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The New Jersey Watercolor Society 2005 Open Juried Exhibition Highlights

2005 63rd Annual Open Exhibition
October 5 through 30, 2005

The Ridgewood Art Institute
12 East Glen Avenue
Ridgewwod, NJ 07450
Phone (201) 652-9615
Open Every Day 1:00pm to 5:00pm


About the Jurors:

Jada Rowland was born in New York and raised in a family of artists. From childhood on Jada was a successful actress on Broadway and television. She is most remembered for her 20 years on "The Secret Storm" as Amy and 8 years on "The Doctors" as Carolee. With a painter/illustrator grandfather and artist/writer parents to inspire her, Jada started drawing and writing as soon as she could hold a pencil. Finally, in 1983, tired of acting, she decided to fulfill a lifelong desire to become a professional atist and writer. Three of her numerous books are "Miss Tizzie", published by Simon and Schuster, "The Statue of Liberty" from Random House and 'Raising the Roof", published by Habitat for Humanity. Her paintings have been shown in exhibitions from the Salmungundi Club in New York to the Royal Insititute of Watercolor in London and many places in between. Jada is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society and has won awards there and from Catharine Lrillard Wolfe, Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors, Allied Artists and many other groups. Her work has been featured in Best of Watercolor, American Artist, The Artist's Magazine and International Artist, among others.

Lalit K. Masih was born in India and cam eto the United States for graduate studies in Psychology. After receiving his Masters and Ph.D. in this field, he taught Counseling Psychology at Long Isalnd University for 35 years. He now devotes his time to his other career as a professional artist. He studied art in India and in this country at Syracuse University and the School of Visual Arts at Long Island University where he earned a Master of Fine Arts degree with a major in painting. Since completing his academic studies Lalit has concentrated on watercolor and over the years he has worked with some of the very best including Rex Brandt, Robert Hallet, Carlton Plummer, Christopher Schink, Frank Webb, Robert E. Wood and Milford Zornes. His work has been exhibited extensively in national shows including the American Watercolor Society, National Academy of Design, and the National Watercolor Society and has gained him 75 awards from these and many other groups. Currently a member of the Salmungundi Club, Allied Artists, American Artists Professional League, National Watercolor Society, and others, he is a Dolphin Fellow of the American Watercolor Society. You can see Lalit's work in the April 2005 issue of Watercolor Magic Magazine.

The Jurors Statements

Jada Rowland: Very nice strong show! We considered composition, values, paint handling, subject matter, originality and just plain overall appeal. We looked up close and from far away, and finally made those difficult choices. Thank you for the opportunity to see your communication.

Lalit K. Masih: As always, a fine collection of watercolors. The show demonstrated not only quality, but a significant range of styles and motifs. In each category there were excellent examples of all the styles, and after much deliberation, we chose paintings that we felt were well designed and executed.

(Please click on any of the images below for a larger view and details of the award granted and artist)

Congratulations to all our 2005 winners and to all the artists who exhibitied in the 2005 Open Exhibition. Please come again as we return to Monmouth Museum this October for the 64th Annual Open Juried Exhibition hosted by The New Jersey Water Color Society.

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