Earlier this month I was returning from a long drive up north (Raleigh, NC to Storrs, CT) to visit family, and attend the American Watercolor Society 148th Annual Juried Exhibition. My painting “Walk Down the Street- Kathmandu” was accepted in the AWS show- I couldn’t miss seeing it. Who knows if I will ever get into another AWS show. Right?
It was a great show in New York- my mother-in-law watched the kids while my wife and I attended the reception. Unfortunately, I do not have any photographs. I took my professional DSLR. My wife left her SmartPhone at home because I had my camera. AWS did not want cameras in the exhibit. I understand. So we did not take any photographs.
The family (including mother-in-law) left New York at 1pm the next day after a frantic 6 hours of last minute sight-seeing. With kids. 440 miles later, after numerous stops, including a real fire alarm at a rest stop on the Jersey turnpike (smoke was billowing out from an inside doorway), I received 6 phone calls at the VA-NC border. Thanks lousy cell phone service…
Well, one message was calling to congratulate me. I received a top prize in the 36th Georgia Watercolor Society Show.
Cool beans. Unfortunately, the awards ceremony was the next day. In Atlanta. Another 400 mile drive (albeit without kids- so I could listen to really annoying (according to my wife) music like the Offspring the entire drive).
I drive a Prius. A 400 mile drive is barely more than a tank of gas. Money is not an excuse to go traveling with that car. And since I had won an award…
Less than seven hours later I was driving south.
The GWS award ceremony was great. I had the opportunity to see juror Iain Stewart in action again, as well as meet several new artists.
My painting- “Video Killed the Radio Star”
(Kim Minichiello receiving her award for her watercolor)
Iain’s watercolor painting of the Glasgow School of Arts, which unfortunately was extensively damaged in a recent fire. I wanted to steal this painting. I kept asking myself- “Am I faster than Iain?”
Thanks Georgia Watercolor Society. It was a fun evening and I look forward to next year’s show.