Dean Mitchell wins Best Show award at 44th Southern Watercolor Exhibition


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Gadsden Arts is pleased to announce the winners of the 44th Southern Watercolor Society Exhibition, which features 70 paintings by top artists from 17 US states and the District of Columbia.

The Southern Watercolor Society was founded in 1975 to promote watercolor painting, a medium once considered appropriate only for sketch studies that would later be made into oil paintings. David R. Smith, renowned painter and member of the American Watercolor Society and the National Watercolor Society, selected 22 award-winning works for the exhibition.

The winner of the Best in Show award is artist Dean Mitchell, from Quincy, for his piece “Hidden”.

Artist Dean Mitchell talks with visitors about his work

Smith, in making this award selection, first noticed Mitchell’s mastery of watercolor and his willingness to push the boundaries in terms of color and abstraction for emotional effects, before being drawn to the mysterious story of the thought-provoking scene.

Mitchell is recognized as one of America’s finest painters, who currently has a solo exhibit at the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Daytona Beach, works in a major museum exhibit at the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City, MO, and an exhibit at come to the Huntsville Art Museum, Huntsville, AL.

Platinum Award: Chris Krupinski (Maineville, OH), Lemons with a Bowl of Blueberries, 2020, watercolor, 30 x 22 inches.

The Platinum Award winner is Chris Krupinksi, for his painting “Lemons with a Bowl of Blueberries”. Like Mitchell, Krupinski is internationally collected and recognized as one of the best painters in the country. This piece features an incredible variety of super realistic textures in everyday objects that require you to touch and touch them.

Gold Award: Dongfeng Li (Morehead, KY), My Veteran Day's Award, 2020, watercolor, 35 x 26 inches

Dongfeng Li’s painting, “My Veteran Day’s Award,” won the Gold Award for this unusual realistic portrait of a veteran, with lifelike details on his face and a long beard, and a loose background to draw the eye. pay attention to the strong light on the subject’s face.

Jurors selected the Silver Award for Susan Stuller and her painting, A Magical Moment, for her expertise in capturing light on floating bubbles and the mysterious content of the painting contrasting perhaps between the joy of youth and the concerns of adulthood. Finally, the bronze prize went to Larry Hughes, for “A Walk in the Park”, for his subtle use of colors and tints.

You can chat with the top winners and learn more about their work by joining us online, Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. for an Art Talk Live! Gadsden Arts staff will join you via Zoom to meet and chat with the top award winners.

The event is free and open to the public – register, visit https://gadsdenarts.org/exhibitions/44th-Southern-Watercolor. You can also bring any group for an in-person guided tour of the exhibit by calling 850-627-5023, or drop by Saturday June 12 for our second Saturday tour, included in the price of admission.

The exhibition of 70 paintings runs until June 19, 2021, with galleries open Wednesday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm Admission is free for museum members and children aged 17 and over. and less, and $ 5 for non-member adults. The first Saturdays, entry is free for all.

The Gadsden Arts Center & Museum, 13 N. Madison St., Quincy, 20 miles northwest of Tallahassee. Tours of live and recorded online exhibitions, art lectures, artistic creation activities and storytelling hours are also offered free of charge on the museum’s website, www.gadsdenarts.org.

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