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Translucent Wonders

By Jeff Eason (eason@mountaintimes.com)



Article Published: Sep. 12, 2013 | Modified: Sep. 12, 2013
Translucent Wonders

Ed Macomber’s ‘End of an Era’ won the Richeson Merchandise Award during the Watercolor
Society of North Carolina’s annual exhibition.



Watercolor painting isn’t for every artist. There is a certain unpredictability of the medium that is combined with an unforgiving nature not found in oils or acrylics.

Lovers of watercolor paints wouldn’t have it any other way.

Last weekend, more than 100 members of the Watercolor Society of North Carolina got together in Blowing Rock for the organization’s annual meeting and awards presentation. They were also on hand for the unveiling of the WSNC’s 68th annual juried exhibition, now on display at the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum.

Juror Mary Ann Beckwith, whose credentials include signature membership in the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society and the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, selected 70 paintings from 279 images submitted by 155 WSNC artists.

Russell Yerkes’ painting, “What Were We Thinking,” won top honors. Ed Macomber’s “End of an Era” won the Richeson Merchandise Award, and Martha Moore was awarded the Emerging New Artist Award (Western Region) for her painting, “Overhang.”

The exhibition will be on display through Nov. 2.

The Blowing Rock Art & History Museum is located at 159 Chestnut St. in downtown Blowing Rock. For more information on this and other exhibits, call BRAHM at (828) 295-9099 or visit http://www.blowingrockmuseum.org.



Watercolor Society awards grants to area art teachers

At a time when funding for the arts in public schools is under fire, it is always good to hear about those people in our community who are helping to support our arts teachers.

The Watercolor Society of North Carolina, Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff and Patty and Welborn Alexander all contributed to provide grants for the four art teachers serving the eight elementary and middle schools in Watauga County.

At a special ceremony during the annual meeting of the Watercolor Society of North Carolina last Saturday in Blowing Rock, $1,000 grants were given to the four teachers to help them with classroom materials and other expenses during the 2013-14 school year.

The grant checks were given to teachers Tyler Deal (Cove Creek and Green Valley schools), Rae Filsinger (Parkway and Mabel schools), Jill Huffman (Blowing Rock and Valle Crucis Schools) and Chad Safferstone (Hardin Park and Bethel schools).

Deal and Huffman were on hand to accept their awards, while Marshall Ashcraft, public information director for Watauga County Schools, accepted on behalf of Filsinger and Safferstone, who were out of town.

Additionally, Deal received a WSNC teacher scholarship to attend a week-long workshop. The scholarship covered her traveling expenses, substitute teacher pay, workshop fees and materials.

The annual WSNC teacher scholarship is to be renamed the Cheap Joe’s Arts in Education Award, in honor of Cheap Joe’s owner Joe Miller’s longstanding contributions to the arts and education.

“We are so grateful to have Joe in our community,” said Russell Yerkes, president of the WSNC. “The implementation of the Cheap Joe’s Arts in Education Award is going to help teachers all across the state. Next year, we hope to have eight schools in Wilson County benefit from it.”

Added Miller, “There is an old saying that he who tooteth not his own horn is in danger of having his horn untooteth. Since starting the … non-profit organization, Brushes for Vincent, we’ve created numerous art programs for children in hospitals all over the state. We supply all of the materials for this program that has proven to be very beneficial for children who are dealing with the stresses of a hospital stay.”

The WSNC’s annual meeting and awards ceremony coincided with its 68th annual juried exhibition, held at the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum.

Additional Images

Ed Macomber’s ‘End of an Era’ won the Richeson Merchandise Award during the Watercolor
Society of North Carolina’s annual exhibition.

Russell Yerkes’ painting, ‘What Were We Thinking,’ won top honors at the Watercolor Society of
North Carolina’s annual exhibition. The exhibition is now on display at the Blowing Rock Art and
History Museum.

Martha Moore was awarded the Emerging New Artist Award (Western Region) during the
Watercolor Society of North Carolina’s annual exhibit for her painting, ‘Overhang.’

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