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The Garden State Watercolor Society’s 46th Annual Juried Show, “Nature’s Beauty” at D&R Greenway Land Trust

Artwork by 65 artists, from Cape May to Sussex County, was selected for the GSWS exhibition by juror Jeanne Dobie. Many of the artists are nationally known, such as Tom Chesar, Joan Gantz, Charles McVicker, Beth Shoenleber and Jinnie May. Juror Dobie has also chosen the awards to be given September 25. Dobie is a nationally respected artist, author, educator and juror. Educated at the Philadelphia Museum School of Art (now University of the Arts), Dobie served on the faculty of Moore College of Art, Philadelphia. Her book "Making Color Sing," well thumbed by watercolorists, is distributed internationally in English, French and Chinese. Watercolor Magazine recognized Dobie as one of the "20 Great Teachers" in 2006.

“We are delighted to partner once again with the Garden State Watercolor Society,” says D&R Greenway Land Trust President & CEO Linda Mead. “D&R Greenway’s mission is to preserve and protect a permanent network of natural lands and open spaces, creating and extending greenways – unbroken chains of preserved land surrounding stream corridors, headwaters, water recharge areas and significant ecosystems. Together, D&R Greenway and GSWS hope to inspire a conservation ethic that results in an increased public commitment to land preservation and stewardship.”

“Many artists get inspired from the world around them,” says GSWS Exhibition Co-chair Judy Hummer. “Their experiences are shaped by the environment and the interactions that occur in their day-to-day lives. This influence is transmitted and expressed when an artist creates work. Such seemingly simple decisions as what medium to use, the type of paper, and choice of palette all play a role in how the artist's intention will come across to the viewer. There are many ways to interpret the theme of the show and our artists have responded beautifully with a variety of subject matter, media and technique.”

Related events include:

Wednesday, August 26, 2-2:30 p.m.: Lucy McVicker will present an artist demonstration using different techniques and materials such as monoprint on synthetic Yupo paper;

Wednesday, August 26, 3-3:30 p.m.: Experimenting with Clayboard demonstration. The use of this alternative substrate was recently allowed for use with water media by the GSWS Board;

Wednesday, August 26, 3:30-5 p.m.: GSWS members and the public will walk the grounds near the Johnson Education Center for a plein air (painting outside) session, then gather indoors to review and share their work;

Wednesday, September 9, 3-5 p.m.: Joe Gyurcsak, Resident Artist for Dick Blick art supplies, will demonstrate the spontaneous fluid effects of watercolor and gouache;

Wednesday, September 9, 5:30-6:30 p.m.: Gallery walk with Robert Heyer;

The exhibition will be in the Marie Matthews galleries of the Johnson Education Center, One Preservation Place, Princeton. Admission is free. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., closed holidays and special occasions – please call ahead to confirm availability. www.drgreenway.org


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