Saturday, September 8, 2012

Award Winners!

Rimmed in Rust
I just received word that "Rimmed in Rust" won first place at the Randolph County Community Arts Center Gala Exhibition in Elkins, W.Va. Best of Show was won by my watercolor friend Deanna Gillum of Buckhannon. Yeah Deanna!

The volunteers and staff at RCCAC do an excellent job staging exhibitions throughout the year. Plus, the display space in the Great Hall, formerly the sanctuary of St. Brendan Catholic Church, is wonderful, with excellent lighting and atmosphere. For more on RCCAC, visit their website at:

I'm so glad this painting caught the attention of juror Michael Christie. I like the design of it immensely, but I wasn't sure if it was just me or if it did truly fit together in a pleasing way. It's difficult to step back and assess your own work.

Fire Engine Red
This recognition follows an earlier merit award for "Fire Engine Red" at Aqueous 2012, the West Virginia Watercolor Society's annual juried exhibition, which this summer was held at Arts Monongahela in Morgantown, W.Va.

Juror for that show was Beth Nash, and Best of Show was won by the irrepressible Linda J.C. Turner of Jane Lew. Linda is a jaw-droppingly accomplished watercolorist, and WVWS is lucky to count her among its members. For more on WVWS, including links to its exhibitions, visit