The Florida Watercolor Society‘s 48th Annual Exhibition and Convention was amazing! The convention was headquartered at the Doubletree Hotel and Resort, just steps away from SeaWorld in Orlando near International Drive. The Florida Watercolor Society (FWS) has over 1,000 members and it seemed like all of them were there, including a large contingent from Brevard Watercolor Society. The Trade Show was great, and most of us came away with giant bags filled with new products and great buys on almost everything. There was lots of free stuff as well.
There were many wonderful demonstrations, workshops and great teachers, including BWS members Therese Ferguson and Frank Spino. Carol Carter, the jurist, gave a detailed review of the 100-plus paintings. It was very educational, as the features of each painting were commented on and why it was chosen for the exhibition. Many stars were spotted, and the “who’s who” of the watercolor world were even approachable.
Lori Jenkins won the raffle for TWO of the paintings generated as paint-arounds. Way to go, Lori! There were also many great things in the FWS Silent Auction.
The reception was held at Leu Gardens, a wonderful destination on its own. Beauty beyond belief. The exhibition was beautifully hung in salon style, with 103 paintings on display.
BWS Participating Artists
- Therese Ferguson, “Double Reds With Stripes”
Winner of The LaVerne Philips Memorial Award ($1000)
- Lori Pitten Jenkins, “The World Is Your Oyster”
Winner of The Ruby Grace Denson Memorial Award/Holbein Award ($880)
Gift of Terry Denson in honor all grade school art teachers ($500) and gift of Holbein ($380)
- Debby Marriott, “Señora Habana”
New FWS Signature Winner
- Mary Salvage, “Driving Rain”
New FWS Signature Member
- Ruth Foreman, “Javier”
- Frank Spino, “Transparent Lemon”
- Barbara Brennan, “Stratosphere”
- Kathie Benson, “Community of Trees”
Congratulations to all of our BWS artists in the show!
FWS 2020 Online Show
To those who entered but weren’t chosen for the exhibition, consider entering the FWS 2020 Online Show. It opened for entries on October 5th through Saturday, November 30th. The FWS Online Show accepts entries from FWS Non-Signature Members in good standing whose dues are paid on or before November 25th, 2019, and those who did NOT win an award in the 48th Annual Exhibition, and to new members who join by November 25th, 2019. You can find more information on the FWS website, or view and download the FWS 2020 Online Show brochure.
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