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In remembrance

We are saddened to learn of the passing of two WVWS members in recent weeks.

Connie Stover, 64, of Hurricane died on Dec. 28, 2015. Her obituary can be read at https://www.meaningfulfunerals.net/home/index.cfm/

Also in December, member Joanne Frazier, 84, of Union, died Dec. 29, 2015. Her obituary can be read at http://www.wallaceandwallacefh.com/webcast/36676

WV Juried Exhibition winners announced

Several WVWS members are part of the recently unveiled 2015 West Virginia Juried Exhibition, the biennial show organized by the West Virginia Commission on the Arts and the state Division of Culture and History.

Jurors Jurors John A. Hancock of Waynesboro, Va., and Lenore Thomas of Pittsburgh, Pa., selected 119 pieces for the exhibition, which is on display at the Dickirson Gallery at Tamarack in Beckley through Feb. 21, 2016.

Award winners include Award of Excellence (Purchase Award of $2,000) for Christine Rhodes of Parkersburg for "Balancing Act"; and Merit Award ($500) for Mary Grassell of Hurricane for "Vandalia Vantage Point."

Other WVWS members who have pieces in the exhibition are George Harper of Harrisville, Marietta Lyall of Lewisburg, Pat Roberts of Charleston, and Debbie Sisson of Ripley.

More information on the exhibit can be found at www.wvculture.org.

Member News

Neely to show in New York

("Vigil" by Betty Neely at right)

>> Chelsea’s Agora Gallery will feature the original work of West Virginia Watercolor Society member Betty Neely in the group exhibition, "The Manifestation of Milieu," Dec. 1-22. The opening reception will take place Thursday, Dec. 3, from 6-8 p.m.. Any art lover who enjoys thought-provoking artworks and meeting talented and interesting artists is encouraged to attend.

Though they’re often mistaken for oils, Betty Neely’s watercolor paintings look more like weathered metalwork, gorgeous in their texture and interplay of colors. Neely seldom uses reference photos or begins with a preconceived idea. Instead, she sounds out her painting with aesthetic choices, casting, as she describes it, “a veil over reality.” Neely began to develop her current style while caring for her mother, who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. During this period, Neely found herself moved by both bright and dark paintings, by the happy and the “lonely, sad, mysterious” works she was viewing. She analyzed these paintings and learned to work with a limited palette, a decision that is still reflected in her work today.

“My subjects may come from observing my surroundings, nature, people, or childhood memories,” Neely says, “but my concept will be unique, spiritual, or have a mysterious quality rather than what is physically observed.” Neely believes that the conceptual nature of her work is what causes viewers to linger a moment longer. “I want to give the viewer something to think about,” she says.

Exhibition Dates: December 1, 2015 – December 22, 2015
Reception: Thursday December 3, 2015, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat 11-6
Gallery Location: 530 West 25th St, Chelsea, New York
Event URL: http://www.agora-gallery.com/artistpage/Betty_Neely.aspx

About the Exhibition: So often, art exhibitions focus on the form of the individual, either abstractly or figuratively. In the exhibition The Manifestation of Milieu, 16 artists look beyond the individual and at the world around. Exploring context, both environmental and temporal, these artists question the form in how it may interact with its surroundings. Whether in harmonious landscapes or tumultuous abstracts, in elemental colors or stark simplicity, these artists manipulate their media in order to investigate the importance of environment, the concept of contexts, the manifestation of milieu.

About Agora Gallery: Agora Gallery is a contemporary fine art gallery located in the heart of Chelsea’s fine art district in New York. Established in 1984, Agora Gallery specializes in connecting art dealers and collectors with national and international artists. The art gallery’s expert consultants are available to assist corporate and private clients in procuring original artwork to meet their organization’s specific needs and budget requirements. With a strong online presence and popular online gallery, ARTmine, coupled with the spacious and elegant physical gallery space, the work of our talented artists, who work in diverse media and styles, can receive the attention it deserves. Over the years Agora Gallery has sponsored and catered to special events aimed at fostering social awareness and promoting the use of art to help those in need.


>> Martha Reynolds of West Union is featured at the Maxwell Gallery at the Randolph County Community Arts Center this fall. The solo show includes paintings and art glass.

>> Many WVWS members were included in the annual juried exhibition at the Forest Festival this year in Elkins: Danielle Cade, Katy Crim, Linda Walker Roberts, Deanna Gillum, Grey Darden, Karen Ensor Brown, Ken Waddell, Laurie Goldstein-Warren, Linda J.C. Turner, Louise Braddock, Martha Reynolds and Rema White.

Award winners in the show were: Linda J.C. Turner with the WVWS award, Karen Ensor Brown with a third place award, Laurie Goldstein-Warren with the James Hartman Award, Martha Reynolds with a merit award, Grey Darden with the Grace DePollo Award, Katy Crim with a honorable mention award, and Ken Waddell with an honorable mention award. Congratulations to all. (And if I have missed any WVWS members, please email me at wvwatercolor@gmail.com. I compiled this list while walking around the exhibit and taking notes, so corrections and additions would be appreciated.)

>> Julia Jones of Wardensville has been named an artist-in-residence at the Mansion on Main, an artists' collective in Wardensville.