Opening Reception: Saturday, June 1, 2 – 4 p.m.

Awards Ceremony at 3 p.m.

Water, the main constituent of all living things, is interpreted by 57 Wisconsin artists accepted into Cedarburg Art Museum’s tenth juried exhibition The Life of Water. Juror Christine Buth-Furness deliberated over a record number of artists’ entries in digital format for acceptance and determined $1000 in awards from artwork on display at the museum.

The Life of Water is on display through August 18 on the second floor of the museum. Many of the artworks in the exhibition are for sale.


Courtney Andrews, Phyllis Bankier, Emily Barelmann, Stephanie Bartz, Steven Bauer, Beki Borman, Jeanne Bril, David Bueschel, Lois Buley-Wirth, Kendra Bulgrin, Cherie Burbach, Erin Callahan Blum, Christine Christon, Jeanne Cole Panka, Vince Condella, Patrick Doughman, Jenie Gao, Frankie Garr, Kristin Gjerdset, Pamela Grabber, Evelyn Grasse, Karen Gunderman, Marta Gwizdala, Ann Haberl, Patrice Herbst, Katy Heyning, Micki High, Ian Baker Johnson, Patricia Keller, Stephanie Krellwitz, Guntis Lauzums, Sherri Lisota, Reilly McClellan, George Miller, Janann Miller, Deb Mortl, Colette Odya Smith, Jack Pachuta, Justine Pawelski, Thomas Pscheid, Hal Rammel, Vicki Reed, David A. Sear, Susan Schramm, Renee Schreiner, Andrea Simon, Charese Smiley, Jan Smith, Tom Smith, Jerry Steingraeber, Jeff Stern, Alice Struck, Fred Thorne, Bunnie Werth, Gail M. Willert, Doug Witz, Kathryn Woods

Christine Buth-Furness


Our 2024 juror is Christine Buth-Furness. Christine is a working, professional artist who divides her time between two studios, the main studio in the land of great freshwater wealth in southeastern Wisconsin, and the other, inhabited during the winter months, is in northern California next to an oak forest at the base of Hood Mountain in the Sonoma Valley. She makes art on paper, painting and drawing images that suggest a human presence in an environment or an absence of one and evoke an emotional response.

Christine is a retired emeritus from the University of Wisconsin with a M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and B.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Having exhibited nationally and internationally throughout her career, her leadership and curatorial experiences include BOD service with Wisconsin Visual Artists and the Watercolor USA Honor Society. She is also a Wisconsin Academy awarded artist.


Best of Show

Jeanne Cole Panka, Pond Reflections and Shadows, soft pastel, 18 x 14 inches.

Second Place

Hal Rammel, Rocks Water Sky, pinhole photograph, 7 x 10.5 inches.

Third Place

Justine Pawelski, Fountain On The Square II, woodcut relief print, 23 x 17 inches.

Honorable Mention

Reilly McClellan, Cedar Creek Rush, acrylic, 14 x 11 inches.

Honorable Mention

Lois Buley-Wirth, Sustenance, watercolor, 17 x 18 inches.

Honorable Mention

Tom Smith, Sauk Creek Sings, oil on canvas panel, 16 x 20 inches.