One of Steve Ludemans watercolor pieces will be viewed next month

Local artist Steve Ludeman of Welches has been chosen as one of the 62 artists selected for the Northwest Watercolor Society’s 74th annual International Open Exhibition in Tacoma, Wash.

The show will run from Saturday, April 19, through Friday, June 6, at the American Art Company, 1126 Broadway Plaza in Tacoma.

Ludeman’s watercolor painting titled “Columbia Gorge Summer” was selected from the 487 entries by juror Donna Zagotta, who said she is happy to have Ludeman’s work in the show.

Entries were received from 315 entrants across six countries and 36 states.

Ludeman works mostly in watercolor but occasionally ventures into acrylic and pen and ink. After becoming well known on the mountain, Ludeman has been trying to expand the exposure and visibility of his art to other areas — which is why he decided to enter his work into the NWS show, that and the additional challenge it presents.

“It is a great feeling to have your art recognized in a major show,” Ludeman said.

A reception and awards ceremony will be held for the artists from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at the American Art Company.

The Northwest Watercolor Society was founded in 1939 in Seattle by a group of artists dedicated to the celebration of watercolor. The organization can be found online at

— Kylie Wray

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