Who was Mary "Jane" Stephens?

Jane was an accomplished watercolor artist known for her charming portrayal of birds and serene landscapes. She and her daughter, Janet Paduh (owner of SouthWind Art Gallery) enjoyed painting and participating in many art events throughout the years. Jane was a past member of the Topeka Art Guild, and she was also an avid and competitive contract bridge player. She enjoyed playing golf and Scrabble as well. Jane and her husband, S.K, were members of Shawnee Country Club where they enjoyed golf, dancing and an active social life. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at Shawnee Country Club, and had 65 years of loving marriage.

Mary Jane Stephens lived to be 92. She was born on February 10, 1926, in Mattoon, Illinois, and she passed away Saturday, January 27, 2019. Jane received a High School Diploma from Rosedale High School in Kansas City, KS in 1943. She married S. K. Stephens on July 14, 1945 in San Francisco, CA; he preceded her in death on March 4, 2010. She is survived by her three children: Talisa McClain, Janet Paduh and Robert E. Stephens, two grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and one great-great grandson.  Jane was preceded in death by her son-in-laws, Ronald E. Paduh, Roy R. McClain and brother, Robert Wells.

Jane had a delicate, yet spontaneous touch when it came to watercolor and her work is still well known in Topeka. Many of her pieces are still displayed in private collections throughout the city.

SouthWind Art Gallery of Topeka is sponsoring an annual, juried watercolor show in memory of Mary “Jane” Stephens. Over $750 in cash prizes will be awarded. Jurors include: Artist Barbara Waterman-Peters of Topeka, Artist Diane Lawrence of Topeka, Artist and Gallery Owner Janet Paduh. Prizes are as follows: 1st Place $350, 2nd Place $250, 3rd $150. No entry fee, use one of the forms below to enter.



“Mom, they say there is a reason

but neither time nor reason

will change the way we feel

for no-one knows the heartache

that lies behind our smiles

no-one knows how many times

we have broken down and cried

we want to tell you something

so there won’t be any doubt

you’re so wonderful to think of

but so hard to be without.”

Rules and Information

 Call for Entries

 Jane Stephens Memorial Watercolor

 Sponsored by

 SouthWind Art Gallery | 3074 SW 29th Street |Topeka, Kansas 66614


Exhibit Open to the Public: July 5 – August 24, 2019

July 3rd  …………………Artwork Due

July 5th …………………5-7:30 – Opening Reception

August 27-31st  ..….Pick-up days for unsold work

August 29th  ……. Artwork shipped to gallery is returned to artist via UPS or Fed EX (See Delivery and Pick-up Section below.)


SouthWind Gallery’s “Jane Stephens Memorial Watercolor” show is open to any established artist. Due to limited wall space, we cannot guarantee each work a spot, but we will do our best to include as many works as possible.

Entry Fee

There is no entry fee, but we do expect all shipped work to have return shipping labels.


Cash prizes: 1st Place $350 award, 2nd place $250, and 3rd $150. Awards will be announced at the opening on Friday. If an award winner is not able to pick up an award in person, prizes will be mailed to them.

Specifications & Presentation

We are looking for works done with primarily water media. Some mixed media (like charcoal and watercolor) may be accepted, but please only submit works done in primarily watercolor. Gouache is also acceptable.  If you have a question regarding your media, please contact SouthWind Gallery.

Sales & Commission

A 50 percent commission will be retained by the gallery. All work submitted for exhibit must be for sale. Sold works will be delivered to purchaser at the time of sale.

Delivery & Pick-up

All art shipped to the gallery should be sent to: SouthWind Art Gallery, 3074 SW 29th St. Topeka, KS, 66614. Works must be received by the gallery on or before July 3rd, 2019. All shipped work must arrive in a reusable container. Please Note: we cannot accept any shipments in wooden crates or those with packing peanuts. Artwork shipped using either of these materials will automatically be excluded from the exhibit.

Artists must include a prepaid, computer-generated UPS or FedEx return shipping label with the artwork. (If address is a P.O. Box, please include an alternative shipping address. Commercial carriers will not deliver to P.O. Boxes.) Artists are responsible for providing the pre-paid UPS or FedEx return label in the event that pieces do not sell.  Do NOT use U.S. Postal Service returns. Do NOT send stamps, cash, or credit card information for the return of work. All shipped work will be returned in the container that it was sent to us in.


 SouthWind Gallery is not responsible for lost or damaged artwork while in transit to the show. The artist agrees to allow SouthWind Gallery, at its discretion, to utilize photographs of exhibited work for publicity purposes.


Sun. June 23

12 PM – Last Day to Enter Artwork online

Tues. June 25

5 PM – Juror Selections, artists notified

Fri. July 5

5 PM – Opening Reception at SouthWind Art Gallery

6 PM – Awards Ceremony Begins

Entries for Jane Stephens Memorial Watercolor are now closed.