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WV Watercolor Society Exhibit

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National Juried Exhibition, hosted by The West Virginia Watercolor Society

Location: Parkersburg Art Center
725 Market St
Parkersburg, West Virginia

Did you have a set of watercolors when you were little? Hard blocks of color in a tin box, plus a nasty brush? If you were like me, the blue was anemic, the yellow got muddy immediately, and what was the point?

European artists had watercolors by the 1400s. Those paints were chipped from blocks then laboriously ground in water.  By the late 1700s, paint-makers in England learned to produce water-soluble cakes of color.  In the 1800s, an enterprising American named Prang began manufacturing non-toxic tins of watercolors for the masses.

While the paint itself may have changed, the difficulty in working with it has not. When you touch brush to paper, you have to be right the first time: unlike oils or acrylics, you can’t scrape it off and hope for steadier hands tomorrow. Precise detail is hard to achieve when your paint wants to go for a stroll. Watercolors are daunting and delicate and touchy, and I have nothing but admiration for the 42 artists who produced the 57 works that have been accepted for this exhibit.  -Abby Hayhurst, Artistic Director

Opening is Sunday, May 19, 2 pm - 4 pm. 

Admission to opening receptions is $10 for non-members and FREE for members.

Exhibits on view Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00-5:00 ($2 non member admission).  Wednesdays are FREE!

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