The Delaware Watercolor Society is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. The society is 100 members strong and focuses on the watercolor medium, sharing knowledge, creating fine art and exploring expanding techniques, styles and subject matter found in watercolor.
To increase public awareness of the unlimited, exciting nature of watercolor and celebrate the anniversary, DWS will be producing five fine art exhibitions during the next 12 months. The first and second exhibitions are being held at Cadbury at Lewes.
The first exhibition, which will end Friday, June 13, spotlights the artwork of Delaware Watercolor Society’s emerging artists working in aqueous media. The exhibition is a collection of 34 paintings demonstrating the broad scope of the watercolor. Molly Rudgers' imaginary “Faerie Garden,” Patty Derrick’s architectural rendition of “Dowton,” Kat Huston’s colorful abstracts, Ann Morganthaler’s floral “ Water Me,” “At the Finish Line,” a figurative work by Judy Olsen, Mary Bernheisel’s landscape “Grace” and Joe Kosiarski’s realistic “Vintage Points” are just some of the 34 entries in this exhibition.
DWS President Elizabeth Collard believes this exhibition provides a unique opportunity for artists who are hesitant to enter art exhibitions because they have always been pitted against artists with significantly more experience and credentials. She said, “DWS is very proud to be the first art organization to offer this special opportunity to emerging artists.” Sarah Yeoman, internationally known watercolorist, acted as the awards judge for this exhibition.
Winners of the Emerging Artists Exhibition were announced at the opening reception held May 5 by Collard. Family, invited friends and guests were out in full force to support the emerging artists. Diann Corsnitz was awarded first place for her entry “Koi #3”; Melissa McLean’s “Things I Like” received second place; and Debra Immatteo’s “Salt Lake, Utah” was honored with the third-place award. Merit awards were given to Sharen Davis’s “Himalayan Blue,” Sandra Duncan’s “Pretty Marsh” and Sue Dutton’s “Portrait of the Kids.”
A special People’s Choice Award will be announced Monday, June 16. This award will be given to the emerging artist whose painting has received the most votes during the course of the exhibition. As with all DWS exhibitions, the society supports Cape Henlopen Food Bank through its outreach efforts. Anyone may vote for their favorite painting. To obtain a ballot, they must donate a canned or dry food item at the ballot box at Cadbury at Lewes. All items collected will be given to the food bank.
To visit the exhibition, call Cadbury at Lewes at 302-645-6400 for hours of operation and directions. DWS will present a Juried Exhibition at Cadbury at Lewes immediately following the Emerging Artists Exhibition. The second exhibition will open Sunday, June 15.