Congratulations to Siv Spurgeon for being selected by the PWCS Board of
Directors to receive the PWCS Crest Medal for Outstanding Service to the Society. The award was presented at the 113th Exhibition Awards Ceremony on
October 5, 2013. The following is the information on Siv's contributions to the society
that is included in the Exhibition catalog:
Siv Spurgeon is known among the PWCS membership and the Board for her remarkable attention to detail. For many years, Siv has been the "go-to" person for all questions specific to the operation of our Society. She is the creator of the now famous "black binders" which are the gold standard of reference given to each new Board member to help them perform their jobs with confidence.
A PWCS member for over 18 years, Siv spent 10 years on the Board of Directors that included 2 years as Newsletter coordinator, and 4 years as President. Siv has also chaired 7 exhibitions and is currently in her 5th year as membership chair. Even though she has officially retired from the Board, Siv continues to work tirelessly to manage our membership base, keep records current and helping to update our website with an interactive directory database. To show her devotion to the membership, she has recently volunteered to be interim Newsletter coordinator when none could be immediately found. Even beyond all these years of hard work, Siv sets an inspirational standard that all can aspire to.
While working tirelessly for the Board, Siv is able to find the time to paint exquisitely, winning many prestigious awards.
The Board of Directors would like to demonstrate our appreciation for her caring, diligence and dedication by presenting Siv with the 2013 PWCS Crest Medal for Outstanding Service to the Society. This award was established in 1997 and is used to honor those who have given above and beyond in time, energy, and devotion to keep the Society healthy and strong.
In winning this award, Siv joins an esteemed group of former recipients including Judy Antonelli, James McFarlane, Jane Bertram Miluski, and Susannah Hart Thomer.
Congratulations, Siv, on receiving this award and for your many and varied contributions to the Philadelphia Water Color Society!
Siv receiving the Crest Medal for Outstanding Service to the Society from Exhibition Co-Chair Donald Leong while PWCS President Cheryl Schlenker looks on.
Siv's award winning painting Out Standing In His Field. Just one example of her
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was founded in 1900 to offset the then common exhibition prejudice against watercolor. Chartered in 1922 as a corporation, it continued its mission of furthering works on paper (including all water media, pastel, charcoal, pencil, and hand pulled prints) by offering artists the opportunities to exhibit, and to offer the public a chance to learn about these media through professionally juried exhibitions. learn more