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Message from Mark DeMos, President:
Welcome to the website of the New Jersey Water Color Society. Formed in 1938, by a group of watercolorists and sculptors to buck the dominance of oil painting,
at the start of a great blossoming of interest in the medium of watercolor.
The New Jersey Water Color Society has focused on celebrating work of the highest quality in the state. Starting with original member, Lucille Hobbie (president 1955-6), we have included such nationally known luminaries as Henry Gasser (president ‘46-47), Kent Day Coes (1948), William Gorman (President NJWCS ‘57-59, AWS ‘86-93), Ray Ellis (president ’67-68), Arthur Barbour, Roberta Carter Clark (’79-81), Nicolas Reale, Pat San Soucie, etc. Our members have worked in many styles, realist and abstract and advanced the popularity and sweep of the medium. As we have over the years, we include many water-soluble media, watercolor, gouache, acrylic and inks under glass, not on canvas nor including a dominance of collage and no printed elements. And like the American Watercolor Society we allow artists to use any “water color”, from whatever period, as long as they were original, not done under the assistance
of an instructor.
We still pride ourselves on exhibiting watercolors of the highest quality of a wide variety of styles on into the 21st century. Like other Societies across the country we are modernizing, using online services to simplify jurying, and using artists of the highest standing to do fair unbiased jurying, while bringing in artists of high standing to come to judge the awards. We need to thank those who served in the too often thankless job of the presidency, in particular Jinnie May, who shepherded the society through a tricky transition to new technologies. She remains as an invaluable font of knowledge of the workings of the society. I’d also like to make a special shout out to Michael Scherfen how has done an amazing job as our web guru with knowledge and great patience.
We are pleased to hold our Annual Open Juried Exhibition for 2017 at the Middletown Arts Center, 36 Church Street, September 25-October 29, 2017.
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.
Mark DeMos, President, NJWCS