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June 12, 2014: Annual Member Show Reception
The Hunterdon Watercolor Society Annual Member Show Artist's reception and award ceremony June 12 kicked off the month-long exhibit held at the Hunterdon County Main Library on Rte 12, Flemington, NJ. Each June Hunterdon's top watercolor artists share their talents during this month-long event. The exhibit can be seen at the library through June 29th during regular library operating hours (9-5 Mon/Fri/Sat; 9-9 Tues/Wed/Thurs). The exhibit is open to the public — all are invited to enjoy the art and cast a popular vote ballot.
Some of our paintings
May 24, 2014: (12:30 - 4:00) Workshop with Jim McFarland
Jim McFarland will be conducting a workshop for members of the HWS on Saturday, May 24 at the main branch of the Hunterdon County Library on Route 12. You must sign up to attend as space is limited. Plan to bring a reference and painting you would like to work on and he will help each participant individually. There will not be a common painting everyone does together. Click here to register for the workshop. If you signed up at the meeting, you don't have to sign up again.
May 25, 2014 (4:00 - 6:00): Pick up of art work from Beauty of Hunterdon Show, Sawmill Gallery, Prallsville Mills, Stockton, NJ. We will also need to clean up the gallery before leaving. Please plan on staying to help if you are able.
May 10-May 25, 2014, Beauty of Hunterdon
The Beauty of Hunterdon art exhibit at the Sawmill Gallery at Prallsville Mill in celebration of the County's 300th Anniversary from Saturday, May 10 through Sunday, May 25, 2014. The show features artwork of historic locations and pastoral settings from around the County — all painted by local artists. The Sawmill Gallery is located at the Prallsville Mill, 33 Risler Street, Stockton, NJ.
May 5, 2014, Monthly meeting
Ann Taylor, an award-winning NJ watercolorist, demonstrated watercolor pouring techniques.
"Pouring gives watercolor a more interesting and spontaneous effect" says Taylor. "I find challenge in interpreting a wide variety of subjects, frequently utilizing water as a compositional element." Her love of color and light is evident in most of her paintings. She began studying watercolors when she was fifteen. A graduate of the High School of Industrial Arts in Manhattan, she has a B.A. in Fine and Applied Arts from Brooklyn College. Further studies include courses at The School of Visual Arts, the New School for Social Research and the Yard School of Art in Montclair, NJ.
Mrs. Taylor has had seven solo shows and participated in select juried exhibitions at the, Morris, Monmouth, Noyes and Ellerslie Museums. Her paintings are included in many private American and international collections. Presently, Ann Taylor teaches watercolor classes in Caldwell and is on the staff of the Livingston Arts Association. She also has conducted watercolor workshops sponsored by the Road Scholar/Elderhostel program. She has been teaching watercolor painting for over 20 years.
April 14, 2014, Monthly meeting
Mark De Mos, one of New Jersey's most respected watercolorists demonstrated his approach to landscape painting. Mark de Mos' name and his work are known throughout the artistic community of New Jersey and the Northeast. His art is a familiar sight at many regional shows like the NJ Watercolor Society, Garden State Watercolor Society, Salmagundi Club and Baltimore Watercolor Society where he's picked up awards from Best in Show, People's Choice and Award of Excellence many times over. He also holds signature membership in many art societies including the Northeast Watercolor Society and Hudson Valley Art Association to name just a few. In this demo Mark will show how to create a rich watercolor landscape using a limited palette and sedimentary colors. de Mos says his goal as an artist is to produce "art that is alive, not static and creates a drama, a feeling of a slice of life." To see more of Mark's work go to:www.demosfineart.com
March 15, 2014, 12:00 - 4:00: Workshop, Robert Heyer
Hunterdon County Library Main Branch, Route 12. Paint along workshop, open to active HWS members.
HWS Meeting Highlights, Feb 10, 2014
People who are helping with the May show commemorating Hunterdon County's 300th anniversary should come early (6:15) for the March meeting.
The North County branch of the Hunterdon County library has openings for artists to show their work. It can be a solo or group show. The months available are February and December. If you are interested in showing your work there or organizing a group show, contact us for more details.
HWS spring workshop is on March 15, 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm with Robert Heyer. Contact Jack Sacalis to see if there are any available spaces left.
Our April meeting will be the second Monday, April 14, 2014. The room where we meet isn't available April 7.
The Shad fest is coming in April. Start thinking about your poster design if you would like to participate. Irma will try to bring the blank posters to the March meeting.
Wed, March 12, 11:00 is the next River Blue Cafe swap. If you would like to participate and haven't done so before, contact Ed Baumlin.
The Essex County Watercolor Society has a show at the Chatham Library through February.
Hunterdon County Main Branch Route 12: time to change the permanent rotating exhibit. If you would like to show one of your paintings, bring it to the March meeting.
The meeting finished with a watercolor demo by Eric Rhinehart. To see more of his work go to: www.rhinehart-art.com.
HWS Meeting, Jan 6, 2014: Demo by Donna Read
Donna Read knew she was an artist at an early age. After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting, a friend encouraged her to take a watercolor class. Over time, watercolor became her favorite medium to paint in. Her watercolors have won many awards, including "Best in Show" from Essex Watercolor Club for her stunning portrait of children entitled "Afternoon Nap". The honor was followed by numerous portrait commissions. A recent portrait was chosen for the American Watercolor Society Show and the 2013
AWS traveling show.
Florals, especially roses, have always been one of her favorite subjects and where she has concentrated her talents for the last several years. She is drawn to a subject bathed in dramatic light and can portray the luminosity of a flower best with transparent watercolor.
Donna has been teaching watercolor classes in New Jersey for the past ten years, to students from beginners to advanced.
For more information and examples of her work, click for her web site.
2013 Sales at River Blue Cafe
It's been a good year for HWS at River Blue Cafe. Four artists sold paintings ranging from $55 to $400. Congratulations to Linda Scharck, Joanne Bodnar, Ed Baumlin, and Doris Terris.
December 7: Youth Art Event, Tewksbury Library.
A free painting workshop sponsored by the Hunterdon County Watercolor society was held December 7th, 2013, as an outreach to young artists across the County. The workshop was free with all materials supplied. Local artist Maria Moch, a long-time member of the Hunterdon Watercolor Society, lead the workshop at the Tewksbury Library, 31 Old Turnpike Road, Oldwick, NJ on December 7, 2013 from 11am to 1pm.
This Introduction to Watercolor for Young People was open to ages 8 and up. Participants learned basic watercolor techniques to achieve depth and perspective, in landscape painting. Individuals created a watercolor landscape by the end of the session. Ms. Moch, demonstrated painting techniques and worked with the young artists to create a finished landscape painting during the workshop. Moch studied art at Raritan Valley Community College and has been painting for more than 10 years. Her work has been exhibited at the Tewksbury Historic Art Show, Merck and Johnson & Johnson galleries.
Funding for art supplies for this event provided by the Hunterdon County Cultural and Heritage Commission.
HWS Meeting Nov. 4, 2013
Marilyn Rose, a NJ resident, is a signature member of the Northeast Watercolor Society and Garden State Watercolor Society, New Jersey Watercolor Society (Membership Chair), and the Baltimore Watercolor Society. Her paintings have won numerous awards in statewide and national exhibitions, and are in private collections across the country. This summer she was selected as an artist in Residence for Bryant Park in NYC. She frequently participates in Juried Plein Air events, demos and gives workshops for state and regional organizations and is on the faculty at Seton Hall University as well as at the Art School at the Old Church in Demarest, NJ.H her illustrations have appeared in national magazines. Marilyn grew up in Chicago, and earned her BFA from Washington University in St. Louis as a Fred Conway Fine Arts Fellow, & continued her studies at New York’s School of Visual Arts.
For Marilyn Rose making art is about passion. Watercolor is a medium of great faith. Rose, known for her 'lush and loose' approach feels "watercolor is a medium if great faith." The spontaneity of the medium, as she uses it, leaves little room to second guess herself or her painting. In her work the act of creation is a very public one. She doesn’t try to hide the artist’s hand with tricks, but rather invites the viewer to join her in the creative process in which the brush stokes and the application of pigment are obvious.
While her paintings take the Natural world around her as their subject matter, they are really about edges: the places where things meet: paint and paper, light and shadow, pigment and water, reality and abstraction. She says "they document an inner journey and an outer journey simultaneously." Rose's work takes a traditional medium, and pushes its boundaries, with a boldness and exuberance, which she invites the viewer to share.
Marilyn painted a floral still life, demonstrating her lush and loose approach to watercolors.
More of her work can be seen on her webiste: Marilynroseart.com
HWS Meeting Oct. 7, 2013
Live Demo by Steve Zazenski. Known primarily for his traditional watercolor landscapes, Steve has recently taken a new course with his work. Using gouache, opaque watercolor, he employs a striking color palette and strong values to create contemporary impressionistic works based on modern design. Mr. Zazenski holds a B.F.A. from the New York Institute of Technology and has been working as a professional artist since 1978. He is the recipient of over 150 awards and has work in both public and private collections throughout the world.
Phillips Eye & Surgery Center Display and Reception, October 3, 2013
Phillips Eye & Surgery center held a reception to showcase the fall exhibit of the art from members of the Hunterdon Watercolor Society as well as other local artists. Stop in the office any day during normal business hours to enjoy the show.
HWS Meeting September 9, 2013
Demonstration by Jim MacFarlane on Direct Watercolor Painting in the Administration Building (Building #1) in the Route 12 Library complex in Raritan Township, NJ.