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2008 National Exhibition

The 2008 National Exhibition will be running at the Quinlan Visual Arts Center in Gainesville April 5 - May 25, 2008. 72 paintings of 469 entries submitted are on display at the exhibition. The entries came from the following states:

Alabama: 1Michigan: 1South Carolina: 5
California: 2Missouri: 1Tennessee: 2
Florida: 10North Carolina: 2Texas: 3
Georgia: 28Nebraska: 1Virginia: 4
Indiana: 1New York: 5Wisconsin: 2
Kentucky: 1Oregon: 1West Virginia: 2
Maryland: 1  

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Award Winners

Awash In Blue
Awash In Blue
Trish Morgan
20" x 14"

First Place

Glascow Bridge
Glascow Bridge
Marilynne Bradley, GWS
30" x 22"

Second Place

Hot Chili Peppers
Hot Chili Peppers
Virginia S. King, GWS
29" x 21"

Third Place

Resting
Resting
Donna Inkster
15" x 22"

Fourth Place, Binder's Art and Frame Award

Beach Houses NC 2
Beach Houses NC 2
Kathy A. Kitz, GWS
26" x 20"

Fifth Place, M. Graham Award

Mountain Pastures
Mountain Pastures
Barbara Edwards, GWS
21" x 25"

Winsor & Newton Award

Tropical Light
Tropical Light
Brenda Turner, GWS
22" x 30"

Peach Award

Bayside Blues
Bayside Blues
Elaine Daily-Bimbaum
20" x 29"

Strothers Printing Award

Three Tier Tea
Three Tier Tea
George M. Schoonover
21" x 29"

Sam Flax Award

Silent Spring
Silent Spring
Victoria Lenne, GWS
48" x 36"

Dr. Martins Hydrus Fine Art Watercolor Award

And the Band Played On
And the Band Played On
Jane W. Carter, GWS
19" x 25"

H. K. Holbein Award

Silver Set and Peonies
Silver Set and Peonies
Duncan Simmons, GWS
18" x 26"

Larry and Gwen Walker Award

Morning In the South
Morning In the South
Bill James
28" x 18.5"

Daniel Smith Artists Materials Award

Dry Dock
Dry Dock
Valerie Larsen
30" x 22"

The Canson Fine Papers Award

Seaside Tango
Seaside Tango
Clare Pearson Zipperly, GWS
20" x 30"

Daler-Rowney Award

Driving Through Turtle Creek
Driving Through Turtle Creek
Louise Georges, GWS
13" x 9"

Presidents' Award

Blue Bells
Blue Bells
Dorate Muller
29" x 21"

Airfloat Systems Award

Oasis
Oasis
Rosemary Nothwanger
20" x 14"

Creative Catalyst Productions Award

Pear Series
Pear Series
Shirley Shepherd, GWS
19" x 25.5"

Gallery Street Award

 'N' Boats, Cal
'N' Boats, Cal
Miles G. Batt, GWS
29" x 21"

Southern Watercolor Society Award

Les Deux Garcons I
Les Deux Garcons I
Keiko Tanabe
14" x 21"

Atlanta Artists Center Award

Fresh Market
Fresh Market
Anne Kittell, GWS
23.5" x 17.5"

Cheap Joe's Art Stuff Award

Moving In Circles
Moving In Circles
Denise Athanas, GWS
30" x 22"

Warehouse Framers Award

Grapes and Mangoes
Grapes and Mangoes
Chris Krupinski, GWS
22" x 30"

North Light Books Award

Juror's Statement

It was an honor to have been invited to be the juror for the 29th National Exhibition of the Georgia Watercolor Society. My thanks to everyone involved in organizing this fine show.

My criteria for judging the over 400 slides submitted were simple. First and foremost, I feel it is important not to be biased. If a painting "grabbed me" emotionally, it was considered for acceptance. It did not matter whether it was representational or abstract. The fact tHat I had a positive response to the painting was reason enough to consider it.

A painting that reflected a feeling, an idea, or a unique point of view and which was executed with concern for dynamic composition, relationships of shapes, color, rhythm, etc. was included in the exhibition. There are a great variety of approaches and subject matter represented in the exhibition, which contributes to its appealing quality.

My congratulations to everyone in this exhibition. For those artists who didn't make it this year, keep at it. We all have a unique painting inside of us waiting to come out. I always believe that the best is yet to come.

-- Mel Stabin, AWS, NWS

Our Sponsors

The following businesses and organizations have generously supported our National Exhibition.

Prospectus and Entries

The prospectus is available for historical interest in PDF format.