From an April 22, 2020, Northwest Watercolor Society news release.
International award-winning artist and author, Birgit O’Connor, juried Northwest Watercolor Society’s (NWWS) Annual Membership Exhibition, Waterworks Unchained, which is now available online.
With no actual awards reception, O’Connor produced a video commenting on each of the 62 accepted paintings and this year’s winners.
First place of $1000 goes to Angela Grainger for “Blue Heron in the Morning Light II.”
Besides the use of color and how Grainger handles the watercolor medium, O’Connor complimented the work by saying, “I’ve never seen anything like this.”
Geoffrey McCormack takes second place of $750 for his abstract painting, “Walking in My Own Shadow #17.”
“He has a wonderful sense of design, good use of color, abstract shapes and also a three-dimensional quality,” O’Connor commented.
“Boy with a Yellow Ball” by Devi Brunsch wins the third-place prize of $500.
“I was fascinated by the reflection of the yellow ball in the child’s face,” O’Connor stated.
“Every painting in the show is gorgeous and an inspiration to other artists,” said NWWS president Deborah Roskopf.
The watermedia art is available for viewing 24/7 until July 31, 2020.
O’Connor added that she thought the skill level of this art is truly exceptional and “I hope the audience enjoys the show as much as I enjoyed selecting the Exhibition.”
All of the artwork is for sale and a PDF of the catalog is also available for viewing online.
Again, Waterworks Unchained + Online and other award winners can be seen at www.nwws.org/Exhibitions/Waterworks-Members-Exhibition#71610-2020-online-gallery.