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New Juried members

The jury committee has recently completed its review.

Earning Juried Status in the West Virginia Watercolor Society are:

Donna Ashbaugh of Harpers Ferry

Janet Sheehan of Wheeling

Deanna Gillum of Buckhannon

Karen Ensor Brown of Buckhannon


WVWS Award winner announced at
West Virginia Arts Education Association student exhibit

Winner of the WVWS Award at the Youth Art Month Exhibit at the Parkersburg Arts Center is Chloe Richardson with her watercolor, "Hello." Chloie is a Grade 12 student at Wahama High School, Mason County, and her instructor is Susan Parrish

Aqueous 2016 will be in Beckley

The WVWS national juried exhibition, Aqueous 2016, will be at the Bickey Gallery in Beckley, home of the Beckley Art Group, from May 21-June 21.

Juror will be Pat Cook, AWS, NWS.

The prospectus can be downloaded by clicking on the image at left. Deadline to enter is April 1, 2016.

In remembrance

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

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

Member News

Signature member Mary Kay Barnes teaching Zentangle

The Northern Outreach Center of Garrett College is offering, "Healing Art, Meditation and Zentangle", taught by Certified Zentangle Teacher, Mary Kay Brown Barnes, a Signature member of WVWS. The Outreach Center is located in Grantsville, Md., conveniently located along I-68. 

The 4 class sessions are April 6 - April 27, 6pm-9pm, Wednesdays.  
Out-of-State students' tuition:  $79, includes all supplies
To register contact Terry Beachy at 301-895-4700 or terry.beachy@garrettcollege.edu

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Neely shows in New York

>> 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.


WVWS Best of Show winner in national magazine

F. Dennis Clarke of Martinsburg, winner of the 2015 WVWS Aqueous Open, is part of Watercolor Artists magazine's annual review of exhibition winners. "Menemsha Dock" is on Page 32 of the February 2016 edition. See the photo of the page at right.



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

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