The Friends of the Sunriver Area Library host the Watercolor Society of Oregon’s (WSO) Traveling Show through August 24. Collection of 20 award-winning works was selected from the 80 works juried into WSO’s 48th Annual Spring Exhibition, featuring many of the finest watercolor artists in Oregon including several local artists.
Several artists from Central Oregon are represented: Bend artist, Judy Hoiness won the second place award for her vibrant painting Save Oregon Wildlife 5, an energetic contemporary abstract work that reveals subtle imagery upon study. Linda Shelton, Redmond, won an Achievement award for portraying her proud noble lion in His Majesty. Su Skjersaa Lukinbeal, Bend, won an Achievement award in a work that captures a playful feline moment in soft warm colors in Lynx Spins Yarns.
Nationally acclaimed Juror, Mary Ann Beckwith from Michigan, originally chose 80 paintings from the many submitted to comprise the Spring Show, then selected these 20 works for particular merit. Following the opening at Albany, the Traveling Show tours Oregon for five months at four locations.
According to Helen Brown, a watercolor artist who, as a member of the Sunriver Friends’ Art Committee, helped bring this special exhibition to Sunriver, “the Library is a great venue to present this diverse selection of outstanding original water media works, and to share them with art lovers and visitors to our region.”
She noted that the WSO has a long tradition of featuring a wide array of works, from traditional themes to semi-abstract visions, from portraits to celebrations of nature. “Each artist demonstrates an advanced facility to interpret his or her subject in a dynamic designs and with a highly personalized color palette.”
The Library is located at 56855 Venture Lane, Sunriver, exhibition is open to the public Tuesday through Friday, 10am-6pm, Saturday, noon-5pm.