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Waterworks Artists History, Exhibitions and Publicity



The Waterworks Artists have come from backgrounds and experiences that have engendered their love for art and their desire to create paintings. Each artist exhibits their work in Juried International and National Exhibitions as well as regional and local exhibitions, often winning awards. Some have been awarded Signature Member status in prestigious watercolor societies. Some have their paintings hanging in National and International corporate collections, museum collections, private permanent collections and individual client collections. Several have had their work published in books and magazines and some are included in various Who's Who biographical listings.

Since this group was founded by Carol Allen Bentley in 1995, many artists have been participating members. The highest standards of excellence and artistic professionalism have always been maintained. With a spirit of friendship, cooperation and support, the artists share watermedia ideas, art related information and constructive painting critiques.



Herberger Theater Center Art Gallery, 222 E. Monroe Street, Phoenix, AZ, "ALTERED FOCUS," November 5 - 28, 2021

Vision Gallery, Chandler, AZ, "FRAGMENTS," March 24 to May 20, 2017 

Chandler Center for the Arts Gallery, Chandler, AZ, "Eye of the Beholder" - January 30 - March 7, 2015

Chandler Center for the Arts Gallery, Chandler, AZ, "Really Abstract or Abstractly Real?"  2013

Glendale Community College, Glendale, AZ, "Realism and Abstraction," 2010

Mesa Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, Mesa, AZ, "Hello Dolly!," 2008

McCullough-Price House, Chandler, AZ, "Waterworks Paints the Southwest," 2008

Mesa Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, Mesa, AZ, "My Fair Lady," 2007

Shemer Art Center and Museum, Phoenix, AZ, "Passion, Paint and Process," 2005

Chandler Center for the Arts, Chandler, AZ, "Realism to Abstraction - Abstraction to Realism," 2005

Mill Atelier Gallery on Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM, "Waterworks Artists of Arizona Group Show," July 1 - August 15, 2003 

Casa Grande Art Museum, Casa Grande, AZ, 2002

Quintessence Gallery, Chandler, AZ, 2001

Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium, Tempe, AZ, 2001

Casa Grande Art Museum, Casa Grande, AZ, 2000

Unitarian Church, Paradise Valley, AZ, 1998

Weible Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ, 1998

Border's Books and Music, Phoenix, AZ, 1998

Superior Court, Phoenix, AZ, 1996

Downtown Gallery, Phoenix, AZ, 1996

Kerr Cultural Center, Scottsdale, AZ, 1996

Unity Church, Phoenix, AZ, 1995


"Our interest is in watermedia, which includes watercolors, acrylics, gouache and inks. This is a very exciting medium and more difficult than many people imagine. There's a myth that watercolors are temporary, but they can last hundreds of years with the quality of today's paints and archival paper."


This quote was part of a lengthy Hazel Stone interview with Joan Westlake, "Watercolorists make splash at McCullough-Price" published in the SanTanSun, AZ Arts, May 3 - 16, 2008.

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