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The 43rd annual juried exhibition is again a beautiful representation of the conceptual variety and talent the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society has in its membership and non-members who entered this year’s exhibit. Thank you to Anne Abgott with the difficult selections she made of the fine work the accepted artists produced. The task was not a simple one.
For me, every intention up to this date was made to have another live awards presentation but unfortunately, the end-planning stages presented an unforeseen obstacle that we couldn’t make it happen this year. We, as well as Stewart White the awards judge, are disappointed this year couldn’t be an interactive one for you.
However, alternative plans were made with Stewart White to allow us to record his comments about the top twenty-seven paintings. Mr. White was also looking forward to a live presentation because he likes to interact with the artists. We did the best we could with a very qualified person and talented artist, Pam Wenger who created this YouTube awards ceremony for you. Thank you, Pam.
My personal thanks go out to my Vice President, Jeannine Swartz who is the juried show chairperson for her organization and coordination of the show through Café and to Nick Mohler for our PWS website presentation. A special thank you goes to the large corporate sponsors and the friends of PWS for their award contributions this year. The awards committee of Helen Canfield and Gay Dunn worked long hours in preparation, establishing and obtaining an increased goal total for awards. It takes special people to be able to ask for support and I think they did a spectacular job in acquiring the total number of prizes in the difficult economy that we have had.
Congratulations to all. You are the best.
Linda R Young, President
Letter from Juried Show Chairperson
Congratulations to everyone selected for the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society 43rd Annual International Juried Exhibition. Enjoy the breathtaking exhibit in this catalog and in our virtual gallery at our website www.pawcs.com.
This year 303 artists from 41 states and 9 countries submitted a total of 540 entries for consideration.
We appreciate the time and careful consideration of our jurors. Juror of Selection Anne Abgott selected 102 works for the exhibit. In her words, “This is one of the most impressive shows I have seen in a very long time! Just amazing works. Wow this is a massive job!” Her process was to aim for a balanced show of various subject matter: Still life and Florals, Landscape, Portrait and Figure, Abstract, and Other.
Juror of Awards Stewart White had an equally difficult task in choosing 27 to receive awards. Stewart shared with me that the strength of the collection made his job challenging.
Thank you to everyone who had a hand in making the exhibit possible, with special thanks to PWS President Linda R. Young, Membership Chair Anni Matsick, Awards Co-Chairs Helen Canfield and Gay Dunn, Webmaster Nick Mohler, and the entire PWS Board of Directors. Finally, a heartfelt thank you to those who donated to awards and to the catalog printing. Your support is vital to presenting this top-quality show.
Cheers to another successful International Juried Exhibition!
PWS Juried Show Chairperson