New England Watercolor Society Regional Juried Exhibition

Boys of Summer. Watercolor on 300-lb. paper. 9″ by 12″. $600.

The painting above, ‘Boys of Summer,’ will be on display at the New England Watercolor Society Regional Juried Exhibition at the Newport Art Museum.

The show runs from May 20 to July 9. The opening and awards ceremony on Thursday, June 8th, 5-7pm.

I haven’t entered many juried shows, so it was exciting to receive the email from NEWS Vice President Wendy Hale:

Congratulations!  Your painting, “Boys of Summer” has been selected for inclusion in the 2017 New England Watercolor Society Regional Juried Exhibition at the Newport Art Museum.  You should be very proud to be part of this competitive show.  Our juror, Kathleen Conover, had the unenviable task of selecting 60 paintings from a pool of 530 entries.  In her words, “I could put together three good shows from the NEWS entries”.

‘Boys of Summer’ is one of my favorite paintings. I created it from a series of photos I took of boys playing at Town Beach in Sandwich, Mass. I was experimenting with gouache at the time, and found by mixing white gouache with watercolor I could achieve the luminosity of the inner tubes I was going for.

The Newport Art Museum is located at 76 Bellevue Ave. in Newport. The 105-year-old museum has a gallery in the John N.A. Griswold House, built by Richard Morris Hunt for Grisworld. It’s considered one of the premier stick-style buildings in the United States and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Griswold was a China trader who died in the house in 1909.

The New England Watercolor Society, originally the Boston Watercolor Society, held its first show in 1885. Childe Hassam was a charter member — and a frequent visitor to Florence Griswold’s art colony in Old Lyme, Conn. John Singer Sargent was an honorary member. So was Andrew Wyeth. Nice to be in such good company!