The Delaware Watercolor Society’s Juried Fine Art Exhibition is on display at Nassau Valley Vineyards and Winery through July. “We are delighted and very fortunate to be able to return to the winery’s unique gallery," says Elizabeth Collard, DWS president. "We owe a special thanks to Peggy Raley Ward for her generosity in providing such a wonderful venue to display our work.”
Founded in June 2004 by a handful of local artists, the society has grown to more than 100 members. DWS aims to promote and encourage mutually shared interests in watercolor media among its members and the public. The society actively works toward fostering high-quality, professional art and creative contributions to the Delaware community through educational events, exhibitions, workshops and other activities.
The show, juried by internationally known artist Walt Bartman of Maryland, contains a wide range of studio and plein-air subject matter, from the abstract to representational. “The show affords our members the opportunity to display and sell their work and to let folks see the beautiful qualities of watercolor,” said Rita Poore, DWS exhibitions director.
The winners in the exhibition include first place, Marjorie Hegner, "Citrus and Stripes"; second place, Donald Blow, "Hayride"; third place, Doris Davis-Glackin, "Shadow Patterns." Merit award winners are Sarah Beall, "Abstract II"; Anne Crown-Cyr, "Coolspring Lavender 2"; and Cathy Serwalt, "Riding on Junction & Breakwater Trail."
Nancy Brown received the Baxendell Award for her painting, "Cycles." The Baxendell Award is given for outstanding design and creativity and in memory of the late Julie Baxendell, a local artist and founding member of DWS.
The winery and gallery are open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m., Sunday. Nassau Valley Vineyards and Winery is in Nassau Commons at 32165 Winery Way, Lewes. For more information, go to www.nassauvalley.com or www.delawarewatercolorsociety.org or call 302-645-9463.