Editor’s Note: For the first time in about 20 years or more – we didn’t offer our readers info about the annual members exhibition of the SC Watermedia Society. Due to health problems the person who usually would get us this info turned over publicity to folks in Anderson. If I had known that ahead of time I would have looked for the info myself. The folks in Anderson have a bad habit of not communicating very well – at least with us, but I don’t see much info about their exhibits anywhere outside of the Anderson area. They receive money from the SC Arts Commission which mostly comes from our tax dollars, but they don’t feel they need to let us know what they are doing with that money. No wonder the Tea Baggers want to take away arts funding. We have had a long time relationship with the SC Watermedia Society and we were not going to let this go by without getting the word out the best we can – now in this post and next month in the Sept. issue of “Carolina Arts”.
The SC Watermedia Society (SCWS) announces its annual juried competition. The opening reception was held on Aug. 2, 2014, at the Anderson Arts Center, 110 Federal Street, Anderson, SC. The exhibition will continue through Sept. 12, 2014.
The juror for the show was William Jameson, an internationally-renowned artist specializing in landscapes and residing in Saluda, NC. The exhibition will feature 100 of the most talented water-based media artists from across the states of South Carolina, Georgia and North Carolina. Additionally, SCWS hosted a painting workshop with Jameson at the Anderson Arts Center June 23-25, 2014.
Work by Vickie Bailey Ebbers
Work by K. Wayne Thornley
The exhibition will culminate with the 30-award winning entries featured in a show that will travel throughout the state. The exhibit will provide public access to the “best of the best” and is facilitated by the South Carolina State Museum.
SCWS is a non-profit and IRS 501C3 corporation whose purpose is promoting the artistic and professional interests of its members and providing visual arts programs to the public. Its almost 300 members are from South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia.
Work by Steve Garner
Work by Barbara St. Denis
Rosemary Moore of Honea Path, SC, is serving as the 2014 presiding officer for SCWS. In announcing the 2014 plans, she said, “Members of the SCWS represent the most talented and diverse artists in the region. The exhibition will draw many art appreciators to Anderson and to venues that will host the traveling show.”
The SC Watermedia Society (SCWS) is the only statewide visual arts organization in South Carolina. It nurtures and promotes artists who work in watermedia (i.e. watercolor, acrylic, gouache, casein and mixed media in conjunction with watermedia on any surface) by providing exhibition opportunities, professional development, and educational programs. The public is provided with many quality art experiences including exhibitions and art education in the form of lectures, demonstrations, and workshops. For more than 25 years cities across the state have hosted the Annual Traveling Exhibition; more than 20,000 visitors viewed the exhibition last year.
Work by Constance McKeown
Work by Jane Doyle
The Top 30 Award Winner Are: (listed by value of awards):
Vickie Bailey Ebbers, of Hilton Head Island, SC, for “Bill’s Bucket”, watercolor on gessoed paper – First Place “Best of Show” – SCWS Award in Honor of Scottie Hodge: $1000
Xiao Xing Hu, of Greenville, SC, for “Little Miss Evelyn”, Transparent Watercolor – Second Place, Webb-Craft Family Foundation Award: $750
K. Wayne Thornley, of Columbia, SC, for “Figure 536″, Acrylic and ink on canvas – Third Place, Robert and Lou Rainey Award: $500
Carolyn Epperly, of Charleston, SC, for “Dokbua”, transparent watercolor – Wells Fargo Bank Award: $500
Lori Solymosi, of Pendleton, SC, for “Neptune Beach Carnival Cuties”, Acrylic on Canvas with some collage – Georgetown County Watercolor Society Award: $350
Constance McKeown, of Rock Hill, SC, for “Negotiations”, watercolor on Yupo – Supporters of Artists (SOA) Award: $300
Maura Kenny, of Pawleys Island, SC, for “Homage to Joan of Arc”, watercolor, beads, stitching – In Honor of SCWS Educators Teaching Future Generations of Artists Award: $300
Mary Ann Brock, of Aiken, SC, for “Lily in Tomales Bay”, watercolor on paper – Honea Path Arts Center-Memorial to Lou Ashley Award: $300
Randy Armstrong, of Greer, SC, for “Sparkling Stream”, Acrylic on Board – Anderson Arts Center Award: $250
Rebecca Lawson Carruth, of Hartwell, GA, for “Kiss of the Moon”, Watercolor on Watercolor paper – Belton Center for the Arts Award: $250
Anne Hightower-Patterson, of Leesville, SC, for “Miss Sarah”, Watercolor and Casean on Arches #140 Cold Press Paper – Helen Beacham and Workshop Students Award: $250
Carrie Burns Brown, of Greenville, SC, for “And The Beat Goes On”, Acrylic on Paper – SCWS Past Presidents Award: $250,
Sherry Strickland Martin, of Myrtle Beach, SC, for “Crabbing on Caper’s Creek”, Transparent Watercolor – SCWS Board of Directors Award: $250
Becky Hollingsworth, of Mt. Pleasant, SC, for “Middleton Kettles”, Watercolor on Arches Paper – Al Stine Memorial Award: $250
Alexis Lavine, of Greensboro, NC, for “Rooftop Congregation”, transparent watercolor – Friends of Damita Jeter Award: $250
Heather Noe, of Columbia, SC, for “Lofty Vista”, Acrylic on canvas – Rosemary Moore Award, Given by Jan Meeks and Nancy Foster: $250
Steve Garner, of Simpsonville, SC, for “Prairie Power”, acrylic on canvas – Ann Finch Memorial Award: $200
Melinda Kilcoyne Smith, of Columbia, SC, for “Rhapsody in Purple”, acrylic – Toni and Sam Elkins Award: $200
Rose Metz, of Sumter, SC, for “Abstract Floral,”, Watercolor with some collage – Lena Massara Memorial Award: $200
Rosie Coleman, of Athens, GA, for “The Pearl Earring,”, Watercolor – First Time Exhibitor Award from Pawleys Island Art Studio, Brenda and Herb Lawson: $200
Denise Athanas, of Mt. Pleasant, SC, for “Making a Connection II”, acrylic on paper – City Art/ Art Express Award: $200
Lee Monts, of Columbia, SC, for “Broken Fence”, watercolor on 140 lb. cold press paper – Artist of Studio South Award: $200
Barbara St. Denis, of Easley, SC, for “Time Series 162: On an Upward Swing”, Acrylic Collage with Found Objects – Renea Eshleman Award: $200
John Anderson, of Hendersonville, NC, for “I Think I’m Losing My Marbles”, watercolor – Trannie and Mazen Abboushi: $200
Jane Doyle, Racing Time, $925, Trenholm Artist Guild Award: 200, Greer, SC, acrylic on canvas
Brenda Lawson, of Pawleys Island, SC, for “Out to Dry”, watercolor – Bay 3 Artist Award in Memory of Liz Cox Smith: $200
Dixie Leibert, of Morehead City, NC, for “See Me Mommy”, Watercolor – Denise Athanas, DBA Aqua Media Art Award: $200
Lynn Schilling, of Lake Wylie, SC, for “Mary Sunshine”, watercolor – Art Award in Honor of Mary Elizabeth Ferdon by Georgetown County Watercolor Society: $200
Sandra Roper, of Fountain Inn, SC, for “Thinking of Home”, watercolor – Joe Holladay Award in Honor of Efforts with the 2014 Exhibit: $200
Lynn Greer, of Greenville, SC, for “One Arrow”, watercolor – SCWS Award in Honor of All Artists’ Continued Participation: $200
For more information, contact Damita Jeter, Executive Director by e-mail at (email@example.com) or visit (http://scwatermedia.com/).