Thursday, June 2, 2011

June exhibit at the Gourgaud Gallery-A Touch of Glass


By Bob Gilbert

The new exhibit at the Gourgaud Gallery for the month of June 2011 features watercolor paintings by a talented group of artists known as “Watercolorists Unlimited”.  As suggested by the title of the exhibit, “A Touch of Glass”, the subject matter of every painting includes some object with glass.

I viewed the exhibit in advance of the opening on June 5, and what struck me immediately was the beauty of the work, which illuminates the room.  Watercolor is pleasing to the eye, especially when in the hands of experienced watercolorists who know how to use it.

As claimed, each painting depicted subject matter containing glass – a portrait of a woman wearing eyeglasses, light filtering through a window, drinking vessels, flower vases, and more.

Concerning Watercolorists Unlimited, Lisa Walsh, a longtime member informs me that the group is comprised of approximately twenty watercolor artists who collectively select a different subject to paint each month. The members paint that subject independently, and then assemble once per month at a member’s home to critique each other’s work.  The topic for this month’s show is a good example of the subjects chosen.  But sometimes a technical issue, such as painting something with texture, rather than painting a particular object, is the topic of the month.

Lisa notes that being part of the group helps members improve their painting skills thanks in large part to the critique of fellow members, who provide helpful feedback and even solutions to technical issues.

Watercolorists Unlimited has been together for approximately twenty years, with a few original members still in the group.  The group exhibits their work at four or five shows per year, including the annual show at the Gourgaud Gallery.

I certainly enjoyed this exhibit and I believe that you will too.

The show runs from June 5 through June 26, and can be viewed Monday through Friday during business hours, and the first, third, and last Sunday of the month from 1 PM – 3PM.  Make a visit!     

Alice With Glasses
by Karen Bannister

April Morning
by Lisa Walsh

by Bernice Fatto

The Red Lantern
Barbara Cox


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