Artist Chris Messer of Mount Shasta was recently chosen to be a signature member of the National Watercolor Society for a painting she did of Mt. Shasta.
Only 100 of the 1,100 entries were selected as winners during the 89th Annual NWS National Show, according to information posted on the website: www.nationalwatercolorsociety.org.
Messer is one of 40 new signature members, as is former Siskiyou County resident Janet Tarjan Erl.
“It’s very prestigious in the watercolor world to receive this award,” said Messer. “It’s been a goal of mine for twenty years.”
Messer said her watercolor was inspired by a “mountain moment” she had in the Mount Shasta Post Office parking lot.
Coming out of the Post Office on a late fall day about a year ago, Messer said it had been storming    and the mountain had, until that moment, been shrouded in clouds.
“I looked up and the sky opened and the mountain exposed itself,” she said.  “So I took a picture on my cell phone... I’m in awe of the mountain, and the painting captures one of those moments.”
Messer said landscape paintings are not always likely candidates for awards these days, so winning one for her picture of Mt. Shasta feels particularly significant.
“To get the award for a painting of something that I love means a lot,” she said.
Being a signature member means that she can sign her work with “NWS” after her name. 
Messer has had a long and prolific career as an artist,   primarily with mixed media,   acrylic paint and drawing, as well as watercolor.
In addition to showing her art at exhibitions and galleries throughout the state and beyond, she is also active with the Siskiyou Arts Council and has displayed her work throughout the county, including at the new SAC Gallery in Mount Shasta, The Mt. Shasta Gallery, the Brown Dog Gallery in McCloud and the River Run in Weed, to name a few.
Her work can be seen at the Siskiyou Arts Council Gallery in downtown Mount Shasta.