Licking artist Lanie Frick has been accepted at the 44th annual member’s exhibition for Women Artists of the West (WAOW) in San Diego, Calif.    

WAOW is a national organization with more than 250 award-winning, professional women painters and sculptors from across the country. The non-profit group fosters appreciation and promotion of art created by women. 

Frick had to meet strict criteria to be juried into the prestigious organization and her work also had to be juried into the art exhibition. “WAOWed in San Diego” runs May 2 to 31, with an opening reception at 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 2, at the Women’s Museum of California.

“For many years I dreamed of being a member of WAOW,” Frick said. “Three years ago I decided that my work had matured enough to submit for acceptance into this prestigious national art organization. I was thrilled when I received my acceptance letter. This was just the beginning. The caliber of artists and their work keeps the bar high, which encouraged me to work harder and get better.”

One of the WAOW member requirements is to enter into the annual national show.

“Having your work accepted into the show is as hard if not harder than becoming a member,” Frick said. “The quality of artists in WAOW is stellar making the odds of having one’s artwork accepted slim. I had tried last year and didn’t make it. This year I decided to try again so I submitted two paintings into the WAOW show.

“When I read the email and saw that not only one, but both my paintings had been accepted into the show I was at first stunned and then excited. I made it!”

Out of the more than 250 members in WAOW only 123 were accepted into the show.

“Years of painting, study, hard work, and persistence are paying off,” Frick said. “I’m so proud to be a part of WAOW. I can’t wait to meet many of the wonderful WAOW artists and see their work with mine hanging along side.”

Frick plans to attend the event’s opening reception.

“My goals for attending are to get a feel for the art market in the western U.S., make contacts and network with the members of WAOW, and represent Missouri as a strong contender for high quality art and artists,” she said.

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