The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts welcomes the Watercolor Society of Oregon (WSO) for an exhibition of award-winning member works from June 1 to July 28 in the Upstairs Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts. The traveling exhibition, “Spring Migration,” will include 20 paintings selected by WSO convention juror Fran Larsen. A First Friday opening reception will be held on June 1, 5-7pm, at the VAC, with a WSO representative on hand to discuss the exhibit at 6:30pm.
The Watercolor Society of Oregon is a nonprofit watercolor organization in its 52nd year and with over 700 statewide members. The society furthers the interest of water-media, which includes paintings created using watercolor, acrylic or other water-soluble paint. WSO also provides educational opportunities for its members and others interested in the visual arts.
Twice a year, the WSO holds conventions and displays works selected by a nationally or internationally recognized juror. From those 80 works, twenty paintings are chosen as award-winners and become part of a traveling exhibit that tours Oregon. The paintings included in the “Spring Migration” exhibit were chosen from the WSO convention held in Florence, Oregon, during April 2018.
“Each artist in ‘Spring Migration’ demonstrates an advanced facility to interpret their subjects in dynamic compositions with highly personalized color palettes and brush strokes,” says Zsuzsanna Vamos, a WSO exhibit coordinator.
The 20 painters featured in “Spring Migration” are Ruth Armitage, Carol Barnett, Maria Berg, Sarah Bouwsma, John Bradley, Helen Brown, Jennie Chen, Vernon Groff, Beverly Haynes, Judy Hoiness, Harold Huestis, Sue Jensen, Steve Kleier, Doyle Leek, Diana Nadal, Margaret Stermer-Cox, Chris Stubbs, Liz Walker, Harold Walkup and Sandra Woods.
“Spring Migration” includes abstract paintings, examples of cubism, landscapes, city scenes, portraits and more.
The Upstairs Gallery is open Tues.-Sat., noon to 4pm.
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