What Makes a Painting a Prizewinner

For this year’s Northwest Watercolor Society Waterworks Unchained exhibition, juror Birgit O’Connor selected paintings that demonstrate the breadth and range of works possible with watermedia — from the glowing familiarity of traditional watercolors to paintings that exhibit a sense of exploration. Since members are unable to gather for an Awards Reception, O’Connor has produced a video so we can all enjoy her comments about each of the accepted paintings and the award winners.

First place: “Blue Heron in the Morning Light II” by Angela Grainger
Second place: “Walking in My Own Shadow #17” by Geoffrey McCormack
Third place: “Boy with a Yellow Ball” by Devi Brunsch

About NWWS

The Northwest Watercolor Society (NWWS) was founded in 1939 in Seattle, Washington when a group of eight artists came together to form an organization dedicated to the celebration of watercolor. With a goal to inspire both a lasting interest in the art of watercolor painting and an appreciation for watercolor as an artful, imaginative medium, the history of NWWS began. From these modest beginnings, NWWS has grown into the internationally recognized, historically rich organization of today with a membership nearing eight hundred Signature, Lifetime and Associate Members across the USA, Canada & internationally.

The Northwest Watercolor Society of today is a structured organization that offers a wealth of opportunities and experiences for the artist, the art patron and all those fascinated by the magical wonder of watercolor. Recognized as one of the most prominent national/international watercolor societies in North America, NWWS continues to gain attention and exposure. Although NWWS has grown enormously throughout the years in both numbers and accomplishments, the organization has remained firmly rooted in its history, devoted to the philosophy of the Mission Statement of its Founders … To promote and elevate the art of watercolor as a medium and to encourage the growth and creativity of its artist members.

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