The Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors is one of the finest shows in the country today promoting the advancement of watermedia. It was an honor to serve as this year’s juror. The variety of expressions and high artistic quality in this years show is a testimony to exploration of a medium long overlooked by most museums. It is with great pride that I become a part of the Old Forge Art Center history in promoting this beautiful medium. The award judging process is never an easy task, especially with so many fine examples of excellence. The show covers realism, expressionism and pure abstraction with depth and emotional content that gives us a small glimpse into the world around us. I trust that each person who views this exhibition will come away touched beyond technique and mere familiar imagery, but moved by the creativity of some of the finest artists living today working in watercolor. I want to thank each artist who entered this year’s competition because each of you moves us closer to a more profound appreciation of the visual arts.
Dean Mitchell, AWS, NWS Biography
Recognized as one of the finest painters in America, Mitchell has been awarded almost every major painting award in the country. Dean Mitchell has been called a "Virtual modern-day Vermeer," by the New York Times. He has also been named a "Best Bet" for collectors in ARTnews by R. Crosby Kemper Jr., founder of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Just a few of his literally hundreds of awards are first prize at the T.H. Saunders International Artist and Watercolor Show held in London, top prize from The National Watercolor Society Show in California, the House of Heydenryk Award at the National Arts Club Annual Watercolor Exhibition, and the Art for the Parks medal for overall excellence. Although many of his awards are for watercolor, Mitchell also works in oil, pastel, acrylic, and several other media, while painting landscapes, portraits, street scenes, and still life. He is a member of The American Watercolor Society, and The National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic, among others.