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National tour of world's best watercolors makes stop at Richland gallery

Some of the world's most dazzling watercolor paintings will step out of a book and onto an easel this month when the American Watercolor Society's annual exhibition stops at Allied Arts Gallery in Richland.

The national touring show opens Oct. 29 and continues through Dec. 19.

"We've been trying to get this show since the early 1990s," said Bob Allen of the Allied Arts Association. "Up until this year it was either not offered to us or it was offered at a time when we couldn't accommodate it. This year the stars aligned and our calendars cooperated.

"These paintings are the best of the best. I'm anticipating comparing them to works by our regional artists, which will also be on display in our gift shop."

More than 40 renowned artists from across the world are represented, including Stan Miller of Spokane who has been featured at the Richland gallery in the past.

"I am very proud that Allied Arts was selected to exhibit the American Watercolor traveling show," said Mary Jecha, president of Allied Arts Association. "Being selected one of seven sites to host the show indicates to me that we are well- respected as an art gallery."

A reception is planned from 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 7 at the gallery, 89 Lee Blvd., Allen said. Admission is free.

Subject matter in the paintings covers landscapes, city life, as well as a few portraits.

"It will be a thrill to see the best watercolors from an international show on display in our community," said Rose Quirk, a Tri-City artist and Allied Arts board member. "The Allied Arts Gallery is one of the best small galleries in the Northwest."

The paintings were selected from the American Watercolor Society's 143rd international exhibition earlier this year in New York.

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