The Florida Watercolor Society’s “Creative Confinement Challenge” Online Exhibition – Original And Affordable Art For Everyone

What happens when 100 watercolor artists are cooped-up and concerned about shows, sales, and funding for not-for-profit arts organizations like the Florida Watercolor Society? FWS came up with the “Creative Confinement 64-Inch Challenge”! Members were challenged to “confine” their work to 64-square inches (8″ x 8″), creating an original water media artwork to express their feelings or experiences during the “safer-at-home mandate”. The Challenge gave the artists inspiration to create, a place to show and now, sell their work, and the entry fees raised money for the FWS Healing Arts Award for the 49th Annual Exhibition.  This virtual exhibit is showing now through August 15, 2020. The Rickie Report gives you a sneak-peek of some of the images and urges you to hurry to make a purchase! The prices are affordable and the images offer diverse subject matter! We also include information about the FWS 49th Annual Exhibition and upcoming virtual workshops, demonstrations, Convention & Trade Show. There will be an online Exhibition Review by Michael Reardon, judge & juror for the 49th Annual Exhibition. The Rickie Report includes the details.

 

 

 

 

 

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About the Florida Watercolor Society:

 

The Florida Watercolor Society is the largest State society in the United States with nearly 1000 members. Our mission is to promote the art of watercolor and to educate the public as to the importance of watercolor as a creative and permanent painting medium while contributing to the cultural atmosphere of the state of Florida.

 

 

FWS’ Annual Awards are among the most outstanding of the major state water media organizations in the country. They are made possible by sponsors including individuals, businesses, and memorial gifts from the estates of members who have passed. The annual cash and merchandise awards usually total over $20,000, including two $1500 purchase awards. One of these is sponsored by Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff, a major sponsor and great friend of FWS. The other is the Healing Arts Award given by FWS to purchase a painting from the Annual Exhibition to be donated to a medical facility of the current President’s choosing. This year, the painting is going to Bay Pines VA Hospital in St. Petersburg where the annual events were to be held before COVID-19 came into the picture. Since their live annual Fall events were canceled, FWS came up with the Creative Confinement Challenge to raise funds for the Healing Arts Award!

 

 

FWS’ main events each year are an Annual Exhibition, Convention & Trade Show every fall in various locations throughout Florida. FWS also hosts an Online Show for our Non-Signature members. At our Convention, we host two 4-day workshops and at least one 1-day workshop taught by invited internationally-known artists. During Convention weekend, demonstrations by noted artists are presented hourly, as well as critiques, silent auctions, raffles, and a host of other wonderful activities. There are Member and Non-Member rates to register for the Convention, however, the Trade Show is free and open to the public.

THE 2020 FWS ANNUAL CONVENTION & TRADE  SHOW GO VIRTUAL

Since the cancellation of 2020 fall events, the FWS board has been working very hard to create virtual offerings during the week the Convention & Trade Show would have taken place.  While this could never substitute for a live gathering, there will still be a Convention featuring demonstrations by noted artists, workshops, interviews, and even opportunities to purchase art supplies from our Trade Show vendors! 

There will even be an online Exhibition Review by Michael Reardon, judge & juror for the 49th Annual Exhibition. 

The schedule is on the FWS website

Work is being accepted from FWS Members for the 49th Annual Exhibition through August 15, 2020  

 

 

 To see the Prospectus for rules and details visit the FWS website:

 

 

 

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Gold Coast Watercolor Society Invites You To Exhibit At Coral Springs Museum of Art

The Gold Coast Watercolor Society invites everyone to their Exhibit, “Members Love Watercolor”.  GCWS, one of the oldest and largest water media organizations in South Florida, is a wonderful organization for watercolor enthusiasts to meet other artists, network and learn.  The Free Opening Reception takes place on Wednesday, November 4th from 3 – 5 pm at the Coral Springs Museum of Art. Nessa Grainger AWS, an internationally acclaimed artist from Florida will jury the event. The Reception is Free and Open to the public. The Rickie Report shares the details plus the artist statements and peeks of the 2014 award winners. We encourage art lovers to see this exhibit at this prestigious art complex! 

 

 

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Gold Coast Watercolor Society

Invites You To:

“Members Love Watercolor”

Free Opening Reception:

Wednesday, November 4th

3 – 5 pm

Coral Springs Museum of Art

Exhibit runs October 28-November 29, 2015

2855 Coral Springs Dr.   Coral Springs, FL 33065

954-340-5000     www.coralspringsmuseum.org

 

 

Gold Coast Watercolor Society fosters the advancement of the art of watercolor media/painting, informs and educates the general public through exhibitions, lectures and painting demonstrations. Gold Coast is a non-profit organization and membership is open to all persons who are interested in the art of watercolor.

 

 

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Georgia McGraw Best in Show, 2014

“Watercolor painting has been my passion for the past 30 years. People often ask, “What do you paint?” Even after all this time, I have no good answer. Imaginary landscapes? Painting for me is much like playing with a Wejee Board. After the first few brush strokes, the painting seems to have a mind of its own. The end is partly a surprise. My Bachelor of Arts Degree is from East Carolina University in Fine Arts. I was elected as a signature member of the National Watercolor Society in 2001 and the American Watercolor Society in 2004.

 

 

 

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Elizabeth Chacon 1st Place, 2014

“I was always fascinated by colors and how to apply them to canvas and paper to create beautiful things. My goal is to combine colors in a way that expresses my feelings and allows the viewer to experience an emotion. Nature has inspired me with amazing shapes, lights and shadows. My other passion is painting people. It is great to capture facial expressions when nothing is spoken.”

 

 

 

 

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Judy Nunno 2nd Place, 2014

South Florida native Judy Nunno is a self taught watercolor artist who
specializes in portraits and paintings of crystal and glass. She is a
signature member of Florida Watercolor Society and a member of American, National and Southern Watercolor Societies as well as several local art guilds. She is a two-time winner in Watercolor Artist Magazine’s Annual Watercolor Media Show Case Competition and has been published in North Light Books’ Splash 16: Exploring Texture (2015) and Splash 17 (2016).

 

 

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Bunny Sheffield 3rd Place, 2014

 

“Beauty is truth, truth beauty — that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.”
-John Keats-

“In contrast to the current trend of content laden art, nature is where I always find myself most at home. It is the quietude, coolness of color, and peacefulness that I reflect in my paintings. I select elements of nature and paint them with distinct plays of light and shadow. Shadows have multiple colors reflected within them and are not just an uninteresting gray. This reminds us that shadows play just as important a role in paintings as light. By combining light and shadow with intriguing color, I am a value painter who truly enjoys major and subtle contrasts of the two”.

 

 

 

 

Nessa Grainger, AWS, Juror

 

Florida artist Nessa Grainger AWS, who is recognized throughout the U.S., will jury the event. Grainger is a signature member of the National Association of Women Artists, Allied Artists of America, National Collage Society and the International Society of Experimental Artists. Her works are in the permanent collection of Zhei Ziang Museum in Hangzhow China, Elliot Museum in Stuart, FL, Libraries of the American Art in Washington, DC, as well as private collections throughout Europe and Mexico. She received a classical art education at the Philadelphia Museum School of Art, Tyler School of Fine Arts and the Pennsylvania Academy of Arts and now teaches art in South Florida.

 

 

 

For more information Visit:

www.goldcoastwatercolorsociety.com

or

call 954-812-1860

 

 

 

 

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