Monday, March 25, 2013

Watercolor Society of Alabama to Bring 72nd National Exhibition to Hartselle

The Hartselle Fine Arts Center will host the Watercolor Society of Alabama 72nd National Exhibition April 7 through May 26, 2013. Over 100 paintings by artists from across the United States will be on display in the juried collection. The Award Ceremony and Opening Reception is set for April 7, 2-5 p.m.

The National Exhibition attracts artists from across the United States who submit artwork inspired by a wide diversity of subject matter. An internationally recognized juror, Stan Miller of Spokane, Washington, will select 110 paintings for this collection of fine art. Each of the 110 works will have its own story to tell through the artist’s own stylistic approach. Miller is an American Watercolor Society award winner, and serves as workshop instructor throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. As an international award winner, his art was granted publication in The Artist’s Magazine’s National Competition; Watercolor Magic Magazine’s National Competition; Best of 2012 American Watermedia Artists; and Pratique Des Arts.

Richard Stephens of Hot Springs, Ark., will serve as the judge of awards. Stephens is a nationally acclaimed award winning transparent impressionistic watercolorist. He served as an illustrator in the Army and now has a commercial graphic design business studio in Little Rock, Ark. He holds signature status in Watercolor West, Missouri Watercolor Society, Southwestern Watercolor Society, and Mid-Southern Watercolorists. His art has been featured in Watercolor Magic and in North Light Books “Splash 2013.”

The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. Exhibition hours are Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sunday 1 to 4 p.m. The Hartselle Fine Arts Center is located at 307 College Street NE in Hartselle. For more information, call WSA Exhibition Chair Shirley Tucker at 256.733.8353.

In conjunction with the National Exhibition, the Watercolor Society of Alabama is sponsoring a watercolor workshop led by Awards Judge Richard Stephens. The three-day event is set for April 4-6 at the Hartselle Fine Arts Center. An instructor for many years, Stephens is concerned with technique and mastery of the medium of watercolors. His emphasis is on design, contrast, and brushstrokes of color. Participants will be exposed to information sprinkled with humor and antidotes, entertaining and educational painting demonstrations and one-on-one time with the instructor. Workshop hours are 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cost is $300 for WSA members and $330 for non-WSA members. A $200 registration fee is required to hold a reservation with the balance due no later than March 15. A registration form may be downloaded from under upcoming events or for more information, call Tora Johnson at 205.423.0922.

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