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Message from Jinnie May, President:

The New Jersey Water Color Society Board of Directors wishes you and your family a very Happy New Year!

We started the year off with an early Associate Member Show held at the Morris County Library in March. Congratulations to our award winning artists; Marcia Rieff -Best in Show, Rudy Martin- Patricia and Richard Morgan Award of Excellence, Isabella Pizzano -Award of Excellence and Noreen Brunini- Award of Excellence. Many thanks to our Associate Liaison Judy Hummer for another well run show.
On April 9th we will be holding a Board meeting at Art@1275 Studio and Gallery in Fairfield, NJ. This most important meeting will include a review and potential Elected Membership to our Society for eight New Jersey artists. All Elected Board members are encouraged to attend; your vote in this process is a privilege you have earned by accepting a Board position.

This summer I’m pleased to announce our Elected Member Show will be held at The Mayo Center for the Performing Arts in historic Morristown, NJ. This popular venue is extremely difficult to reserve and we owe thanks to Associate Member Medy Bozkurtian for pulling some strings and getting NJWCS’ first time ever Members’ Show to be held at this location. The venue is The Upstairs Gallery which is frequented by theatre goers during intermission who can enjoy a glass of wine while admiring the artwork. This popular venue is known to have frequent sales handled by the Mayo Center staff. If you haven’t entered the NJWCS Members’ Show in the past this is one you don’t want to miss.  Due to space limitations there may be a smaller size restriction and all paintings must be priced to sell. Look for the Prospectus sometime in April, 2016. The show dates are June 28-August 9, 2016.
At the reception of our Member Show on July 17th, NJWCS will present our new Board for the remainder of 2016 through 2018. I’m happy to report that our Nominating Chair Nora Winn has been making some phone calls and our new board is filled either with returning Board members or new NJWCS volunteers. That being said we are always looking for new volunteers on our Board and if you’d like to find out more information on becoming a NJWCS volunteer please contact me or any Board member.

Once again we are pleased to hold our Annual Open Juried Exhibition for 2016 at the Middletown Arts Center in Middletown, NJ this October. We will continue to have a top-notch artist complete our selection process via digital entries and another respected, recognized artist will judge the awards from the original paintings.  This year we plan on offering a “ship to” option for those Elected Members who live out-of-state.  

Please note: The New Jersey Water Color Society is made up of artists painting in watercolor, water media including acrylic, gouache, inks and many other water-soluble mediums. All paintings submitted in our shows must be painted on paper, synthetic paper (yupo) or paperboard, but not canvas. New Jersey Water Color Society is one of a few watercolor societies that allow the entry of works to be painted at ANY time, in other words of any age. As always double check each individual prospectus to make sure you understand the requirements for that particular show and venue.

I’d like to personally thank El Niño for the mild winter of 2015/2016. I hope you all got some painting time in and we look forward to seeing your artistic talents in our upcoming shows.

Jinnie May President NJWCS


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