Last Friday, May 7th was the opening reception for the Watercolor and Graphic Arts Society of Mobile. Our Spring show is hanging at the Eastern Shore Art Center in Fairhope, and the opening reception was set during the First Friday Art Walk. This is a beautiful show which will hang until June 26th, so I hope you will have a chance to check it out. There will be a second art walk reception on June 4th. Our winning artists were:
Ann Chatel Memorial Best of Show Award: Allan Butt
Best Watercolor Media Award: Marie Nickerson
Best Graphic Arts Award: Benjamin Shamback
Bea Tucker Memorial Award: Lynda Touart
Southern Art and Framing Award: Martha Ann Rowan
Alabama Art Supply Award: Bill McCracken
Honorable Mention Awards: Judy Aronson and Frances Ashcraft
Members' Choice Award: Derald Eastman
Here's some photos taken during the reception.
Here is Allan Butt with his Best of Show watercolor.
Here are Marie Nickerson and Lynda Touart, two of our award winners.
That's me at the reception (finally able to relax)!
Judy Aronson beside her "Elephant Walk" watercolor.
Janie Brown with her beautiful watercolor. This was one of my favorites, because that is me in the painting. This watercolor was inspired by our plein air painting at Mobile Botanical Gardens a couple of weeks earlier.
Lynda Touart, Ainsley McNeely and Frances Ashcraft share their thoughts on the show.
Carolyn Greene and Denise Inge.
Satomi Kamei and Ainsley McNeely.
It was alot of work putting together this show, but I had some great help and support from the other committee members as well as the folks at the Eastern Shore Art Center. Also, I had the opportunity to meet Cathy Hegman, our juror/judge. She is a wonderful artist and did a great job judging for us. We included her comments on the winning pieces as part of the reception and awards presentations.