Three Modern Masters

3 Modern Masters, a curated exhibition featuring three preeminent and accomplished watercolor artists: Thomas Schaller AWS NWS TWSA, John Salminen, AWS NWS TWSA, and Dean Mitchell AWS NWS, will be on display through March 13, 2020 at ArtCenter Manatee.

“My work is a study in contrasts: light and dark, vertical and horizontal, warm and cool tones, the real and the imagined, as well as the past, present, and future,” says Thomas W. Schaller. “These are just some of the elements that are designed to collide and sometimes find resolution on the surface of my paper. And by so doing, you are invited to take part in my artistic process – not to determine the stories I am telling, but hopefully, to inspire you to tell stories of your own.”

“Broken Bridge” (watercolor, 22 x 15 in.) by Thomas W. Schaller

Thomas is an award-winning artist, architect, and author based in Los Angeles. As a renowned architectural artist, he received a Graham Foundation Grant and was a two-time recipient of the Hugh Ferris Memorial Prize. He has authored three books; the best-selling, and AIA award winner, Architecture in Watercolor (VNR – McGraw Hill) The Art of Architectural Drawing (J.Wiley and Sons), and Thomas W. Schaller, Architect of Light : Watercolor Paintings by a Master – a retrospective of his recent artwork released by North Light Books / F+W Media and now Penguin / Random House, NYC in 2018.

“Road Home” (watercolor 30 x 22 in.) by Thomas W. Schaller


Dean Mitchell has been featured in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, American Artist, Artist Magazine, Fine Art International and Art News.

“Mom at the Manor” (watercolor, 22 x 30 in.) by Dean Mitchell

Dean’s art can be found in corporate and museum collections across the country, including: Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri; Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, Mississippi; Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis, Missouri; Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri; Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri; Beach Museum of Art, Manhattan, Kansas; The Autry National Center, Los Angeles; The Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, Arkansas; Gadsden Art Center Quincy, Florida; Canton Museum of Art, Canton, Ohio and the Library of Congress.

“Morning Sun” (watercolor, 20 x 30 in.) by Dean Mitchell


John Salminen is a signature member of numerous art societies in the United States, including: the American Watercolor Society – Dolphin Fellowship; the National Watercolor Society; and the Transparent Watercolor Society of America – Distinguished Master. He has served on the board of the TWSA and is a current board member of the American Watercolor Society. John has won more than 250 awards in national and international exhibitions, including the AWS Gold Medal two times, the Silver Star First Place Award in the National Watercolor Society Exhibition two times, the Gold and Silver Medal in Allied Artists of America and the Transparent Watercolor Society of America first place award three times. He has had 34 one-person exhibitions in the United States, as well as several small group shows.

“Sacre Cour” (watercolor, 21 x 29 in.) by John Salminen

John is the President of the International Masters of Watercolour Association centered in Shanghai China and is a member of top organizations in China and Australia. He is an honorary member of the Jiangsu Watercolor Research Institute in China and the first American ever to be awarded membership in the Australian Watercolour Institute. Among other awards, John has received the Shanghai Biennial Award, The Pakistan Lifetime Achievement Award and the Thailand Ministry of Culture and the Arts award. He has participated in fifty-seven invitational international exhibitions in China, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey, Russia, Greece, Mexico, Pakistan, Canada, Italy, England, Belgium, Equador and Australia.

“Chess in the Park, Shanghai” (watercolor, 36 x 36 in.) by John Salminen

John’s work is included in permanent collections in Asia and Europe as well as in numerous private and corporate collections around the world. He is currently working on a new DVD with Streamline and Creative Catalyst, combining both abstraction and realism.

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  1. Looking forward each week to the great artwork and articles featured in American Watercolor…Thank You Kelly Kane for doing such a great job and bringing us so many incredibly talented artists’ work for us to view and read about….I can’t wait for the next newsletter!!!


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