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Where Art Lives In Warren

Watercolor Society exhibition slated at Crary Gallery

September 25, 2010
The Crary Gallery on Market Street hosts numerous exhibitions throughout the year, but an upcoming exhibit is special. A watercolor exhibition at the Crary Art Gallery highlights the universal medium. Pennsylvania Watercolor Society Juried Exhibition Chair John W. Walker said the organization’s 31st annual international juried exhibition starts Oct. 1. He said it runs through Nov. 14 with an opening reception on Oct. 2 from 1 to 5 p.m. Open to all, Walker said the reception will draw a lot of participating artists. Around 3 p.m. that day, he said organizers will award $9,400 in cash and merchandise to participants with a top prize of $1,200. Selector Nicholas Simmons had around 400 entries to choose from, Walker said, and chose 120 which will hang in the gallery. Anne Fallin planned to decide which receive the 34 awards available, he said. Towards the end of the show, Walker said the final award will go to the people’s choice. The title carries a $300 cash prize. The society last held its exhibition at the gallery in 2000, Walker said, and had success doing so. Last year, he said Reading hosted the event. Crary Art Gallery Treasurer Thomas Jackson said the gallery’s board of directors felt excited to have the event back again. The gallery started in 1977, he said, and opened to the public in 1988 after Gene Walker Crary left a will giving the building and grounds as well as an endowment to provide for a corporation maintaining the gallery. On the occasion of hosting the exhibition, the board sent letters to donors announcing the development of a membership program. The letter states the program arose out of concerns regarding future funding needs. This year’s participants come from 26 different states, Walker said, as well as two other countries: Belgium and Canada. Around 60 percent of entries came from society members, he said. “Anybody can do watercolor painting,” Walker said. “It’s easy to work with.” The paintings on display express a high level of art, Walker said, with participants known internationally. Approximately 70 percent of the entries represent subjects realistically, he said, with others employing abstract principles. During the show, Walker said the society has a goal to give the public examples of good painting. Artists hope to sell their work, he said, with around 80 percent of the entries available.

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Times Observer photo by Colin Kyler
On display
Juried Exhibition Chair John Walker shows off some of the art at the Crary Gallery.



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