Winners of Watermedia Exhibition Announced06.02.2006
KINGSPORT, TN — The winners of the 2006 Newell-Hendershot Watermedia Exhibition were recently announced. The show was held May 6-24 in Kingsport. It opened with an art fair and awards reception attended by the public and members of four sponsoring art societies, including the Kingsport and Bristol Art Guilds, Watagua Valley Art League (WVAL), and the Tennessee
Watercolor Society (TNWS). The paintings covered a range from abstract to representational. Watermedia shows require that paintings be done in an aqueous medium and manner, on paper, framed in white or off white matting. The show was judged by Harriet Howell of Rutledge, a past and incoming president of the TNWS.
Shown, from top to bottom (scroll down for more pictures):
— - My Sister is BiPolar a watercolor by Diane Nelson of the Kingsport Art Guild (KAG), was awarded Best of Show.
— - Second place went to Kathy Hawk, a member of both the KAG and the WVAL, for her watercolor collage, Ethereal Landscape.
— - Jim Stagner of Johnson City placed third with "a beautiful portrait of Northeast Tennessee" called White Walls.
The Kingsport Art Guild Award was given to last year's judge, Victoria Lenne, of Knoxville for her abstract painting Past Questions. Barbara Jernigan received the Cheap Joe's Merchandise Award for her landscape On the Banks of Sycamore Shoals. Honorable Mentions were awarded to Sharon Neuhaus for Let's Play Musical Chairs, Margaret Helvey for Inside Looking Out, Georgia Doubler for Who Ya Hangin' Around With and Barbara "Jake" Carter for Down the Road. The student award recipient, Diane Wallace of Carson Newman College, received a monetary prize; two impressive samples of her work, both floral paintings, were on exhibit.
Prior to the awards reception, demonstrations were given by Carmine Trombetta, Sharon Neuhaus and Virginia Wall in various techniques of acrylic and watercolor. Well known artists and teachers, Bennette Rowan and Urban Bird, offered one-on-one critiques to attending artists. A presentation by the judge explained "Why Paintings are Passed Over by Juries and Judges" and provided an insight into the judging of this particular show as well as others.
Second Place — Ethereal Landscape
Third Place — White Walls