Our congratulations go out to Janine Helton for her painting A Little Bit Shy, Rebecca Krutsinger for her painting Nature’s Beauty, and Karen Romani for her painting Lunchtime, which have been accepted into the Illinois Watercolor Society’s 36th National Exhibition by Juror Steve Puttrich who chose 62 paintings to represent the 2020 IWS National Show out of 259 paintings entered from 145 artists, 27 states, and 5 countries. The IWS Board has decided that changing the show to an “online” only show is the best course of action. They will post the show in its entirety on the IWS website on the original opening date of May 2, 2020. Awards will be announced on the IWS website on May 2, 2020.
Janine Helton and Rebecca Krutsinger shared their paintings with us:
And more congratulations go out to Janine Helton for her painting Wing Nut, selected by Juror Carolyn Latanision, AWS, NWS, for inclusion into The 2020 73rd Annual Michigan Water Color Society Exhibition, which opens May 21 and runs to July 1, 2020 at the Janice Charach Gallery, West Bloomfield, Michigan.
We received this today from Sandy Brooks at the St. Louis Arts Chamberof Commerce. Sandy developed the Arts Chamber to address the business needs of the arts community in St Louis.
In light of the need for social distancing due to the Corona Virus, all public events are suspended at this time. However, arrangements have been made to have the exhibitions once the restrictions are lifted.
The StL Arts Chamber designed a city-wide collaborative project to celebrate art and nature that has been postponed, but that does not mean the project is over. Consider sharing your artistic talents, drawing, painting, writing, poetry, storytelling and more to make someone’s day a little brighter. Send a card or letter to the StL Arts Chamber to be distributed to nursing homes, extended stay facilities, shut ins and more. To paraphrase: a smile (or laughter) is the best medicine! To find out more check our Give StL Day Campaign.
What are you doing to be creative and connected to nature? Let me know and I will include your ideas on the website Resource Page.
We just learned that Marilynne Bradley’s painting Me Too, and Annette McGarrahan’s painting Overflow were accepted into the Watercolor USA 2020 exhibition, judged by Misa Jeffereis, to run from June 6 to August 16, 2020 at the Weisel and Kelly Galleries, 1111 East Brookside Drive, Springfield, MO.
Janet Doll’s painting Big Bag of Beans and Françoise Olivier’s painting The Old Gas Station were accepted into the Watercolor USA 2020 exhibition, judged by Misa Jeffereis, Assistant Curator at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. The exhibition will run from June 6 to August 16, 2020, at the Weisel and Kelly Galleries, 1111 East Brookside Drive, Springfield, MO.
And we have an update on Françoise Olivier’s painting, Saint Louis Swing, accepted in the 153rd Annual International Exhibition of the American Watercolor Society, which was to be at The Salmagundi Club in New York. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak in New York the Salmagundi Club is closed for an indefinite period so the AWS Exhibition will not run April 6-25. AWS is considering their options, including alternate dates and hope to have an online version of their exhibit available during the April dates. Click here for updates on the AWS website.
As we stay in to stem the spread of COVID-19 it is important
that we keep our spirits up and stay in touch with others. We now have more time to paint and sharing
your paintings with friends while sequestered helps boost spirits. Form email groups with your friends and send
your recent paintings to each other, inviting comment.
Here are more things we can do to stay informed and
VISIT THE SAINT LOUIS ART MUSEUM VIRTUALLY
The Saint Louis Art Museum holds a
world-renowned collection of approximately 34,000 objects spanning 5,000
years of history and cultures. More than 2,700 objects, including
the highlights below, are currently on view in our collection galleries. Learn
more about these one-of-a-kind works of art in our online collection. If you are a member of the SLAM they are also
offering an Object of the Day which is sent to you via email.
1. THE LOUVRE
The Louvre is not only one of the world’s largest art museums, but it’s also
one of Paris’s most iconic historic monuments. The museum offers free
online tours of some of its most important and popular exhibits, such as
its Egyptian Antiquities and works from Michelangelo. You can take a 360-degree
look at the museum, and click around the rare artifacts to get additional
information on their histories.
2. THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART
Founded in 1937, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. provides virtual tours of its gallery and
exhibits. You can view its current exhibitions and listen to audio and
video recordings of past lectures online.
3. THE BRITISH MUSEUM
With a collection that totals more than 8 million objects, London’s British
Museum makes some of its pieces viewable online. The museum also teamed up with the
Google Cultural Institute to offer virtual tours using Google Street View technology.
4. THE SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM
Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the architecture of the Guggenheim’s
building itself is quite impressive, but you don’t want to miss these up-close
views of some of the priceless pieces of artwork inside. The museum makes some
of its collections
and exhibits available online for people who want to get a taste of what
the museum has to offer, including works from Franz Marc, Piet Mondrian, Pablo
Picasso, and Jeff Koons.
5. THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART
The Met is home to over 2 million works of fine art, and their website features
collection and virtual tours of some of its most impressive pieces,
including works from Vincent van Gogh, Jackson Pollock, and Giotto di Bondone.
In addition, The Met also works with the Google Cultural Institute to make even more artwork (that’s not featured in its own online
collection) available for view.
6. MUSÉE D’ORSAY, PARIS
You can virtually walk through this popular gallery that houses
dozens of famous works from French artists who worked and lived between 1848
and 1914. Get a peek at artworks from Monet, Cézanne, and Gauguin, among
7. RIJKSMUSEUM, AMSTERDAM
Explore the masterworks from the Dutch Golden Age, including works from Vermeer
and Rembrandt. Google offers a Street View tour of this iconic museum, so you can feel
as if you’re actually wandering its halls.
8. VAN GOGH MUSEUM, AMSTERDAM
Anyone who is a fan of Van Gogh can see his works up close (or, almost up
close) by virtually visiting this museum – the largest collection of
artworks by Vincent van Gogh, including over 200 paintings, 500 drawings, and
over 750 personal letters.
9. THE J. PAUL GETTY MUSEUM, LOS ANGELES
European artworks from as far back as the 8th Century can be found in this
California art museum. Take a Street View tour to discover a huge collection of
paintings, drawings, sculptures, manuscripts, and photographs.
10. THE VATICAN MUSEUMS
The Vatican Museums feature an extensive collection of important art and
classical sculptures curated by the Popes over many centuries. You can take a virtual tour of the museum grounds and iconic exhibits,
including Michelangelo’s ceiling in the Sistine Chapel.
THE GOOGLE ART PROJECT To help its users discover and view important artworks online in high resolution and detail, Google partnered with more than 1200 cultural institutions from around the world to archive and document priceless pieces of art and to provide virtual tours of museums using Google Street View technology. The Google Art Project features fine art from the White House, the Museum of Islamic Art in Qatar, and even São Paulo street art from Brazil. Here’s a complete list of museums you can visit virtually.
AMERICAN WATERCOLOR IS OFFERING WATERCOLOR ARTISTS’ PODCASTS:
Joseph Zbukvic on the
Evolution of Watercolor
In this exclusive interview,
Zbukvic shares his newfound confidence in the health of art as we know it, and
the continuing evolution of watercolor. [listen
Barbara Tapp on Becoming a
Tapp says it took seven years of
experimenting, joining an art club, and painting with other artists en plein
air to truly become a painter. [listen
Mario Robinson on Painting
Robinson is known for his figure
paintings, but here he shares his strategy for painting en plein air, including
placing the figure in outdoor scenes. [listen
Keiko Tanabe on Being an
Tanabe tells us one of the best
things she did early in her career that put her on the path to success, and
what it was like to quit her “day job” and become a full-time artist. [listen
Alvaro Castagnet on His
Vision for Watercolor
“A new vision is needed from
artists today,”says Castagnet, who stresses the importance of using the medium
“to inject a great deal of mood in our paintings.” [listen
Daniel Smith is offering a special
live conversation with John Cogley on watercolor on Thursday, April 2 at 4 p.m.
you have questions about your favorite color, new colors, how it’s made and yes
what’s John’s favorite colors (it can’t just be one️) … anything about
watercolor, your watercolor journey and John’s journey, join us on April 2nd on
the DANIEL SMITH Facebook and Instagram accounts.
Do You Know About These Free Art
American Watercolor has an article on all the free Art Books
you can access online. For more information
Plein Air Magazine is offering daily podcasts featuring artists at 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on their Facebook page.