Watercolor Ohio 2018

Susan Kiedio (OWS)
The Ring
13.5” x 10”

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Michael McEnroe (OWS)
The Lock
14” x 10”

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Vivian Ripley (OWS)
Warm Currents
9.75” x 14”

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Additional Award Winners in Watercolor Ohio 2018

OWS Award of Excellence

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Jeny Reynolds (OWS)
Earth Change
18” x 18”

OWS / Holbein Artist Materials Award

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Frederick Graff (C)
Drawing a Crowd
31” x 21”

OWS Award of Excellence

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Trish McKinney (AS)
22” x 22”

American Frame Award

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Christine Misencik-Bunn
29” x 20”

Cheap Joes Art Stuff Award

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Lois Salmon Toole (OWS)
Beckoning Light
20” x 14”

Jewish Federation of Cleveland Award

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Gerald Zelinskas (OWS)
Two for Two
15” x 22”

OWS / Plaza Artist Materials Award

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Yuki Hall (OWS)
October Rain
14” x 21”

Doug Pasek Memorial Award

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Judy Anderson (OWS)
The Stone Yard
15” x 20.5”

Cliffside Artists Collaborative Don Getz Memorial Award

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Millie Hawkins (OWS)
Amish Picnic
11” x 14”

Don Getz Memorial Award

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Richard Surowicz (OWS)
22” x 30”

Juror’s Statement
Robbie Laird

As the solo judge for the 2018 Ohio Watercolor Society Exhibition, it has been my pleasure and privilege to view and select from so many wonderful entries.

Viewing the creative expressions of others is always enjoyable for me and the quality of paintings in this exhibition made it a real pleasure. The task of passing judgment is necessarily subjective, based on the background and life experience of the judge. Although each of us would have made some different selections, I believe we would have all agreed that many of the selected works have that quality of undeniable appeal causing us to want to see them again and again. Some are truly memorable.

As I viewed the digital images over a week, I became very familiar with each of the paintings. I searched for the individual artist in each piece and for the artist’s ability to communicate. I was intrigued by a new way the artist found to say what is familiar. I always look for an individual and unique voice. What does this artist have to say?

I believe... THE GOAL OF THE ARTIST...is to cause the viewer to have an emotional response and to stay with the painting long enough to FEEL a communication with the artist. It is not always meant to be beautiful or entertaining, but is always meant to evoke emotion and to communicate. I am drawn to paintings with strong design, whatever the subject or mode of expression. I like to feel that the artist has made decisions to control the outcome of the painting that show a series of personal choices that work as a whole, creating unity, balance rhythm and proportion. The effective use of design fundamentals adds a strength that compels me to stay longer and “hear” the artist’s communication. The techniques chosen and skill of execution are my last consideration, but equally important to the success of whole expression. At this level of competition, it is assumed that there is a high level of skill. Some painters go beyond the ordinary standards to an obvious level of intensity and involvement. It is this obvious “painting with conviction” that sets some works apart. When these aspects work together, the painting is one that I want to see again and again, finding something new with each visit. However, in the end there is only one judge the artist must satisfy...the one residing within.

Thank you for the privilege of sharing in this exhibition.

Accepted Works
(◊ indicates inclusion in the Watercolor Ohio 2018 Travel Exhibition)

Suzanne R. Accetta
Bess Alexander
Judy Anderson
Shirlee Bauer
Ron Beahn
Janine Jacobs Beleski
Jeanette Bill-Cole
Gary Brooks
Kevin Buckland
Michael Cantelmo
Aileen Cave
Martin Chappuies
Phillip Chiang
Brenda Myers Cohen
Jeffrey Core
Bob A Davis
Jeanette Dejesus
Sandra Dennison
Sally Ford-Lyles
Connie Gifford
Frederick C Graff
Yuki Hall
Millie Hawkins
Sara S (Sally) Heston
Pimei Huang
Karen Jennings
Gary Johnston
Sara Kass
Susan Kiedio
Rosemary Kienle
Annie King
Ed Kitchen
Dan Knepper
George Kocar
Phyllis Lawicki
Ted Lawson
Susan Lyden
Frances Mangino
Karen Martin

William Masters
Nancy Stewart Matin
Thomas Mayer
Mike McEnroe
Trish McKinney
Lori Meyer
Christine Misencik-Bunn
Jody Nudell
Kathy Sabbath Oravecz
Gail Peters
Jeri Ellis Platt
Carol Prior
Jeny Reynolds
Vivian Ripley
Lynne Rosati
Joan Rothel
Charles Rowland
David Ruckman
Libby Rudolf
Jan Holladay Scheuber
John Schlabaugh
Susie Schreiber
Thomas Schroeder
Thomas Sorrell
Jennifer Sowders
Jeff Stahler
Carol J Stevens
Sharon Stolzenberger
Richard Surowicz
Lois Salmon Toole
Mary Ann Valvoda
Jean Vance
Cathy Welner
Leonard Williams
Mary Williams
Ricky Williams
David Yeamans
Gerald A Zelinskas
Dennis Zimmerman