Hello Artists! I am excited about the progress that has been made toward fulfilling our mission statement: “The purpose of the Tennessee Watercolor Society is to elevate the stature of watercolor and educate the public to the significance of watercolor as an important, creative, permanent painting medium. The organization’s purposes are to further the interests of painters in all watermedia through programs, competitive exhibits and workshops; to encourage the study of watermedia by art students and others engaged in the medium; and to support all the visual arts.”
We are beginning a new effort to further this mission statement with the first Full-time Student category in the 2021 Online Exhibition Prospectus. To encourage students, we will award three places in this category, all three of which will include a one-year TnWS membership. We hope these one-year memberships will develop into lifetime memberships the students will enjoy.
This Online Exhibition offers artists an opportunity to show art created with non-traditional substrates, if they prefer, and with a wide variety of watermedia. Because there is no need to mat or frame an entry, it will be an economical exhibition for artists to enter. I believe it will be a superb exhibition, and I look forward to seeing the entries as we celebrate this organization’s 50 years of serving the watermedia art community!
Our Regional Reps have been working hard to create opportunities for members to exhibit their work in local venues, also part of the Tennessee Watercolor Society 50th Anniversary celebration. I believe you will be as impressed as I am by the brochure they have developed to use at each region’s exhibitions.
With a couple of exceptions, workshop opportunities are mostly online, but additional plans are being developed as I write this to you. Although online workshops offer opportunities to learn with no travel involved, I am as tired as you are of the Covid-19 situation and will rejoice when it is over and we can meet again.
I see more and more of you participating on the TnWS Facebook page, and I really love seeing your work—it is definitely an inspiration!
Be well and keep your brushes moving,