Each year when the Southern Watercolor Society mailings come,I faithfully put the dates on my calendar and then let the deadlines go by.
When the invitations to openings arrive, I note the dates and forget to make reservations.
I open the catalog of the annual exhibition with little enthusiasm for the usual good watercolors. (Edward Betts once said when selecting award, "Technical ability is a given at this level." as he looked for real winners.)
I have become complacent in expecting the usual quality of work by artists who share some of the same culture, blue skies and sunlight . . . in expecting a unique portrayal of the region.
This year, there has been one difference. The paintings are smashing, but the catalog is beautifully designed and printed. It is one of the best! The officers and committees have done their job well in providing information and images. I am proud to be listed among their past presidents. I think I will leave it out for others to see.
Note: The images of the 2008 31st exhibition are here.
BushStrokes (c) AAB