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Capital Rotunda Art Show

Exploring how watercolor can be presented, applied, and even combined with other types of materials

Article by Beth Trott

Photography by Idaho Watercolor Society

Originally published in Meridian Lifestyle

The Annual Capitol Rotunda Art Show, organized by the Idaho Watercolor Society, is a much-anticipated event that takes place every spring. The fourth floor Rotunda in the Idaho State Capitol Building comes alive with splashes of color as artists from across the state, inspired by their love of watercolor, display their paintings for the public. Visitors will be able to enjoy a wide variety of paintings that reflect the beauty, diversity, and spirit of Idaho in this free, public event.

The Rotunda show is a decades-old tradition, celebrating its 39th year in 2023, and is as rich in tradition as the marbled halls of the state capitol. Not only is the show a great opportunity to view beautiful artwork, but it also allows the public to explore the historic building and perhaps even catch a glimpse of a representative or newscaster or even view the legislative process. The show's central location in the heart of downtown allows visitors to make a day of it, enjoying a bit of art and history at the Capitol followed by the best local cuisine downtown Boise has to offer.

The Idaho Watercolor Society, founded as a non-profit in 1979, is more than just an organization. The Society sponsors a range of activities statewide: exhibitions, workshops, paint-togethers, social get-togethers, holiday parties, and educational programs. It is a thriving community in which all watercolor artists, from the beginner just getting started to the experienced professional, can learn and grow.

The Rotunda Show is especially remarkable as it proudly showcases this artistic diversity. Artists working at all skill levels, painting in a variety of different styles and applying vastly different techniques, are all on display in this annual show. The paintings will be on display from March 4th to March 17th, with an Artist's Reception on March 11th from 11 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The public will have the opportunity to meet the  artists and linger over the paintings while enjoying free refreshments. IdahoWatercolorSociety.org 


 

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