Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Words from Our Jurors

The Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors is on display through October 3
The show was selected by our Juror of Selection Carole Pickle AWS, NWS and awards were chosen by our Juror of Awards. Here are their statements.

Statement from Juror of Selection • 2010 Carole Pickle AWS, NWS

I was greatly honored to be chosen Juror of Selection for the 29th Annual Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors. Viewing the entire group of approximately 600 paintings was exciting but I quickly realized my job would not be an easy task since I could choose only 100 entries to be included in the show. The quality of the paintings submitted was outstanding and I could choose one painting per artist. This made my selections even more difficult. I reviewed the entries many times over several days. My instincts took over as I responded to those works that made me think or see in a new way. Interpretation, a personal vision, strength of design, content, and authority in the use of materials were important as I made my choices. This show runs the gamut from the poetic to the dynamic. Congratulations to all of the artists who have shared a part of themselves to make this an imaginative and inviting exhibition. Carole Pickle has been winning prestigious awards in juried national art shows since 1990, including honors from the American Watercolor Society, the Southern Watercolor Society, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Watercolor Exhibition, Aqueous USA, and several others. Carole has also been honored with the Gurdon and Mildred Evans Memorial Award in the Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors. Her work is in the permanent collections of colleges and universities including her alma mater, Millersville University. Carole was featured in
American Artist Magazine article in August 2002 titled ‘Intuitive Painting by Carole Pickle’.

Statement from Juror of Awards • 2010

Having previously been Juror of Selection for the Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors and remembering how tough a task it was as the standard of work submitted was of such high calibre….I’ve now discovered that being Juror of Awards is even tougher! The vision, the skills, the drama of the imagery, the sheer visual impact that painters in watercolor are achieving are quite astounding….and made my choices extremely difficult….But choose I had to, so I hope those who were not chosen will keep producing such good pieces and supporting such a strong, exciting show as the Adirondacks puts on each year. To those award winners…THANK YOU…You made my day! Alan Wylie was born in Scotland and graduated from the Glasgow School of Art with a degree in Mural Design and Mosaics. After immigrating to Nova Scotia in 1967, he began a career as a full-time artist and teacher. Alan has won numerous awards internationally for his paintings, including the Beechmont First and Gold Medallion at the Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors as well as the Federation of Canadian Artists’ Grand Prize. He has participated in innumerable solo and group exhibitions, and has created large murals in and on the exteriors of public buildings.