The 2018 South Carolina Watermedia Annual Exhibition
West Main Artists Co-op to Host SC Watermedia for Second Time
For the second year in a row, West Main Artists Co-op (WMAC) will host on behalf of Spartanburg and the entire Upstate the SC Watermedia Annual Exhibition that travels throughout the state each year, showcasing the wealth of talent that uses water-based media to create works of art. The exhibit of 30 pieces will open at WMAC on Tuesday, July 2, and close August 3.
The public can see this exhibit for free Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A public reception for the exhibit will be held on Thursday, July 18, 5 to 9 p.m., during the city’s monthly ArtWalk.
Among the 30 pieces that are in the 2018 collection is Tree Tops by former Spartanburg resident Dwight Rose, who is one of the only three artists from Upstate South Carolina chosen for the exhibit. (see sidebar)
“We are delighted to host this very important show again,” WMAC Chair Beth Regula said. “The SC Watermedia Society sponsors the competition and exhibit each year, thereby curating the very best watermedia art in the state and now in other states, too. Watercolors and other watermedia art are a consistent favorite among gallery visitors and art lovers. There is just something about the flow and blending that appeals to people. But this show also displays other sides of watermedia, styles that are more solid, intense and dense, even photo-like. It is a traditional, evolving, and amazing medium. Also, we are extremely proud that one of our own Dwight Rose is in the exhibit. Dwight is a Spartanburg favorite. His work is very deserving, and I am sure all art lovers in Spartanburg will want to come to see his work as well as the work of the 29 other artists.”
This is the 41st year this exhibit has been sponsored by the SC Watermedia Society, which works with the SC State Museum to coordinate the statewide tour at various art facilities. The Society is the only statewide visual arts organization in South Carolina. It promotes artists who work in watermedia, which may be watercolor, acrylic, gouache, casein and mixed media in conjunction with water based media on any surface. The annual traveling exhibition appears in cities across the state and reaches 20,000 visitors annually.
Prior to arriving in Spartanburg, the exhibit will have been in Sumter, Hartsville, Lancaster, and Walterboro.
This year’s exhibition was juried by Laurie Goldstein-Warren, a renowned and nationally respected watercolor artist in West Virginia. The exhibit features original works from artists like “Best of Show” award winner, Lynda English of Florence, SC for her piece, Through the Eyes of a Child, Looking up. Other award winning artists included are: Anne Hightower-Patterson of Leesville and Suzanne Accetta of Columbus, OH. This year, the competition allowed artists who are not South Carolina residents to compete. In addition to the award winners, 33 other artists were also accepted into the show from around the nation in a digital format. The exhibit will provide public access to the “best of the best” and is facilitated by the South Carolina State Museum’s Traveling Exhibit Program.
WMAC is one of the leading arts agencies in Spartanburg. It is a membership-based nonprofit agency that has more than 50 members, most of whom are visual artists. Some are performing artists. Each month, it sponsors three new monthlong exhibit by its members and by guest artists. In addition to its public galleries, it also has about 30 working studios for its members, two stages, a printery, and Spartanburg’s most extensive collection of locally made artwork for sale on an ongoing basis. For more information about WMAC, please visit online: WestMainArtists.org.
Through the Eyes of a Child, Looking Up
"Best of Show" Award Winner, Lynda English
Former Spartanburg Artist Has 5th Painting in State Tour
Former Spartanburg resident and renown watercolor artist Dwight Rose has a fifth painting -- Tree Tops -- in the SC Watermedia Annual Exhibition that is currently touring the state and will be at West Main Artists Co-op in July. This painting won the Jill Stanford/Barbara Stitt/Lizabeth Thompson/Angela Bradburn Award and is among the only 30 juried paintings in the exhibit.
The traveling exhibit -- now in its 41st year -- is coordinated by the SC Watermedia Society, which is the only statewide visual arts agency in South Carolina. When Rose was selected for the third time to be in the exhibit, he was granted “Member In Excellence” status.
“This is a great honor to have been selected by the juror as the work represented reflects the best of watermedia in South Carolina and adjoining states,” he said.
Recently, Rose and his wife, Ruth Beals, relocated to Bradenton, Fla. “In a way, this is sort of returning close to my roots,” he said. “I say close because prior to living in Spartanburg, we lived in Sarasota, Fla. for 16 years, then moved overseas to the Persian Gulf, country of Qatar for seven years, working for Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Doha.” They lived in Spartanburg for 11 years.
A native of Port Antonio, Jamaica and the son of watercolor artist Herbie Rose, he gave insight into his work: “Tree Tops was inspired by a trip to Kenya, Africa where we visited the famous Tree Tops hotel in Aberdare National Park in the heart of the country. The hotel was renown for the event in 1952 where Princess Elizabeth stayed arriving as a princess, and on learning of her father’s death King George VI, she left as Queen. This painting is an expression of intense color glazes the use of value contrast. This painting epitomizes colors we love, evoking mood and atmosphere. The image reflects the view seen from the hotel’s balcony during sunset as the wild animals drink from a water basin below. The painting for me employs color, composition, form and light that brings a sense of life to the experience I had.”
The full exhibit will be on display at West Main Artists Co-op for the month of July. It will open for free public viewing Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A public reception will be held on Thursday, July 18, 5 to 9 p.m.
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