Gold Coast Watercolor Society Announces “46th Annual Members Love Watercolor Free Virtual Exhibit And Sale

The Gold Coast Watercolor Society – A Watermedia Group (GCWS) is a resource for artists, both new and experienced.  The public is invited to their 46th Annual Members Love Watercolor Exhibit and Sale!  The Rickie Report shares the details of this exciting exhibit and reminds everyone that a gift of original artwork is very special indeed! This exhibit and sale is open NOW through March 31, 2021.

 

 

 

Gold Coast Watercolor Society-

A Watermedia Group

Presents 

 

 

46th Annual Members Love Watercolor Show

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Online show

open NOW  through March 31st, 2021

 

 

The show features 50 artists and 81original artworks by GCWS members, some of the finest in the country.

Enjoy the online show at Cloud Folios where you can purchase artwork directly from the site. 

Start your holiday shopping today at:

Online Show Link

https://www.cloudfolios.com/exhibitions/158

 

 

 

 

 

We are pleased to announce our 2020 Prize Winners

 

 

 

Best in Show

 

 

“The Night Before, The Night Before” 

By Christine Landis 

 

 

 

First Prize

 

 

 

 

“Miss Ann and Friend” 

by John Bowen 

 

 

 

Second Prize

 

 

 

“RRR”

by Rita Szopinski 

 

 

Third Prize

 

 

 

 

“Crank Caller”

by Pat Brooks 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to them all!

 

Thanks to our judge David R. Becker of Chicago

 

 

For more information about GCWS and how to enter upcoming online shows visit our website at:

www.goldcoastwatercolorsociety.com

 

 

 

Please Join Us!

 

 

 

 

Gold Coast Watercolor Society

A Watermedia Group

ArtServe

1350 Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL

 

 

 www.goldcoastwatercolorsociety.com/

 

 

 

Meetings are held


October through May at 7 pm


3rd Tuesday Via ZOOM during COVID

 

 

 

The Gold Coast Watercolor Society – A Watermedia Group  (GCWS) is a resource for artists, both new and experienced. GCWS offers Opportunities to learn, paint and sketch; Workshops taught by nationally recognized artists; An annual membership show; Juried shows in venues such as museums, galleries and local businesses; Paint-ins with live models; Lectures and demonstrations, showing “how it’s done” by selected artists; Non-juried group shows in local libraries and other public venues plus Plein air painting opportunities.

 

 

 

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Brigitte Balbinot Presents Newest Artworks “Journey Through Medieval Italy” November 30 – December 30th, 2020

Brigitte Balbinot Art Studio presents “Journey Through Medieval Italy”, a 3D virtual gallery exhibition of new abstract landscape paintings from November 30 to December 30, 2020A VIP Reception will be held on Saturday, November 28. A Public Reception Opening will be held on Monday, November 30.The series of 10 paintings was inspired by the Northern Italian landscape and its medieval fortresses. Her art is inspired by the passage of time and is a reflection on life’s impermanence.  The on-line 3D viewing room allows visitors to virtually navigate the art and experience it as if they were walking through an art gallery. The Rickie Report shares some sneak peeks and all of the details.

 

 

 

 

 

VIP    Event

Registered  Members  of  Balbinot  Art  Studio:

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Email for details:  studio@brigittebalbinot.com

 

 

 

 

www.brigittebalbinot.com

 

 

 

Exhibit Runs November 30 – December 30, 2020

 

Experience a 3D viewing room as if you are walking through an art gallery!

 

 

 

 

“Castello 1 2020” oil and cold wax on panel  

 

 

 

Brigitte Balbinot tells The Rickie Report, ” My latest body of work is inspired by the passage of time and is a reflection on life’s impermanence. I find weathered surfaces and the energy that they hold most intriguing. I am particularly influenced by the Northern Italian region, its landscape, culture and history. In this series I express my deep connection and fascination for its historical edifices and the many medieval castles I was fortunate enough to visit along the way”.

 

 

Balbinot relates, “While COVID-19 has made travel and in person gathering nearly impossible this year for many, we luckily can rely on the use of technology to remain connected. For me, creating these works has helped me stay united to my beloved Italy in spirit. There is no question that we are living some challenging and trying times, and because of this, we need more than ever, to find ways to remain positive and keep looking towards brighter horizons. Art can provide reprieve from a rather bleak present, allowing for a moment of  “rêverie” while giving us the promise of a better tomorrow”.

 

 

 

 

“If These Walls Could Talk” oil and cold wax on panel by Brigitte Balbinot

 

 

Balbinot’s process is extremely labor intensive and driven by the physicality of the materials. She typically works in series and will generally have many paintings going at once. She says, “Just as in life, art offers no shortcut and each piece goes through many transformative stages over the course of multiple months before it finally unfolds. Each one of my paintings is meant to carry its own history. I aim to create an object that represents the symbioses of old and new. By combining the modernism of abstracted forms and the traditionalism of carefully calibrated chosen colors and  frames on selected works, I allude to the passage of time while being in the present”.

 

 

Balbinot’s techniques such as using solvent reduction, incorporating organic materials, and aggregates like dry pigments or marble dust that are mixed directly to the paint allow her to create rich and vibrant patinas of both textures and colors. The crafting of these intricate  and complex surfaces emphasizes the physicality of the material.

 

 

Contemporary landscape artist Brigitte Balbinot grew up Switzerland. She is a full time practicing artist who now works and lives in South Florida. Having both a Swiss and Italian heritage, her solid footprint in the old continent can be observed in her work. While predominantly nature inspired, her paintings are driven by a sense of place while alluding to the nostalgia of time passed and life’s impermanence. Each year, the artist spends time in her native country of Switzerland as well as in a small medieval village situated in the northern part of Italy. 

 

 

“Winterfell 2020” oil and cold wax on panel by Brigitte Balbinot

 

 

 

Being immersed in the Italian culture and regional landscape has influenced her work over the years, and is particularly evident in her most recent body of work titled “Strutura”. These works not only reflect her passion for the Northern Italian landscape but also her love of ancient medieval villages and antique structures. In fact, Balbinot spends a great deal of her time researching and visiting ancient castles and old manors. Her work can be seen as a mixture of modernism and traditionalism, carrying a certain “European” flair and sophistication. With each painting, she aims at creating an object that is either tied to a place or to a memory. More recently, Balbinot has been introducing framing on some of her works, carefully choosing styles that reflect her thinking and reflection on the passage of time, thereby creating an orchestrated symbioses of old and new.

 

 

Balbinot is self taught. Over the years she has been perfecting her skills via numerous workshops, classes and mentorships which has resulted in an ongoing progression of her work. She has collaborated on residential and commercial commissions in Canada and in the United States and has collectors in both North America and Europe. Currently the artist shows her work in regional galleries and selected  curated exhibits. For the past few years, Balbinot has been dividing her time between her main studio in Florida and a second studio located in Montréal Québec, while also spending time in Europe yearly.

 

 

 

For more information about this exhibit or other artworks:

Contact  Balbinot Art Studio

Website:  www.brigittebalbinot.com

Email:   studio@brigittebalbinot.com

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/brigittebalbinot 

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/BrigitteBalbinotFineArtGallery

 

 

 

 

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