelly was highly impressed with the entries to the Spring Online Show and happy to share her thoughts: “This past year has challenged us all — to stay connected, engaged, hopeful, creative. But in the face of these challenges — and with extended time in their studios, artists have found new themes and creative possibilities to explore in their work.

“In the entries of AWA’s Spring Online Show, we saw paintings and sculptures that were uniquely ‘of the moment,’ making statements or observations about experiences shared around the world. There were, of course, others that offered more personal viewpoints about the political and social conflicts that have also been signs of our time. Most inspiring for me, however, is that the body of work submitted gave testament that art and artists endure. No matter where these women found their inspiration, they’ve bestowed us with artworks that both delight and challenge.”

Open to all 2021 AWA Associate and Associate with Distinction members working in either 2D or 3D, the Grand Prize ($2,000 cash award) went to:

  • Daniela Werneck (Katy, TX) for her watercolor painting “The Retreat”
  • Second Place went to Marcia Holmes (Mandeville, LA) for her soft pastel painting “Rose Bouquet”
  • Third Place went to Lori Putnam (Charlotte, TN) for her oil painting “Safe Harbor”
Painting of a woman with birds
“The Retreat” by Daniela Werneck, Watercolor on Clay Panel, 18” x 24”
Abstract still life painting of flowers
“Rose Bouquet” by Marcia Holmes, Soft Pastel, 27” x 24”
Tonal oil painting of a harbor
“Safe Harbor” by Lori Putnam, Oil, 30” x 40″

Grand Prize winner Daniela Werneck wrote, “It was a beautiful surprise that could not have happened at a better moment. Being chosen among so many talented women makes me feel very honored and grateful for the opportunity.”

Additional Works:


Oil painting of a bird's nest
“Nesting Instinct” by Natalie Featherston, Oil on three dimensional panel, 10” x 8” x 2″
Figurative art sculpture
“Pandemonium, A Self Portrait” by Erin McCarthy, Bronze, 62” x 18” x 20″

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