Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Pittsburgh Watercolor Society Set to Open 70th Annual Aqueous International Exhibit

 Lance Hunter - A Will to Play II

The Pittsburgh Watercolor Society presents its 70th Annual Aqueous International Exhibition 2016 on October 1-22, 2016 at the Spinning Plate Gallery. The 70th Annual PWS Aqueous, open to any artist working in water-based media, opens with a reception on Saturday, October 1 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, at Spinning Plate Gallery at 5821 Baum Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15206. The opening reception is free and open to the public.

PWS is a regional artist’s organization that hosts an international exhibit and has developed a reputation as a prestigious group of watercolor artists.  The PWS Aqueous Annual International Exhibition is open to all artists 18 or older working primarily with water- based media on a paper surface and unvarnished (YUPO and Tyvek are permitted.) Mediums include: Watercolor, acrylic, casein, gouache, egg tempura, watercolor with ink, water soluble pencil, crayon or graphite and must be artist's original work only. Work is new and must have been completed within the last two years and not previously shown in a PWS exhibit.

This year’s 70th Annual Aqueous includes the work of 62 artists from all over the globe, including 19 artists from the greater Pittsburgh area and the other 43 from Malaysia, Canada, and 18 other states (WI, MO, SC, MD, LA, FL, VT, AZ , VA, OH, CT, OK, TX, CA, NY, UT, IL, NJ.) All works are for sale.  The exhibit runs from Saturday, October 1 through Saturday, October 22. Gallery Hours are Wednesday 11-4, Thursday 11-8, Friday 11-4, Saturday 11-4.

Connie Clutter - "Looking Back"

The Juror for Aqueous Open 2016 is Gerald F. Brommer, a member of NWS, AWS, WCWS, RMNWS, is author of numerous books and articles in art education journals. His most recent book, Emotional Content: How to Create Paintings that Communicate was published in 2003. Jerry has twelve instructional videos including, Watercolor in Action  - Responding to Nature and Exploring Watercolor for Location to Studio.

Brommer has written and edited over 25 art books for high school and college art education, and has 13 art education video programs. His paintings have appeared in more than 160 one-man shows, 200 group shows, and over 20 international exhibitions. He is represented in over 4300 private art collections in 44 states and nine countries. He currently leads art workshops throughout the world.

Brommer holds a Master of Arts degree and an Honorary Doctor of Literature degree. He studied at the University of Nebraska, Nebraska's Concordia University, USC, UCLA, the Chouinard Art Institute, and Otis Art Institute. Around the world he has been acknowledged as the master of watercolor, acrylic, and collage techniques and is in high demand as a teacher, consultant, and art exhibition juror. He has been described as humorous, sincere individual, with a genial personality who has inspired many artists.At the age of 91, he has announced this is his last year teaching.

He will be presenting a very special demonstration created for this exhibit on Sunday, September 25 at 1:00PM at the PWS membership meeting at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Simmons Hall, 1047 Shady Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15232.  This event is open to the public with a cost  $5 for the public and free to members. To register for the event, please go to the PWS website,

Susan Sparks - "Ciotola di Fungi"
The Pittsburgh Watercolor Society was founded in 1945 to develop, encourage and maintain interest in watercolor painting. The original membership of 20 was one of the first groups to be affiliated with the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. The membership of the Pittsburgh Watercolor Society has grown to over 200 artists who enjoy this opportunity to explore and share their broad range of style and techniques.

The Pittsburgh Watercolor Society sponsors two exhibits per year. "Waterworks" is a members-only show with awards selected by a local juror. Members may choose one piece to exhibit. "Aqueous Open" is an international juried exhibition with entries open to artists from around the world. The show is selected by a nationally known artist/juror who travels to Pittsburgh to jury the show and teach a workshop.

For more information about this exhibit or the Pittsburgh Watercolor Society, please visit the PWS Website at

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