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The New Jersey Watercolor Society 2006 64th Annual Open Juried Exhibition Highlights

2006 64th Annual Open Exhibition

September 17th through October 29th
The Monmouth Museum
Tuesday through Saturday, 10am - 4:30pm
Sunday: 1pm - 5pm
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About the Jurors:

Dorla Dean Slider started as a child at the Baum School, of Art in Allentown, Pennsylvania under the tutelage of Dr. Walter E. Baum. As an artist she has worked in many mediums but as a self taught watercolorist it has become her first love. Since her earliest years were spent as an oil painter she easily slid into the world of acrylics, which she renders both as watercolor on paper or on canvas. She prefers a variety of papers, boards or canvas to keep her subject exciting and maybe a bit out of the range of the ordinary — never too real, never too abstract. Though landscapes are preferred she also does many "people scapes"...each subject determines it's own medium or surface, she says.

She is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society since 1972, National Watercolor Society, National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic, Watercolor USA Honor Society and the Philadelphia Watercolor Society, serving long term on the Board of Directors there. Her watercolors and acrylics have brought her gold medals, numerous awards and accolades and her work is included in several books, such as Best of Watercolor I, II, and III and on calendars and greeting cards.

James McFarlane
A native of Philadelphia, James started out wanting to be a veterinarian, but as a Junior in high school an interest in art became more important to him. He attended the Philadelphia Musuam College of Art, an affiliate of the highly esteemed Philadelphia Musuem, and known as University of the Arts. He started out in commercial art, then moved on to home furnishings and later to teraching art, a career he really enjoyed..

His workis constantly evolving in style and may be representational or abstract, depending upon his reaction to the subject matter. Recently, his inspiration comes from travel, here and abroad. Humble or grans, any subject that is rich in light, color and texture interests him. He conducts workshops in the Tri State area and New England, serves as a juror, and is demonstrator and featured speaker for community groups. His work has received numerous awards and is to be found in American Artist Magazine and four books, including The Simple Secrets to Better Painting. A former president of the Philadelphia Water Color Society and the Greator Norristown Art League, he is currently a member and the secretary of the American Watercolor Society.

The Jurors Statements

The first thing we agreed upon as we entered the Monmouth Musuem was that ours would be a difficult task. The accepted paintings were neatly set out and looked very strong. Colorful, dramatic, vibrant and creative, many works immediately vied for our attention. We began by studying each piece and individually making our selections for potential prizewinners. Only then did we get together to discuss our individual choices, basing them on originality, composition, visual impact, expertise and handling of the medium, presentation and professionalism. We wish to extend our congratulations to all the artists whose work was accepted into this fine exhibition.

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

Congratulations to all our 2006 winners and to all the artists who exhibitied in the 2006 64th Annual Open Exhibition.

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