Texas Watercolor Society annual exhibit makes stop in Plainview

PLAINVIEW – The annual exhibit of the Texas Watercolor Society makes a stop in Plainview this month as one of only three locations the show will be on display. The 58th Annual Exhibition will be featured in the Abraham Art Gallery at Wayland Baptist University from June 15 through July 14.

Featuring works from a variety of artists from Texas and beyond, the show features the “crème de la crème” of watercolor pieces, including several chosen for special honors by TWS. Frank Webb served as juror for the exhibition, which also has been on display in San Antonio and Snyder and will travel to Columbus, Texas, after its stay at Plainview.

Best of show honors went to Dan Burt of Kerrville for his piece “The Church at Bianca,” bringing with it a $2,000 cash award. Webb called the piece “expressive of visual delight” and praised its values and shapes. The silver medallion, also titled the Margaret Pace Willson Award for a Texas Artist, was awarded to John McBeth of Universal City for “Gristmill at San Jose Mission.” The award carries a $1,000 prize. Webb noted that the piece was “a combination of observations coupled with good design shapes” and was “well placed on the paper.”

Ratindra Das of Wheaton, Ill., received the bronze medallion, $1,000 and the Martin Scully Award for Excellence in Transparent Watercolor for her piece titled “El Jardin ’06.” Webb described the work as “well shaped, well placed values animated with calligraphic accents.”

Other awards went to Thomas Owen of Black Forest, Colo., for “Shadows of Industry;” Al Zerries of Huntington, N.Y. for “Twenty Two Days to Spring;” Frank LaLumia of Trinidad, Colo., for “Rio Brazos;” and Luis Llarina of National City, Calif., for “Distinct Shadows.” Texas artists Gail Delger of McKinney, Lesta Frank of San Antonio, Ernani M. Land of Pearland, Kurt Meyer of Arlington, Anita Meynig of Richardson, and Gordon West of San Antonio all have pieces in the exhibit.

From the area, Nancy Carr of Levelland had a piece in the original exhibit, titled “Sunflower Delight.” Lubbockite Carol Peterson also had a piece titled “Working Cowboy.” Neither are included in the traveling exhibit, which has 30 pieces.

The Abraham Art Gallery is open Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Saturday 2-5 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public. The gallery is located in the lower level of the Mabee Learning Resources Center.