LOIS MEYER BIOGRAPHY
Lois was born and grew up in New Jersey, but always dreamed of living in Arizona. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in biology from Calvin College, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, she married and subsequently lived for a time in Pennsylvania and Colorado. In 1977, she and her family moved to Glendale, Arizona. She now lives in Peoria with her wonderful husband and Lhasa Apso named “Cookie”. She has three grown children and four grandchildren.
You might say she grew up with a pencil in her hand. Her school notebooks were always full of doodles, she routinely copied “the Breck girls” in women’s magazines, and she enjoyed doing colored pencil portraits of then-current presidents and her friends. Her formal art training did not begin until 1987, when she began taking art classes at Glendale Community College.
Born in Clifton, New Jersey.
Graduated from Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree and Biology Major.
Resident of Arizona from 1977 to the present.
Glendale Community College: courses in Life-drawing, Drawing and Composition, and Watercolor, beginning in 1987.
Watercolor workshop with Jim Kosvanec, 1994.
Honors: Multiple awards in the Student Art Shows
First Place Fine Arts for The Traveler 1992, magazine of Glendale Community College.
Outstanding Student Achievement Award for 1991-1992.
Arizona Art Alliance, Juried Member
Arizona Artists Guild, Juried Member
Arizona Watercolor Association, Juried Member
Gallery Nineteen (Closed, June 1996)
Peoria Fine Arts Association
Offices: Secretary and Second Vice-president, Exhibitions
2015 - Waterworks Exhibition “Eye of the Beholder” at the Chandler Center for the Arts
Special Exhibition with Daryle Gregory, Fall 2001, at the Church of the Beatitudes
“Spring Magic” with Hazel Stone at Gallery 19, Spring of 1996
RECENT EXHIBITIONS AND AWARDS
2016 - First Place – Watercolor – Glendale Arts Council 53rd Annual Juried Fine Art
2015 - Award of Excellence – Peoria Fine Arts Association
2014 - Best of Show – Arizona Artists Guild Juried Exhibit
Second Place Painting – Peoria Celebration of Artists
Award of Excellence – Peoria Fine Arts Spring Exhibition
Award of Merit – Peoria Fine Arts Spring Exhibition
Merchant Award – AWA Membership Exhibition
ALL EXHIBITIONS AND AWARDS
Arizona Art Alliance Holiday Show
2012 and 2011 - First Place Watercolor
2011 - Merit Award
Arizona Artists Guild Juried Exhibit 2014, 2002, 1997
2014 - Best of Show
AWA Membership Exhibitions
Merchant Award - 2014
Merchant Award – Spring – 2002
Merchant Award – Fall – 1994
Participation – 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002
AWA National Watercolor Exhibition 2008
Glendale Juried Fine Arts Competition
First Place Watercolor - 2016
Honorable Mention - 2013
Purchase Awards - 2012, 2001, 1992
Second Place – 2005, 2001
Best of Show – 1992
Peoria Celebration of Artists
Second Place Painting - 2014
First Place Waterclor – 2005
Second Place Watercolor – 2007, 2003
Honorable Mention – 2007
Peoria Fine Arts Association Exhibition
Award of Excellence – Spring 2015, 2014, 2012, Fall 2012, 2011, 2009, Spring 2008
Award of Merit – Spring 2014, 2013, 2011
Second Place - 2005
Honorable Mention – 2007, 2014,
Valley Artists League Christown Show
Second Place - Watercolor - 1992
Vistas at the Church of the Beatitudes 2001, 1997
Western Federation of Watercolor Societies 28th Annual Exhibition 2003
NVWS Signature Member Award of Merit
West Valley Art Museum Annual Juried Art Show
Second Place - Watercolor - 1999
Art From the Heart 1998 Silent Auction
Bach Choir Silent Auction 2001
Class for residents at Baptist Village, fall of 1998
Demonstration at Westbrook Village Art Group in 2000
From 1992 to the present Lois has entered a variety of art shows and has won many awards, including “First Place in Watercolor” at the Arizona Art Alliance’s Holiday shows in 2011 and 2012, a “First Place Watercolor” at the Peoria Celebration of Artists 2005, the “Nevada Watercolor Society Signature Member Award of Merit” for the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies 28th Annual Exhibition in 2003, a “Best of Show” for the Arizona Artists Guild show in 2014, a “First Place – Watercolor” at Glendale’s Juried show in 2016.
She has sold many of her paintings, and has also done commissioned watercolor portraits. She is a juried member of the Arizona Watercolor Association, the Arizona Artists Guild, and theArizona Art Alliance. She has held the office of secretary for the Peoria Fine Arts Association as well as Second Vice-President, Exhibitions.
In addition to her art endeavors, Lois also loves to sing. She not only sings in her church choir, but also participates in The Sunday Classics Club, a classical performance group.