Held on October 11, 2013 in the Grand Gallery at the Natl. Arts Club, the CLWAC reception was well-attended, with lines of people at times waiting to enter. Lining the walls were over 200 beautiful paintings, with sculptures on the lower level. There was a long table with hors d’oeuvres and wine where most guests initially seemed to congregate. While patrons stood and observed artwork, I did not hear anyone giving a critique. Midway in the evening, the President of the club, Gail Snow Gibbs spoke as well as a director from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The CLWAC provides a grant for museum staff members to travel in the US, attempting to acquire further work by artists such as Thomas Cole, founder of the Hudson School. As my husband and I went thru the gallery, he suddenly recognized a man in a painting standing among the audience. The man turned out to be artist/juror, Jill Bank’s husband (her painting won an award). We met them and had a good laugh and chat. Jill shared the importance of a good image when entering a competition. It was a pleasant and exciting evening.