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Time's running out to enter the 2023 IWE!
Deadline for entries is January 13, 2023
The 46th International Watermedia Exhibition will showcase paintings by global participants from March 5 – March 30, 2023, at the WAS-H Gallery and winners will be awarded over $10,000 in prizes.
Acclaimed watercolor artist, Brenda Swenson, WW, NWWS, SDWS, CWA, will serve as the juror and judge for the event. Swenson's art has been featured in several volumes of "Splash: Best of Watercolor", "Watercolor Artist", "Watercolor Magazine", "Watercolor Highlights", "Plein Air Magazine" and numerous other publications. She is the author of two books and an active participant in the arts community as 1st Vice-President of the California Art Club, as well as having served on the board of directors for the National Watercolor Society and Watercolor West.
Enter the IWE HERE
Find more information HERE or email HERE
"Of all the arts, abstract painting is the most difficult."
~ Wassily Kandinsky
January Members Meeting
Sunday, January 8, 2 p.m.
Kim Granhaug, January 8th's demo artist says, " Non-objective abstract does not have a subject matter to hide behind. As an abstract painter, my challenge is to represent the emotion or essence of an experience. The artwork must convey harmony, discord, pain, joy, love, tension, anxiety, for example the feeling of surviving a flood without painting the flood itself."
"Harvey" by Kim Granhaug
Whether you like abstract art, hate it or just don't understand it, bring your curiosity to the January 8th Membership Meeting, where Kim Granhaug will demonstrate how to communicate an experience through line, shape, color, form and gestural marks.
Joanie Hughes will be the instructor for this month's PAINT-IN on January 7th, 10am-2pm. She is known for her helpful beginner classes and is also a talented artist in realism, Impressionism, and pen & ink. Register HERE.
Theme: FIRE & ICE
Drama, passion! February is the month for both. Paintings are a way to express our emotions without spoken language. This month, we will try to make a connection with others through this outlet. Paintings can have general subjects and aim to convey an emotional aspect.
Find the February Prospectus HERE
Artists are encouraged to use non-traditional ideas and materials for this month’s exhibit. Any surface is allowed but media must be at least 80% water soluble such as watercolor, gouache, acrylic, egg tempura, casein, charcoal or ink.
For more details, here is the JANUARY PROSPECTUS.
By Karen Stopnicki, WAS-H President
Dear WAS-H Community,
As we come to the close of 2022, I would like to thank you for your support. Whether you participated in our monthly exhibits, signed up for one of the many classes and workshops, dropped in pick-up a piece of local art for a special someone, or volunteered at any of our events, we are grateful to have you in our community.
No matter what brings you to the Watercolor Art Society - Houston, we are happy you're here! Please consider supporting our mission to share the joy of water-media art through teaching programs, demonstrations, outreach and exhibitions. Donations can be made online HERE.
We have an exciting year planned for 2023 and look forward to you and your friends joining us.
President of WAS-H
On the morning of Wednesday, December 20th a fire broke out at Winter Street Studios destroying several studios and damaging the building at large. Artists in our community have lost works of art, tools, and other critical pieces of their livelihood and life’s work. Several of the artists impacted are WAS-H members and teachers. Our heartfelt wishes go to everyone impacted by the fire. The Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) has an Emergency Relief Fund. If you would like to contribute, please click HERE.
Dear Members and Admirers of WAS-H,
We've had a busy year at WAS-H!
In 2022, WAS-H taught more than 730 students in 97 classes/workshops in our onsite classroom. We held nine monthly exhibits with 265 participating members. We hosted two major juried shows where 165 selected entries adorned the walls of our gallery.
More than 300 artists drew from live models on our upstairs stage, and we launched 34 virtual classes where almost 200 people learned art in the privacy of their homes. More than 160 members participated in our monthly paint-ins and we organized three "En Plein Air" events, where artists honed their outdoor painting skills.
We held our annual Art Fair in October for the first time in three years! WAS-H artists sold over 140 paintings at this one-day event.
We hosted two free weekly events: the Senior Class and Open Studio. More than 600 seniors and 300+ WAS-H members came together to paint and enjoy the camaraderie of this creative community.
It is amazing that we do all this with an all-volunteer organization! We are a charitable non-profit and can only continue our mission because people like you give. If you have sent in your 2022 annual donation, thank you! You can click THIS LINK to submit your donation online if you still need to donate.
A donation of any amount is very much appreciated!
Kim Granhaug, NWS, TWS, WAS-H, will demonstrate how to create an abstract painting with sound principals of design. She will lead you through her thought process on choosing a composition, use of creative color choices and mark making to build depth and history in the painting. Then comes the age old question of how do you know when an abstract painting is finished? Please join us for the Meeting on January 8th at 2pm and explore abstract art from a new perspective.
By Cissy Geigerman, co-Gallery Director
It’s been a long time since we had a holiday gathering. This year we had a welcome celebration of the season with friends and delicious food. The gallery is filled with small paintings and cards for immediate sale and looks amazing. In order to carry out the plan for this party it was a bonus to have plenty of room upstairs and people who demonstrated talent and flexibility. Joanie Hughes and Mary Zellman worked to finish up class early and arrange the room upstairs. Diane Trepagnier was our primary volunteer this time providing help with decorations, food, and even tidying up. We thank all of you for making this a great day.
In addition to great goodies to eat, we were treated to some entertainment. We had a participation game with a balloon octopus chasing a candy cane, stories, a painting table, a lesson in making an origami paper balloon, and a showing of a beautiful quilt by Kean Bliss.
As for conversations, it is amazing what can be learned from asking a few questions. I had discussions with Les McDonald about the pros and cons of making prints from paintings. I mentioned to Mohammed Ali Bhatti that I was trying out poster paint, and he knew about the various uses of it. We then drifted onto the subject of perceiving colors under different lighting conditions. These gatherings provide a rich environment to expand your world.
Next month we will go a little crazy for an experimental show. We look forward to seeing paintings from a new angle, made with a new material (water based), or different point of view. Please be ready to share your experience in creating these pieces. Find the prospectus for this show Here
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