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Current Exhibition

Current Exhibitions...

November 2 to December 3

Hosted by:
Plymouth Center for the Arts
11 North Street
Plymouth, MA 02360
(gallery location)

Wednesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm
Sunday 1pm to 4pm


LIST of Accepted Artists

SLIDESHOW of Accepted Works (how to navigate the slideshow)

LIST of Award Winners with Juror's Comments

Over $5,000 in Awards

Juror of Selection and Awards – Soon Y. Warren, NWS, AWS, TWS.

Soon Y. Warren is a full-time artist, teacher, and highly sought-after workshop instructor, nationally and internationally. Soon is well known for her vibrant watercolors. Whether the subject is a cut crystal bowl with flowers, koi pond water, an antique silver pitcher, or our feathered friends, Soon’s paintings stand out. She says, “I treasure my life of painting every moment. When I paint, my life becomes full, time flies, my mind is in Zen. Most of all, I am happy”

We are very happy to have Soon be the juror for this exhibition. Soon is a Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society (NWS), American Watercolor Society (AWS), Southern Watercolor Artist (SW), Texas Watercolor Society, Purple Sage Brush (TWS), Transparent Watercolor Society (TWSA), and more. Her paintings and articles have been published in Artist’s Magazine, Watercolor Magic Magazine, North Light Books, Southwest Art Magazine, Watercolor Artist Magazine, International Artist Magazine, The Art of Watercolour, and Pratique des Arts. Her paintings have been included in 13 volumes of “Splash: The Best of Watercolor”. She has written two watercolor instructional books and created a number of instructional videos.

Important dates and times...

NEWS has a number of special events coming up in the month of November. You don’t want to
miss any of them! They will all be held at the PCA, 11 North St, Plymouth MA

Sunday, November 6th, from 2:00 to 4:00
Reception and Awards for the NEWS North American Open Show. Come and see 85 amazing
watercolors chosen by Soon Young Warren to be in this prestigious show. Have some refreshments,
listen to music, and congratulate the award winners.

Sunday, November 13th, from 1:30 to 3:30
A watercolor demonstration by News Signature Member Robert Mesrop. Come and enjoy some
light refreshments and learn a lot from this popular artist and teacher.

Sunday, November 20th, from 1:30 to 3:30
Walk,Talk and Conversation— a program presented by Andrew Kusmin, AWS, NEWS. Andrew will
lead the discussion about selected works from the North American Open Show. Comments on the
show and individual works from juror Soon Warren will be shared, along with comments from the
individual artists themselves . Why was a painting accepted? Why an award winner? A wonderful
opportunity to get some insight and better understand how artists reach this level in their painting
career. Bring a friend! Light refreshments served.

Sunday, November 27th, from1:30 to 3:30
A watercolor demonstration by NEWS President and Signature Member Tony Visco. Come and
enjoy a demo by this popular artist and teacher! Light refreshments will be served.

November 4 to January 13

Hosted by:
Plymouth Center for the Arts
11 North Street
Plymouth, MA 02360
(gallery location)

Wednesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm
Sunday 1pm to 4pm

LIST of Accepted Artists

SLIDESHOW of Accepted Works (how to navigate the slideshow)

Three Awards of Merit:
Twin Owls by Jack Foley
The Fish Shack, Mystic Seaport by Lisa Miceli
Blue Sail by Wendy Berube

Brushes with Nature is exclusively open to artists who participated in this year's Brushes With Nature events. The submitted artwork must have been completed during one of the scheduled Plein air outings, or started in the field and completed in the studio.

Download 2023 NEWS Gallery Exhibition Schedule


In 2020, the New England Watercolor Society opened their Exhibition Gallery at the Plymouth Center for the Arts. This gallery is the permanent home for a revolving series of exhibitions from various groups of NEWS members and will increase the public exposure and sales opportunities for our members. All exhibitions at the NEWS/PCA Gallery will be juried*. Acceptances into NEWS Gallery Exhibitions will not count as qualifying entries for Signature Membership status. Neither the New England Watercolor Society nor the Plymouth Center for the Arts shall be held liable for any loss or damage. Submissions will be made through Smarter Entry.

*To ensure unbiased judging, every NEWS Gallery exhibition will have an independent juror assigned.

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1st Place Award:
The Old Pine Tree by Evelyn Dunphy

“When I first saw this painting, it grabbed my eye. I felt the scene—the blue snow on the tree with the light shining through. The cool blues, contrasting with the warm lights, combined with the daring size, make this a first place award winner.”

2nd Place Award:
Low Tide by Patricia Stimpson

“This work is beautiful in all aspects of the criteria I use to judge a painting. Great composition, light and darks, and pleasing color selection. The use of shadows under the pier and the lightness of the water makes this a strong painting.”

3rd Place Award:
Wayne by Irena Roman

“This is a beautifully painted work., so realistically rendered. It looks like he is going to jump out of the frame.”

The Marilyn Sabin Memorial Award for Excellence in Transparent Media:
Race Day by Christine Coombs

“The artist captured the moment beautifully. Wonderful composition with the use of shapes and angles to make us look at more. Very impressive use of white. Very well-executed painting.”

The Vermont Community Foundation Alden and Mary Bryan Award for Traditional Landscape, Seascape or Cityscape:
Stormy Seas by Wendy Hale

“This kind of seascape is not easy to portray. There is so much movement and great use of light and darks. Close up, it is almost abstract, but standing back, it is a stormy sea. Beautifully rendered painting!”

The Loring Coleman Memorial Award:
Wild Kingdom by Ann Hart

“This just grabbed my eye. In looking at this painting, my first thought was ”the color!”, and “this frog is so cute”; but the garden is every bit as impressive as the frog. This artist combined the landscape with the big frog sitting right in front and with the skillful use of color leads us around and around. Long live the frog!”

The Mary Jo Rines Memorial Award for Innovation in Art:
Blind But Seeing, or Seeing but Blind by Peggi Habets

“This stands out from all the others as an innovative work. It is almost surreal. It gives you a lot to think about. The artist put things together to make this painting work beautifully. Innovative and creative!”

The Anne D. Sullivan Memorial Award for Excellence in Abstract Painting in Watercolor:
Waves by Judy Metcalfe

“The painting has a lot of movement and color movement and interesting shapes. I love to look at the aspects of color in this painting to see what is going on.”

The Bernice and Albert B. Cohen Memorial Award for Excellence in Light and Shadow:
End of shift, Bethlehem Steel by Carolyn Latanision

“When I looked at this painting, I thought immediately that the shovels were retired. It is a very quiet painting, with lights and darks working to highlight the center of interest. This painting makes the mundane shovel look very important. “

The Virginia Avery Memorial Award:
Road to Taos by Helen Hopkins Fountain

“I love the softness and simplicity of this painting. I have never been to Taos, but when I look at this painting and the title, I want to go to Taos.”

The Dynasty Premium Watercolor Brush Award:
Arbiter’s Moon by Jeff Iacovelli

“The detail in the painting is impressive. Every square inch, this person’s brush has touched.. I love the effort and patience it took to produce it. My heart warms to this painting when I look at it.”

The M. Graham Artists Watercolors Award:
Out Where It’s Hot by Peter Hussey

“This is such a wonderfully whimsical painting. The artist was having fun putting all of the colors together. A lot to look at! Such a fun painting!”

The Image Resolutions Award:
PorCor Rail by Robert O’Brien

“Strong composition. The artist had a great eye to balance the white “C” with the rest of the composition. Technically a superb painting.”

The Dick Blick Art Materials Award:
Riverside in Fall by Z.L. Feng

“A beautiful feeling of fall in this painting. Wonderful use of color”

The Utrecht Art Materials Award:
Mangled and Tangled by Joanne Donovan

“I love the warmth of the overall color scheme of this painting. Very well executed”