for Juried Show
of NJWCS/Our Founder
Medal of Honor
New Jersey Watercolor Society 2006 64th Annual Open Juried
2006 64th Annual Open Exhibition
September 17th through October
The Monmouth Museum
Tuesday through Saturday, 10am - 4:30pm
Sunday: 1pm - 5pm
Phone (732) 747-2266
THE 2006 AWARD WINNERS
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.
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.
OPEN EXHIBITION WINNERS:
(Please click on any of the images below for a larger view
and details of the award granted and artist)