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Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center to Host Virginia Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition

The Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center (WCAC) is set to host the esteemed Virginia Watercolor Society’s (VWS) 44th Annual Virginia Watercolor Exhibition from September 20 to November 2. This marks a significant milestone for WCAC, as it is the first time since the pandemic-related closure that the center has welcomed an external organization to exhibit in all three of its galleries.

The 2023 VWS Annual Juried Exhibition will feature a diverse collection of watermedia artwork, showcasing the talents of VWS members from across Virginia. Karen Schwartz, a member of both WCAC and VWS and the 2023 VWS exhibition chair, expressed her excitement about the event, saying, “We are thrilled to be hosting the 2023 VWS Annual Juried Exhibition with its amazing array of watermedia artwork.”

The exhibition received an impressive 455 submissions of watermedia paintings from 199 artists. Following a meticulous selection process, ninety artworks were chosen to be displayed at the exhibition.

This year’s juror for the show is Carole Barnes, a nationally recognized watermedia artist and instructor who currently resides in Williamsburg. Awards for outstanding contributions to the exhibition will be announced at the VWS Annual Awards Luncheon, with the results also available on WCAC and VWS websites during the week of September 17.

The Virginia Watercolor Society (VWS) is a statewide art organization dedicated to promoting the advancement and study of watermedia painting, encompassing various mediums like watercolor, acrylics, gouache, egg tempera, water-soluble pencils and crayons, and watercolor pencils. VWS actively fosters interest and participation in watercolor art through publications, demonstrations, annual juried exhibitions, and social activities. Each year, its Annual Exhibition takes place at a different venue within Virginia.

WCAC and VWS share a commitment to public outreach, education, and social engagement. They provide opportunities for artists to enhance their skills and professionalism, offer support to emerging artists through scholarships, and educate the public about the world of art.

The exhibition will be open to the public at WCAC’s blue building located at 110 Westover Ave. in Williamsburg. Visitors can explore the art from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday. Many of the captivating artworks featured in the exhibition will be available for purchase, making it an excellent opportunity for art enthusiasts and collectors to acquire unique pieces.

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