Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Accepted in Virginia Watercolor Society show in Winchester, Va.

"Ascension" - watercolor on paper
© Kristen Colebank
Long, long time (a year, actually) since I last posted anything. I've not done much formal work in the last 12 months, but I have been playing and experimenting with several things, including a class last fall in oil painting and taking up plein air in both oil and watercolor. Both have been invigorating in many ways and have fed new ideas that I want to explore.

And now for some really good news! I've learned "Ascension" (see above) has been accepted in the annual Virginia Watercolor Society's juried exhibition. The exhibition will take place at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, Va., Oct. 14, 2017, - Jan. 7, 2018. MSV's website is https://www.themsv.org/, and the Virginia Watercolor Society website is http://www.virginiawatercolorsociety.org/index.cfm.

VWS has very strict residency requirements for their shows, but this past year they approved a provisional membership category for border-area artists who volunteered to help with a given VWS exhibition. Since I'm so close to Winchester and know the exhibition chairwomen, I'm helping with the show take-in and pick-up, and any other duties as requested. I am thankful for the opportunity to enter this year, and humbled that juror Mike Bailey selected "Ascension" as one of the accepted pieces. VWS has always put on top-quality shows, so I consider this a feather in my cap.