WAS-H hosts two major workshops each year with visiting artists. The workshops are held in conjunction with the Annual International Exhibition in March and the Annual Members Exhibit in October. The visiting artist is also the juror for the corresponding exhibit.
The benefit to members is a nationally known artist comes to WAS-H so members don't need to travel to take a workshop from a favorite artist. On occasion, WAS-H is able to secure additional visiting artists to offer a workshop in another time of the year.
October 2017, Michael Reardon
The judge for the 2017 Annual Members Exhibit at WAS-H will be Michael Reardon. Michael has been painting in watercolor for over twenty-five years. An avid traveler, he uses watercolor to record his observations, convey a sense of place and light, and communicate his impressions of the built, natural and imagined worlds. He works from his studio in Oakland, California.
In 2005 he was the recipient of the prestigious Gabriel Prize from the Western European Architecture Foundation, which enabled him to spend three months painting in Paris.
Originally trained as an architect with a degree in architecture from UC Berkeley, he was an architectural illustrator for over 30 years. In 2004 he was award the Hugh Ferriss Memorial Prize, the premier award in the field of architectural illustration.
His watercolors have been exhibited nationally and internationally, including the annual shows of the National Watercolor Society, the American Watercolor Society, and the California Art Club. In 2011 he presented a solo show at the Thomas Reynolds Gallery in San Francisco.
He is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society, Watercolor West, and the California Watercolor Association.
His watercolors have been featured in numerous magazines. He is the author of Watercolor Techniques: Painting light and Color in Landscapes and Cityscapes from North Light Books.
For more about Michael Reardon see website at www.mreardon.com.