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Watercolor exhibit opening at Parkersburg Art Center

“Stay the Course” by Christine Rhodes of the Parkersburg area in the Aqueous Plus 2022 exhibit of the West Virginia Watercolor Society. The show opens Friday and runs through June 7 at the Parkersburg Art Center. (Photo Provided)

PARKERSBURG — Aqueous Plus 2022, an exhibit of the West Virginia Watercolor Society that includes the work of a local artist, opens Friday and runs through June 7 at the Parkersburg Art Center.

The show will be composed of three galleries and three exhibits.

A reception will be held at 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday at the Art Center. Award winners will be posted on the WVWS website after the opening. Admission is free for the reception.

The opening reception coincides with the Garden Party themed open house in the Art Center’s new gift shop, PAC 713 Market.

Gallery One will feature “Aqueous 2022.” Awards of from $2,300 to $2,800 will be granted for the Best of Show, Awards of Excellence, Awards of Merit and Honorable Mentions. Forty-seven paintings have been accepted from numerous submissions created in a water-based aqueous manner. Submissions came from artists from Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia.

Gallery Two will feature “Signature Show: Work by the West Virginia Watercolor Society Signature Members” on display. One award is available, the People’s Choice Award, which will be decided by in-person votes tallied at end of the exhibition.

Gallery Three is “The Jose Rizo Collection” composed mostly of early 20th century art, Ashcan Art, Regionalist and WPA related art. In the collection, all art media is represented, from watercolors and oils to pastels, drawings, and etchings. This art resonates with collection holder Jose Rizo because of its realness, its modernity, and its grit. Art that evokes a moment in time, a feeling, or a memory, and with no need to gloss over or beautify the depiction of it, art that shows life how it really is, and not how it should be, is art that is real and beautiful.

Christine Rhodes is the Parkersburg area entrant juried into “Aqueous Plus 2022” for “Stay the Course” and “River of Dreams.”

The juror is Laurie Goldstein-Warren. Originally from New York, Goldstein-Warren lives near Buckhannon. She is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society and Transparent Watercolor Society of America and is a popular workshop presenter in the United States.

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