I am so excited that the above watercolor, “Moment Before Opening,” won the “Bernice & Albert B. Cohen Family Trust Award for Excellence in Light and Shadow” in the 2016 New England Watercolor Society’s Signature Member Art Show.
NEW ENGLAND PAINTERS BRING NEW VITALITY TO AN OLD ART
From a Nova Scotia boatman to Barcelonaâ€™s Plaza de la Seu to a winery in Italyâ€™s Chianti region, the paintings at the New England Watercolor Societyâ€™s new show on Newbury Street carry viewers on a spirited imaginative journey enlivened by scores of arresting images. The exhibit of paintings by the societyâ€™s signature members, held each February at the Guild of Boston Artists gallery, offers a choice opportunity to appreciate the high degree of artistry and technical mastery attainable in this unforgiving medium.
The societyâ€™s signature members represent watercolor artâ€™s elite â€“ chosen after a rigorous vetting process from all over New England. â€œThis yearâ€™s show represents the largest number of signature member paintings weâ€™ve brought together in recent memory,â€ said Dawn Evans Scaltreto, the societyâ€™s president. Several of the most intense and dramatic paintings were singled out by the juror, Susan Weintraub, for awards. â€œIn a show of this caliber â€¦ there are far more deserving pieces than there are awards to bestow,â€ Weintraub noted.
The exhibit runs from January 30 to February 27, with a reception and awards presentation February 6. Free painting demonstrations will be given at the gallery by artists Robert Noreika, Robert Oâ€™Brien, and Peg Scully on three successive Saturdays: February 13, 20, and 27.
Organizers say they expect unusually high traffic through the gallery, given the favorable weather predicted for early February. The society, which traces its history to 1885 and numbers such figures as John Singer Sargent and Andrew Wyeth among its past luminaries, today claims more than 200 signature members and an overall membership approaching 500.
New England Watercolor Society Signature Members Show, Guild of Boston Artists, 162 Newbury Street, Boston, January 30 to February 27, 2016, Tuesday through Saturday, 10:30 am to 5:30 pm. Reception and awards Saturday, February 6, 3 to 5 pm. Painting demonstrations Saturdays 1 to 3 pm February 13, 20, and 27. www.newenglandwatercolorsociety.org.
[For further information contact: Frances Schreiber, Exhibit Chair, email@example.com.]