"Life is Looking for Crayfish," watercolor by Kathleen Giles

For 100 years the National Watercolor Society (NWS) has hosted a watermedia exhibition that showcases watercolor and watermedia by artists from around the world. This year’s 101st exhibition continues the celebration of this elusive and magical medium.

2021 101st NWS International Open Exhibition:

“The artwork chosen by NWS Jurors Ken Goldman, Donna Zagotta, and Bev Jozwiak is original, masterful, and evocative,” said NWS President Denise Willing Booher. “Each painting weaves its own unique story, leaving the viewer yearning for more. The 95 spectacular works present 14 countries and 28 states. The combined Jurors’ votes produced a cumulative exhibition that speaks of our time, artistic excellence, and innovation. Judge of Awards Ali Cavanaugh skillfully chose masterful inspirational artwork painted with artistic merit that touched the soul.

“The past year has seen political and social unrest, a pandemic, and a shift in our lives, creating uncertainty. Yet, through it, all NWS membership and prominence have flourished and grown, spreading our outreach worldwide. The 101st NWS International Open Exhibition is the pinnacle of the freshest cutting-edge watermedia artwork today.”

"Museum of Us," watercolor by Geoffrey Allen
“Museum of Us,” watercolor by Geoffrey Allen
"Social Distancing" watercolor by Charles McVicker
“Social Distancing” watercolor by Charles McVicker
"A Feminine Touch," watercolor by Alisa Shea
“A Feminine Touch,” watercolor by Alisa Shea

The NWS International Open Exhibition is recognized for its diversity of watermedia styles, masters of the medium, and up and coming artists from around the world. This exhibition will take place online from October 1 through December 11, 2021, at nwsexhibition.com and on YouTube as well as a virtual opening.

Join the NWS for its Virtual Opening October 16 at 11 am Pacific time. For more information go to nationalwatercolorsociety.org.


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