Kathy Caudill of Rock Hill won the best-in-show honors at the 33rd annual exhibition of the South Carolina Watermedia Society, held in Rock Hill.
Caudill's winning watercolor was titled "The Letter." The work show two images of a young woman. The image shows her first reading a letter and the second shows her clutching it. "It's opened ended, you can read what you want into the images," said Caudill.
Caudill's daughter, Erin Gilles was the model for the work. She has been the inspiration for several of her mother's paintings. "She knows what I'm looking for," Caudill said.
This was Caudill's first best-in-show award.
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Four other local artist won awards in the show. Harriet Goode, a former best-in-show winner, won the Florence Visual Artists Guild Award for "Puzzle," an acrylic, Caran D'Ache and charcoal work. Seth Rouser of Rock Hill won the Gatewood R. Kistler Memorial Award for "The Correspondence," an acrylic work. Arnold Carrouth of Fort Mill won The Artists of Studio South Award for an untitled work in acrylic mix/paper. M.C. Churchill-Nash won the Seven Oaks Art League Award for "The Bulls," a transparent watercolor work. Thirty awards were given to artist from all over the state.