Northwest Watercolor Society’s 77th Annual International Open Exhibition Features 60 Artists
The Northwest Watercolor Society (NWWS) announced that paintings of 60 artists have been selected for the 77th Annual International Open Exhibition that will be on display from April 24 through June 2, 2017, at the Harbor History Museum, 4121 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor, WA 98332. The selected entries represent six countries and 19 states from the over 400 entries received from 275 artists. Co-chair Debbie Roskopf said, “Each year the growing popularity of watercolor worldwide is more apparent and is reflected in the strong diversity and originality of these strong, wonderful paintings. The NWWS exhibition showcases the skill of artists dedicated to watercolor, including many pieces from well-known, award-winning national and international artists. This exhibition will celebrate the versatility of the medium and inspire everyone who visits."
The exhibition’s juror, Keiko Tanabe, had a very difficult job. “Watercolor is said to be an unforgiving medium as it does not hide what’s beneath a brush mark. When I began the jurying process, it didn’t take me a long time to realize that this would be a very daunting task to decide which paintings to be included in the show,” said Tanabe. “Among all the images submitted, I recognized many paintings that were created with confident brush marks, a testament to the artists’ dedication to this difficult medium and years of practice. A large number of submissions also captivated me with a variety of techniques that the artists demonstrated so creatively on paper, not to mention their chosen subject matter, concept, and styles. To make final selections I looked for a mastery of technical skills, a strong composition, originality, and perhaps more importantly, how the artist communicated their emotion through their unique expression. I especially appreciated the work done by those who took risks rather than played it safe. My heartfelt congratulations to all the selected artists. It was a huge privilege and a big responsibility to be part of such an important exhibition as a juror.”
Tanabe was born in Kyoto, Japan and currently lives in San Diego, CA. She embarked on a professional art career as a watercolor painter in 2005 after working in international relations and marketing. Since then, her work has earned many awards and recognitions on a national and international level. Her work appears in private and corporate collections in many countries. Her work has been feature in numerous art publications. She is also a sought-after workshop instructor, teaching watercolor courses both in the U.S. and abroad. She is currently a member of the National Watercolor Society (signature member), American Watercolor Society, North American Watercolor Artists, and American Impressionist Society.
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The Northwest Watercolor Society was founded in 1939 in Seattle, Washington when a group of eight artists came together to form an organization dedicated to the celebration of watercolor. With a goal to inspire both a lasting interest in the art of watercolor painting and an appreciation for watercolor as an artful, imaginative medium, the history of NWWS began. From these modest beginnings, NWWS has grown into the internationally recognized, historically rich organization of today with a membership nearing nine hundred Signature, Lifetime and Associate Members across the USA, Canada & internationally.
The Northwest Watercolor Society of today is a structured organization that offers a wealth of opportunities and experiences for the artist, the art patron and all those fascinated by the magical wonder of watercolor. Recognized as one of the most prominent national/international watercolor societies in North America, NWWS continues to gain attention and exposure. Although NWWS has grown enormously throughout the years in both numbers and accomplishments, the organization has remained firmly rooted in its history, devoted to the philosophy of the Mission Statement of its Founders … To promote and elevate the art of watercolor as a medium and to encourage the growth and creativity of its artist members. http://www.nwws.org/