Baltimore Watercolor Society
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June 13 through July 23, 2022
The Gallery at Center for the Arts
Kathleen S. Giles, AWS, NWS
Kathleen Giles is an award winning master watercolorist and a signature member of a number of prestigious societies, including AWS and NWS. Her realistic style on a variety of subjects is defined by strong values and intense colors.
As a thoughtful juror and generous workshop instructor, she has been a valued asset of this exhibit. For further information, please explore her website.
It was indeed an honor to be invited to select the paintings and awards for the 2022 Mid-Atlantic Regional Watercolor Exhibition. The quality and variety of the work presented was a joy to behold. I wasn’t able to include all the work that I would have liked because of size restrictions for hanging, but certainly would have included more work. Also, many of the artists that entered two pieces presented me with a real challenge as to which piece was the stronger work. Many of those paintings are also exceptional. Congratulations to all the winning artists! Your work stood out amongst a fine group of paintings.
When selecting paintings I first look for a good composition supported by a strong value pattern and color unity. If the work is realistic, I look for competent drawing skills. I ask myself whether or not the painting makes sense. Are things drawn to scale? Do I know what the artist is saying? Oftentimes I find that too many objects have been added to complicate and confuse the viewer. Simple design is the often best route to follow unless you are a very experienced painter. My tips for making your piece stand out are to use eye catching pattern and/or storytelling, through the objects in your work. If your work wasn’t included in the show this time please don’t be discouraged. If I had kept all the rejections notices I have received over the years, they would fill an entire desk drawer. I still get my share of rejections. Instead of taking it personally, I have learned to look at it differently. I understand there were just other pieces that were more appealing to the judge. I also have found that rejection has helped me grow. Getting an honest critique of rejected work can provide you with new insights. Those insights can then motivate and help you to move forward with new goals… you can’t lose unless you quit!
Working on our art can be such a wonderful escape from the negativity around us. We are essentially creating our own world. Artists are never bored because we are always creating. I hope that you all continue to grow and that your work brings joy into your lives.
All the best,
Kathleen S. Giles
The slide show below provides a closeup view of each of the Award Winning Paintings. The slide show is followed by a presentation of each of the paintings selected by Kathleen S. Giles, for inclusion in the 2022 Online Mid-Atlantic Regional Exhibition.
The captions for each image include:
All images are the property of the artists and protected by copyright. No image can be used without the written permission of the artist.
Below are all the images from the show. Click on an image to see it larger or to scroll through the exhibit click on the word Next, located above the image you are viewing.
The Gallery at CCBC Catonsville has created a 3D tour of the exhibition. www.thegalleriesatccbc.com/bws-2022
You will need the Artist's First Name, Last Name, and the Title of the Painting when purchasing a painting.
|BWS Gold Medal in Memory of David Churchill, donated by Susan Churchill and Michael Eddy
|Branzino for Two
|BWS Sharon A. Green Silver Medal
|Great Blue on Blue
|BWS Bronze Medal
|Ed Kidera Memorial Award, donated by Friends and Family
|Junk in the Trunk
|American Frame, Dr. Ph. Martin's, Stonehenge Aqua Watercolor Paper, Winsor & Newton Award
|Linda Slattery Sherman
|Dock of the Bay (With a Nod to Otis Redding)
|Classic Homes of Maryland, Dr. Ph. Martin's, QoR, Silver Brush Ltd., Stonehenge Aqua Watercolor Paper Award
|Artist Angle Gallery, Dr. Ph. Martin's, Jack Richeson & Co., Jerry's Artarama, Talas Award
|Dr. Ph. Martin's Award, Virginia Gordon Memorial Award, donated by Artist Friends
|Cleaning Monet's Pond
|Dr. Ph. Martin's Award for Excellence
|Airfloat Systems, Dr. Ph. Martin's, HK Holbein Artist Materials, Jack Richeson & Co., Talas Award
|Beyond the Roost
|Creative Catalyst Productions, Dr. Ph. Martin's, Jerry's Artarama, Potomac Valley Watercolorists, Watercolor Artist Magazine Award
|Ampersand Art Supply Inc., Dr. Ph. Martin's, Jerry's Artarama, Talas, Watercolor Artist Magazine Award
|In the Space Between
|Hahnemuhle Award for Excellence
|At the Barre
|Colson Art Award of Excellence
|Lois Ward Wolford
|Acuity Watercolor Appreciation Award
|M. Graham & Co. Award
|April 15 2019
|Cheap Joe's Art Stuff Award
|Princeton Artist Brush Company Award #1
|On the Move (Immigration, Migration)
|Princeton Artist Brush Company Award #2
|Ruth Ann Kaufman
|Blick Artist Materials Award
|Plaza Artist Materials Painting Award
|The Scales of Justice
|Delaware Watercolor Society Award
|Edward Longley Memorial Award Donated by Sharon Longley
|Little Black Dress
|International Society of Experimental Artists Award
|Bermuda Wildflowers Fantasy
|New Jersey Watercolor Society Award
|Quilt Stories 12
|Pennsylvania Watercolor Society Award
|Stacy Lund Levy
|Is It Safe to Come in Yet?
|Philadelphia Watercolor Society Award
|Pittsburgh Watercolor Society Award
|Virginia Watercolor Society Award
|Crosby Street Near Broome NYC
Artist Organization Signature Status Key
The Baltimore Watercolor Society wishes to thank and recognize all of the companies and groups who through their generosity and significant contributions have funded or supplied merchandise or services for this year's awards.