South Carolina Watercolor Society in SC Constantly Evolves to Fit the Needs of Its Members

By Carolyn Epperly, SCWS President

South Carolina Watercolor Society was formed to promote the medium and to keep its qualities in the public eye. Membership numbered in the hundreds. The versatile medium was used by almost every artist in the state and was highly respected by the public.

As the arts evolved in South Carolina so then did the Society, changing its name to South Carolina Watermedia Society (SCWS). The membership is now open to all artists living in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia creating in media that is waterbased (watercolor, acrylic, gouache, egg tempera, and water-soluble pencils) and executed on any surface that can be displayed on a wall. Our public education has included programs in schools, demonstrations of the characteristics of watermedia in public forums, and lectures for many organizations across our region. Also, the State Museum of South Carolina coordinates a traveling show each year of the top 30 paintings that visits 11 venues across the state.

This year, SCWS is having its first annual national show. It is open to anyone living in the US. All entries will be displayed, an unusual condition unique to this Show, a entry can have been produced at any time. The format will be digital and will remain online for the entire calendar year, October 2017- October 2018.

On October 7th there will be an opening reception in the atrium of the Charleston International Airport. The show will display the top ten winners’ paintings flanked by two large digital viewing screens. One screen will continuously display the top 70 selected artists and the other will feature all the artists who entered the show. This showing will hang in the atrium from October 7- November 28.

We of SCWS believe that visual arts enhance everyone’s lives. A unique creation invokes thought, opens new conversations, and encourages individual thinking.

For further info visit (https://scwatermedia.com/).

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