Jerry and I visited the Middletown Arts Center today to see the American Watercolor Society travelling show. Very much worth the trip and we spent quite a while looking, walking around once and then looking again and then finally choosing our favorites.
I purchased one of the catalogs so I'll have the paintings to view at my leisure at home.
And which were favorites?
My favorite was by Yachiyo Beck, entitled Pomegranates, Deco. I, a painting that drew me in for its rich color and depth as well as the textures Ms. Beck used to give the eye plenty of interest. This 22" x 30" painting won the Margery Soroka Memorial Award with $500 check given. I think I would have ranked it higher but that's just my opinion.
Jerry's favorite was also one of my top 3 picks: Spirit of the White House by Lynn McLain, AWS. This 22" x 28" painting was done with masterly strokes and had such a soothing and pleasing look in its muted coloring. This painting also won the Winsor & Newton Award with $1,000.
And these next two I loved for the pure watercolor look of them: fresh, clean, lovely, something that can't be achieved with any other medium. These two artists know their stuff!
Whispering Smith by Ted Nuttall, AWS:
(Mr. Nuttall's portrait won the Edgar Whitney
Memorial Award with $500)
Blanca by Anne F. Fallin, AWS:
Award with $500)
I really enjoyed seeing all the paintings and, seeing the catalog, there are a few that I didn't get to see (not in the travelling show) that I would have liked to see.
If you want to view these paintings do it now!! The show ends Saturday and the MAC is closed Friday :( so only ONE MORE DAY before it is gone from our area.
If you can't visit them here or in their next venue (Tullahoma, Tennessee), then you can view the award winners on the AWS site here:
You have to click each individual artist's name to view that painting.