Start Date Fri, September 10, 2021 @ 5:00 PM
End Date Fri, September 10, 2021 @ 7:30 PM
Location Gallery

Cuyahoga Valley Art Center Presents Their 39th Annual:

Whiskey Painters of America Exhibition and Art Sale

August 31st – October 7th, 2021

Cuyahoga Falls Art Center: Main Gallery

Artists Reception: September 10, 2021 5:00 – 7:30 PM

The Whiskey Painters of America (WPA) have been invited to participate in the 39th Whiskey Painters of America Exhibition and Art Sale held at the Cuyahoga Valley Art Center, 2131 Front Street Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221, from August 31st – October 7th. This popular annual exhibition opens on Tuesday, August 31st, kicking off the People’s Choice selection process. We invite the public to participate in our People’s Choice voting process that will select the top five best of show paintings on display. This voting will continue during the Artists Reception to be held on Friday, September 10th 5:00 –7:30 PM in the main gallery.

Live Whiskey Painting Demonstrations will take place during the Artists Reception on Friday, September 10th 5:00 –7:30 PM in the main gallery.  The public is invited to enjoy hors oeuvres and drinks as the artists are celebrated during this free event. 

This exhibition will display the largest collection of Whiskey Paintings for sale in one location in the world.  A Whiskey Painting is a watercolor miniature, no larger than 4” x 5” in size and is created by dipping one’s paint brush in some form of alcoholic spirits instead of water. The WPA was officially established in 1962, at Tangier Night Club in Akron, Ohio to promote the fine art of painting in miniature. To become a member of this exclusive organization, an applicant must first have a bona-fide member of the WPA as a sponsor. The Whiskey Painters of America is the most unique and exclusive miniature painting society in the world.’

For this 39th exhibition, members of the WPA have elected to donate Whiskey Paintings to be raffled off at the conclusion of the exhibition.  The proceeds from these raffled items will be used to support CVAC’s Vibrant Pallet Scholarship Fund. CVAC believes that no one with an interest in taking an art class should be deterred from doing so because of cost. CVAC’s Vibrant Pallet Scholarship Fund offers full class scholarship opportunities to students (2nd Grade – Adult) with an interest in art and a financial need. Raffle tickets can be purchased August 31st through October 6th at CVAC or over the phone at (330)928-8092, 1 ticket for $10 and 3 tickets for $20. Buy-it-now prices are also available for some of these donated items.

Whiskey Paintings, the perfect décor for your home or office, generally sell for a minimum of $75 to as high as $1500, with the average selling price between $150 and $300. Thus, by purchasing a raffle ticket you have the potential to win a Whiskey Painting for as low as $10, while donating to a worthy cause.

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This exhibition is made possible in part by:

2021 WPA Featured Artist: Sally Heston


Award winning artist, Sally Heston, works primarily in watercolor, pastel, and acrylics.   Her work reflects her interest in a variety of subject matter including still life, landscape, florals, animals, and architectural structures.  Her body of work includes a significant amount of commissioned fine art and graphic design work as well as paintings done for pleasure.   Her career as an artist and art teacher spans over 5 decades and includes work experience in a variety of media and content in both public and private schools. She holds a BS degree in Art Education (cum laude) from Indiana University of PA (IUP) and a Master of Education degree in Art (with honors) from the University of Pittsburgh with a concentration in painting.   She has studied with many artists, including Frank Webb, Judi Betts, Don Andrews, Albert Handell, Catherine Liu, Cheng Khee Chee, Mel Stabin and Frederick Graff.  She is a retired public school art teacher with over 18 years of experience in grades 1-12. After that she spent 12 years teaching at Virginia Marti College (now North Coast College) in Lakewoood, OH and currently teaches painting classes at the Cuyahoga Valley Art Center in Cuyahoga Falls, OH and for the Aquarelle Society in Rocky River, OH, among other arts organizations in northeast Ohio.  She has also served as a workshop presenter at The Eureka Springs School of the Arts in Arkansas.  A signature member of the Ohio Watercolor Society, the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, and the Whiskey Painters of America, she has been part of numerous group art exhibits and has won many awards for her work.  She has served as a curator at the MD Garage Art Gallery in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and has had several one-person exhibits and her work is included in private collections locally and throughout the United States and Europe.  Her biography is included in Who’s Who in American Women.  Her work is also included in the book, Splash 8: Watercolor Discoveries, published by North Light Books.   Sally is a resident of Broadview Heights, OH.

Professional Memberships:

Ohio Watercolor Society-signature member

Pennsylvania Watercolor Society – signature member

Whiskey Painters of America (WPA)- signature member

Transparent Watercolor Society of America –associate member

American Watercolor Society – associate member

Pittsburgh (PA) Watercolor Society-signature member

Cuyahoga Valley Art Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH  –  instructor and member (President, Board of Directors – 2007-2012)

Medina County (OH) Art League

Hudson (OH) Society of Artists

Akron (OH) Women’s Art League – signature member and President (2015-2017)

Crooked River Gang of Artists of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Delta Phi Delta (National Art Honorary)

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