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Juror's Statement from Carla O'Connor:

It was truly an honor to serve as juror for the Pittsburgh Watercolor Society Aqueous Open Exhibition 2021. Entries came from all over the United States and the world in a celebration of achievement of watermedia with a diversity of voices, rich in beauty and social modern day concerns. There were a high number with outstanding quality and creations that are traditional, realistic, impressionistic, conceptual, experimental and abstract. Each is worthy of recognition.

All the work selected for the exhibit have in common sound technical skill as well as a proficient understanding of composition, drawing, value, color, light, line, volume and shape. Regardless of the style, the paintings that made it to the top tier are the ones that strive for the unique, thoughtful, imaginative, exuberant and inspiring. These are the Risk Takers – the artists that constantly ask themselves “How does it make me feel?” “What exactly am I trying to communicate?” “What if…?”

Technical skill and strong design are qualities that come from many years of practice and will certainly result in better paintings but they are only one consideration in the jury process. Making an emotional connection with the viewer will define your personal ‘voice’ and make you a truly unique artist.

It takes real courage to enter any exhibition so Congratulations to all and thank you for sharing your work.

Many thanks to the Pittsburgh Watercolor Society and especially President Susan Sparks and Lisa Rasmussen, PWS Aqueous Committee Co-chair.

Carla O’Connor

Remember to vote for your favorite painting for the People's Choice Award!

To vote, send your choice to aqueous@pittsburghwatercolorsociety.com

And the winners are:

First place:

Stacy At Mountain Lodge  by Ron Thurston

Second place:

Morning Mist  by Z Feng

Third place:

The Guardians by Helen Beacham

*Jean Fasone Revilla Award:

The Haircut by Jean Pederson

Cad Scarlet Award:

Morning Sunshine by Zhou Tianya 

Baltimore Watercolor Society Award:

Veggie Garden Studio II by Diana Patton

PWS Board Award:

Birds Eye View III by Chris Krupinski

Past Presidents Award:

Ruth by Erin Cross

Frank Webb Award:

Opening Windows To New Horizons

by Nicolas Lopez

Awards Of Merit:

Inspiration by Christine Alfery

Taking The Plunge by Stacy Lund Levy

Sunlight Returns by Jansen Chow

Standing In The Light  by John James

I Want That One by Val Wright

* This award was given to Pittsburgh Watercolor Society by PWS Artist Victor Beltran in memory of his Mother-in-Law, Jean Fasone Revilla, who started to sketch at the age of 95. From Victor, "She was an artist late in life but an inspiration to so many including myself."

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