25th Annual SPLASH! of Watercolor Art Show
February 15-16, 2020 Overview and Results

The Brevard Watercolor Society celebrated 25 yrs. during the Splash of Watercolor 2020 show with some exceptional events.

The weekend kicked-off with the artists’ reception on Friday, Feb.14, 2020. Scrumptious finger foods were served by wait staff attired high schoolers while a jazz musician, Fred Cavese, played sax in the background. For the first time, attendees voted for their favorite painting in the show. The Artists’ Choice Award donated by Art Oasis went to Lori Pitten Jenkins for “Let It Ride”.

The awards ceremony was emceed by John Emery of the Strawbridge Art League. Therese Ferguson was honored as Charter Volunteer and Lori Pitten Jenkins was recognized as Volunteer of the Year 2019. It was nice to see our past presidents together: Jon Houghton, Therese Ferguson, Jini James, Nancy Sadowski, Lolly Walton, Linda Neal, Mary Salvage, Ken Spaulding, Diane Harmon and our current President Donah Miller. Donah was presented with a banner depicting her late husband Al Miller in a chef’s hat and naming the kitchen “Rigatoni Al Cafe” in honor of all the years he provided Splash with heart healthy lunches.

Our esteemed judges, Robin Makowski and Kim Minichiello, were tasked with selecting 18 winners for the awards as follows:

1st – Lori Jenkins – Let it Ride

2nd – Barbara Rios – Prayer Group

3rd – Palm Frenzy – Cindy McKee

Fractured Floral II – Lolly Walton  – Ridley Framing Award

Rat Rod – Debby Marriott – Rigatoni Al Merit Award donated by Southern Equipment & Leasing

Hanging Out – Gale Poteat – Eau Gallery Merit Award

Searching for Lunch – Leslie Rossetti – Fifth Avenue Gallery Merit Award

It’s Been Hard – Vern Foster – Strawbridge Art League Merit Award

Baby It’s Cold – Debbie Whalen – Bonnie Carter Memorial Award

Beside Quiet Waters – Beth Akey – Alla Prima Styling Group Merit Award

Citrus Halves – Frank Spino – North Brevard Art League Merit Award

Colorful Camouflage – Sherry Gorey – Beachside Art & Beyond Merit Award

Worth the Wait – Sue Doucette – Florida Watercolor Society Merit Award

She’s Mine – Janice Lott – Art Gallery of Viera Merit Award

Raspberry Ice – Jan Faerber – BWS Merit Award

Mama Love – Jeanette Drake – BWS Merit Award

Androgynous Fashionista – Susan-Carden Flicker – BWS Merit Award

Vibrant Bromeliad – Therese Ferguson – BWS Merit Award

The People’s Choice Award announced on Sunday was a tie this year with the honors going to Debbie Whalen for her “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” and Kathy Oppenhein for “Highway to Heaven”.

A special exhibit in honor of 25 yrs., but to benefit the BWS Art in Education program, was the “Show Some Heart” small works fundraiser. A great response from members, we had 51 entries containing a heart, mounted to 8”x8” wood box frames painted black. The diverse array of art appealed to many and sold quickly.

Many superb demonstrations took place throughout the weekend. The Paint Around produced five magnificent paintings that were bid on in a silent auction. Member donated “Failed paintings” were fixed in the BWS Repair Clinic then offered for a very reasonable price.

The themed raffle baskets were extraordinary this year ranging in value from $500 – $1,000 as was the silent auction with many generous donations.

Our Marketplace, as always, was a big hit. There you could browse a variety of art, meet the artists and discuss their work, buy original or prints unframed.

Healthy lunch fare was provided by Lucy’s in the Kitchen. Everyone raved about the soups and delicious wraps she served. Frank Fortino baked up and donated a mountain of his famous gooey caramel sticky buns. He was given a painting from the paint around to donate to a charity of his choice.

It was a very successful show and 25th year celebration!

GALLERY OF RIBBON WINNERS!

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