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January 28, 2014 > Olive Hyde Gallery showcases national exhibition

Olive Hyde Gallery showcases national exhibition

Submitted By Diane Leys

Olive Hyde Art Gallery, in the historic Mission San Jose District of Fremont, has been selected to exhibit the 44th California Watercolor AssociationÕs National Exhibition. For this exhibit, the work of 70 remarkable watercolor artists was selected from a field of 750 entrants from throughout the United States.

Elaine Daily Birnbaum, of Madison, Wisconsin, served as juror for this extraordinary show. Ms BirnbaumÕs paintings have been selected for inclusion in more than 100 national/international exhibitions, and she has received awards in 75 of these. With a large number of excellent entries, Elaine looked beyond excellent skill in execution in making her selections for this showcase. ÒI looked for paintings that revealed something of the hand and mind of the artist, provided a unique perspective, told a compelling story, and/or pushed the envelope of creativity.Ó

Michigan artist Kathleen Conover, winner of this yearÕs $2,500 Gold Award for ÒShadows of a Milltown,Ó a painting in her ÒIndustrial EvolutionÓ series was inspired by an old mill outside Jackson, MS. Kathleen includes the raven as symbolic of us: smart, creative and adaptive in the evolution of survival. With an MA degree at Northern Michigan University, Kathleen is frequently asked to jury exhibits and teach workshops across the U.S. She has won many prestigious national and international awards for her paintings. In addition she is featured in many books and art publications. Most recently she and her work appeared in the Jan/Feb 2012 issue of ÒWatercolor Artist.Ó

Susan Walsh Harper from McKinleyville, CA is the Silver Award $2,000 winner. Susan came to painting in 2007. Having heard about the difficulty of the watercolor medium, she decided to give it a try. She is primarily self-taught, but credits instructional DVDs with influencing her work. She works exclusively in transparent watercolor in a representational style. Her painting ÒMembers of the WeddingÓ is of her young granddaughters. Susan photographed the scene 14 years ago and promised herself if she could learn to paint well enough, she would capture the scene in watercolor. The CWA National Exhibition Silver Award is her first major award.

Bronze Award, $1,500 winner Melani LackiÕs work is in collections throughout the world and is catalogued in numerous museums. She has displayed paintings in exhibitions nationally and internationally, and has been the recipient of numerous awards. She has also been featured in ÒAmerican ArtistÓ magazine.

MinnesotaÕs John Salminen, a winner of over 200 awards in national and international shows, is the recipient of this yearÕs CWA Signature Award of $1,000 for ÒIceland,Ó a representational painting. For John, the challenge was to recreate the light conditions that existed when he saw the icebergs using transparent watercolor. JohnÕs work has been featured in many national and international magazines and books. He is best known for his realistic urban landscapes and has gained recognition for his mixed medium abstract paintings.

Having earned many awards throughout the United States, Denise Athanas of South Carolina received the Golden Artist Colors Award, $675. Denise was featured in the Dec 2008 ÒWatercolor ArtistÓ magazine, and in ÒThe ArtistÕs MagazineÓ of April 2010. ÒBubbles,Ó her CWA award winning painting, like most of her work in recent years is abstract or non objective.

The California Watercolor Association is the largest regional water media organization in California. In addition to the National Exhibition, which is in its 44th year, CWA sponsors educational programs, displays and other exhibitions, to increase the skills of its members; and to further the understanding and appreciation of water media art for its members and the general public.

California Watercolor AssociationÕs National Exhibition
Friday, Feb 14 through Sunday, March 16
Thursday-Sunday: 12 noon Ð 5 p.m.

Reception/Award Presentations
Friday, Feb 21
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Olive Hyde Art Gallery
123 Washington Blvd., Fremont
(510) 791-4357

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