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2015 WVWS
All-Member Show

Judged by Jennifer Hall Boggess
Joe N' Throw Co-op, Fairmont
Nov. 4, 2015 - Jan. 4, 2016

All-Member Award Winners

BEST OF SHOW
Christine Rhodes - "Off the Deep End"

Award of Merit
Katherine Crim- "The Scenic Route"

Award of Merit
Linda Elmer - "Walks of Life"

Honorable Mention
Becky Williams - "Mercy Unveiled"

Jean Whistler Call Memorial Award
Rema White - "White Waterlily"



Show Participants

Louise C. Braddock, West Union, "The Guardians," $250
Katherine M. Crim, Clarksburg, "The Scenic Route," $325
Linda Elmer, Fairmont, "Walks of Life," $280
Janet Hart, Wheeling, "Summer Red," $185
Betty Neely, Fairmont, "Hunger," $2,000
Sandra Pealer, Rangeley, Maine, "Chair Trio - Autumn Light," $225
Judy Mattson Reed, Salem, "Tree of Life," $250
Martha Reynolds, West Union, "Those Blues," $300
Christine Rhodes, Parkersburg, "Off the Deep End," $475
Jeannine Romano, Lost Creek, "Pumpkin Flow," $125
Janet Sheehan, Wheeling, "Oscar in the Garden," $500
April Waltz, Wheeling, "Square Lily," $275
Becky Williams, Buckhannon, "Mercy Unveiled," NFS
Rema White, Jane Lew, "White Waterlily," $350
Linda Walker Roberts, Beverly, "Nights Garden," $400


Reception images

(see link at top of page to see more show images)

The gallery space at Joe N' Throw Co-op

Best of Show winner "Off the Deep End" by Christine Rhodes

Merit Award winner Katy Crim with "The Scenic Route"

 

Judge’s Statement:

It was a pleasure to jury this exhibition. I don’t know if our communities understand how important this long-established group is to the overall creative health of our state. However, you must know that there are so many of us who have found the exhibitions sponsored by the West Virginia Watercolor Society to be a springboard for our careers, or at the very least, as a means of encouraging our art to continue in the midst of demanding jobs and home lives.

The process of judging an exhibition is both exhilarating and challenging. As I thought about each painting, several qualities became increasingly important for this selection of work.

First, I wanted to be engaged by the medium. One of the reasons I love watercolor is that it moves so beautifully on the surface. It can be deep and mysterious by obscuring and revealing forms in layers of skillfully applied pigment. It can be bright and fanciful when applied deftly and directly. It can be soft and delicate as light is observed and translated sensitively on the paper.

I also wanted to be surprised by the form and content. I enjoy paintings that cause me to pause in front of them a little longer. That happens sometimes when the artist has given me a subject that I have not seen before, but it can also occur when a common subject is presented in a new or unexpected manner.

Finally, there is that something special, which is difficult to articulate. Perhaps it can be called energy, or passion, or fascination, or just plain love. The evidence of that quality may be in a certain amount of ambition in the work, but it can also be in the touch of the artist’s brush, when marks are dictated by knowing what one wants to say about the subject.

The pieces I selected for awards are those that exhibit in some degree, all of those qualities. Congratulations to the award winners, and to all who had the courage to go out on a limb, exhibit their work, and allow us to appreciate what you do in and for our artistic communities.

-- Jennifer Hall Boggess, professor of art at Fairmont State University